I’ve been in ministry for nearly 15 years – most of that with teens and families. I am passionate about spiritual formation and multi-generational ministry. I do a lot of preaching and teaching, particularly on subjects such as relationships, sexuality, and spiritual formation. I’m some combination of theologian/counselor/educator by training. In my ministry and education, the one thing I can tell you for sure is that faith is messy business. I value difficult conversation carried out in honesty and integrity. So, if I happen to touch on something you find interesting, provocative, or wrong, jump in the conversation.
I like school and learning (you don’t have to go to school to learn, but I like both). I have a BA, a couple of MA’s, and am working now on a PhD from Trinity. While this is all well and good, it also creates a great angst and struggle within me as the last thing I ever want is to become someone who’s learned so much that I can only converse within academic circles. It is a great advantage to me that I have frequent interaction with teens and young adults who keep me grounded in real life conversation and language.
I have an ever-increasing passion for understanding the world, theology, the Kingdom of God, food, and just about everything else through lenses other than the one I grew up with. I’m not looking to throw my inherited point of view away, but it has become clear to me that it is limited in some important ways (as are all viewpoints, because they exist in a context). I believe firmly that all truth is God’s truth, but all traditions are open to discussion.
What you’ll find here are thoughts about ministry, life as a follower of Jesus, culture, perhaps some poetry, and the occasional nonsensical rambling that I find humorous.