Jim is both a detective (currently working cold case homicides), a missions leader and a church planter. His background was originally in design (earning a BFA from California State University at Long Beach and a Master's in Architecture from UCLA), but he has been a police officer and detective for the past 23 years. Jim wasn't raised as a Christian. In fact, he was a conscientious and vocal atheist until he was 35 or 36, and always considered himself to be an “evidentialist”. His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth is tied directly to evidence. But Jim took his first serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and realized that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim took an evidential approach to truth and applied it to the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master's Degree in Theology from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and built the PleaseConvinceMe.com website, blog and podcast. Jim’s diverse experiences have provided him with some unique opportunities to examine the logical conclusions and practical realities of the “secular world view” and compare these to the blessings of Biblical Christianity. These comparisons often take the form of observations and evidences that are similar to the evidences one might offer in front of a jury. Jim is married (to the love of his life since 1979) and has four children. He is the primary author of the PleaseConvinceMe Article Archive and the host of the PleaseConvinceMe Podcast.
What a wonderful testimony of how God will use even our own abilities to reach us, as he did with J. Warner, in using his detective abilities to search the bible for himself and compare with other writings. Fantastic! What a mighty God!