About me

So you've come searching to find out if I'm legit, eh? Good for you. I hope you find the information you're looking for, and if not, feel free to comment on this page or contact me directly.

PhD - Social Psychology (in progress)
Th.M. - New Testament; Denver Seminary (in progress)
M.Div. - Apologetics, Ethics, and Biblical Studies; Denver Seminary (2018)
M.A. - Psychological Sciences; University of Colorado, Colorado
Springs (2012)
B.S. - Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy (2007)

Professional Experience:
I was a behavioral scientist in the Air Force from 2007 to 2016, mostly involved in research and consulting. My final assignment was an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy where I taught intro to psychology and leadership psychology courses. While I was in seminary, I volunteered (on a very part-time basis) as a research assistant in a neuropsych lab at the University of Denver. I am currently working on a PhD in social psychology and Baylor University with a focus on how virtues and religious beliefs affect well-being and performance.

I became a Christian because of apologetics in 2005 and have been intensely studying it since then. I started actively serving with my local church in 2012 as a small group leader and teacher. Since then, I have taught or preached on various apologetics topics for several churches and small groups. I've founded two small ministries, Apologetics Awareness and Christianity for Everyone, am a chapter director for Ratio Christi and Reasonable Faith (although I don't run any active chapters right now), and am on the Q&A team for Reasonable Faith.

I grew up in a non-Christian home in central MN and devoted my whole life to hockey. I dropped out of high school/tested out, depending on how you look at it, when I was 16 so I could focus more on hockey. I spent the next four years playing junior hockey (think minor pro, but without pay) until I was recruited so play division I college hockey at the Air Force Academy.

While in college, I took a psychology of religion course that required me to journal about what I believed about God, the afterlife, morality, and so on. I realized I didn't know what I believed, why I believed it, and the things I thought I knew were contradictory. I decided to investigate religion as rationally as possible. As a result, I discovered Christian apologetics.

The evidence convinced me, but I still didn't believe because I figured if it was true, every Christian I'd ever known would have talked about it. I thought a better explanation was that I was just unable to see the flaws in the Christian arguments so I checked to see what atheist scientists and philosophers said about the arguments because I thought they were the smartest, most unbiased people on the topic.

Much to my surprise, I realized the Christians had better, deeper arguments that incorporated more evidence than the arguments for any other worldview. Once I realized this, I submitted my life to the authority of Jesus and haven't looked back since.

The day after graduating college in May 2007, my wife and I were married and we were stationed in San Antonio, TX. I served in the Air Force as a behavioral scientist while my wife went to law school. After she graduated, we had our first child and moved back to Colorado Springs in 2011 where I did my first master's degree in psychological sciences. After finishing the degree in Dec 2012, I began teaching psychology at the Air Force Academy and we had our second child in 2013.

In 2016 I separated from the Air Force so I could attend seminary. By the end of the year, we had adopted a child from foster care, who is now our oldest. I graduated with my M.Div. in apologetics, ethics, and biblical studies in Dec 2018 and am on track to finish a ThM in new testament in May 2019. I hope to begin a PhD program in psychology in the fall of 2019.

Why you should read my blog:
My background gives me a somewhat unique voice among apologists and theologians. I didn't become a Christian until my early twenties, and I've always been pretty rebellious, so I am more likely than most to stand against dogmatic claims, even from Christians. I definitely have orthodox beliefs (see below), but I don't automatically except everything just because it comes from a fellow apologist or are widely accepted in Christian culture.

I also have education and experience in psychology, which is pretty rare for apologists, so I see things from a little bit of a different angle than others. This affords me the opportunity to add a new perspective to several topics, which means sometimes I may have a different positions on issues and other times I can add a new twist where there is agreement.

Finally, I am more skeptical than your average bear, which is yet another factor that often drives me to push against dogma, but ironically, it also sometimes leads me to more conservative beliefs. I don't like to believe anything without thorough investigation, religious or not. If I don't have good reasons for believing sometime, I won't have a strong view on it and it's probably on my list of things to examine! I also like heavy metal and humor. Hopefully this all works together for something that's fun, interesting, and educational.

What I believe/Statement of Faith
I believe that all scripture is inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16)
I believe in one God in three divine persons who share one essence (Athanasian Creed)
I believe that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose bodily on the third day (1 Cor 15:3-4)
I believe that that only means of salvation is through faith in Christ alone (John 8:24)

Obviously, I believe more than this, but this should be enough to show people I'm not a heretic, even if we disagree on secondary and tertiary issues. I'll add more to this section as I get a chance to explain and defend my views on more controversial topics.

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