About

Everyone’s a theologian; everything is theological; all theology is practical.

Formal education

  • Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (FA ’15).
  • B.A. in pastoral studies and Biblical Greek (SP ’12).

Select ministry experience

  • Church-planting elder in southern Milwaukee (SU 2016 onward).
  • Author, speaker, and contributor at various Christian organizations and websites.
  • Youth leader at Lake Drive Baptist Church (2009-15); pastoral intern (SP 2016).
  • Theological assistant reference librarian at Rolfing Memorial Library at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2012-15).
  • Counselor, Bible speaker, and theological trainer of summer staff at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp (2008-12).
  • Ministry director of college society. Involved leading a nursing home ministry and a tutoring ministry at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission (2010-11).

Interests

In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, spending time with friends and family, athletics (namely, soccer and volleyball), spending time outdoors, listening to music, playing drums and cajon, and cheering for U.S. Soccer or the Green Bay Packers.

The area of  study in which I am most interested is Biblical theology and redemptive history and their implications for hermeneutics (e.g., issues of continuity and discontinuity within redemptive-history such as the relationship between Israel and the Church) and preaching (e.g., preaching all of scripture as Christian scripture such as preaching Christ from the Old Testament).

Some of my other interests include soteriology (the doctrine of salvation), the relationship between God’s sovereignty and the human will, Pauline studies and theology, the relationship between theology and practice or application, methodology of the application of scripture and theology, corporate worship, philosophy of ministry, polity, denominational differences, the relationship between socio-political-economic ideologies and the Christian worldview, social justice, the relationship between psychology and the Christian worldview, and issues regarding gender roles and sexual orientation.

Basic theological identity

  • I am orthodox. I ascribe to the universally and historically held Christian beliefs.
  • I am Trinitarian. I believe in the one true Christian God who exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • I am a historic protestant. I am committed to the central tenets of the Reformation, namely, the 5 solas: Scripture alone; by grace alone; through faith alone; in Christ alone; to the glory of God alone.
  • I am a conservative evangelical. I identify with the conservative wing of evangelicalism, a movement that seeks to recover fidelity to the true Gospel.
  • I adhere to verbal, plenary inspiration and inerrancy. I believe that the Bible is the very word of God without error.
  • I ascribe to grammatical-historical, redemptive-historical, literarily sensitive method of interpretation. I believe a proper and distinctively Christian reading of scripture attends to the meaning of texts in their original literary, cultural, and historical contexts while also giving due attention to the broader theological movements in scripture to which particular texts contribute.
  • I am non-dispensational. I believe God’s saving purposes expressed throughout the Old Testament, particularly through his dealings with Israel, have been initiated by Jesus in the Church, the unified community of Jew and Gentile.
  • I am a Calvinist. I hold to a Reformed understanding of the doctrine of salvation, i.e., that man is incapable of contributing to his salvation and that salvation is by God’s sovereign grace from first to last—planned, accomplished, and realized.
  • I adhere to penal substitution. I believe that, among other things, Jesus died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s wrath in their place.
  • I am Baptistic. I adhere to a congregationally based, plurality-of-elders led, and deacon-served church government. I also adhere to a historic, Reformed Baptist understanding and practice of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
  • I am complementarian. I believe God designed distinct and complementary gender roles for men and women and that, as such, certain leadership roles and functions in the church are to be restricted to men.
  • I am a non-charismatic. Although I am not convinced a decisive case can be made for the cessation of certain spiritual gifts, I think scripture leans that direction; and I believe scripture’s portrayal of such gifts invalidates much contemporary charismatic activity that is currently advocated.
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