I believe in Jesus. There’s no one like Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior and King, Son of Man, ideal human being. I have pledged my allegiance to Christ—“who is our peace” (Eph. 2:14)
My wife Daphne and I have been married since 1977. We have two sons and two grandchildren. I joined Mission ONE in 1992. We are honored to serve our partners in the global church. My 2015 book The Global Gospel helps readers understand how the Bible’s primary cultural value of honor-shame overlaps with the gospel.
I have a passion for learning about the Bible, God’s overarching story to bless all peoples, and what it means to be Christian in this world. I enjoy writing. The life and teachings of Jesus speak to our polarized world, but it seems we mostly want to gaze away from the ways of Jesus.
I’ve got a very German name. My parents were born and raised in Germany around the time of WW2. They came to America in the early 1950s with all their hopes and all their pain.
My story is linked to Germany, including its evil collective violence in WW2. We are grappling with Christianity’s long complicity with violence, including here in America.
The book project which Kristin Caynor and I have been working on is part of the Ephesians 2 Gospel Project. We are exploring how Christ’s gospel of peace (Eph. 2:13–17) addresses the problem of group versus group hostility, such tribalism, racism, and nationalism. Jesus is King!
Love is my religion, reconciliation is my vocation, and Jesus is my King.
I was born in Washington state, but have spent my life between 3 countries, 6 states, and 18 cities. I am a proud mix of cultural heritage from Anglo-America, the Hispanic world, and Thailand. All of those cultures have deeply informed my life, theology, and sense of who God is. This background also means that in one sense, I belong everywhere and nowhere at the same time. The questions my life has raised about belonging, identity, and purpose have always made me deeply concerned for what it means to “be God’s,” and for God’s desire to see reconciliation and justice between peoples. I also have a passion for biblical studies, theology, and the early church, and am currently a PhD candidate at Trinity College Bristol in the UK.