Who are the contributors

Posted by on Oct 29, 2010 in About us, Who are the Contributors?

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Dave Jenkins

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Dave Jenkins is the Founder and Executive Director of Servants of Grace. He also serves as the Executive Editor of Theology for Life, a new online magazine for lay people to understand biblical and theological issues. In addition to his responsibilities at Servants of Grace and Theology For Life he serves as a Book Promotions Specialist for Cross Focused Reviews helping to promote good Christian books. He and his wife got married Feb 18th, 2007 and live in Caldwell, Idaho. He received a degree in Hotel Management in 2007 from Lake Washington Technical College, a Bachelors of Science in Religion (Cum Laude) in 2009 from Liberty University, a Masters of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in biblical studies (December 2011), and a Masters of Divinity in Professional Ministries (2012) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary via Distance Education. He is very passionate about reading, studying and teaching God’s people from His Word. He enjoys football, basketball, golf, and watching movies. He writes mainly on contemporary cultural and theological issues and writes on a variety of Christian blogs and magazines such as on Blue Letter Bible, Blogging Theologically, Christianity.com, Church Leaders, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Gospel Project, Crossway, Christian Focus, Apologetics 315, Credo Magazine, Gospel Centered Discipleship, and Modern Reformation. He and his wife Sarah are members at Ustick Baptist Church in Boise, Idaho where he and his wife serve in a variety of ministries.

Sarah Jenkins

 Who are the contributors

Sarah is happily married to Dave Jenkins the Director of Servants of Grace,. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, watching movies, reading, writing and working on websites. Sarah serves as the webmaster for Servants of Grace Ministries.

Aaron Armstrong

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Aaron Armstrong is the author of Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation, and the End of Poverty (Cruciform Press, 2011), Contend (Cruciform Press 2012), and Everyday Theology. He writes for an international Christian ministry, serves as an itinerate preacher throughout southern Ontario, Canada, and blogs daily at Blogging Theologically. He’s also becoming increasingly comfortable writing about himself in the third person. Aaron’s education is a bit eclectic. He is formally educated in graphic design (a field he has little interest in at this point, since he stopped doing it vocationally in 2007). His theological training consists of reading hundreds of books (by God’s grace more good than bad) and is currently working on an intermediate level certificate in Systematic Theology through Ligonier Academy (online learning). Aaron and his wife, Emily, came to faith as adults in mid-2005 (you can read about it here) and were married on May 27, 2006. They, along with their ever-growing family, worship and serve at Harvest Bible Chapel in London, Ontario.

Mike Boling

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Michael lives in Belleville, IL, a suburb of St. Louis, MO with his wife Erica, adopted daughter Alissa, two cats Molly and Sweetie Pie and horse Beckham. After spending eight years in the United States Navy as a Yeoman, he has been employed for the past ten years by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where he oversees advanced educational programs. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion (Biblical Studies) from Liberty University and is currently closing in on completing a Master of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an avid reader and blogger operating the website Christian Apologetics and Intelligence Ministry (http://intelmin.org) which provides both original content and relevant posts and articles from around the web. Mike serves as the Associate Editor for Servants of Grace Ministries.

Grant Castleberry

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Grant Castleberry is the Executive Director of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He is also an M.Div. student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife GraceAnna live in Louisville, KY with their two daughters.

Joey Cochran

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Joey Cochran is a graduate of Dallas Seminary and a church planting intern at Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois under the supervision of pastor Joe Thorn.

Brian Cosby

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Brian H. Cosby (PhD, Australian College of Theology) is pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church on Signal Mountain, Tennessee.  You can check out more of his work at:  http://www.amazon.com/Brian-H.-Cosby/e/B004689QMU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1363634105&sr=8-2

Daniel Darling

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Daniel Darling is the  Vice President of Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and is the author of Teen People of the Bible, Crash Course, iFaith, and Real (Summer, 2012). His work has been featured in evangelical publications such as Relevant Magazine, Focus on the Family, Marriage Partnership, Pray!, Relevant, In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley. He has guest-posted on leading blogs such as Michael Hyatt, The Gospel Coalition, OnFaith (Washington Post), and others. He has been profiled by The Chicago Tribune. Daniel is a contributing writer to Zondervan’s Couples Devotional Bible. Publisher’s Weekly called his writing style “substantive and punchy.” Dan is a contributing writer to Christian Today‘s online magazine, Kyria as well as Lifeway’s men’s devotional, Stand Firm. He also maintains a blog at patheos.com, entitled, The Friday Five, where he interviews leading evangelicals. Dan’s columns appear weekly at Crosswalk.com and monthly for the local Lake County Journals. Dan has been interviewed on TV and radio outlets across the country, including 100 Huntley Street, Moody Broadcasting Network, Harvest Television, The Sandy Rios Show, American Family Radio, the Salem Radio Network, and a host of other local and national Christian media. Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College. He traveled extensively to India and the Middle East. He and his wife, Angela, have three daughters and a son and reside in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Daniel is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Literary Agency. Check out Dan’s blog at http://www.danieldarling.com/

Greg Dutcher 

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Greg pastored an Evangelical Free Church in Catonsville for six years before sensing a call to plant Christ Fellowship Church in Harford County. His passion is to preach the Scriptures in such a way that Christ is clearly seen as the glorious, all-satisfying Savior that we so desperately need. Greg has written three books, You Are the Treasure That I Seek, Living Free In Enemy Territory And Killing Calvinism. He also writes frequently at his blog. If you are ever near the Abingdon Starbucks- there’s an 80/20 chance you’ll find him there. He lives in Abingdon with his wife, Lisa, and their four children: Samantha, Benjamin, Isaac, and Ella Grace.

Griffin Gulledge

 Who are the contributors Griffin is from Birmingham, AL, where he is a student at Beeson Divinity School. There he is training (both in school and in his church) for the pastorate. Meanwhile, Griffin preaches at various churches, youth groups, and writes a little bit freelance. He is a devoted son, brother and friend, and is passionate about preaching, the SBC, Auburn football, and Braves baseball. You can find Griffin on twitter where he regularly posts at @griffingulledge and on his website at griffingulledge.com.

Jason Helopoulos

user avatar pic.php 1 Who are the contributors Jason is an ordained pastor in the PCA. He is an Assistant Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. Jason is a regular blogger on the Gospel Coalition and Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals websites. He is also the author of A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home. He is married to Leah and they are blessed with two wonderful children, Gracen and Ethan. When he isn’t pastoring or writing, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, laughing, watching a good Chicago Bears’ game (as rare as they are), and feasting upon Chicago-style pizza. He is also a man marked by great faith and hope as he awaits the realization of a Cubs’ World Series championship within his lifetime.

Jeff Medders

 Who are the contributors I’m the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church (Acts 29). I’m chasing a M.Div at Southern Seminary and have a Bachelors in Biblical Counseling and Biblical Studies. I love steak, sour candy, and other awesome things.

Jennifer Guo

user avatar pic.php 2 Who are the contributors I work in accounting by day and read books by night. If I have free time and I’m not reading, I’m probably sitting at a piano worshiping God through song. I love ministry and serve in various capacities in church and in campus ministry at a local university. I’m also part of a performing arts ministry called The LION Players.

Josh Davis

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Josh is a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, staunch defender of Reformed Theology, husband to Candis, Dad to Jaeden, avid book reader, Leader of the College Ministry at Perimeter Road Baptist Church, and Contract Manager at CPS, Inc.

Madison Ruppert

user avatar pic.php 4 Who are the contributors Madison Ruppert is a humble sinner saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. He is a pastoral intern at Santa Monica Church and will begin a year as a student missionary with the North American Missions Board in July.

Zach Kendrick

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Zach is a Christian blogger who lives in Birmingham, AL. He is married to Courtney, who serves as a faith-based counselor in the Birmingham. Zach is pursing a Master of Theological Studies degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written reviews for Cross-Focused Reviews, Crossway, and Fortress Press. His reviews can be read on his blog pastorzach87.wordpress.com.

Sarah Flashing

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With academic training in theology and ethics, my passion is to train believers to be better equipped as Christians in our contemporary setting. The purpose of all that I communicate is to provide worldview training that encourages solid Christian thinking about every area of life. Ultimately my hope and prayer is for my ministry to give God all the glory, honoring the Creator-creation distinction. Over the years God has allowed me to serve the Kingdom in a variety of capacities. I’ve been a guest on various radio programs including the John and Kathy Show (Pittsburg) and Prime Time America (Moody Broadcasting Network). As well, I have served as a co-chair of the Church-Bioethics Network at The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and have testified before the Illinois State Legislature on embryonic stem cell research and human egg donation.  As an adjunct instructor of ethics at McHenry County College, I had the opportunity to engage people of all ages on matters of ethics, especially those issues that impact their daily lives.  A member at The Orchard Church in McHenry, Illinois, the Flashing family lives in Harvard, Illinois. I have a B.A. Christian Ministry, Trinity International University, 2002 and an  M.A. Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2005.

Matthew Fretwell

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Matt Fretwell is married, has three daughters, loves Jesus, being a dad, people, coffee, and the freedom of the Gospel. Besides holding degrees in Religion, Theology, and Divinity, he is a keynote speaker, an established author (Denied Desires; Identity Theft; & coming soon, Sanctificagious) and Senior Pastor of a “comeback church,” (Oak Hall Baptist Church) near Richmond, Virginia. Matt is also the founder of Job 31 Ministries (www.j31.org). His transformation from an executive chef/upscale restaurant owner and deliverance from alcohol, to become an addictions counselor and pastor, then founder of a rapidly growing men’s ministry is a sure testimony of what Christ can do with brokenness.

Brian Hedges

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Brian G. Hedges is the lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan. He has been married to Holly since 1996 and they have four children.

He is the author of Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change (Shepherd Press, 2010), Licensed to Kill: A Field-Manual for Mortifying Sin (Cruciform Press, 2011), Active Spirituality: Grace and Effort in the Christian Life (Shepherd Press, forthcoming) and numerous articles published in periodicals and online. For fun, Brian enjoys reading, playing golf, hanging out with his family, and watching good movies.

Mike Leake

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Mike Leake is associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Jasper, IN. He and his wife, Nikki have 2 children (Isaiah and Hannah). Mike is the author of Torn to Heal and regularly blogs at http://mikeleake.net

Aron McKay

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Aron McKay is a graduate of Dallas Seminary and a church planting resident with ROCKHARBOR Church in Southern California. He loves reading, writing music and spending time at the beach with his wife and four children. Learn more about Aron and his journey toward church planting here.

Craig Hurst

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I am a child of God, husband of the best wife in the world, father of four. I love to play sports and read theology of all disciplines. I attend Grace Community Church in Howard City, MI where my wife and I serve in the youth group and other areas of need. I am working on my MA in Theology at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in Lansdale, PA. Craig serves as the book review editor for Servants of Grace.
Greg Gibson
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Greg serves as an elder and family ministries pastor at Foothills Church and as the assistant editor of Manual for CBMW. He and his lovely wife, Grace, live in Knoxville, TN with their 2 children–Cora and Iver. – See more at: http://servantsofgrace.org/the-curse-of-cynicism-and-the-hope-of-the-king/#sthash.jg8oEUbN.dpuf

Greg serves as an elder and family ministries pastor at Foothills Church and as the lead editor of Manual for CBMW. He and his lovely wife, Grace, live in Knoxville, TN with their 2 children–Cora and Iver.

Griffin Gulledge

Jared Oliphint

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Jared has been working for Westminster Theological Seminary since 2008. Raised in Texas, he moved to Glenside, PA in 1991 so his dad could work for Westminster. While attending Gordon College from 1998-2002, he was involved in a theology discussion group on campus and, coupled with a voracious appetite for Van Til, it lit his fire for apologetics and he was off to attend Westminster in 2002. After graduating with an MAR in 2005, he worked in the life insurance business for three years, then put his WTS degree to use in 2008 by serving in the Admissions role and currently as Regional Coordinator living in Charlotte, NC. He and his wife, Jenny have one child Senna. Jared is a regular contributor on http://reformedforum.org/about/contributors/ and has contributed book reviews for the Gospel Coalition and the biblical counseling coalition.

C. Walter

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Buddy Overman is married to his wife Aleena, and has three children, Hayley, Hadassah, and Calvin. He holds a BS in Religion from Liberty University and is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a passion for writing, shepherding and exhorting God’s people to pursue Christ with passion and conviction. He blogs regularly at The Sojourner Chronicles.

Nate Palmer

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Nate Palmer and his wife, Stephanie, moved from San Diego to Dallas in 2005 to help plant Grace Church Frisco. They have three young kids who keep them humble. As an experienced management consultant, Nate is a Practice Principal for HP Enterprise Services. He has a B.B.A in International Business from Ohio University and is currently pursuing his M.A in Religion online from Reformed Theological Seminary. Nate’s articles have been published in Modern Reformation and Reformed Perspectives Magazine. He has been interviewed by nationally syndicated radio shows such as The Janet Mefferd Show, Paul Edwards Show, and Knowing the Truth. He is also the author of Servanthood as Worship (Cruciform Press 2010).

Jared Moore

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Jared Moore is 32 years of age, and has served in pastoral ministry in a Southern Baptist context for 12 years. He currently pastors New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY. He is happily married to Amber and has three children. He has authored one book: 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need to Be Tipped
Jared writes at http://jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com. He is also a regular contributor at SBC Voices, Servants of Grace, Sermon Central, and Church Leaders, and occasionally writes for Speculative Faith, Credo Magazine, Gospel Husbands, and SBC Focus.  I have a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible, an M.A.R. in Biblical Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. in Christian ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), a Th.M. in Systematic Theology (ABT) from SBTS, and I’m currently a PhD Student in Systematic Theology at SBTS.
Matt Perman
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Matt Perman is former director of strategy at Desiring God and the author of What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan, 2014). He has an M.Div. in biblical and theological studies from Southern Seminary and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Matt is a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership and productivity from a God-centered perspective and also consults with businesses and non-profits, focusing especially on start-ups devoted to solving large global problems. He blogs at www.whatsbestnext.com and lives in Minneapolis.

Chris Poblete

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Chris Poblete is a self-proclaimed gospel enthusiast. He currently writes full-time for a non-profit Christian ministry that provides free online Bible study tools worldwide. He is a native of Orange County, California, where he serves Jesus as one of the directors of The Gospel for OC and leads both prayer and young adult ministries at Reverence Bible Church (Mission Viejo, CA). Chris is married to Alyssa and secretly knows that between the two of them, he’s certainly getting the better end of the deal (note: she might be aware of this too). Chris is also the author of The Two Fears published by Cruciform Press (spring 2012). For more info, visit www.chrispoblete.net.

Richard Rohlin

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Richard Rohlin is a born-again Christian, husband, writer, shooter, and preacher living in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Richard has a passion for sharing the Good News of the glory of Jesus Christ with others. He does so through his life, his blog, and through the ministry of First Baptist Church-Las Colinas.

Matthew Sims

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Mathew Sims is the author of A Household Gospel: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Our Homes. He’s married to LeAnn and they have three daughters. He also loves to read, hike in the woods, and cook. They attend Downtown Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greenville, SC. Follow him on Twitter: @GraceForSinners.

Shaun Tabatt

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Shaun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Network Administration from Crown College and multiple technical certifications from Microsoft and CompTIA. After spending 12+ years in progressive roles in the IT software and services industry, Shaun founded Cross Focused Media, LLC. Through his company, he serves the Christian publishing community, providing social media and literary publicity services. If you’re a Christian publisher, author, or book review blogger, you’ll definitely want to check out Shaun’s newest service offering called Cross Focused Reviews. Shaun and his wife Lynette are the blessed parents of seven children. Shaun serves as the social media director and contributes book reviews and articles on Servants of Grace.

Dr. Thaddeus Williams

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Dr. Thaddeus Williams earned his Ph.D. in Theology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, and holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Talbot School of Theology. He teaches theology and philosophy at various schools, including Biola University and Saddleback College. He ministers at TerraNova and is driven by a passion to see the global church experience a 21st century “Re:Reformation” centered on the supreme Triune God of the Bible. To that end, Thaddeus has lectured in seminaries and churches throughout Nepal, Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri Fellowships in Holland and Switzerland, along with churches and conferences throughout the United States. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters. You can visit his blog at http://www.rereform.com/ 

 Vicki Tiede

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Vicki Tiede (MEd., MMin.) is an inspiring Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author. Her passion is to open the Scriptures with women in order to share God’s grace and enduring faithfulness. Vicki transparently relates life experiences that resonate and draw others into a lifelong pursuit of knowing God.

Vicki’s candor and humor are a delight to her audiences, who feel like they’ve met a new friend moments after she begins to share a glimpse into her life. Vicki consistently points her audiences back to God’s Word and presents fresh insights into the Scriptures.

Living in Rochester, Minnesota, Vicki is a wife, homeschooling mom, and the  coordinator of women’s ministries in her local church. Vicki holds master’s degrees in Ministry and in Education.

Vicki is the author of:

Parenting On Your Knees … Prayers and Practical Guidance for Parents of Preschoolers (Coming ~ January 2013)

When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography … Healing Your Wounded Heart (2012)

Plug Me In and Let Me Charge Overnight (2009)

Vicki is a contributing author for five books:

Kisses of Sunshine for Women (2005)

Kisses of Sunshine for Grandmothers (2005)

A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers (2007)

A Cup of Comfort Devotional of Women in the Bible (2009)

A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (2009)

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Review of Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making Connections in Today’s World

Posted by on Oct 26, 2010 in Book Reviews, Reviews

Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making connections in today’s world is written by Richard J. Mouw the President and Professor of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasenda, California. The goal of this book is not to give a detail defense of Calvinism although Dr. Mouw does engage in that. Rather Dr. Mouw wants his readers to understand that Calvinism is an entire worldview. Dr. Mouw does confront many stereotypes of Calvinism that many people have and deals with objections by speaking the truth in love.
There are some parts of this book that I simply don’t agree with where the author engages in speculation. For example throughout the book he will hypothesize about the topic he’s discussing. When he does this he completely lost me as a reader. There were other weakness in this book but overall this book does accomplish what it seeks to do. Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport will challenge Calvinists to see that God wants you to live every aspect of your life before the face of a generous sovereign God. Non-Calvinists will be challenged to deal with their caricatures of Calvinism and understand that Calvinism is an entire worldview.
Overall for what this book seeks to accomplish it does reasonable well. If you’re looking for an introduction to Calvinist thought and worldview this is not the book for you. For that, I would recommend you read Living for God’s glory an introduction to Calvinism by Dr. Joel r. Beeke. I recommend this book if you’re seeking to understand how Calvinism relates to daily life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Crossway book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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