Hi! Thanks for dropping by. Let me tell you a little about myself…
I am an acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers and a contributing 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 Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science (Moody, 2019), Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Church…and how to Bring Them Back (Moody, 2010) 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.
More of My Story
I grew up in Alberta, 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.) A lot of people have horror stories about growing up in the evangelical subculture, but actually my experience was pretty good. Of course I'd be willing to re-evaluate that if I were offered a sizable book contract for a tell-all about growing up in the church.
When I was 22, I moved to Portland, Oregon, and met a beautiful girl named Grace. We started dating and a year and a half later (incredibly) she agreed to marry me.
Since then we've lived all over the place: in Pasadena (where I earned an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Seminary), in Florida (where I worked as the assistant editor at New Man magazine), and in Chicago (where I worked for years as the managing editor of Leadership Journal). In 2015, we moved back to the Northwest and I began working remotely for Moody Publishers as an acquisitions editor.
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. I believe God is still changing people and that He often does so through the written word.
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.