ABOUT PETE

Hi.

That’s me over there. On the right.

My wife Sue and I are empty-nesters with three adult children. (See proof below.)

We have 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a rabbit. The Enns family record is 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 ferrets, and 11 rabbits–but that’s only because we were told, “Sure, they’re both males.”

I think The Simpsons, The Office, and The Big Bang Theory, are quality television.

I don’t like kale or mushrooms. I could eat Entenmann’s or Oreos all day. Sometimes I do.

I also like sports–especially baseball, and especially especially the Yankees–and cutting the grass, because it’s the only thing in my life where I actually see some progress.

And I have a dream job.

I’m a college professor. I have 4 months off in the summer, 4 weeks at Christmas, and on my “hard day” (Tuesdays) I teach 5 hours. I also love teaching young men and women.

I spent half my 20s and 30s in graduate school–first seminary then getting my PhD. I’ve been teaching, writing, and speaking about the Bible for over 20 years.

I like to ask questions and I don’t like quick, safe answers to make the hard questions go away.

I am an explorer. I’m wired to say, ”Yeah, but. . . .” I’ve gotten into trouble now and then for it.

And I love telling Bible stories.

Not the stories you might tell your children. In fact, not just stories that are in the Bible–although there’s that, too.

I tell stories about everyday normal people and their struggles with the Bible.

The Bible is supposed to be the book that tells us what God is up to, but once you start reading, you get more than you bargained for.

The Bible is ancient, weird, unfamiliar, from another world and another time. Some of it is bizarre, unbelievable, and even morally suspect.

The Bible that tells us about God is a messy book that just won’t behave itself.

I tell stories about this messy Bible and what it means to read it with both eyes open to its problems and challenges, and to its promises and possibilities.

I tell stories about the Bible to try to make sense of it.

What is the Bible, anyway?

What are we supposed to do with a book like this?

Why should anyone care?

I tell stories about the Bible to try and make sense of God.

What is God up to?

What does God want?

Is God real?

And so what?

These sorts of questions are an expression of my faith, not a problem for my faith.

How about you?

If you’re a stalker or you think I owe you money or something, you can get more information on me here.