• 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, and biblical interpretation.  I’ve served churches in Illinois, Virginia, and North Carolina, and have recently become the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Asheville.

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 (audio and video) at