About me

I’m the author of The Story of King Jesus (coming March 2015), a children’s book with David C. Cook presenting a more holistic gospel story for kids (and their parents). My wife and I have a three year-old daughter and a newborn son. I tend to think of myself as a confessional progressive. (In other words, when I say the Nicene Creed, I mean it. And because I’m Episcopalian, I say it a lot.)

In addition to my own blog, I’ve written for OnFaith and the Huffington Post. My articles have also appeared on AlterNet, QIdeas, Christian.co.uk, and Duke University’s Faith and Leadership.

What you’ll find here
I care about nurturing our kids’ faith… a vibrant, progressive faith for the real world. As a parent, this is what keeps me up at night. So this is what I tend to write about when morning rolls around. Speaking of which, I try to write 1-2 posts per week.

I’m fascinated by Jesus, and I believe his gospel is way better than a set of spiritual laws. It’s more than a decision or a formula. I believe it’s something shared best when we tell our story and nurture our kids’ natural curiosity — instead of clobbering them with answers to questions they haven’t asked.

The gospel I confess isn’t about fighting a culture war or excluding certain groups of people. It has nothing to do with maintaining power for a privileged few. It’s not about forcing people to make a false choice between science and faith. The gospel I confess has everything to do with caring for the poor, repairing what’s broken, and inviting everyone to the table. It’s the story of God rescuing his good world, bringing heaven to earth, making all things new.

Other fun stuff I’ve done
In 2012, I helped a couple of pastor friends launch a movement called Election Day Communion. Around 900 churches voted to subvert the toxic, polarizing atmosphere of American politics by sharing communion together on election night.

Several years ago, 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 a 365-day devotional called Fascinating People of the Bible, looking at some of the famous (and lesser known) characters from the scriptures.

I spent four years as a writer/editor for World Vision, during which time I lived on both sides of the pond. I studied theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and political science at Taylor University. I spent my formative years in the borderlands between evangelicalism and fundamentalism. As a young adult, I was briefly a member of the “young, restless, and reformed” crowd. Then I recovered my faith at a place called Mars Hill (the Michigan one). While living in the UK, my wife and I fell in love with the Anglican tradition. In 2011, we were confirmed in the Episcopal Church.

I’ve shared parts of my story on this blog, including my journey in and out of Calvinism, how I came to embrace gender equality, and my experience in the evangelical culture wars.

In my spare time, I like to run and brew my own beer (and hope those two activities somehow manage to cancel each other out).

Thanks for reading!