December 1, 2020

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? Teaching and researching Christian theology enables me to do (almost) all the things I love: delve into and interpret Scripture; develop doctrine and make disciples; make sense of human experience and contemporary culture; integrate biblical studies, church history, and philosophy. Christian theology is the greatest intellectual challenge of which I am aware. The ultimate point of seeking understanding… Read more

November 30, 2020

Sharon Galgay Ketcham, Professor of Theology and Christian Ministries, Gordon College, MA Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? I love teaching theology to undergrads for two reasons. First, it provides an opportunity to introduce them to the long and varied ways in which Christians have made sense of faith and life. For many students, they are familiar with the biblical narrative and some theological terms. Yet when they learn about the early councils, the differences between… Read more

November 29, 2020

Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? I appreciate the intellectual curiosity and the hunger to learn that is evident in my students. They want to grow in their knowledge and wisdom about their faith and how they apply their faith into the real world and to their ministry context. I appreciate the diverse context and social reality of our student body…. Read more

November 28, 2020

Josh McNall, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Oklahoma Wesleyan University Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? I find the conversation between Scripture, tradition, philosophy, and lived experience to be endlessly fascinating. There is often a resonance between debates in the first or fourth or sixteenth centuries and the questions of today. Hence theology can serve the church not only by training future leaders but by reminding all Christians that we have need (to cite W. H…. Read more

November 27, 2020

So excited to introduce you to one of my close friends and an amazing preacher and theologian. Definitely read all of his books.  A.J. Swoboda, Assistant Professor of Bible, Theology and World Christianity, Bushnell University (Eugene, OR) Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? Through theology, I love surprising my Christian students with how much bigger God is than they thought; and surprising my non-Christian students with how much better God is than they thought. What is… Read more

November 26, 2020

Lucy Peppiatt Principal, Westminster Theological Centre Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology?  I love God and am fascinated by everything about him, so the idea that I can teach and research ideas about God for a job is the dream as far as I’m concerned. I love teaching theology in the setting that I do, largely among evangelical charismatic Christians, because many of them come from backgrounds where academic theology was treated with suspicion and where… Read more

November 25, 2020

Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? Theology, of course, involves thinking and talking about God. What could be more wonderful—joyful, challenging, inspiring—than such a pursuit? Theology also involves thinking and talking about human persons in their relationship with God, and God to them. This gets complicated. Taken together, these two aspects cover about everything there is in life, but from a direction that… Read more

November 24, 2020

I got a chance to spend time learning from Dr. Amy Oden in person last year. She has so much wisdom to offer, and she engages with others with humility and grace. Amy Oden, Independent Scholar, Early Christian History and Spirituality Why do you love teaching and researching about Christian theology? I love teaching Christian theology because I get to accompany students on expeditions of discovery. Every day with students is a big exploration into the wide-open spaces of theology… Read more

November 23, 2020

Fleming Rutledge  Why do you love teaching, preaching, researching, and writing about theology? First of all I love theology because it is my calling from God. Everyone who knew me as a pre-teen observed that I was intensely interested in theological doctrine. A calling—any calling—is something God gives, at his pleasure. I’m sure that, for example, Dr. Francis Collins would tell the same story about science (not that I’m in his class). If you love a worthy subject and give… Read more

November 21, 2020

Here is another of my recommendations for buying a very special Christmas gift for that very special someone in your life…   Joshua Jipp’s brand new Messianic Theology of the New Testament (Eerdmans, 2020). Some say NT theology is dead. Jipp wants to revive it by looking at the golden thread of the messianic kingship of Jesus throughout the New Testament. Jipp gives each NT book its own nuance on this theme and concept, but at the end of the day,… Read more




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