I am a teacher, scholar, and pastor. This website is a hub for my vocational and avocational work.
Since 1997, I have served as an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. My current call is to serve as Associate Professor of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at Wartburg Theological Seminary.
Homiletics (a.k.a. Christian preaching) is my primary teaching responsibility. I also teach in the areas of biblical theology, the Christian witness to Jesus Christ in the culturally and religiously plural world, and Koine Greek. My research interests are biblical hermeneutics, homiletics, cross-cultural biblical interpretation, and the intersection of bible and film.
A project of mine is WithEarsToHear.org - a website that seeks to assist those who listen to Christian preaching... orienting the ear to the gospel of Jesus Christ. More boldly put - reforming the preaching of the church from the pew to the pulpit.
It's also a pleasure to serve on the Steering Committee of the ELCA/ELCIC Association of Teaching Theologians. If you're so inclined, have a look at the Scholarship page for more stuff that I'm up to.
I also fiddle around with capturing light, shape, mood, and motion with a little ol' camera that frequently accompanies me (here and here), and blow the pipes with a fine (relatively so!) group of folks, The Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums.
I am currently collaborating with Inclusive Dubuque, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, and the Telegraph Herald on a public art project we're calling "I'm a Dubuquer," aimed at opening our eyes and hearts to the wealth of diversity in our local community.
Grounding this whole deal is the life I share with my family.