I’m a philosopher, author, and speaker. I’m interested in our quest for life. We want happiness, contentment, a life with meaning and purpose, but we don’t know how to get it. Or if we do know, we often struggle to experience such a life. I think the key to such a life is character. What matters most is not what happens to us. What matters most is who we are, and who we are becoming. I address these issues in practical ways on my blog, Cultivating Character in Christ. For the follower of Jesus, we have a role to play in developing our character, but we do so in dependence on and in union with Christ.
“The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life.” Aristotle
“Happiness is secured through virtue.” Thomas Aquinas
For those of a different faith, or no faith at all, I hope that the content on this site will be of interest and useful to you, serving as an inside look at what I think thoughtful and deep Christianity looks like in our contemporary culture.
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John 1:4
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Most importantly, I’m a husband and father. My wife Dawn and I have been married for 23 years. We have 3 daughters, 2
dogs, and I think a fish or two. We are a part of Ashland Church in Madison County.
I am a Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University. I teach, write, and speak about topics in ethics, religion and spirituality, family, sports, and technology, but always with an eye towards character and human flourishing. I’ve published 10 books; some are works aimed at other scholars, but most are for people with an interest in how philosophical and theological reflection can be applied to everyday life.
My work has been featured, commented on, or covered by a variety of media and outlets including The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The New York Daily News, McClatchy Newspapers, Christianity Today, First Things, BBC World Service Radio, Beliefnet, Christian Research Journal, Books and Culture, Utne Reader, NPR, Runners World, Psychology Today, Real Clear Religion, Choice, Kirkus Reviews, Foreword Reviews, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Philosophy Now, Biola University Center for Christian Thought, Biola Magazine, The Other Journal, and the Pilgrim Radio Network, among others.
My Free Time
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, reading, bicycling, running, and soccer. I am a middle school soccer coach and am passionate about the beautiful game. I support The Arsenal and Sporting Kansas City. I’m currently enjoying the resurgence of the Kansas City Royals, too!
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What is the photo in the header?
The picture is of ten 20th century martyrs, commemorated at Westminster Abbey in London, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Maximilian Kolbe, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Oscar Romero, among others.