About Stephen

Short bio

Stephen D. Morrison:

Husband to Ketlin

Author & Theologian

Avid reader

Traveler, runner, life-long learner

Author of:

Jürgen Moltmann in Plain English (2018)

T. F. Torrance in Plain English (2017)

Karl Barth in Plain English (2017)

We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (2015)

And more

Hello there!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work.

My name’s Stephen D. Morrison. I am an American writer, amateur theologian, and literary critic.

I’ve written several books on a wide range of subjects. You can find all my theology books here, and my literary books here.

I’m currently in the middle of a series of books I call the “Plain English” series. Each book focuses on a significant theologian from modern times and attempts to explain their thought in a scholarly yet accessible way. Learn more about this project here.

I must confess I’m not the most consistent blogger out there, but you can read my latest thoughts and articles here.

Feel free to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

My life in bullet points:

  • Born in Pickerington, Ohio (near Columbus) on October 4th, 1992
  • Ran cross country and track in High School
  • Led worship at my youth group, and lead a student ministry at school (FCA)
  • Went to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California for two years
  • It’s where I met my wife, Ketlin
  • We got married on January 3rd, 2013
  • We have lived in Tallinn, Estonia for three years, and now Lund, Sweden for one year while my wife finishes here schooling (Bachelor’s in Public Economics, Master’s in Finance)
  • I read 100+ books a year
  • I roast my own coffee beans
  • I own about 10 different coffee-brewing methods
  • As much as I’d like to write full time, I work various “odd-jobs” depending on which country I’m in
  • I’ve taught music and English, I’ve worked in sales, and I’ve even worked a few warehouse jobs
  • James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Paul Auster are my favorite fiction writers
  • Karl Barth, Thomas F. Torrance, and Jürgen Moltmann are (currently) my largest theological influences
  • I’ve never been to seminary, though I plan to in the near future
  • At the moment I am a “self-taught” theologian (thus the “amateur” title)
  • I love writing, but detest the editing process
  • I’m a musician; I play guitar, piano, drums, and (once upon a time) trumpet
  • I find music theory fascinating, and I’ve even dabbled in music composition
  • Modern composers tend to be my favorites: Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Arvo Pärt
  • Though I do enjoy an occasional afternoon with Bach or Schubert
  • I buy too many books…
  • But I get it honest (my grandma has well over 5,000 books in her library)
  • Most of my favorite films were directed by Kubrick, Lynch, Tarantino, or Hitchcock
  • I love all things Avant-Garde (art, music, novels, plays)
  • Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Pablo Picasso tend to be my favorite artists
  • I used to paint quite often, but haven’t in a while because we travel so often (though you and I both know that’s a lame excuse)
  • Ketlin and I love traveling to new places together
  • Some of my favorite trips we’ve done: Dublin, Rome, Germany (on the Rhine), and Edinburgh
  • Ketlin loves the beach, but I love sitting in the shade with my books
  • Guinness or a vanilla stout is my go-to beer; Laphroaig for special occasions
  • I prefer to run barefoot—or with my “finger shoes” when I must
  • I ran a half marathon in high school, and plan to run a full marathon
  • That’s enough bullet points for now
  • Contact me if you want to say hello!