Born in NYC, but St. Louis is my home
My wife Debbie teaches music and remembers thousands of names. We have three daughters, all married and part of Central. Abigail, married to Dave, is a teacher; Sarah, married to Branden, is an architectural designer and Beth, in corporate communication, married James.
To preach, teach and train the church, to lead the gifted people of Central into a life of church and to orchestrate the gifted folks of the church.
Preaching and teaching. Open dialogue both with disciples and skeptics. Honest, unfettered conversation. Active sports.
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY & LIFE:
Theologically, I am orthodox and evangelical, a glad heir of the Reformation. I believe in the triune God, fully revealed in Jesus - God, man and redeemer. I believe in the inspiration, authority, and clarity of God's Word. I believe in the gospel of grace, which every believer needs every day. I believe the bodily resurrection of Jesus proves that all of life counts, now and forever. I believe Jesus is Lord of this life and that we should reclaim it for him. I want to lead our church into deeper community and discipleship, into authentic worship and effective evangelism, and service throughout this world.
I earned a B.A. from Geneva, an M.Div. and a Ph.D. from Westminster Seminary and an S.T.M. from Yale, where I was twice a research fellow. I am ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
I admire J. Calvin, D.A. Carson, C.E.B. Cranfield, C.S. Lewis, M. Luther, J. Stott, K. Vanhoozer, B. Waltke, C. Wright, N.T. Wright, all good reference works; Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky.
Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words.
Mozart, Faure, Allison Kraus, Mark Knopfler, The Shins, Sting, Sufjan Stevens, Brooks Williams, John Williams
The Princess Bride, The Lives of Others, Almost Famous, The King's Speech, Tootsie, Fog of War, Before Sunrise, Ratatouille.
tennis, hiking, fitness, all sorts of games and sports.
STRANGE BUT TRUE:
I spoke in a lecture series after Bono and before Mel Gibson. Bertrand Russell's son was my dissertation advisor. Abigail was in the world championship in Ultimate Frisbee.
AS AN AUTHOR:
I've written ten books and contributed to others, including commentaries on Matthew and James, a book for men, called The Life of A God-Made Man, and three on Bible interpretation: Putting the Truth to Work, Getting the Message, and Beyond the Sacred Page. I'm working, slowly, on a book on spiritual healing through the Psalms.