I am the Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I received my Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics and Society at Emory University, writing my dissertation on John Calvin’s two kingdoms theory, and my M.Div. at Westminster Seminary California. I formerly served as a counter-terrorism intelligence analyst in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as a legislative correspondent for Florida Congressman Dave Weldon. I preach and speak regularly and am available for requests via the Contact page on this blog.

The purpose of this blog is to serve as a way for me to discuss my reflections on public issues of concern to Christians and the Christian church. While I will discuss the tradition of Christian political theological reflection from time to time, much of what I post will simply draw attention to events, problems, and books, suggesting ways to make sense of them. My aim is not to tell my readers what to think. Thoughtful Christians understand that no one has the expertise to provide authoritative interpretations or judgments regarding the complex events in the world around us. My hope, rather, is to offer reflections that serve as a guide, that point readers to the events and issues that matter, and that provide perspective informed by the Reformed and Christian traditions. I welcome feedback. The purpose of this blog is to raise questions and provoke reflection, not to function as an electronic pulpit.

  1. Thank you for your report on the tornado and God’s protection of your loved ones. Praying for you in Christiansburg, VA.

  2. Just came across your blog while prepping for a Sunday School class on DVD’s Living in God’s Two Kingdoms, and have subscribed. Thank you!

  3. Thank you very much for creation this blog; I am reading some of the original pamphlet writings of Paul Althaus in German – and was simply not sure regarding Althaus’ nuts + bolts theology pre 1933 – and then during the ’33 – ’44 period.

  4. Hi, came across your blog through a friend. Really enjoyed the ‘Is the Gospel Social?’ post – we have a choice between platonic dualism or a ‘faith for all of life’. Some good points made in the article. Keep up the good work!

    The Roadside Musings

  5. Your articles that I have read over the years have been very helpful to me. Though you write as an American, they are highly relevant even here in Kenya. Maybe one day you will visit us and give a lecture or talk on some of the things you write about.

    God’s blessings,

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