• a place or occasion in which contrasting elements interact to produce something new


I am a Christian pastor, scholar, and author whose primary concerns relate to the intersections of preaching, theology, biblical interpretation, and current events.  A native of Henderson, NC, and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and Duke Divinity School, I’ve served churches in Illinois, Virginia, and North Carolina.  I now pastor the First Baptist Church of Asheville.

Through my doctoral work, I focused on the practices of homiletics and reconciliation in view of the Greensboro Massacre (1979) and the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2004-2006).  I am currently preparing my dissertation on “preaching to enemies” for publication in 2018.  I recently edited a collection of Ellen Davis’s sermons, Preaching the Luminous Word: Biblical Sermons and Homiletical Essays, by Eerdmans.

The Crucible is a combination of my pastoral, homiletical, and personal reflections, for the upbuilding of the church, and for the pleasure of writing to friends near and far.

You may find my most recent sermons (manuscripts, audio, and video) at