I want to be a resource to church leaders who want biblical and historical perspective on trends and issues in the church from someone who understands the challenges of ministry.

With that in mind, I have spoken to groups at national and denominational conferences, colleges and seminaries, and other large events, as well as at retreats and other intimate venues about

  • how our cultural expectations of success affect our understanding of Christian ministry
  • how embracing a biblical view of ministry means leveraging the strengths of small churches
  • how Christian leaders can respond effectively to national trends in religion
  • how cultural assumptions can cause us to misread the Scriptures–and what to do about it
  • how a sanctified imagination is crucial for the Christian life

I have also spoken to groups of academics about writing for a popular audience and to pastors about communicating effectively in print.

What gives me a unique perspective is my journalistic training in assessing contemporary trends combined with the historical and biblical perspective that comes from academic study—and my ability to synthesize those areas of expertise for the good of the church.

Hear me (try to) explain Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes to Phil Vischer and Skye Jethani. (Phil Vischer Podcast Clip)

Hear me discuss religious liberty with Dr. Bill Maier. (Dr. Bill Maier Clip)

2013 Schedule

February 3-5: American Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire Retreat (Gove Hill, VT)

February 24: Presbytery of West Jersey (New Jersey)

September 14: Woman 2013 (New Life Church, Conway, AR)

September 21-22: New Life Church (Conway, AR)

October 1-3: Week Kirk Conference (Angola, IN)

2014 Schedule

November 26-29: ACSI International Christian Educator Conference (Taejon Christian International School, South Korea)

To contact me about a speaking engagement, please fill out the short form below. The more information you can give me (dates, location, type of event, subject matter, proposed honorarium, etc.) the better. If you’d like to contact me for any other reason, I’d love to hear from you.

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