is a collector of classic-rock vinyl LPs, bookaholic, author, philosopher, pastor, and devoted husband and father. He founded and for two decades led Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, California. He has graduate degrees in theology, philosophy, and ministry, and for relaxation likes to tinker in his garage, read, listen to music, and hang out with his wife and best friend, Amy.
Books I'm Reading Now
Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, by Joseph Pearce
In the last century, Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a truly heroic, world-changing, multifaceted force: as a writer, dissident, and convert from atheism to Christianity. His story is not only fascinating, but the example he sets is sterling. This book taught me a great deal both historically and morally, and it inspired me to be a better person. (Pearce is a great biographer, as also can be seen in his works on Tolkien and Chesterton.)
Descartes, by A.C. Grayling
An engaging biography and analysis of the philosophy of Rene Descartes, who is sometimes called “the first modern man.” The author also advances his interesting theory that Descartes not was only a philosopher, mathematician, and inventor—but also a spy!
My Favorite Books
The Evidential Power of Beauty, by Thomas Dubay, S.M.
Everyone appreciates beauty, but few are aware of the profound moral, philosophical, and metaphysical implications of beauty. Fr. Dubay leads readers on a journey through vast landscapes of thought, including music, science, and theology. In a sense, the whole book is a mediation of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s statement, “Every experience of beauty points to infinity.”