One of the reasons that I got into academia was to do research that could help people understand the world around them in a better way. To that end, I have put a great deal of emphasis on public scholarship at this point in my career. I post 3-4 times a month on a website that I co-edit called Religion in Public. That has led to a variety of speaking opportunities, to a number of diverse audiences.
I have given a chapel address at Greenville University in Greenville, IL as well as colloquium presentation about how the Religious Right has taken over American religion. In addition, I was asked to present some research to the National Leadership Council of the American Baptist Churches in Green Lake, Wisconsin, which led to an invitation to speak at the Board of General Ministries for ABCUSA in Portland, Oregon.
In addition, I have been a pastor for over fifteen years, preaching nearly every Sunday of my adult life.
I would be happy to come speak to your organization, church, denominational meeting, or any other venue. I can speak on a variety of topics including recent religious history, the role of the church in a democratic society, what social science can tell us about religion, or other topics that you would find appropriate.
Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or shoot me an email at the address in the bottom left.