Other Work / Portfolio


The Art of Receiving Blessings” (creative nonfiction) Fathom Magazine, Issue 53, March 2023.

Kelley Nikondeha, The First Advent in Palestine [Feature Review]” (review), Englewood Review of Books, December 2022.

Lungs” (poem), Ekstasis Magazine, June 2022.

Reading to Behold” (review of The Scandal of Holiness), Fathom Magazine, Issue 48, June 2022.

New Morning Mercies” (poem), Ekstasis Magazine, March 2022.

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 AmericaLIGHT Magazine (from the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission), Winter 2017, 28.


The Church, Poverty, and Living out Jesus’ Kingdom TodayChurchology 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.


Resting in Finitude” (review of You’re Only Human), Mere Orthodoxy, June 6, 2022.

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 and teaching online courses like:

Book Projects

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.).

Disciple Magazine

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 PHDisciple over the years, and even though it is no longer being updated, archives are still available on the website.


Some 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.