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I am a former Marine and one-time evolutionary biologist and agnostic who was called by the grace of God to become a Christian and Reformed preaching minister. I am broadly interested in Biblical Exposition, Systematic Theology, Reformation and Post-Reformation Church History, Christian Apologetics, and Creation Science. I am a preaching minister in Plymouth, Michigan and have served churches in Oklahoma, New Jersey, and Michigan. I am the founder of Strengthened by Grace Ministries.

Matthew and Rachel (2021)

Rachel with our children: Gabriel, Gideon, Trinity, and Abram in from the "Door of Salvation" at the Ark Encounter.


Saul Bellow, in the foreword to Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind, wrote: “Tell me where you come from and I’ll tell you what you are.” OK, then. I am from a great variety of places and am many things—a husband, father, student, researcher, scholar, a former Marine, an Oklahoman—and above all else—simply Christian. The variety of my background experiences have tended to help me “become all things to all men." 

With a couple of my "friends" in Panama on Barro Colorado Island,
where I was working as an ant biologist in the summer of 2005.


With an Azteca ant nest
I have been blogging since 2004. My initial foray into the blogosphere was a science blog called "Ontogeny." It was a blog mostly about ants, and that was really cool (note the photo on the left of me with an Azteca "carton" nest in Panama). Talk about a niche market! I wrote mostly from within the culture of science in those days, sharing my experiences as an evolutionary biologist and myrmecologist. Those were heady days. That blog enjoyed a spirited following until I closed shop over there in early 2008. Why did I close shop? Because God had regenerated my heart. This blog is the result. It surprises some people to hear that I am now a young-earth creationist, but I have become one based on the conviction that this is what the Bible teaches. Also, I believe the science behind this position is more faithful than that which I held to when I was an evolutionist.


With William Lane Craig (2010)
With my son Gideon at the grave of Jonathan Edwards
at the Princeton Cemetery (2015)
With Dr. Millard Erickson, systematic theologian (2017)

My pastoral study where I do most of my writing and study