Publications, workshops, and lectures




Other Publications

Lectures and workshops





Growing Down: Theology and Human Nature in the Virtual Age Baylor University Press (Waco, 2017).

Drawing on British Object Relations Theory, this book argues for new ingelligences that should inform human nature as our relationship with technology deepens.

Growing Down

A play-full life: Slowing down and seeking peace. The Pilgrim Press (Cleveland, 2011).

I am proud of this book as an attempt to help people be more play-full in life. Chapters include identifying enemies of play and identifying play-full practices. The book then addresses being play-full when alone, being play-full with others, and being play-full with God.

A Play-full Life


One area of research is the formation of pastoral leaders.

Becoming a Pastor: Forming self and Soul for ministry. Revised & Updated (The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 2014).
Becoming a Pastor: Forming self and Soul for ministry. The Pilgrim Press (Cleveland, 2007).

Becoming a Pastor


When Steeples Cry: Church leadership in times of change. The Pilgrim Press (Cleveland, 2005). 

When Steeples Cry

Forthcoming books proposes a faith life for Millennials according to the Book of Joel. A second book projwect explores the pastoral virtues of artificial intelligence. Forthcoming articles address the resurgence of the hypermasculine male, masturbation in the internet age, and using the disclosive power of Scripture to therapeutic effect.

Other Publications


      • Growing Down: Theology and Human Nature in the Virtual Age (Baylor University Press: 2017)
      • Becoming a pastor: Forming self and soul for ministry, Revised and Updated (The Pilgrim Press: April 2014).
      • A play-full life: Slowing down and seeking peace (The Pilgrim Press: Cleveland, 2011).
      • Reviewed:  Cole, Allan Hugh. Source: Interpretation, 67 no 4 O 2013, p 449-450. 
      • Becoming a pastor: Forming self and soul for ministry (The Pilgrim Press: Cleveland, 2007).
      • Reviewed: Binau, Brad A.. Source: Journal of Pastoral Theology, 18 no 1 Sum 2008, p 99-102.
      • When steeples cry: Leading congregations through loss and change (The Pilgrim Press: Cleveland, 2005).
      • Reviewed: Doehring, Carrie. Source: Journal of Pastoral Theology, 16 no 1 Spr 2006, p 81-82.

      Book Chapters

      •  “Playing.” In The Blackwell companion to practical theology. Edited by Bonnie Miller-McLemore(Blackwell Wiley Press: Cambridge, 2011).
      •  “Don’t and can’t get up: Serious depression.” In The church leader's counseling resource book: A guide to mental health and social problems. Edited by Cynthia Franklin & Rowena Fong (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2011).
      • “Self-care and community.” In Welcome to field education! Edited by Matthew Floding (Alban Press: Washington, 2010).

      Articles and reviews

      • “Playing with Joel: Reflections on The Promise of Practical Theology,” (Under review with The International Journal of Practical Theology)
      • Review of Redeeming Fear: A Constructive Theology for Living into Hope by Jason C. Whitehead. In Interpretation (Forthcoming).
      • • “The Memory of Feeling: Envy and Happiness,” In Pastoral Psychology (Online First).
      • Review of The Church and the Crisis of Community: A Practical Theology of Small-Group Ministry by Theresa F. Latini. In Theology Today, Vol. 70 (October 2013).
      •  “On getting away with it: Jesus and the temptation in the desert,” In Pastoral Psychology, Volume 62, Issue 5 (September 2013), 671-686.
      • “Revisiting forgiveness as a pastoral-theological problem”, In Pastoral Psychology, Volume 61, Issue 4 (October 2012), 435-450.
      • “Women in ministry and the psychodynamics of sadness”, In Pastoral Psychology, Volume 59, No. 9 (October 2010), 769-781.
      • “Cura vitae: Restoring lives and the search to be real”, In Sacred Spaces, e-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling, Volume 1, Issue 1 (August 2010).  
      • “Calvinism,” “Donald Woods Winnicott,” “Masochism,” and “Protestantism.” In The Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. Edited byDavid A. Leeming, et al (Springer: New York, 2010).
      • “Seeing things differently and not being looked at”, In Pastoral Psychology, Volume 58,
        Nos. 5-6 (December 2009). 
      • Review of Open-hearted ministry: Play as key to pastoral leadership by Michael Koppel. In Journal of Pastoral Theology, Volume 19, No. 1 (Summer 2009).
      • “Pastoral implications” for Proper 18–Proper 21: Matt. 18:15-50, Matt. 18:21-35, Matt 20:1-16, Matt. 21:23-32. In Lectionary Homiletics, Volume XIX, No. 5 (August–September 2008).
      • Review of Transforming spirituality: Integrating theology and psychology by F. LeRon Shults and Steven J. Sandage. In Interpretation (January 2008).
      • Review of Fragile connections: Memoirs of mental illness for pastoral care professionals by Donald Capps. In The Journal of Pastoral Theology,Volume 16, No. 2 (Fall 2006).   
      • “Reclaiming caritas in a hyper-masculine world.”A response to Dr. Rivera-Pagán’s“Doing Pastoral Theology in a Post-Colonial Context: Some Reflections from the Caribbean.” In The Journal of Pastoral Theology, Volume 17, No. 2 (Fall 2007).  
      • Review of Lament: Reclaiming practices in pulpit, pew, and public square bySally A. Brown and Patrick D. Miller, Editors. In Interpretation (June 2006).   
      • “Remembering the dismembered: Teaching for transformation and restoration,” In The Journal of Pastoral Theology, Volume 16, No. 1 (Spring 2006).    
      •  “Being a chaplain: Call, conversation, and charity,” In The Reformed Review, Volume 57, No. 3 (Spring, 2004).
      • “The church is a house in mourning,” In The Reformed Review, Volume 56, No. 1 (Autumn, 2002).    
      • "Paranoia." In Dictionary of Pastoral Studies. Edited by Wesley Carr (SPCK Press: London, 2002).  
      • “The search to be real. Why psychotherapists become psychotherapists,” In Journal of Religion and Health, Volume 40, No. 3 (Fall 2001). 
      • “The rod of discipline: Masochism, sadism, and the Judeo-Christian religion,” In Journal of Religion and Health, Volume 39, No. 4 (Winter 2000).  
      • "Developing a capacity for concern: The Million Man March as transitional object," In Koinonia, Volume 12, No. 1 (2000).  
      • "Towards a postmodern methodology for pastoral counseling," In Koinonia,Volume XI.1 (1999).        
      • "Religious metaphors and symbols in a psychiatric setting," with Daniël Louw. In Nederduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif (December 1997).
      • Book note on The image of God: A theology for pastoral care and counseling by Leroy T. Howe, In Theology Today 53:4 (1997).
      • Review of Doing theology in context: South African perspectives by John W. De Gruchy and Charles Villa-Vicencio. In Koinonia, Volume VII.2 (1995).   

Lectures and workshops
A primary aspect of my calling is to be createw space for individuals, families and communitieas to grow. As an teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) I value the role and function of faith communities. I regularly lecture and offer workshops on: Our relationship with technology, Living with a sexual ethic; teaching for transformation; play ; living creatively, family dynamics; loss and grief; the formation of one's self and soul; and, aspects of pastoral psychotherapy.