I was born in West Virginia and raised in South Central Pa. Starting in college, I worked with youth first in a church and then for five years with Young Life. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, I spent 25 years as Presbyterian Minister, serving churches in Texas, New Jersey and suburban Philadelphia. I am a doctoral candidate at Drew University and have taught seminary classes in Church History, Biblical Studies, and Practical Theology. I have spent the last ten years involved in interfaith work, initially as a member of the national Jewish-Presbyterian dialogue team and most recently as a fellow with the Christian Leadership Initiative of AJC & Shalom Hartman Institute. I am currently consulting with non-profit and faith based organizations, mentoring professionals and giving spiritual direction. I am also the Director of Adult Education and Stewardship at Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. I have a growing family, whose latest addition is a grandson Dominic Valentine, born 10/16/14.
January 12th, 2018 | 35 mins 25 secs
In our second episode of 2018 we ask if the world is getting better. We reflect on Time Magazine's interview with Bill Gates and Rowan Williams' review of John Millbank's newest book, "The Politics of Virtue", co-authored with Adrian Pabst.
December 27th, 2017 | 37 mins 46 secs
In this episode we consider what it would look like to have a more civilized public discourse in 2018.
December 22nd, 2017 | 28 mins 45 secs
In this episode we talk about the mystery at the heart of Christmas: the Incarnation.
December 20th, 2017 | 31 mins 4 secs
In the last episode we wanted to talk about whether or not the Virgin Birth still makes sense for modern Christians. We initially wanted to tackle three issues: (1) the biblical witness, (2) the theological truth and (3) the existential significance. We only got to part 1 in the last episode. We hit part 2 and 3 in this one. Merry Christmas.
December 19th, 2017 | 44 mins 40 secs
In this episode we think about whether or not the Virgin Birth still makes sense for modern Christians. We initially wanted to tackle three issues: (1) the biblical witness, (2) the theological truth and (3) the existential significance. We only got to part 1. Our endeavor is parts 2 and 3 before Christmas Eve.
December 16th, 2017 | 32 mins 1 sec
We are joined on a "Friday Night Lights" episode by Greg Strawbridge. Greg is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA.
December 13th, 2017 | 49 mins 53 secs
In this episode, recorded the day after the special Senate election in Alabama to fill Jeff Sessions' seat, we talk about the signficance of Roy Moore's defeat for American public life.
December 9th, 2017 | 31 mins 44 secs
In this episode we consider whether tribalism is a more decisive force in our culture than ideology.
December 8th, 2017 | 34 mins 16 secs
We continue our revisiting of the Reformation, commemorating its 500th anniversary, through a comparison of brief works of Robert Jenson and Brian Gerrish. In this episode, recorded during the beginning of Advent, we talk about the end of all things and Christian hope.
December 2nd, 2017 | 39 mins 26 secs
In this episode, a Friday Night Lights edition, we talk about current events. We hit on taxes, field listener questions from Facebook live and even talk about football.