Education

B.A. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota (1979); M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (Cum Laude, 1982); Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (Magnum Cum Laude, 1987).

Occupation

1992-Present: Senior Pastor, Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul, Minnesota

1998-Present: President, ReKnew Ministries

2004- Present: Adjunct Professor, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota

1986-2004: Professor of Theology, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

1986-Present. National and international speaker at various Universities, Churches, Conferences and Seminars.

Authored and Co-Authored Books

Contributor to Books

  • “Whether or not There Was a Historical Adam, Our Faith is Secure,” in Four Views on the Historical Adam, eds. A. B. Canadey, M. Barrett, S. N. Gundry (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013).
  • “A Different Kind of Kingdom,” in Servant God: The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Trustworthiness, ed. D. Cole (Loma Linda, CA: Loma Linda Press, 2013).
  • “Living in, and Looking Like, Christ,” in Servant God.
  • “Should Nations Turn the Other Cheek?” in A Faith Not Worth Fighting For, ed. T. York (Cascade, 2012)
  • “Ground Level Deliverance Model,” in Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views, eds. J. Beilby, P.Eddy (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2012). War Torn Creation,” in B. Snodderly, S. Moreau, eds. Evangelical and Frontier Mission Perspectives on the Global Progress of the Gospel, Regnum Edinburgh 2010 Series (Osford: Regnum Books International, 2011).
  • “Evil,” in Baker Book Encyclopedia of Theological Ethics (Baker, 2011).
  • “Principalities and Powers” in Baker Book Encyclopedia of Theological Ethics, (Baker, 2011)
  • War Torn Creation,” in B. Snodderly, S. Moreau, eds. Evangelical and Frontier Mission Perspectives on the Global Progress of the Gospel, Regnum Edinburgh 2010 Series (Osford: Regnum Books International, 2011).
  • “God Limits His Control,” in Divine Providence: Four Views, ed. D. Jowers (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010).
  • “Evolution as Cosmic Conflict,” in Creation Made Free: Science and Open Theology, ed. J. Oord (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009)
  • “The Christus Victor View,” in The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views, eds. J. Bielby and P. Eddy (InterVarsity, 2005).
  • “Finding the God-forsaken God,” in College Faith, ed. R. A. Knott (Andrews University Press, 2004)
  • “Unbounded Love and the Openness of the Future: An Exploration and Critique of Pinnock’s Theological Pilgrimage,” in Semper Reformandum: Studies in Honour of Clark H. Pinnock, eds. S. Porter and A. Cross (Paternoster Press, 2003)
  • “The Open Theism View,” in Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views, ed. Jim Beilby and Paul Eddy (InterVarsity Press 2001).
  • “The Rebuttal Evidence: Is the Jesus of History the Same as the Jesus of Faith?,” in The Case for Christ, ed. Lee Strobel (Zondervan, 1998).
  • “The Self-Sufficient Sociality of God: A Trinitarian Revision of Hartshorne’s Metaphysics,” in Trinity in Process: A Relational Theology of God, ed. Joseph A. Bracken and Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki (Continuum, 1996).
  • Contributor in The Quest Study Bible (Zondervan, 1994)

Recently Published Articles and Essays

  • “My Kingdom is Not of This World,” in A. Tizon, ed. Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform (Valley Forge, PA: Judson, Press, 2012).
  • “War Torn Creation,” in B. Snodderly, S. Moreau, eds.  Evangelical and Frontier Mission Perspectives on the Global Progress of the Gospel, Regnum Edinburgh 2010 Series (Osford: Regnum Books International, 2011).
  • “Evil,” in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, J.Green, ed. (Grand Rapids, MI, 2012).
  • “Principalities and Powers” Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics,  Green, ed. (Grand Rapids, MI, 2012).
  • “Evolution as Cosmic Conflict,” in Creation Made Free: Science and Open Theology, ed. J. Oord  (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009)
  • “Randomness and Assurance: Does Everything Happen for a Reason?” The OtherJournal.com: An Intersection of Theology and Culture : http://theotherjournal.com/2012/02/27/randomness-and-assurance-does-everything-happen-for-a-reason/
  • “The Idolatry of Patriotism,” Relevant Magazine (July/August, 2010).
  • “Two Ancient (and Modern) Motivations For Ascribing Exhaustively Definite Foreknowledge to God: A Historic Overview and Critical Assessment,” Religious Studies, 46/1 (March, 2010), 41-59.
  • “Advancing the Cruciform Revolution: A Kingdom Perspective on Evangelism,” Word & World,” Vol. 29:4 (Fall, 2009)
  • “The Kingdom as a Socio-Political Spiritual Revolution,” Criswell Theological Review, 6/1 (Fall, 2008), 23-42
  • “Counter Culture,” Sublime ( June 2007), 59
  • “Open Theism, Omniscience, and the Nature of the Future,” co-author with Alan Rhodes and Tom Belt. Faith and Philosophy , 23 (2006), 432–459.
  • “Neo-Molinism and the Infinite Intelligence of God.” Philosophi Christi, 5.1 (2003), 187-204
  • “Christian Love and Academic Dialogue: A Reply to Bruce Ware,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (June, 2002), 233-43.

Works in Process

  • An Alien Perfection (Fortress, scheduled 2021)
  • The Myth of the Blueprint (Fortress, scheduled 2022)