About

IMG_0079IMG_0079IMG_0079IMG_0078We are living in the midst of the fastest, deepest cultural change ever. My desire is to help you live wisely in today’s culture from a strong faith and a Christian worldview and love well with God’s grace for others.

You’ll find an overview of my work and this website here.

My Story

I’m a former radio host, a national speaker and author of four books, most recently Faith and Culture: The Guide to a Culture Shaped by Faith (Zondervan), an Amazon best-seller.

Living wisely from a Christian worldview

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Trinity Christian Academy, Dallas

After I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, before “worldview” was cool, I was teaching high school students at Trinity Christian Academy.  One fall, Christian worldview apologist Francis Schaeffer brought his How Shall We Then Live?  film series to town and changed my life.

I began to understand how politics, pop culture, home decorating, business, law, fashion, education, music, art—everything  flows downstream from worldview. Once we grasp the larger story of what is good, true and beautiful, of where we’ve come from and where we’re going, it gives us such a clearer path to live with purpose and meaning in between.

Most of our students would attend public Universities, so I proposed teaching them a Christian worldview from Schaeffer’s films and book, content still included in the TCA curriculum today.

To better equip my students, I enrolled in the University of Texas at Dallas to pursue a Master’s degree in History of Ideas and  Aesthetics. Since 1992 I’ve been speaking and writing on worldview, faith and culture. I love helping people in everyday life understand the times so they can live wisely in the tensions between their faith and today’s culture.

Loving well with God’s grace for others

I know what it’s like to live with shattered dreams. At twenty-nine I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. My experiences with chronic physical pain and loving a prodigal have deepened my life with Christ. I can’t settle for an P1020478intellectual acknowledgement of Truth. I strive to connect what we learn in our heads with the life of our hearts. Especially to connect our belief in God with a desire for God. From my own journey, I help others move from following Jesus out of duty and resignation (which I’ve known too well) to pursue him out of joy.

I’ve been married to Jack for over thirty years, all but three of them with RA. He has helped me face the limitations and challenges with daily help, unswerving faithfulness and a light-up-my-life sense of humor.  I could never have done what’s written on this page without him.

 Professional Bio

I’m a speaker, a former radio host, a blogger, and the author of four books, most recently Faith and Culture: The Guide to a Culture Shaped by Faith (Zondervan), an Amazon “All Books” best-seller, co-authored and edited with Kelly Monroe Kullberg.

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. With a Master’s Degree in History of Ideas and Aesthetics  from UT Dallas, I’ve taught courses in Western Civilization and cultural apologetics at secular and Christian colleges.

I’m both an educational and an inspirational speaker on worldview, faith and culture. I’ve spoken to a wide variety of groups from MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) to prisoners to honor students at Biola University and many women’s conferences and retreats. I’ve also been honored to speak at schools and educators’ conferences, as well as Glorietta Christian Writer’s Conference, Wisconsin Right to Life, The CS Lewis Foundation Conference, Global Pastor’s Network, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.

TTTMM 6For almost five years I co-hosted a radio show, The Things That Matter Most, on major secular talk radio stations in Houston and Dallas. With true respect, Rick Davis and I interviewed terrifically diverse guests about what they believed and why they believed it—including Christian philosopher Dallas Willard, Muslim Reza Aslan, health guru Deepak Chopra, and Human Genome Director Francis Collins. You can listen to some of our best shows here.

In 2009 the Bible.org women’s collective of bloggers invited me to join them at Engage, where my archived posts have received as many as 80,000 page views a month. In August 2015 I launched a weekly faith and culture blog at this site.  My posts are often picked up by The Stream news digest.

In addition to Faith and Culture I’ve authored Pilgrim’s Progress Today (NavPress), a retelling of Christian’s journey set in today’s cultural landscape, Worldproofing Your Kids: Helping Moms Prepare Their Kids to Navigate Today’s Turbulent Times (Crossway) and Godsight: Renewing the Eyes of Our Hearts, part spiritual memoir (Crossway).

My books have been featured on Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint, in Focus on the Family and World magazines. I’ve enjoyed over 100 national radio and television interviews (Family Life Today, Point of View, HomeLife, Janet Parshall’s America).

We lived for twenty-seven years in Houston where Jack was president of a Bible College, then pastor of a church. In 2010 we moved to South Carolina, again for Jack to pastor a church. I lead the women’s ministry, help with MOPS and mentor aspiring writers.

Jack and I and our gonzo German shorthaired pointer make our home in the azaleas and wooded hills of Columbia, South Carolina. We’re delighted when our son Zach visits from Austin, Texas where he works in online reputation management and moonlights as an alternative rock star.

My Contact Info

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. I have had RA for 30 years and have a son who does not believe in God. The 2nd has been much harder. Any ideas you can share?
    We have also been in the ministry most of our lives.

    • Hello Pat,

      We have a lot in common, don’t we? I agree. The 2nd hurts more. I’m so sorry for both of your losses, Pat. Wish we were close enough to share a cup of coffee. I’m sure we could commiserate and encourage one another.

      My commitment with my son has been to double down and love him, serve him and pray for him. I’m sure yours is too. My book Godsight is my story that covers how God has met me in my RA and loving a prodigal. It might be an encouragement to you. There’s a link to Amazon on my Store page. Also, Lisa Copen’s website for Rest Ministries is a wealth of resources and encouragement for those of us with chronic illness. Also, Prodigals and Those Who Love Them by Ruth Graham has been a great encouragement to me. The Lord bless and keep you. We will see what God will do.