I grew up in the evangelical church of N America, in Canada, Northeast United States, and the Midwest. Seen all its strengths, weathered its problems. Left it all in disgust for a good while. But came back to my roots to work for renewal, reinvigoration and transformation for the days that lie ahead.

My journey  includes a.) doing a Ph.D at Northwestern University, b.) teaching in a large city church, c.) leading a small intentional community in the city of Chicago, planting a missional church, Life on the Vine Christian Community (of the Christian and Missionary Alliance) in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, which planted two more churches. I am at the second of those churches pastoring and participating in life at Peace of Christ Community in Westmont IL.  I’ve been coaching missional church plants for several years. As part of that, I’ve been  involved in organizing the Missional Learning Commons in the Midwest. We gather once a year to encourage each other, hear stories, and share how to do church as “everyday life.” Currently, I serve as the BR Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology  at Northern Seminary, Lombard, IL. where I teach culture, theology and ethics. I head up the D.Min and M.A. Theology and Mission at Northern.

I have been given numerous opportunities to speak, teach  and challenge the church on engaging the  contexts of the new post Christendom cultures of North America. I have spent most of my adult ministry/academic life asking the question Why Church? How do we lead church into the challenges we are facing including pluralism, injustice, post Christendom, postmodernity, alternative sexualities. The questions “What is the gospel? Where is the Kingdom? How does God reveal Himself? What is conversion? need to be asked anew. I have written on all these subjects in one form or another. Above all, I seek to reimagine church as a way of life under the Lordship of Christ and His mission in the world.

I list below some of the places I have been a presenter.

My books are viewable under the About tab on the front page of this site. If you’ve been a reader of this blog, or know me in other ways, and you’re interested in having me come to speak, lead dialogue on any of these things, e-mail me here.   I’ll be sure to get back to you. Blessings all. Thanks for reading!!

 

Current Speaking/Teaching Engagements

2017

Jan 23, 24  ReWire Missional Leadership Cohort – Chicago Cedar Lake Indiana

Feb 8,9  North American Baptist pastors gathering – Northern Seminary Chicago

Feb 11,12 London Ontario Hillside Church

Mar 7  Kansas City AMO / Jacob’s Well

Apr 27-29 Missio Alliance National Gathering Alexandria VA

May 18,19  ACNA Mission Gathering California

June 17,18 First Baptist Muncie IN

July 7-9 Ekklesia Project Chicago

Aug 7,8 Okoboji Bible Conference, Iowa

Sept 21, 22 Praxis 2017 ‘To Love Your Neighbor-hood’

Sept 22,23 American Baptist Churches New Jersey

Oct 13,14  OneWay Ministries, Ottawa Ontario

Oct 19, 20, 21 Great Rivers Region Aurora Cluster ABC pastors – Green Lake WI

Oct 27,28 McMaster Divinity School, Hamilton ON – Reformation Conference

Nov 6-9 Canadian Baptists of Western Canada.  Banff AB

 

Cross Section Sampling of Past Speaking Engagement

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These pictures below can be used as promo photos. (I know, a bit scary)

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