My family and I leave today for vacation (whoooohoooo!). While I’m away I’ve asked some friends to provide guest posts for my blog. I’m super grateful for their willingness to do this. You (the reader) are going to be mightily blessed. All of these guys are remarkably brilliant, pastoral, and fun. But most importantly, they are all gospel-addicts.
So, let me briefly introduce them to you (in no particular order):
Steve Brown has known me my entire life. A dear friend of our family’s and the former pastor of Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Miami, Steve is President of Key Life Network, a radio broadcaster, seminary professor and author. One of the funniest and freest guys I know, he also teaches on Key Life, a daily fifteen-minute syndicated radio show heard around the country on 300 stations. Steve serves as Professor Emeritus of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel.
Ray received a B.A. from Wheaton College, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, M.A. from The University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Ray served as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois from 1989-1998. He currently serves as pastor at Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee (an Acts 29 church) and as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.
Justin is a pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle and the Director of the Resurgence. Besides being my theological soul-mate, he’s also an adjunct professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He holds two masters degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary and a PhD from Emory University. Justin and his wife, Lindsey, wrote Rid of My Disgrace, a book on gospel hope and healing for sexual assault victims. His edited volume, Christian Theologies of Scripture, explores various views of the authority and nature of Scripture throughout the Christian tradition. I highly recommend both books!
David is the director of Mockingbird Ministries and editor of The Mockingbird Blog (one of the best blogs on the planet). Very few people are able to connect the ordinary world of pop-culture with the extraordinary word of the gospel better than David. He also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA. Mockingbird’s next conference takes place Oct 28-29th in Birmingham, AL on the theme “Grace, Rest and the End of Scorekeeping.” If you were smart, you’d go!
Dane serves as Senior Editor in the Bible Division at Crossway Books in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of A New Inner Relish: Christian Motivation in the Thought of Jonathan Edwards (Christian Focus, 2008) and is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.) and Wheaton College (B.A., Ph.D.). Dane is married to his college sweetheart, Stacey, and they have two boys, Zachary and Nathan. He blogs at Strawberry-Rhubarb Theology.
Mark is senior managing editor of Christianity Today. He has also been an editor with Christian History and Leadership. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and the author of many books including Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God. His newest book God Wins: Heaven, Hell, and Why the Good News is Better than Love Wins comes out in July (a must read in light of the recent Rob Bell brouhaha). He is married and is a member of Church of the Resurrection in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Chuck is the founding pastor of Holy Trinity, a new Anglican church plant in San Antonio (2010). Formerly he was rector of Christ Episcopal Church (San Antonio), the largest church in that diocese with 3,000+ members. He is the author of Cramner’s Church: An Introduction to Anglicanism in America. He and his wife, Ellen, have four grown children, three son-in-laws, and one grandson.
Mike is a Professor of Systematic Theology at Knox Theological Seminary (Coral Ridge’s Seminary). He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at Wheaton College. Prior to joining the faculty at Knox, he taught undergraduate and graduate students at Wheaton College. With Dr. Scott Swain, he serves as general editor of the prestigious T & T Clark International Theological Commentary. Among other books, Mike has written Reformed Theology: Doing Theology (London: T & T Clark, 2010) and published articles in various academic journals such as the Journal of Theological Interpretation, Scottish Journal of Theology, Horizons in Biblical Theology, Westminster Theological Journal and International Journal of Systematic Theology. He also regularly writes for Modern Reformation. When not busy teaching and writing, he enjoys time with his wife Emily and his son Jackson, watching NBA basketball (the Mavs, not the Heat–Boooo!), running, reading, the beach, and sweet tea.
You’ll be hearing from all of them soon. You’re gonna love ‘em…