I was raised the son of second generation Seventh-day Adventists. I majored in Music and Theology, graduating from Walla Walla University, College Place, Washington in 1978. I attended the seminary at Andrews University 1980-1981. I also studied marriage and family therapy at Arizona State University and studied history of religious thought at La Sierra University, graduating with an MA in 2011.
I have served as a pastor for 36 years beginning in Portland, Oregon in 1978. I later served in the Arizona, Georgia-Cumberland and Southeastern California Conferences. I currently serve as Senior Pastor at the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Palm Springs California, where I have been for the last three years.
My writing experience includes a study guide published by Pacific Press in 1991, Bible Stories for Small Groups. Liberty Magazine published one of the newsletter articles from Grace Notes, “God and Casualties of War” the story of Diego Rincon, a green card soldier who died in Iraq in the spring of 2003. In 2013 I self-published two books under my imprint, Grace Notes Press, a business name registered in Riverside County in California. The first book is a thesis project I completed at La Sierra University, Hell Under Construction: The Fate of the Wicked in Second Temple Jewish Literature. The second is a direct result of writing the Grace Notes blog, Extreme Grace: God’s Limitless, Unconditional Love for His Children. Both books are available on Amazon.com.
The Grace Notes blog
I started writing a monthly e-mail newsletter in May 2002 in connection with an evangelistic series I was conducting in Conyers, Georgia. In addition to sending articles to my subscribers I posted them on my web site. Some articles provided fresh views of controversial topics such as science and religion, the role of women, music, and prophecy. Some chapters provided a lighter view of the Christian life such as “Why Cats Go to Heaven,” “From Camp Meeting to the Sea of Glass,” and “What We Really Mean.” On the serious side, articles concerning the death of PFC Diego Rincon provided a glimpse into a military family’s experience and highlighted God’s grace at the same time. I also included lessons from personal experiences such as running a marathon and recovering from open heart surgery.
The present Grace Notes blog site will continue to feature new articles each month, plus archival articles from previous years. Each article in some way promotes a radical shift in our thinking from regarding God as hostile, judgmental or indifferent to a grace based paradigm built on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
You may notice that unlike most public blogs there is no place to leave comments. This is intentional having seen the kind of vitriol that often accompanies discussions of this sort on other sites. I will, however, welcome comments either by return email or on my Facebook accounts, my personal one and the Grace Notes page.