About

I, of whom I know nothing.

— Samuel Beckett

It is impossible, nearly impossible, to speak of one’s self truthfully. How foreign we are to our selves. It’s likely if I ever met myself on the street, I wouldn’t even recognize me.

But I can speak of what I do, what I like, and my history.

I am a writer of several books, mostly theological books but some fiction and literary criticism as well. I’m best known for my “Plain English” series. More about that here.

I love reading and writing because I love ideas and the beauty of truth. I am relentlessly curious.

I am a coffee roaster. I love the subtle delights of coffee and the tactile experience of roasting, brewing, and drinking it. Roasting is a way to make money, but it is also a way to get out of my head.

I am a theologian. Theology is a central passion of my life. I am especially interested in making theology approachable and relevant to everyday people. I am not a professionally trained theologian and proudly wear my “amateur” title accordingly.

The theologians who have influenced me the most (so far) are Barth, Torrance, Moltmann, Schleiermacher, and Cone. But I am a life-long student and have no fixed allegiances—though I must admit that Barth’s shadow looms the largest in my mind.

I love art in its many forms. Literature firstly, then music, painting, and film. My favorite writers are Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. I also enjoy Paul Auster, Nabokov, William Bronk, Shakespeare, John Williams, Flann O’Brien, and Kafka. Classical music: Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, Bach, Schubert. Painting: Pollock, Rothko, Bacon. Film: Kubrick, Lynch, Paul T. Anderson, Martin McDonagh, and the Coen Brothers.

For my latest attempts at blogging— I must confess I am an inconsistent blogger—click here.

To buy my books, click here.

To read more of my journey, click here.

To check out my coffee company, click here.

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