I’m a Christian trying to live in light of what Jesus has done for me. I’m also a husband to Esther, and a father to Isaiah, Naomi, Elijah, and Miriam. I serve as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. In terms of hobbies, I am a true Californian—my favorite place in all the world is the beach, and I’m also into hiking, biking, and movies.
I have a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in historical theology, and an M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary. I am the author of several books in the realm of theology and regularly write online in the realm of theology and Christian living. For a list of publications, see my CV.
I get a lot of questions about the title of my blog, Soliloquium. It is simply the Latin word for “soliloquy,” which means “an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers.” St. Anselm uses the term soliloquium to describe one of his theological books, and its method of introspective, meditative, prayerful thought. Later he describes his theological approach as “faith seeking understanding.”
This blog is my place to “soliloquize.” Some posts are more theological, others are more devotional, some are about a piece of literature I happen to be reading, and some are completely random. My primary purpose is to learn—for me, writing is a part of the learning process, part of “seeking understanding.”
The views represented on my blog are mine alone and not representative of my church or denomination.
“I do not try, Lord, to attain Your lofty heights, because my understanding is in no way equal to it. But I do desire to understand Your truth a little, that truth that my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand so that I may believe; but I believe so that I may understand. For I believe this also, that ‘unless I believe, I shall not understand.'”
Anselm, Proslogion, chapter 1