Throwback Thursday: Brian Walsh on the Postmodern Problem with Grand Stories

Throwback ThursdayChristianity is a story. That’s because the Bible is a story. One big, rich story spanning thousands of years. In my experience teaching and explaining the grand story of Scripture, I have noticed how much this excites children and teenagers. They love to trace the story. They love when I am about to teach a passage of Scripture and ask, “So, where are we in the big story?” The story of Scripture is one of glorious and grand redemption. God’s redemption of sinners through Christ for his glory is the primary theme of the story carried out from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Realizing this will transform the way you read the Bible forever.

But while this truth brings me (and truly nearly every person I have taught) much joy, many postmoderns are repelled by this metanarrative. Far too often, evangelicals are ignorant of secular worldviews. It is important to consider what the secular culture believes, so we can intelligently engage their positions and meet them where they are with the gospel. While the secular worldview has gone beyond even the postmodernism of the late 20th century, much of the secular worldview today can still be described as postmodern in nature. Why is the grand story of Scripture repugnant to the secular culture? In a book written in 1996, Brian Walsh gave a compelling answer.

Postmodern culture is deeply suspicious of all grand stories. Again, The Smashing Pumpkins prove to be insightful in this regard. In their infinitely sad song, “tales of a scorched earth,” they sing, “we’re all dead yeah we’re all dead/inside the future of a shattered past.” We live inside the future of a shattered past because that “past” told grand stories of Marxist utopia, technological freedom, or capitalist paradise. Yet we have come to see not only that these stories are unfinished, but that they are also fundamentally unfinishable, for the simple reason that they are fundamentally lies. The postmodern ethos insists that stories such as these that have so shaped our lives are not stories of emancipation and progress after all, but stories of enslavement, oppression and violence. And on such a view, any story, any world view, that makes grand claims about the real course and destiny of history will be perceived as making common cause with such violence and oppression. This characteristic of the postmodern shift is, I think, the most challenging to Christian faith. If there is one thing that Christianity is all about it is a grand story. How else can we interpret the cosmic tale of creation, fall, redemption and consummation that the Scriptures tell? Yet it is precisely this story that we must tell in a postmodern culture. In the face of dissolution of all grand stories, Christians have the audacity to proclaim, week after week, the liberating story of God’s redemption of all creation. It is, we insist, the one story that actually delivers on what it promises.

And that is the difference between the metanarrative of Scripture and the metanarratives of other ideologies and worldviews: The grand story of Scripture delivers on what it promises. Let’s not fail to continue to tell this story and pray that those we share it with find themselves in it as the people God has redeemed for his glory and our joy.

11751958_1209158262442953_3486622930933138849_nMathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is Associate Pastor of Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo, MS. He is an M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathew is married to his high school sweetheart, Erica. They have one son, Jude Adoniram. You can follow Mathew on Twitter @Mat_Gilbert.


Throwback Thursday: Francis Turretin on the Love of God

Throwback ThursdayGod is love (1 John 4:8). This simple, yet profound sentence is a crucial basis for Christianity. The apostle John makes a crucial distinction. He doesn’t say, “God loves” or “God has love,” but rather, “God is love.” Love is inherent to God. It is part of who he is. Spend any amount of time meditating on the love of God and the sin of man and you should glow in gratitude for God’s love. It is clear that no one deserves God’s love, yet the God who is love has chosen to set his love upon his creation and specifically his people.

The God-is-love maxim has sinisterly become a defense for things that God in fact hates. God is love. So, how could he judge sin? God is love. So how could he oppose my autonomy? God is love. So how dare these “backwoods, fundamentalist” Christians tell me how I should live my life. God is love.

Our church culture has slowly taken a crucial doctrinal truth about the nature and character of God and turned it for its own favor. The church would do well to take God at his Word everywhere they find his Word, not just in places that suit their personal preferences. But the truth about God’s love is that it is not as simple as we want to make it. The love of God is beautifully complex. It is seen from before creation and seen in the fully consummated new creation, and everywhere in between. It is seen in his common graces showered on all of mankind, as well as his special graces shown only toward his people he has redeemed through Christ. God loves us before he creates us. God loves us as he creates us. God loves us when he recreates us. His love is tender and firm. It faces no barrier it cannot destroy. It faces no hurt it cannot heal. It faces no sinner it cannot change. From eternity past to eternity future, when God sets his love on you, it will never leave.

Theologian Francis Turretin clearly explains the complexities of God’s love as it is attested in Scripture in his Institutes of Elenctic Theology. He discusses three aspects of God’s love–benevolence, beneficence, and complacency. Here, Turretin examines how God loves us first and then loves us because of his work in our lives, which includes our response. Meditate on the complex glory and goodness of God’s love as you marvel at why he would ever set it on sinners like you and me from eternity past to eternity future.

A threefold love of God is commonly held; or rather there are three degrees of one and the same love. First, there is the love of benevolence by which God willed good to the creature from eternity; second, the love of beneficence by which he does good to the creature in time according to his good will; third, the love of complacency by which he delights himself in the creature on account of the rays of his image seen in them. The two former precede every act of the creature; the latter follows (not as an effect its cause, but as a consequent its antecedent). By the love of benevolence, the love of complacency, he loves us when we are (renewed after his image). By the first, he elects us; by the second, he redeems and sanctifies us; but by the third, he gratuitously rewards us as holy and just. John 3:16 refers to the first; Ephesians 5:25 and Revelation 1:5 to the second; Isaiah 62:3 and Hebrews 11:6 to the third.

11751958_1209158262442953_3486622930933138849_nMathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, KY. He is an M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jude Adoniram.

Throwback Thursday: Thomas Boston on the Supremacy of Scripture

Throwback ThursdayIn the catechism ministry I lead on Wednesday evenings, we just finished looking at questions and answers relating to the Word of God. The catechism I adapted from historic Reformed catechisms, such as the Westminster Shorter and Baptist Catechisms, is divided into six major sections. The first section deals with the Bible. Over the past few weeks, we have studied the content, purpose, message, and nature of the Bible.

Q 2. What teaches us how we should glorify God by enjoying him forever?
A. The Word of God alone teaches us how we should glorify God by enjoying him forever.

Q 3. What is the Word of God?
A. The Word of God is the Bible made up of the Old and New Testaments and inspired by God.

Q 4. What does the Bible mainly teach?
A. The Bible mainly teaches what man must believe about God and what God requires of man.

The questions do not encapsulate everything within the doctrine of the Word of God, but they do cover most of the crucial and fundamental aspects of the Bible. What I want the kids I lead to come away with is a sense of what the Bible is and what it is for. I feel confident that most of the kids know the nature, purpose, and basic content of the Bible.

But more than a thorough and impressive head knowledge, I want the kids I lead to come away dumbfounded by the Bible. I want them to see it as amazing that God speaks. I want them to see Scripture as supremely satisfying for their lives. Because of this, I believe it is more crucial to our ministry for our leaders to show enthusiasm and joy over the Bible than to say kids should be enthused and joyed over the Bible.

Only when the Bible is seen as supremely valuable; only when it is seen as a precious treasure, will it be obeyed. There are countless competing pleasures in the world and many worldviews demanding obedience. Once we see and understand the Bible is revelation from God himself, where do we go from here? Christians far too casually confess the Bible is God’s Word. If that massively radical statement is true, then what should it mean for our lives. If the Bible truly is what it says it is, what now?

Scottish theologian Thomas Boston (1676-1732) presents four exhortations for Christians approaching the Bible. If you hold that the Bible is God’s Word, inerrant, infallible, and supremely valuable, then consider Boston’s exhortations.

  1. Let us highly prize this book for the sake of the author. The Ephesians thought that they had good ground to be zealous for the image of Diana, because they fancied it fell down from Jupiter, Acts 19:35. Your Bible is a book really come from God; let us be ashamed we do not prize it more, by using it diligently to the ends for which if was given the church.
  2. Let us believe it in all the parts thereof; the commands, that we may study to conform ourselves to them; the promises, that we may thereby be encouraged to a holy life; and the threatenings, that we may thereby be deterred from sin. Alas ! though we own it to be the word of God, that we are no more moved with it than if it were the word of man, and such a man as we give little credit to. For compare the lives of the most part with it they say, it is but idle tales.
  3. Let us submit our souls to it, as the oracles of the living God. He is the great Lawgiver, and in that book he speaks: let us own his authority in his word, and submit to it as the rule of our faith and life, without disputing or opposing.
  4. Let us study to be well acquainted with it, and make it our business to search the scriptures.

396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, KY. He is an M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jude Adoniram.

Throwback Thursday: John Calvin on Psalm 139

Throwback ThursdayI would never even consider visiting a historic location without my wife, Erica. She has eyes that see things I just can’t see. It’s hard not to be amazed and overcome with emotion when visiting Gettysburg. The battlefields, nostalgic town, and careful placement of canons and flags makes missing the grandeur and importance of that historic Civil War battle nearly impossible.

Still, when Erica and I visited Gettysburg a couple years ago, she saw things that I hadn’t even thought to look for. I would see the house where a certain General was stationed, but she would see a bullet hole on the far side of the house. As we drove around that hallowed ground, she continually pointed out the little intricacies I would not have seen without her. My joy was increased in Gettysburg because of Erica’s keen eye for intricate details. That is the role of a good Bible study resource or commentary.

As I have worked through John Calvin’s commentary on the Psalms over the past few weeks, it has served as a significant daily devotion for my soul. I think commentaries make the best devotionals. They deal directly with the text and are usually written with more biblical integrity and insight than most traditional devotionals. I would recommend the abridged version of Calvin’s commentary on the Psalms as a resource to accompany your Bible reading, particularly if you are reading through the Psalms. It will be a great friend to help point out the intricacies of the Psalms that you would otherwise miss.

As an example of Calvin’s eye for the small, yet significant biblical details, note his comment on Psalm 139:6, 11-12. Here you will feel a scathing cut to the heart in a practical comment. Marvel with Calvin at the grand, immense, unreachable, and penetrating knowledge of God.

David now exclaims against the folly of measuring God’s knowledge by our own, when it rises infinitely high above us. Many stupidly think of God as if he was like themselves, but David confesses him to be beyond comprehension. The divine knowledge has neither bounds nor measure; therefore to think we can determine its extent is patently beyond our feeble capacity…If even the speed of light cannot help us to evade God, perhaps the darkness might give us some respite from his all-seeing gaze. But God sees equally well in the darkness as at noon-day. Both verses have the same meaning. We all pay lip-service to the divine omniscience; however, although we are ashamed to let others witness our wrong-doings, how many of us are indifferent to what God may think of us as if our sins could be veiled from his inspection. Unless such stupidity is reproved, our limited light will be soon changed into darkness.

396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, KY. He is an M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jude Adoniram.

Throwback Thursday: George Whitefield, Deism, and Cultural Impact

pgeorge-whitefieldIn the beginning of Arnold Dallimore’s volume 1 work on George Whitefield, he addresses the spiritual and moral corruption in Britain in the mid 1700s. Dallimore starts off this chapter by stating “The history of the eighteenth century demonstrates that true revival is the work of God-not man- of God who is not limited by such circumstances as the extent of human sin or the degree of mankind’s unbelief” (paraphrased, p. 19).

Dallimore displays in that chapter the rise of Deism and the questioning of Christianity. This century attacked the Bible, attacked pastors, and attacked Christ. But from these attacks from the end of the 1600s into the 1700s, there are men such as Bunyan, the Wesleys, Whitefield, and Edwards. These men stood on the solid foundation, preached the gospel, and changed the culture.

One could look at their generation, and our generation and see many similarities in moral and spiritual corruption. We need to preach the gospel. True revival is not the work of man, but of God. I hear from many men and women who say there is no hope in this generation, everything is going to hell in a hand basket, things are getting so bad. But then you look at previous generations and things weren’t so great.

Yeah, sure, things may be bad right now. Every generation has their problems, but they only have one Savior. We need to preach the gospel that changes lives. The gospel found in the scriptures. There is hope in Jesus! As Christians, Jesus transforms our thoughts, our actions, and our motives. So friends, be reminded of the gospel that has the power to save. Because you only get one life, and it will soon pass! Only what is done for Jesus Christ will last!

1557562_10153227664651515_1796309980_nEvan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.


Throwback Thursday: How Important is the Scripture?

81pumFLRo-LThis quote is taken from the chapter by BB Warfield “The Biblical Idea of Inspiration” out of the new book edited by John MacArthur, Scripture Cannot be Broken. 

“The Scriptures are throughout a divine book, created by the divine energy and speaking in their every part with divine authority directly to the heart of the readers, is the fundamental fact concerning them which is witnessed by Christ and the sacred writers to whom we owe the New Testament. But the strength and constancy with which they bear witness to this primacy fact do not prevent their recognizing by the side of it that the Scriptures have come into being by the agency of men. It would be inexact to say that they recognize a human element in Scripture: they do not parcel Scripture out, assigning portions of it, or elements in it, respectively to God and man. In their view the whole of Scripture in all its parts and in all its elements, down to the least minutiae, in form of expression as well as in substance of teaching is from God; but the whole of it has been given by God through the instrumentality of men” (Scripture Cannot be Broken, 154)

Friend no matter where you are at in your life, your view of the Scripture is view important. It impacts your everyday life and how you live as a result. If you believe that the Scripture is the inerrant word of God, then you will live on those implications. But if you do not hold that the Bible is the word of God, then you will live on those implications. Friend, you cannot tip toe the line of biblical inerrancy. One has all of Scripture or none at all.

The Bible isn’t just a road map to become a “better person” like many popular TV preachers tend to advertise. The Bible shows the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ for the salvation of sinners. All of Scripture testifies of Jesus Christ. That man has sinned, rebelled against God, but God has made the only way, sending his son Jesus Christ to bear the cross and our sin for our salvation. Friend, Scripture cannot be broken!

You only get one life and it will soon pass, only what is done for Jesus Christ will last!

1557562_10153227664651515_1796309980_nEvan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.

Throwback Thursday: Carl Trueman on Martin Luther

91n23Upf5ILFriends, Carl Trueman’s new book Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom is terrific! I just want to start off by saying Carl Trueman is not merely a gifted historian and theologian, he is also an excellent writer. He has written some of the most helpful biblical and theological books on many numerous subjects. But I have anticipated this book for a long time. Crossway has done an excellent job in this series with picking some of the best writers and scholars to write on Calvin, Warfield, Schaeffer, Bonhoeffer, Wesley, Edwards, and now Luther.

Luther’s significance to Protestantism cannot be understated! In this book, Trueman shows us how important Luther is to the church. For example, Trueman says,

“For Luther, however, faith is the instrument, and there is no place for merit, either before or after the individual comes to trust in God’s Word and be united to Christ. Justifying righteousness is alien righteousness, and justification is always the extrinsic declaration of God, not based upon any intrinsic quality. Further, while Luther does regard the sacraments as important, they are not strictly speaking necessary for salvation, since faith is the one thing needful in this regard” (70).

Faith and justification were at the heart of the Reformation. Friends, faith and justification are at the heart of the gospel (Romans 1:17).

Trueman does not take to task Luther’s opposing views in theology and the sacraments. His goal in this book is to simply address Luther’s massive contribution to Christian living. For any Protestant, this book will be a joy to read. Luther is fun. Trueman is fun. We should be thankful for both of them.

As Luther once said, “When faith grasps the Word, the power of the Word is imparted to the believer as heat is imparted to an iron placed in the fire.”

Friends, you only get one life and it will soon pass, only what is done for Jesus Christ will last!

1557562_10153227664651515_1796309980_nEvan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.

Throwback Thursday: Jonathan Edwards on the Suffering of Christ

christ-on-crossI have often heard fellow Christians say that when they need a good reminder of God’s love or the sacrifice of Christ, they watch a movie like The Passion of the Christ. “Whenever I watch Jesus suffer the way he did, it reminds me of just how much God loves me,” they say. Reenactments of the crucifixion are graphic and realistic (as realistic as possible) depictions of the means of the salvation of the world. When we see the blood and the brutality, we have before our eyes a semblance of the physical suffering of Christ.

I will not deny that watching The Passion of the Christ is emotionally moving. I will also agree that Christians need to be reminded of God’s love for sinners often. However, watching a movie will not even begin to scratch the surface on the sufferings of Christ.

There is a common error in the minds of many Christians regarding the suffering of Christ. They think that Jesus’ physical death was far worse than any other death in the history of the world. It is said that no one physically suffered the way Jesus did on the cross. And so, when they need a reminder of God’s love, they reflect on the physical sufferings of Christ.

But the reality is that there have been deaths in the history of the world that were worse than the death of Christ, physically speaking. Countless believers throughout history have been burned at the stake, drowned, and mutilated. Even recently we have seen 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded for their faith in Christ. So, Jesus’ death was not necessarily the most brutal or worst death in history. Tim Keller even makes the point that “there have been far more excruciating and horrible deaths that martyrs have faced with far greater confidence and calmness” (The Reason for God, 28). But why is this the case?

The physical sufferings of the cross, while great, pale in comparison to the spiritual suffering of the cross. It was not the physical pain of whips and nails that led Jesus to weep and groan in the garden of Gethsemane. Instead it was anticipation of a far greater suffering that was to come. Jesus, the Son of God, was not only about to bear the wrath of man through crucifixion, he was about to bear the wrath of God through taking the punishment we deserve. Keller observes, “Jesus’ sufferings would have been eternally unbearable” because in his death he lost the “infinite love of the Father that Jesus had from all eternity” (The Reason for God, 29).

The physical pain and suffering of Christ was nothing compared to his experience of his Father’s abandonment. No one captures this better than the great theologian Jonathan Edwards. He is abundantly clear on the importance on distinguishing between the physical and spiritual sufferings of Christ on the cross.

The sufferings which Christ endured in his body on the cross…were yet the least part of his last sufferings…If it had been only the sufferings which he endured in his body, though they were very dreadful, we cannot conceive that the mere anticipation of them would have such an effect on Christ. Many of the martyrs have endured as severe tortures in their bodies as Christ did…yet their souls have not been so overwhelmed (“Christ’s Agony” in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 2).

While it is possible for people to suffer the way Christ suffered physically, it is impossible for any of us to suffer as much as Christ did spiritually. He essentially experienced hell for all who would believe in him.

So, if you are a Christian who needs reminded of God’s love, look to the cross. If you are struggling to reconcile God’s love with your own suffering, look to the cross. In the cross, God himself suffered in the place of sinners like you and me. This puts his tremendous love and experience of suffering on full display, not because he died the most gruesome physical death of all time, but because in his death he bore the full wrath of God, which is the most excruciating form of suffering.

396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church East Bernstadt. He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their dog, Simba.

Throwback Thursday: Thomas Watson and Ministers of the Gospel

Its-not-about-youThomas Watson said, “We are but pipes and organs. It is God’s Spirit blowing in us that makes the preaching of the Word by a divine enchantment allure souls to Christ. Ministers are but stars to light you to Christ. The Spirit is a loadstone to draw you. All the good done by our ministry is due to the Lord’s excellent and effectual working”.

Friends and ministers of the gospel may we remember that it is not us who draw men unto repentance, but the Spirit of God who draws men and women to repent. You may be the most eloquent speaker, but if the Spirit of God does not move and convict, your preaching is in vain. There are two things I have taken away from this quote by Watson.

The first is that I should not think so highly of myself. Its not “your” ministry, but the Lord’s. We are an example of the Lord Jesus to this lost and dying world. The Lord is so gracious to even use a wretch like me. I am undeserving. When it comes to preaching the text, I should not boast in myself, because there is nothing to boast in. But I shall boast in the Lord who has given me life!

The second is that before preaching the word of God, the sermon should be immersed in prayer. I do pray before my sermons, yes. But I do not pray like I should. I should be pleading with God to use His Spirit to call and convict sinners. But this should also provide comfort for the preacher/minister/Christian, because it is not you who saves, but the Holy Spirit calls and convicts for man to believe in the Lord Jesus (John 6:44).

Friend, believe in the Lord Jesus. Repent, turn from your sins. Be an example and immerse your reading in prayer. Because you only get one life and it will soon pass, only what is done for Jesus Christ will last.

1557562_10153227664651515_1796309980_nEvan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.

Throwback Thursday: John Harper and His Passion for Evangelism

John Harper was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1872. He was raised in a Christian home, and at the age of 14, he became a Christian himself. From that day on, he began to tell others about Christ. In September of 1896, Harper started his own church. He pastored that church for 13 years and in that time it grew from 25 to 500 members. But also during this time, he was married and widowed. Before she died, his wife gave birth to a girl that they named Nana.

While pastoring a church in London, Harper continued to diligently and zealously evangelize. Moody Church in Chicago recognized Harper’s overwhelming passion for evangelism, and asked him to come to America for a series of talks. Those meetings produced much fruit and a few years later, they asked him to come back again. Harper boarded a ship at Southampton, England, for the trip to America with his daughter Nana. The ship John Harper and his daughter were on was called the Titanic. 

Harper felt the ship hit the iceberg around midnight, and as a precaution, he put his daughter in a lifeboat with her cousin. Harper then waited for a lifeboat with the other men on board after the women and children were all loaded. However, like most men on the Titanic, John Harper found himself without a lifeboat and fighting for his life in the frigid waters of the Atlantic.  How did John Harper spend his dying breaths? The answer was given at a prayer meeting that was held in Hamilton, Ontario months after Titanic’s demise. A young Scotsman stood up in tears and told of the story of how he was converted. He explained that he had been on the Titanic the night it hit the iceberg. He had been clinging to a piece of floating debris. “Suddenly,” he said, “a wave brought a man near. The man was none other than the well-known evangelist, John Harper. He, too, was holding a piece of wreckage.”

“He called out, ‘Man, are you saved?'”

“No, I am not,” I replied.

“He shouted back, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.'”

“The waves took the Harper away, but a little later, he was washed back beside me again.”

“Are you saved now?” he called out.

“No,” I answered. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

“Then, losing his hold on the wood, the Harper sank. And there alone in the night with two miles of water under me I trusted in Christ as my savior. I am John Harper’s last convert.”

This is an amazing story in the midst of a horrific tragedy. It is testament to both the immeasurable grace of God, and a picture of a faithful evangelist. John Harper was faithful to the gospel until his death. Harper desired to use his dying breath to call sinners to Jesus. Now he is with Christ in heaven! Today, tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives, may we not be cowards for the gospel. But may we have a passion for evangelism like Harper that consumes our every thought and deed in times of prosperity and in times of turmoil and tragedy. May we be like John Harper. May we give every ounce and strength of our being to the Kingdom of Christ. For it is not our will, but His will be done.

We only get one life, and it will soon pass. Only what is done for Christ will last.

*Story of John Harper taken from the book The Gospel & Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

1557562_10153227664651515_1796309980_nEvan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.