This blog series spotlights 50 NT scholars and their research. The goal of this series is to introduce readers to a wider circle of scholarship than they have encountered before. The majority of people on this list are early or mid-career NT scholars who are doing great research and writing.
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I love teaching because I get the opportunity to invite students to fall in love with the Bible. Whether it’s introductory Exegesis or New Testament Foundations, or an advanced seminar or book study, I get to help students pay attention to what the text actually says, rather than just reacting to it. It’s an unexpected delight when students tell me after a class that they were afraid of or angry at their Bibles (or more realistically, what they’ve been told is there), and now they’ve found a new welcome and invitation to hear from God in the Word. I also love inviting them in to some of the lesser-read parts (ahem, Catholic Epistles, anyone?)! Teaching is, to me, a delight, an honor, and a privilege — and writing is an extension of that, a way to think about teaching to a broader audience, although I prefer the face-to-face dialogue of the classroom!
The Bible, as J.I. Packer puts it, invites us into friendship with God, and what that looks like is becoming Christlike, taking on the character of our God. James depicts it as becoming “whole” (in contrast with being double-minded and in love with the world), but what he depicts through that epistle (see also 1 John) is an enactment of what it means to “Love God” and “Love your neighbor” — friendship with God means growth in holiness and in justice both, shaping our lives to the very character of God (cf. Deut 10:12-20).
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In the works (belatedly but finally!) are two books: one is a Biblical Theology of Social Justice (Zondervan), and the other is the Story of God Commentary on James (also Zondervan).