I am the Pastor at The Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, IL (near Rockford, IL) and the author of Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds (Crossway) and When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search (Believer’s Lifesystem) (Moody), see also the site www.pastorsearchresources.com.
You can read why I call my blog, “A Brick in the Valley,” here.
My book, Bound Together: How We are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices, is scheduled to be published in with Zondervan in March of 2013.
I have one wife (Jamie) and four children (Allison, Christopher, Benjamin, and Mary Beth).
I have a degree in chemistry from Central College (Pella, IA) and an MBA from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA). In a former life I worked in product development in medical diagnostics for Bayer. After leaving the corporate world, I graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.
I later received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary having completed the preaching track under Haddon Robinson. My doctoral thesis led to my book When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search.
I grew up on a farm in the Great State of Iowa near Keosauqua.
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Below, as a part of a series of questions for Christianity.com, I answer the question, “What is the best way to study the Bible?”