About me.

In 2002 I married my love, Leah.   Over the last 12 years we've acquired a boy, four girls, and a black lab.  I drink a lot of coffee, play ultimate frisbee whenever I can, and read.  

I'm an associate pastor at Willow Creek Baptist Church in West Des Moines, Iowa where I work with our growth groups (aka small groups), Bible classes, and anything theologically geeky.

Why blog?

Blogs and blogging are a double-edged sword to me.  On the one hand, I read a handful of blogs almost daily.  Perhaps I'll even get around to sharing what I read someday.  I find many blogs fun, helpful, and even edifying.  On the other hand, blogs seem dangerous.  They are unreviewed, self-published, and often narcissistic.  

So why blog?  Well, I want to learn.  Learning requires making mistakes.  Making mistakes, in my case, means writing more.  One cannot write well until he or she has written poorly.  Or, as Chesterton said, "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." Writing is a chance to learn.

 Also, because my wife said so.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Frisbee in Santa Barbara.  September 2002.

Frisbee in Santa Barbara.  September 2002.

The kiddos. September 2013

The kiddos. September 2013

annoying my wife in Estes Park

annoying my wife in Estes Park