So this is where I write, my own little corner of the Interwebs.
I’m the author of a forthcoming book with David C. Cook, presenting a more holistic gospel story for kids (and their parents). My wife of 11+ years and I have a three year-old daughter and one more on the way.
What I write about
Nurturing our kids’ faith is what keeps me up at night, so that’s what I’ve been writing about lately. I believe in telling a better story, in showing them a better way. I believe the gospel can’t be reduced to a set of spiritual laws, to a decision, or a formula. I believe the gospel is something we communicate best by nurturing our kids’ natural curiosity and by telling our story — not by clobbering them with answers to questions they haven’t asked.
The gospel I believe in has nothing to do with fighting a culture war or excluding certain groups of people. It has nothing to do with maintaining power for a privileged few. It has nothing to do with forcing people to make a false choice between science and faith. The gospel is so much better than all of that. I believe it’s the story of God rescuing his good world, bringing heaven to earth, and inviting us all to the party.
Other stuff I’ve done
In 2012, I helped a couple of pastor friends launch a campaign called Election Day Communion. Around 900 churches chose to subvert the toxic, polarizing effects of American politics by sharing communion together on election night.
I created a bestselling book called The Story (Zondervan, 2005), a 400-page abridgment of the Bible, presented like a novel. I also contributed to the book Fascinating People of the Bible, a 365-day devotional looking at some of the more famous (and some of the lesser known) characters from the scriptures.
I studied theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and political science/business at Taylor University. I grew up mostly in nondenominational churches, spent my early adult years as one of the “young, restless, and reformed,” then recovered my faith at a place called Mars Hill (the Michigan one), and eventually got confirmed in the Episcopal Church.
In my spare time, I run and brew my own beer (and hope the two somehow manage to balance each other out).
Featured posts and other writing
I’ve shared bits of my story on this blog, including my journey in and out of Calvinism, my gradual embrace of gender equality, and my experience being part of the evangelical “culture wars” and how I finally put down the political hatchet.
Finally, here are some of my articles which have appeared elsewhere…
Biblical literacy begins with reading
Letter to my daughter
Reject political idolatry this election season
Duke University’s Faith & Leadership