Michael is a grateful graduate (1988) of North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago where he studied Dietrich Bonhoeffer with F. Burton Nelson and Rene Girard with Edwin A. Hallsten and earned his MDiv. He is currently a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University where he is engaging doctoral research on Karl Barth and Rene Girard. He lives in Lancaster, PA (in the heart of Amish country). Michael and his beloved Lorri have three daughters and two granddaughters, all named from characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Simarillion.
Lorri is the administrator for Preaching Peace. She loves working alongside Michael and enjoys the beautiful world of God's creation, has trained for over a decade in wilderness survival at The Tracker School (www.trackerschool.com) and makes Preaching Peace possible with all her behind the scenes work.
Since 2002 they have taken classes at Tom Brown Jr’s School of Nature Awareness, Tracking and Wilderness survival (uummm, dandelions for lunch again). Michael loves the group Yes (when Jon Anderson is singing), the New York Giants (go Big Blue!), wandering the creation, really good Italian and Mexican cuisine, and of course good books. He is also a singer and songwriter.
Michael is the author of The Jesus Driven Life (JDL Press, 2009) and the co-editor of Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ (Eerdmans, 2007), Peace Be With You (Cascadia, 2010), and Compassionate Eschatology (Wipf & Stock 2011). He has published over a dozen articles utilizing Rene Girard’s mimetic theory and is pleased to be affiliated with the marvelous group of people who make up the Colloquium on Violence and Religion.
With Lorri, Michael co-founded Preaching Peace. Together with Tom Nicol and Tony Bartlett, Michael co-founded Theology and Peace.
Some of Michael’s Essays
- “The Biblical Testaments As A Marriage of Convenience: Rene Girard and Early Christian Hermeneutics” presented to the Colloquium on Violence and Religion at Stanford, AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, 1990
- “The Scapegoat: Crisis in Christology” presented to the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1994
- “Mimesis and Dominion: The Dynamics of Violence and the Imitation of Christ in Maximus Confessor” presented to the Colloquium on Violence and Religion at Stanford, 1992 published in St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, Vol 36. No. 4
- “Violence: Rene Girard and the Recovery of Early Christian Perspectives” presented to the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, 1988 and published in Brethren Life and Thought, Vol 37, No2
- “Sacrificial Language in the ‘Letter to the Hebrews’” presented to the General Epistles section of the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting 1993, and represented upon request to a symposium held at the Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN 1994. Published in Violence Renounced, edited by Willard Swartley (Pandora Press: 2000)
- “Reflections on the Spirituality of Soren Kierkegaard” Scottish Journal of Theology, Vol 45, 325-340.
- “The Trinity as Hermeneutic: A Pietist Perspective” The Covenant Quarterly, Vol 45, No. 1
- “The Authority of Scripture: A Pietist Perspective” The Covenant Quarterly, Vol 49, No. 1
- “The Twelve Steps and Christian Spirituality” presented to the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Detroit, 1992. Published in The Journal of Ministry in Addiction and Recovery, Vol 1, No 1
- “A Theological Justification for the Anonymity of God” The Journal of Ministry in Addiction and Recovery, Vol 1, No 2
- “Do Clergy Foster Co-Dependence?” The Journal of Ministry in Addiction and Recovery, Vol 2, No. 1
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