Below are some questions that I typically get, mainly related to me personally, along with my interests in creative arts and theological studies.
What is your Enneagram style?
I’m a 2, with 1 as my wing. I definitely resonate with this. I also score pretty high on 4 and 5.
What is your Myers-Briggs type?
INFJ, without question. I’m by-the-book definitive on this one.
What is your Hogwarts house?
Apparently, I’m a Gryffindor, which I totally accept (I do have a slight hero complex), though I did once get Ravenclaw. I would fit in either house.
Arts & Literature
What are your 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 your 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.
Who are your favorite filmmakers?
I particularly enjoy the film styles of the directors Fritz Lang, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Jacques Tourneur, Robert Wise, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Terrence Malick, Tim Burton, and Guillermo del Toro.
Bible & Theology
What are your favorite translations of Scripture?
My favorite translations of the Bible are the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), New International Version (NIV), English Standard Version (ESV), and Christian Standard Bible (CSB) 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 Revised Standard Version (RSV), New Living Translation (NLT), and New English Translation (NET) Bible for additional consultation/citation.
What theologians and spiritual writers most influence your current theology and understanding of the Christian life?
Currently, those who have, in some way, influence my most current thinking are Eugene Peterson, James K.A. Smith, N.T. Wright, C.S. Lewis, J.I. Packer, John R.W. Stott, Peter Leithart, Michael F. Bird, Scot McKnight, Henri Nouwen, Fleming Rutledge, Hans Boersma, Robert Webber, William Dyrness, and Jeremy Begbie. I’ve been very indirectly influenced by Alexander Schmemann, Karl Barth, Hans Urs von Balthazar, Dallas Willard, and Stanley Hauerwas.
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. This is why I am Anglican: this tradition allows for charitable disagreement on open-handed issues. That said, if pressed, here are some of my general stances:
- Atonement: Christus Victor, with substitution as a means.
- Soteriology: Loosely Calvinist.
- Charismatic gifts: Soft continuationist.
- Sacraments: Paedobaptist on baptism; mystical/corporeal presence in the Eucharist.
- Eschatology: Postmillennial, partial-preterist.
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.