To write down my nothings is a prayerful attempt to pay attention to the ordinary in front of me and to give thanks for its value as created gift and providence from God.
To explore the recovery of our humanity is to assert that in order to glorify God we must learn to resist pretending that we are Him. The noble limits of our human lives, the inability to be everywhere at once, to fix everything and to know everything, the freedom from doing large things, notably and immediately, the rescue of grace and the sanity of stability–these are the things I am seeking to learn and to make much of in Jesus.
In terms of ministry resume, I serve as lead pastor of Riverside Church in Saint Louis, MO (www.riversidestl.org). Prior to this ministry, I’ve served as a pastor, professor, doctor of ministry director, dean, crisis-pastor, youth minister and campus minister. I’ve written some books. Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect with our Culture (Baker, 2008) and Kindled Fire: How the Methods of C.H. Spurgeon can help your Preaching (Mentor, 2006) and Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being (Crossway). Forthcoming are the books, Recovering Eden: The Gospel in Ecclesiastes (P&R), and Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Handling the Dark Sides of Life and Ministry (Christian Focus).
As a man, I have alot to learn. Like you I have walked through many dark places to learn the abiding grace of Jesus. My wife Jessica and I live with our three children as a blended family in Webster Groves, Missouri. I’m seeking Jesus’ grace to follow Him humanly each day until He comes.