I have these two friends, Brandon and Noah, who both love bugs. When I worked on a farm in 2010, Noah often attempted to make us eat bugs, once arguing that cockroaches are as cute as bunnies (my wife was not convinced!). Brandon, too, does odd things in the name of bugs. The transport to his own wedding was disrupted when the airport authorities stopped his bag because it was full of bugs. I’m pretty sure he was late for the ceremony because he was on the phone with them, begging to free the bugs from quarantine.
I’m not sure why these two friends came to mind when brainstorming for my bio. It’s probably because thinking about a bio makes one think about where they’re going and why: As I grew to know them more, it became clear that these friends possessed a deep capacity for life—vitality, meaning, and purpose—that manifested in their love of bugs, and it is that pursuit of life that compelled me to pursue Christ as a student at Regent College. More accurately, it was probably that the reality of the risen Christ became my life, meaning, and purpose, and it became foolish not to pursue more of that for myself and others.
To write is to learn, so I’m grateful to St. Pete’s and to you that we can think together about living the Christ-life.
My wife Lydia is with me in Vancouver. Our seven-year marriage has seen us at a farm in Fort Myers, FL, at a Haitian nonprofit in Raleigh, NC, and in Boston, MA (Lyd doing HIV research, and me working as a software engineer). Oh, and we had an excellent honeymoon in Ireland. Lydia plays the fiddle and is the most empathetic person I know. My parents raised me in Minnesota, and they now live in Nashville, TN, which is my “permanent residence.” I have one (awesome!) sister, who is in Naples, FL. I work (part-time, remote) for a startup in Boston, MA as a software engineer. Lydia works at Regent running the summer programs.
The things I love about Christianity are probably the most interesting things about me, and will guide what I write on the blog: Christ’s continual invitation to embrace His lens rather than the lens of the world is unceasingly challenging and fascinating—that topic alone could occupy my thoughts forever; being invited into the family that is the historic Christian Church, and allowing their witness to guide and challenge us; to wonder and wonder and wonder about the infinite ways that we are led into His presence, and train the eyes of our soul and mind to see Him more clearly; to marvel at the charity of God’s self-revelation, and to find words that attempt to accurately articulate what He has said.
To write is to learn, so I’m grateful to St. Pete’s and to you that we can think together about living the Christ-life. Let’s hope (and pray!) that my words will be a small contribution that will allow us to move further into Him together.