DI Books

I’ve been going through the past 10 years of Daily Illumination writings and compiling them into a collection of self-published books for my personal library, and to possibly share amongst family and friends. I have completed six volumes so far.  Here’s a peak:


Parables CoverEveryday Parables: Extraordinary Truths in Ordinary Places

This collection of modern parables or “sacred analogies” finds extraordinary truths in very ordinary things. From a youth backpacking trip in the mountains to pulling weeds in the garden, from learning how to drive a car to playing a round of golf, or getting lost in the rhythms of your favorite album; each of these chapters is an attempt to answer Jesus’ question: “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?” 224 pages


Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 3.35.19 PMThinking Out Loud: On Theology, Culture & Ministry

This is a collection of thought experiments from a mind early in its theological development including miscellaneous musings on Heaven and Hell, sex and politics, teens and technology, suffering and salvation, culture and the church, the perils of preaching, and more. It also includes several academic essays from my graduate studies. Take it all with a grain of salt. I was young, over my head, and just thinking out loud. 386 pages


Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 10.51.44 AMDaily Illumination: Thoughts from the Intersection of Faith & Everyday Life

This is a collection of 69 pieces published on my Daily Illumination blog from about 2009-2017. I hope you find here evidence not of a brilliant thinker or seasoned writer, but a devoted follower of Jesus with an undying thirst for God-reality. What I lack in wisdom and originality, I pray I have made up for in zeal for “the one thing needed” (Luke 10:42). I have done my best to share the light I have received with others, hoping to provide some daily illumination for fellow pilgrims making their way through an often dark and dreary landscape. 292 pages


Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 9.47.55 AMThe Word is Alive: Scriptural Reflections on New Life in Christ

This is part of a two volume collection of Bible expositions which includes incomplete treatments of both Ephesians and 1 Peter, as well as some reflections on the Jonah and a favorite text from 1 Corinthians. We begin by exploring some  different ways The Bible Speaks to us, and the various attitudes and postures we ought to bring to our engagement with God’s Word. These were all written during a season of church planting and learning how to pastor my first church. I’m certain this background and personal context will surface many times throughout. 204 pages


Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 9.43.10 AMThe Word is Active: Scriptural Reflections on Missional Living

The bulk of this volume is reflections on the Gospels. We also step into the action-packed narratives of Joshua and Nehemiah who both live lives of active faith and obedience. Undergirding all these Bible expositions is a sense of adventure and a call to join God in His mission, and were all written from the front lines of church planting, where I had the chance to walk in the shoes of Jesus, Joshua and Nehemiah in raising up a people willing to leave comfort behind and join us in our missional task. 202 pages


Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 10.52.24 AMDear Philippians: Pastoral Advice from a Prison Cell

My Daily Illumination blog was born of an ambitious New Year’s goal to provide a substantial post each day in 2009. Some of the best fruit of my voracious binge-writing that year was my reflections on Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. Pull up a slab of rock and light a candle. Grab a quill, some ink and a scrap of papyrus to take notes. We’re journeying back to the year AD 58 to a wet, dim lit Roman prison cell to eaves drop on Paul as he pens his letter to his friends in Philippi. What does this ancient letter say to us some 2,000 years later? 146 pages

Reports from the intersection of faith & everyday life .

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