“Lookout Mountain, June” (poem), Fathom Magazine, Issue 44, September 2021.
“Where My Driveway Ends, a Cemetery Begins: Learning to See the Living among the Dead” (creative nonfiction), Fathom Magazine, Issue 44, September 2021.
“Heritage” (Poem), Fathom Magazine, Issue 41, April 2021.
“Restoring God’s Image in Rural America,”LIGHT Magazine (from the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission), Winter 2017, 28.
The Church, Poverty, and Living out Jesus’ Kingdom Today, Churchology Podcast, February 16, 2021.
Covid-19 and the Economy, The Way Home Podcast (from the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission), April 7, 2020.
“How Best to Help COVID Orphans” The Gospel Coalition, September 21, 2021.
“Bringing Good Things Together: Work and Worship” (Review of Work and Worship), The Gospel Coalition, March 26, 2021.
“Confessions of a Levite“ The Gospel Coalition, October 22, 2020.
“Love in an Economic Crisis” The Gospel Coalition, March 16, 2020
“Why It’s Better to Trade than to Give: True Generosity Looks Less Like a Soup Kitchen and More Like a Potluck” The Gospel Coalition, January 22, 2020
“Fundamentalist U & Me: Justin Lonas at Bryan College” I Love You But You’re Going to Hell: Awkward Conversations about School and Society, January 12, 2020
“Generosity Could Change Your Life” The Gospel Coalition, December 13, 2019
“Why Embodiment Matters to the Christian in Our Work and Worship” The Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, December 12, 2019
“How Can I Know if I’m Being Greedy?” The Gospel Coalition, October 27, 2019
“A Book on Dignity for All Has a Lot to Teach the Church” The Gospel Coalition, September 20, 2019
“From Mundane Ministry to the Presence of God” MissioAlliance, September 11, 2019
“Does God Prefer Us to Be Rich or Poor?,” The Gospel Coalition, May 28, 2019
The Chalmers Center
By day, I serve at The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, a group dedicated to helping churches think differently about poverty and then do something about it. Though it’s a great blessing to be a part of Chalmers’ team, and many of the themes of our work there will show up in my writing on this site, all content and views expressed here are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chalmers Center.
At Chalmers, I often write blog posts, and also work on producing online courses like:
- Mobilize My Church
- Practicing the King’s Economy
- Are You A Good Neighbor?
- Helping Without Hurting : The Basics
- Helping Without Hurting in Benevolence Ministry
As opportunities present themselves, I hope to have more entries in this space. These aren’t “my” books, but those by other authors/groups who I have assisted in some capacity (editing, co-authoring, graphic design, etc.).
- PAACS Principles of Reconstructive Surgery, March 2016.
(Editorial and Design Assistant)
- Practicing the King’s Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give by Robby Holt, with Brian Fikkert, Baker, 2018 (editing, design, publishing liaison)
- Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream by Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic, Moody, 2019 (editing, design, publishing liaison).
- A Field Guide to Becoming Whole: Principles for Poverty Alleviation Ministries by Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic, Moody, 2019 (editing, design, publishing liaison).
- Helping without Hurting in Africa by Anthony Sytsma, Jonny Kabiswa Kyazze, and Brian Fikkert, Oasis International, 2021 (editing, design, publishing liason).
Disciple was an outreach of AMG International (where I worked from 2006-2016) designed to equip & encourage teachers of the Bible. I came to AMG in 2006 as the editor of Pulpit Helps, a print periodical started in 1975, and started Disciple to continue that work when we took PH out of print in 2009. I wrote hundreds of pieces for PH & Disciple over the years, and even though it is no longer being updated, archives are still available on the website.
About two years ago, I discovered (through a friend) the Czech-based app FlowerChecker. Through this handy service, you can upload a photo of a plant with your smartphone, and actual human beings with botany training and experience will ID it for you. I liked what I saw, asked the founder if he needed any help with the Eastern U.S./Greater Appalachia biome, and found myself working on the back end. It’s been a fun way to help others and pick up a little extra cash in my spare time.
Odds ‘n’ Ends
I freelance at, well, a lot of things, mostly for free. If you need a Sunday school teacher, editing work, graphic design, travel/logistics planning, website content, press releases, nonprofit/ministry consulting, landscape ideas, or baking advice, just holler.