Who am I? This is not the easiest question to answer, especially when you fully understand that everyone who reads this bio will know that everything written about me was written by me. Who am I? I’m by nature a monastic and by this I mean I’m conservative and contemplative. I’m also a student, and I’d like to stay in this profession for the rest of my life. I love to speak on topics that are closest to my heart, such as apologetics, theology, leadership, and Biblical studies. I’m independent, but at the same time I understand how dependent I am on the rest of the body of Christ. I’m a philosopher who loves to mull complex questions over and over in my mind on a never-ending search to solve the pressing dilemma of the day (or at least the hour). I love putting the musings of my own personal spiritual journey to music. I am always growing, never complete, ever seeking and hopefully, a changing, committed Christian.
I have been involved in many different religious groups from Catholic to Quaker, from Presbyterian to Southern Baptist. Several years after committing myself to Christ, I was persuaded by very sincere Christians to become an independent, separatist fundamentalist, and ultimately I ended up speaking at churches and conferences as a church growth antagonist. After many years of contemplating fundamentalist theology, coupled with a series of life-altering events, I finally decided to forsake my separatist roots and reconcile myself with the rest of the body of Christ. I have even now joined the Emergent conversation. I believe that each one of these groups plays a unique role in God’s master plan for His church to turn the world upside down, and I feel my involvement with each group has made me a better Christian in different ways.
At present, my wife and I are members of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois and are taking part in the conversation at Life on the Vine in Long Grove, Illinois, as well as attending a charismatic church (and no, I haven’t spoken in tongues yet). We basically attend church in one form or another five times a week, and to put it in my children’s words, “This is a lot of church, dad!” We have met many wonderful people who all love the same Savior. They have encouraged us, inspired us, laughed with us, and posed questions that have provoked us with their passion for God’s activity in this world.
And finally, in respect to my ministry career, I was a college professor of Theology, Biblical Studies and Counseling for ten years and a senior pastor for eight years. I have completed my first PhD in Biblical Studies and am currently finishing my second PhD in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. I spend the rest of my time giving pastors a little break from their pulpits, doing in-depth bible study classes, traveling (just a little), speaking at conferences, and writing music. I’m hoping that by the time I’m done with this next degree I’ll know a little more than I did yesterday.
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