Job: A Novel

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him. —Job 13:15 Jerry O. Burgher, the kind-hearted, generous, well-to-do owner of Burgher’s Tacos, loses his wife, his children, his home, his business and his health—all in one fateful week. His friends think he is cursed, or worse, under judgment—and he […]

Romans: Poems

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? —Romans 7:24 The letter to the Romans stands as the clearest and most systematic presentation of Christian doctrine in all the Scriptures—the sinfulness of all humanity the grace offered to those who […]

Obadiah: A Novel

We have heard a message from the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations. —Obadiah 1 Obadiah is the story of a man called to confront two families, the offspring of twin brothers, Jacob and Eli Jordan. When Jacob steals his older brother’s inheritance and blessing, Eli, harboring deep-seated […]

Collected Poems: 1993-2019

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. —Psalm 1:2-3 The poems in this collection span over […]

Philemon: A Novel

Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Or where can I flee from Your presence? —Psalm 139:7 Philemon is the story of three men—a runaway, a murderer, and an angry father—whose lives intersect over the course of three decades. Drawn to the Laramie Valley of southeastern Wyoming, Seamus Ryan O’Malley, […]

Ebenezer: Twelve Poems

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” —1 Samuel 7:12 The ancient Israelites often erected large stones to memorialize important events in their history, especially times when God intervened on their behalf. […]

We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This: A New Look at the Gospel of Mark

This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” —Mark 2:12 We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This is an autobiographical commentary on the Gospel of Mark for anyone for whom Jesus has become too ordinary, too familiar. From his explosive entrance in the Judean […]

Strangers & Aliens: Thoughts on First Peter

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers . . .” —1 Peter 2:11 When Peter penned his letter to the church he called them strangers, meaning they were different, separate from the rest of the world, like tourists in a foreign land. Different in the way they lived, at […]

Jesus and the City: A Theology of Technique in Jacques Ellul

From Cain’s rebellion and the birth of the City to the New Jerusalem and the reign of Christ, the history of humanity is the struggle between Jesus and technology. Hidden in his expansive theological and sociological writings, is Jacque Ellul’s analysis of the ongoing spiritual tension between Jesus and the […]