I have that typical story, told too many times: Guy grows up in home with Jewish mother and gambling addict father, guy becomes a Christian in college by trying to prove the Bible isn’t true, guy leaves career in law to become a pastor, guy starts church in Virginia Beach that grows from four people to hundreds, guy leaves church in Virginia Beach to move to Las Vegas to start Verve, a church for people who work on and live around the Vegas Strip.
Yeah, it’s kinda clichéd, but it’s my story so…what can I do?
In addition to that basic boring story line I do some speaking and consulting for churches.
I am the author of I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt, Guerrilla Lovers, Renegade: Your Faith Isn’t Meant To Be Safe, and God For The Rest Of Us. You can also see me in the TV miniseries God For The Rest Of Us (2015) and Church For The Rest Of Us (2015).
I also have an amazing wife named Jennifer, two incredible kids, and one stupid dog. I grew up in a small town but now live in Sin City. I hate math but love the Counting Crows. I also love Cameron Crow movies, but that’s the extent of my affection for anything crow-related. I haven’t been named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year … yet. I love The Office but hate working in offices. I have a fantasy football team named the Screaming Debutants. I love the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mongolian barbecue, and cream soda. I love Snow Patrol, but avoid snow at almost any cost. I root hard for the University of Illinois (where I went to Law School). I love to write, and … my father was on America’s Most Wanted. (So at least I’ve got that going for me.)
Yup, that’s me.
This blog, and pretty much everything I do is about daring to live a life of love. About embracing God's amazing grace and sharing it with others.
I Speak and Write
I speak at our church in Las Vegas just about every week (Verve Church), but set aside about ten weekends a year to speak at other churches. I also dedicate a few weekdays a year to speak at conferences and conventions. In addition to speaking, I have written five books on the intersection of faith and the church.