Joshua Graves
Exploring the Collision of Culture & Faith
About the Author

Welcome to!  You can read my Amazon author page HERE. I am the author of The Feast: How to Serve Jesus in a Famished World (Leafwood, 2009). My second book,  Heaven on Earth (Abingdon Press, 2012)–with Chris Seidman, is available everywhere books are sold. My third book– on Islam and Christianity in America–is now available: How Not to Kill a Muslim (Cascade Books, 2015). Listen to two interviews I’ve done for the book’s release HERE and HERE. You can also read these two features from two respected journalists regarding the impact of the book: HERE (Ministry Matters) and HERE (Religion News Services) and HERE (Sojourners). You can follow me on twitter @joshgraves.

One of my real passions is the work I do week in and week out: I am the preaching and teaching minister for the Otter Creek Church in Nashville, Tennessee. I enjoy speaking and teaching for churches, universities, and conferences all around the United States. I completed a doctorate degree from Columbia Seminary, where I studied the relationship of postmodernism and Christianity. I also teach adjunct in Religion and New Testament at Lipscomb University. You might be interested in reading my contributing pieces to FOX NEWS (OpEd online) and Jesus Creed (Patheos) on matters of faith, culture, and ethics. I’ve also written other articles and have been featured on various sites: Denison ForumExperimental Theology,  Religion News ServicesPBS Religion and EthicsChurch Leaders, The Tennessean, Missio DeiThe ContributorChristian Standard. I am married to Kara—the daily source of joy in my life and the real theologian in the family. We have three life-giving sons: Lucas, Finn, and Oliver.

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  To see a list of some of my writings or to listen to some of my teachings, click HERE. You can listen to my regular teachings via the Otter Creek podcast page. Drop me a comment on one of my posts, I’d love to meet you!

2016 Speaking/Teaching Dates (note: Josh teaches most Sundays at Otter Creek Church):

Jan-May Lipscomb University The Story of the Church (undergraduate)

Mar 9 & 10 Otter Creek Church and Lipscomb University PBS Religion and Ethics Forum on Islam and Christianity

April 1-10 Israel Tour (Otter Creek Church and Fellowship Bible Church)

May 3-6 Pepperdine University Lectures: God at War with Greg Boyd

June 29-July 1 Lipscomb University Summer Celebration: Praying the Lord’s Prayer

June 28 Vanderbilt University (Owen Graduate School of Business): Power and Calling

August 7 Christ Church Nashville: How Not to Kill a Muslim

August – December Lipscomb University: The Story of Jesus (undergraduate)

September 18-21 ACU Summit Lectures: Who’s My Neighbor? (keynote lecture)

October 13-16 Telemachus Gasparilla Island, FLA (spiritual guide)

November 4-6 ZOE Worship & Arts (Otter Creek Church)



Jan.-May Lipscomb University The Story of the Church (Then/Now: undergraduate course)

Feb. 6-7 East TN Churches of Christ Men’s Conference (Living, Dying, Courage)

Feb. 9-11 Lipscomb University: Conference of Preaching

Feb. 26-28 NYC/Greenwhich, CT Enneagram, Worship, Contemplation and Action (with Ian Cron)

Mar. 19-20 Tulsa, OK How Not to Kill a Muslim (Tulsa Workshop Churches of Christ)

May 5-8 Pepperdine University Lectures (Dying Well, Living Well)

June 14 Christ Church (Nashville, TN)

July 1-3 Lipscomb University Summer Celebration (Resurrection and Revelation)

Aug. 25 East-West Center’s 2015 Senior Journalists Seminar (2015SJS) (hosted by Christ Church Cathedral) –Conversation on Islam in the United States. How Not to Kill a Muslim presentation.

Aug.-Dec. The Story of Jesus (Lipscomb University undergraduate course).

Sept. 20-23 Abilene Christian University Summit (Us VS Them: Islam and Christianity)

Sept. 26 Vanderbilt University Faith and Culture Conference (Book Reading and Presentation)

Oct. 2-4 ZOE Nashville (Otter Creek Church)


2014 Speaking/Teaching Dates :

Jan 10-11 Lipscomb University Prayer, Mysticism and the Church (Graduate Course)

Jan 31-Feb 1 Lipscomb University Prayer, Mysticism and the Church (Graduate Course)

Feb 10-12 Lipscomb University: Conference on Preaching (facilitator)

Mar 20-22 Tulsa Workshop (Tulsa, OK): Islam and Christianity in the U.S.

Mar 28-29 Reconciliation for Churches of Christ (Atlanta, GA)

Apr 26-27 Littleton Church of Christ (Denver, CO): We are the Stories We Tell Ourselves/Genesis

April 28-May 3 Pepperdine Lectures (keynote; 3 part class on music and faith with Ian Cron)

June 4 Christian College Conference for Academic Leaders (Nashville, TN)-A Beautiful Life

June 5-6 Christian Scholars Conference (Nashville, TN)

June 29-July 1 Summer Celebration: Sexuality and the Jesus Story (Nashville, TN)

July 6 Homewood Church (Birmingham)

Aug 8-9 Civil Rights Tour with Lipscomb University and Otter Creek Church

Sept-Dec Lipscomb University The Story of Jesus (undergraduate)

September 13: STIR Conference with Peter Rollins (Nashville, TN)

September 17-19 WARP Peace Summit  (Seoul, South Korea) and Korea Christian University 

Oct 5: Preston Road Church (Dallas, TX)

Oct 12: Decatur Church of Christ (Decatur, TX)

Oct. 16-19 Telemachus Leadership Network (Gasparilla Island, FL)

Nov. 15 National Racial Reconciliation Gathering (Nashville, TN) 

Nov. 23 Littleton Church of Christ, The Story (Denver, CO)

Dec. 1-11 Made In the Streets (Nairobi, Kenya) 

2013 Speaking/Teaching Dates  January 7-10 Christianity and Islam; Deep Spirituality: National Conference for Youth Ministers –Colorado Springs, Co February 8-9 Landmark Church of Christ (Alabama) God’s Man-The Battle for Your Soul February 5 Lipscomb University Public Reading and Book Signing: Heaven on Earth (Beaman Library) February 11-15 Doctor of Ministry Course-Culture and Faith: Lipscomb University–Nashville, TN (can be audited) February 19-25 YouthReach International Leadership Retreat (Heaven on Earth material) in Moscow and Novosibirsk March 2-3 The Branch (all campuses: Dallas, Texas) The Story April 18-21 Emerging Young Adults–Pittman, NJ with Pittman Church (near NYC) April 30-May 3 Pepperdine University–Malibu, CA June 30-July 2 Lipscomb University (with Chris Seidman, Heaven on Earth)– Nashville, TN Oct. 25-27 ZOE Worship/Leadership Conference–Brentwood, TN (Otter Creek Church)

2012 Mar 1-3 Fairfax, VA spiritual formation and preaching Mar 15-19 Ulpan Valley, Guatemala Mar 22-23 Tulsa Workshop April 13-14 Conference for Campus Ministers (Kentucky) May 1-4 Pepperdine Bible Lectures (with Chris Seidman): Heaven on Earth May 24 Baha’i Community Center of Nashville (Islam and Christianity) 7pm June 3-6 Pike’s Peak/Eastside CoC (CO) June 28 Mission Resource Network: Reading the Bible in a Postmodern World  (Lipscomb) July 1-3 Lipscomb Summer Celebration (Christ and Culture: The Story of Us) Sept 19-21 ACU Summit (Abilene, TX) Oct 12-14 ZOE Worship Conference (Atlanta, GA: Campus Church)–Heaven on Earth

2011 February 8: Lipscomb University (chapel) February 27: Highland Church of Christ: Abilene, Texas March 11-13: Northeast Churches of Christ Leadership Conference: Manchester, Connecticut May 3-6: Pepperdine University Bible Lectures: Malibu, CA May 16-18: Rochester College’s Streaming Conference: Rochester Hills, MI June 8: West Side Church of Christ: Arkansas July1-2: Lipscomb University Summer Celebration: Nashville, TN July 7-9: Get Lit Campus Ministry Conference: Searcy Arkansas July 10: South West Church of Christ: Jonesboro, Arkansas July 27: Bammel Church: Houston, Texas September 11: Pepperdine University: Malibu, CA (10th Anniversary of “9-11”) September 18-21: Summit at Abilene Christian University: Abilene, Texas

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