A call to ministry came to me in the Fall of 1978. Since, most of the ministry to which God graciously honored me to do has been as a local church pastor. When I turned 50, however, God led in other directions that included Interim work, evangelism, church administration, college administration, editorial work, and writing.
Academically, I hold a B.A. with a concentration in Religion & Philosophy from Thomas Edison State University; an MDiv with a concentration in Systematic Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; a DMin in Expository Preaching from Trinity Theological Seminary; and a PhD in Church Polity & History from the University of Pretoria. Presently, I serve at Truett McConnell University as Director of TMU Press and Associate Professor of Christian Studies.
Personally, I'm definitively conservative theologically and decidedly Baptist by conviction. Yet I find myself eager to dialog with those not of my spiritual DNA. Indeed I think my journey enriched, not threatened by, open, honest dialog. Such does not mean, however, I understand no biblical or biblically-derived, ecclesial boundaries exist. To the contrary, I most certainly do. It does mean that, even though we may or even must belong to different but historically orthodox faith communities, our common faith in the redemptive cross-work of the Lord Jesus Christ especially binds us together for eternity.
Specifically, I express my unalterable belief in historic Christianity and the unalterable truth and divinely inspired authority and inspiration of the canonical books of the Christian Scriptures.
In short, for me, my dominating presupposition is, whatever Scripture says, God says. Thus, all my commentary on religion, philosophy, theology, history, culture, lifestyle, ethics, and politics will necessarily be laced throughout with this non-negotiable backdrop.