About

I’m a writer and editor living in San Antonio, Texas. I oversee communications for the H. E. Butt Foundation and direct a storytelling project about local poverty and inequity.

I’m currently writing a book about fatherhood with the working title The Four Fathers—a memoir on (1) my dad, (2) myself, (3) father figures, and (4) God. (And if the idea of God as a “father” makes you feel weird, stay tuned.)

My most recent book is The Prayer Wheel, a historical devotional co-authored by the religion journalists Jana Riess and David Van Biema. I’ve also published essays, profiles, news reports, Q&As, book and movie reviews, and so on. My work has appeared in a wide range of publications including the Wall Street JournalWashington Post, The Atlantic, CNN.com, NewsweekFinancial Times, SlateChristianity TodayKilling the BuddhaBooks and Culture, Patheos, and The Shambhala Sun.

Not all of my pieces are listed on this site, but a few of my favorites are listed under “Some Things I’ve Written.”

Most of my writing is about religion and something. I have a Ph.D. from Boston University in religion and literature, and my main interests have been with the intersection of religion and the movies, or sports, or politics, or novels. For my dissertation, I studied the relationship between Hollywood and contemporary Christianity by looking for Christian villains in film. (There were a lot of them).

I’ve also published a memoir, My Faith So Far: A Story of Conversion and Confusion. I once wrote an ebook, The Tebow Mystique.

I used to tweet, but now I don’t.

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