During the summer I’ll be posting micro interviews on Fridays (mostly). I’ve asked some of my friends in ministry–friends you probably already know–to answer questions about “bio, books, and such.” My hope is that you’ll enjoy getting a few more facts about these folks and getting a few good book recommendations.
1. Where were you born? Lexington, N.C.
2. When did you become a Christian? When I was 25 years old. Fourth of July weekend, 1995.
3. Who is one well known pastor/author/leader who has shaped you as a Christian and teacher? Mark Dever.
4. Who is one lesser known pastor/friend/mentor who has shaped you? Peter Rochelle.
5. What’s one hymn you want sung at your funeral? You rushing me off already? But since you’re planning my funeral, how about “Abide with Me”.
6. What kind of nonfiction do you enjoy reading when you aren’t reading about theology, the Bible, or church history? Uhhh… what’s left? I do enjoy good biography. I also enjoy good applied social science.
9. What is one of your favorite non-Christian biographies? The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
11. What is one of your favorite books on evangelism? C. John Miller’s A Faith Worth Sharing: A Lifetime of Conversations about Christ
12. What is one of your favorite books on apologetics? Chesterton, Orthodoxy.
13. What is one of your favorite books on prayer? I haven’t read many books on prayer. I did enjoy Carson’s A Spiritual Call to Reformation.
15. What is one of your favorite books on parenting? Mack Stiles’ 17 Things My Kids Taught Me About God. Not exactly a parenting book but it’s wonderfully encouraging to parents. Besides, I don’t like books on marriage and parenting. They tend to leave me lumbered down with guilt and discouragement.
16. What music do you keep coming back to on your iPhone (or CD player, or tape deck, or gramophone)? Jazz and Christian hip hop.
17. Favorite food? Meat.
18. After the Bible, a hymnal, and a shipbuilding guide, what book would you want with you on a desert island? My wife.