Below are some questions that I typically get, mainly related to my interests in theological studies and the creative arts.
What are my favorite works of fiction?
That’s like asking me who is my favorite parent or child. Still, some of my top picks are:
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
- Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera
- Bram Stoker, Dracula
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
- Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Andrew Peterson, The Wingfeather Saga
- C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
- J.K. Rowling, The Harry Potter Series
- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
- Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
Who are my favorite visual artists?
Again, that is a tough question, but my very favorites are currently Vincent van Gogh, Caspar David Friedrich, George Rouault, Edvard Munch, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Gustave Doré, Matthias Grünewald, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Edward Gorey.
What are my favorite translations of Scripture?
My favorite translations of the Bible are the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), New International Version (NIV), and New Living Translation (NLT) for most of my ministerial work; the New English Bible (NEB), Revised English Bible (REB), and Ronald Knox Version (Knox) for personal “pleasure” reading; and the English Standard Version (ESV), Revised Standard Version (RSV), New English Translation (NET) Bible, and New American Standard Bible (NASB) for additional consultation/citation.
Where do I stand on controversial theological issues?
I say they are debatable, but I think once you get past the contents of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, you should be very graceful in your approach to those debates; issues not covered in those are generally secondary. That said, if pressed, I consider myself loosely Calvinist, continuationist, Christus Victor, paedobaptist, theistic evolutionist, Christian pacifist, optimistic Amillennialist, partial preterist, and sacramentalist, among other things. I can be pretty fluid on most of these issues, though; I’ve moved around a lot and expect to move around a lot more.