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

 

Welcome! Muchas gracias for checking out my blog. 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. In the near future, I will publish a third book focusing on Islam and Christianity in America: How (Not) to Kill a Muslim (Cascade Books, 2015). 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 the Doctor of Ministry program at Lipscomb University.

You might be interested in reading my contributing pieces to FOX NEWS (OpEd online) on matters of faith, culture, and ethics. In addition to other articles and essays (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 two life-giving sons: Lucas and Finn.

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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!

2014 Speaking/Teaching Dates ( note: Josh teaches most Sundays at Otter Creek Church):

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

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

July 18-30 Made in the Streets Leadership Retreat (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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