About

I am a Christian, a husband, a father, and a pastor, in that order.

I grew up in Omaha. I was educated at the University of Oklahoma and Reformed Theological Seminary. After prior stints as a campus ministry leader and a college pastor, I founded the Coram Deo Church Community in the fall of 2005. My wife and I have four children who keep us honest and teach us much about God’s grace.

My primary roles within Coram Deo include preaching, vision, strategy, and theological leadership. In my spare time you can find me on the basketball court, in the coffee shop with a philosophy book in hand, at home hanging out with my wife and kids, or in the garage working with my hands.

ABOUT THE BLOG

I think by writing. Unless I can articulate something, I probably don’t really know it. And I tend to learn best through debate, discussion, and interaction.

I believe in debate the way it used to be done. When it wasn’t about sound bites or winning the argument, but about the pursuit of truth. “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion,” the ancients said. I don’t want to be that guy. And I don’t want my readers to be either. I write to seek understanding and to invite others into that pursuit with me.

So here’s the deal. I’m going to write stuff. You feel free to read my stuff, comment, and/or write your own stuff. But let’s be mature about it.

ABOUT THE WEBSITE

By God’s grace, some of the resources I’ve created have proven helpful to people. This website exists to make those resources available to a broad spectrum of Christian leaders  – primarily those who are engaged in the work of church planting, cultural renewal, spiritual/theological formation, and/or leadership development.

The resources we post here are necessarily selective. For a broader body of work, visit the Coram Deo Church website or consult the Acts 29 Network.

All theology is contextual, so everything I write and create bears the influence of my own church and city. I am deeply grateful to the people of Coram Deo and the friends who lead alongside me for their role in shaping all of this.