This book took some time to write. Something like ten years. In it, I explore how and why Christianity is messy. And how this messiness is deeply important for the story of faith for Christians around the world. I introduce it with the following (from the foreword):
"My rickety old house has this little room full of cleaning supplies, brooms, bleach, and little yellow gloves. This room has never been organized. It's our cleaning room and it's always messy. Every once in a long while, I take a Saturday to clean up our house: dusting, vacuuming, arranging DVDs, scrubbing the little metal cup that holds my toothbrush. It's a momentous affair. And it always takes me back to that little messy cleaning room.
The messiest room in my house is the one full of things that make it beautiful.
That's what Christian faith is like. It's a thing that gives beauty, and meaning, and purpose to life; still messy like that little cleaning room.
Here's to finding God in that mess."
I think, in the end, there is a lot of hope in the mess.
Tongues and Trees: Towards a Pentecostal Ecologcial Theology
Released in Winter 2013
This is some of my academic work. For some, it will be excellent sleeping material. My wife can attest. For others who are interested in how Christians think about and care for the earth (like myself), it is a wildly exciting text. For all five people in the world who read it, cheers.
This is an abstract which sums up nearly four years of my life:
"This book develops a Pentecostal ecotheology by utilizing key pneumatological themes that emerge from the Pentecostal tradition. It examines and utilizes the salient Pentecostal and Charismatic voices that have stimulated ecotheology in the Pentecostal tradition and situates them within the broader context of Christian ecumenical ecotheologies (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Ecofeminist). These Pentecostal expressions are placed in dialogue with the particular ecological pneumatologies of Denis Edwards (Roman Catholic), Mark Wallace (Protestant), and Sallie McFague (Ecofeminist). The thesis advances a novel approach to Pentecostal ecotheology through a pneumatology of the Spirit baptized creation, the charismatic creational community, the holistic ecological Spirit, and the eschatological Spirit of ecological mission. Significantly, this thesis is the first substantive contribution to a Pentecostal pneumatological theology of creation with a particular focus on the Pentecostal community and its significance for the broader ecumenical community. Furthermore, it offers a fresh theological approach to imagining and sustaining earth-friendly practice in the twenty-first century Pentecostal church."
Trust me, it's actually interesting.
"The Root of Peace" (Eugene Register Guard), 2006 - Newspaper
"Street Corner Ethics" (Eugene Register Guard),2008 - Newspaper
"A Beautiful Waste: Sabbath" (Foursquare News), 2009 - Magazine
"Looking the Wrong Way: Pentecostals and Social Action" (A Liberating Spirit, Michael Wilkinson and Steve Studebaker, eds.), 2010 - Book Chapter
"Ecoglossolalia: Pentecostal Social Justice" Journal of Rural Theology, 2011
"Water on the Moon: Jesus and the City" Gospel Movements, 2011