- Question #1—Tell us a little bit about yourself: where you’re from, family, job, personal interests, unique hobbies, what you do in your spare time, etc.
I am from everywhere and nowhere. I was born in North Carolina and then moved frequently as a kid, and still somewhat frequently as an adult. I am happily living and working in the Detroit Metro now, however, and have no plans to move again. I am pastor of Counseling and Discipleship at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Roseville, MI where I live with my wife Krista and our three children. I love the same things that most pastors love: Jesus, books, and coffee.
- Question #2—Which writers inspire you?
There are many writers whose works have been especially inspiring. John Frame’s work has helped me to blend academic theological interests with practical application. Brad Hambrick’s ability to parse complex subjects has helped me to pursue nuance in my own writing. Rosaria Butterfield’s beautiful story-telling has been absolutely captivating and makes me wish I could write that well.
- Question #3—What inspired you to write this book, about this topic?
I have spent the last ten years working increasingly with addicted individuals. This has largely centered around men and women struggling with substance abuse issues, but in counseling we see all sorts of addictive habits. There are so many wonderful resources out there, but I wanted a resource that conformed to my own philosophy of addiction counseling and that would meet the specific needs of the people I was seeking to help. So, essentially, I wrote the book that I wanted to use in counseling.
- Question #4—What book are you reading now?
I try to read works across four areas of development: Biblical Content, Christlike Character, Christian Community, and Discipleship Competency. So, I am always progressing through these categories as I pick various books to read. Right now I am emphasizing Biblical content with Jonathan Pennington’s The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing.
- Question #5—Favorite sport to watch?
I really want to like sports, but I just can’t get into it. I try, but almost always end up bored.
- Question #6—Favorite food?
Anyone who knows me will answer: coffee.
- Question #7—What famous person (living or dead) would you like to meet and why?
I have had some email exchanges with Dr. John Frame, but I would love nothing more than to sit down and drink a cup of coffee with him.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
- Twitter: @pastor_dave619