Hi! Thanks for dropping by. Let me tell you a little about myself…
I am an acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers and a senior editor at CTPastors.com, a Christianity Today publication for church leaders. While I’m not wrestling other people’s words into submission, I’m busy doing battle with my own. I’m the author of Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Church…and how to Bring Them Back (Moody, 2010) and Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying (Thomas Nelson, 2014). My work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and Relevant magazine.
The poet John Milton once stated that his aim was “to justify the ways of God to man.” That’s a great mandate. Alas, I’m no Milton. And my goals aren’t so lofty. I’ll be happy if my writing opens your eyes a little wider to God’s beauty, and leaves you looking slightly more like his Son.
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More of My Story
I grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, (Oh Canada!), in a pastor’s family. I lived in an igloo and spent my childhood tracking polar bears across the frozen tundra. (OK, not really.)
When I was 22, I moved to Portland, Oregon, and met a beautiful girl named, Grace. She (somehow) agreed to marry me and we attended Portland State University together, where I completed my B.A. in English.
Next we moved to Pasadena, California where I earned an M.A. in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, I took a job as the assistant editor at New Man magazine at Strang Communications in Lake Mary, Florida. In 2008, I was hired at Christianity Today International, where I now serve as the senior editor of Leadership Journal, the country’s premier publication for church leaders. In 2010, I started writing books and speaking at churches and pastors’ conferences.
During my twenties, I worked a string of odd jobs, pursued higher education, and moved like a nomad. Yet ever since churning out a sappy devotional for a Christian magazine when I was 19, I’ve had a desire to write about God. Today I feel incredibly blessed to be able to support my family by living out that calling.
Grace and I live in Portland, Oregon with our son, Athanasius, and daughter Mary.
You can get in touch with me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. If you send me a message, I’ll try to respond in a timely manner. Or if you’re one of those old fashioned folks who still likes talking face-to-face, swing by and we’ll grab some coffee.
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