I am a husband, father, and pastor living in Dallas, TX.
The Fox and the Hedgehog
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”
The Philosopher Isaiah Berlin, drawing on a line from the Ancient Greek poet Achilocus, wrote a famous essay in 1953 entitled “The Hedgehog and the Fox.” The basic idea is that the fox has a variety of interests; the hedgehog has one stubborn idea.
On this blog, I follow my interest wherever it takes me (like a fox) while always writing in the service of The One Big Thing (like a hedgehog).
What’s that One Big Thing? You’ll have to read to find out.
I was born in Virginia. When I was in first grade, my parents moved as missionaries to Sierra Leone, West Africa, where my dad taught in a Bible college for African pastors, and my mom worked in a maternity clinic.
We moved back to Virginia, where I attended middle and high school. I went to college at Columbia University in New York City. After college, I worked for five years as a youth director at a Methodist church in Richmond, VA. In 2007, my wife and I moved to Dallas so I could attend seminary in Dallas. I received my Masters of Divinity degree from SMU in May 2011. While in seminary, I worked part-time as associate pastor at Christ’s Foundry, a small Spanish-language mission congregation in Dallas. I am married to Elaine, and we have two children.
Munger Place Church
I’ve been the pastor for Munger Place Church since we started in 2010 as the East Dallas campus of Highland Park United Methodist Church.Munger is an eclectic congregation with an engaging “Come and See” spirit and a deep appreciation for its neighborhood. For decades the historic Munger Place building housed a struggling congregation, but the new congregation, as a second campus of Highland Park UMC, has experienced remarkable growth and blessing: Munger has an average Sunday worship attendance of over 1,000 people per week, with 47% of the Munger church membership having had no previous church affiliation.
My sermons are posted weekly here.
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