For the past 10 years, I’ve been called ‘pastor’. To be clear, that doesn’t mean I’ve mastered what it means to follow Jesus, or that I know all the answers to people’s questions about the Bible, or that God’s ways make sense to me, or that my political beliefs align with one particular party. In fact, if I’m convinced of anything, it’s that following Jesus means constantly re-learning. Identity, politics, mental models, ways of living, ideas of justice all have to be re-oriented around the cross and the one who hung on it. I don’t write to convey the answers I believe I have. I write to learn. And I hope you’ll learn with me.

Some fast facts about me: I’m married. There are three kids running around our house–all belong to us. I’ve pastored Christ’s Community Church in Fishers, Indiana since 2008. I’ve written two books (Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood; More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overcoming Grace) and contributed to a third (Learning Change: Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal). I’ve had a few articles featured in publications like Huffington Post, Sojourners.com, The Glorious Table, and The Deseret News. Other outlets like The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and Relevant Magazine have quoted me. I guess if you talk enough, someone is bound to quote you.

I love the outdoors–hunting, fishing, skiing, backpacking. I’ve never read the entire Lord of the Ring series. Because seriously, JR, enough with the details.