The Christian faith has defined the majority of my life, though the content and form of my faith has evolved as I have journeyed and grown. The content has changed because the theologies and practices of my fundamentalist childhood proved inadequate for addressing the reality that I have experienced. It seemed that if the God I knew was the God of all humanity in the 21st century, then a more expansive image of God and faith was necessary. I have reevaluated, restructured, or relinquished various beliefs and practices that left me feeling like a bad believer or presented a deficient perspective of God and God's work in the world. My faith is now more playful, accepting of mystery, inclusive of people unlike me, and committed to social justice.
The form of my faith has changed as I discovered contemplative spirituality and embraced Marcus Borg’s fourfold definition of faith: intellectual assent to beliefs, a trusting relationship with the Divine, faithfulness to a way of life, and a vision for how the world should be different than its current reality. The first of these definitions, focused solely on believing the correct doctrines, was the primary way I viewed faith for the first couple decades of life. I now emphasize different aspects of this definition at different times, but I seek a holistic practice that embodies all four ways of being faithful.
A more concrete biography goes something like this:
I grew up moving frequently, but primarily around Denver, Colorado with my parents and four siblings. I have been in Texas since my junior year of high school, where I stayed for my college years at East Texas Baptist University. By the time I left ETBU, I had earned a B.A. and M.A. in religion with a minor in psychology.
After graduating from ETBU, Hannah and I married and relocated to Dallas. After an interval of a few years, I resigned from a position in the insurance industry to further pursue my calling to minister by attending Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas.
Hannah and I spend our days in Dallas playing with Isla (our standard poodle), working out at East Dallas CrossFit, sampling the local foodie scene, walking at White Rock Lake, and (perhaps most importantly) drinking coffee.