About the Blog
Welcome to my new blog – where I think out loud about all of the things I like to think about. I see this blog as a way to (a) encourage and challenge people, (b) sharpen my own thinking by committing words to a page, (c) hold myself accountable to wise friends by making my thoughts public, and (d) develop and maintain friendships with people all across the blogosphere.
I do welcome and encourage comments and dialogue; any and all thoughts are welcome, so long as they are offered in a respectful tone. In particular, I ask that you treat other guests with even more kindness and gentleness than you’d offer me. There is of course no tone of voice in blogging, so be mindful of how you might be heard. I’m more than fine with disagreement and constructive dialogue, but don’t be childish. If you are mean-spirited, I’ll remove your comments and try to contact you in person to explain why.
I currently serve as a Life Groups Pastor at Real Life Church in Santa Clarita, CA. I love to hang out with my wife and our friends, read, play and watch sports, wear my purple shirt in Lakers game days, and enjoy great weather. I grew up in Tulsa, OK, with my mom, four sisters, and a brother (who are all awesome). I sensed God “calling me to ministry” in HS and went to Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. Joplin rocks, and OCC taught me to love the Bible deeply and read it intelligently. At OCC I met my wife Beth, who truly is my closest friend. After graduation we moved out to California, where I started working at RLC and attending Fuller Seminary; Beth teaches 8th grade Bible and Drama, and even though she’s hard core her students adore her. After finishing Fuller I came on full-time at the church and we have been here since.
I don’t know what else to say here. I’m trying to think about what I’d want to see in an “About” section, but I’m drawing a blank. Recently I wrote a book called Jesus in 3D. My goal in life is to see Jesus clearly and follow him faithfully. My primary current interests are what the “gospel” really and truly is, what Jesus accomplished in his death and resurrection, and how the church in 21st century America can best point forward to God’s coming kingdom. To get all fancy on you, I am learning to live and share a biblical gospel from within an alternative community committed to radical discipleship and engaging in incarnational mission. If that doesn’t make me sound pretentious, I don’t know what will. But it’s my dream nonetheless.
Thanks for stopping by.