Personal profile


Economic Justice and Economic Discipleship in the Bible: I am interested in biblical and theological perspectives on economic justice, wealth, poverty, and inequality, and their implications for Christian behavior and decision making. I enjoy exploring these topics with students in my "Wealth and Poverty in the Bible" course, and I spent 2007-08 on sabbatical in Nicaragua researching such issues. In 2014-15, I am on sabbatical again, writing a book linking missional hermeneutics and the subject of biblical economic values (working title: "Choose Life!: Missionally Located Reflections on Biblical Justice and Economic Discipleship").

Missional Hermeneutics and the Bible: I am interested in readings of the Bible that explore the hermeneutical dynamics and implications of the missional vocation and location of the interpreting community. My initial work in this area culminated in my dissertation (published as Mission and Moral Reflection in Paul), and I have continued to work on these issues over the past several years as steering committee chair of the Gospel and Our Culture Network's "GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics" at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meetings.

Paul's Letters and Theology: My graduate training and dissertation focused on the ministry, letters, and thought of Paul the Apostle. I still enjoy engaging this fascinating and controversial figure and the texts attributed to him.

Having finished a recent book project, Missional Economics: Biblical Justice and Christian Formation (slated to appear in May, 2018), I will continue to be engaged in ongoing research and writing on issues pertaining to both missional hermeneutics and economic justice in the Bible. Planning a co-written book on missional hermeneutics in the near future.

Contact Information

Office: Dante Hall - 335
Mail: P.O. Box 4297

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Biblical Studies (New Testament), Union Theological Seminary-PSCE

… → 2001

Master of Theology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

… → 1995

Master of Divinity, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

… → 1994

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (with minors in History and Spanish), Whitworth College

… → 1989

External positions

Adjunct Instructor ("Letters of Paul"), William & Mary

Jan 1 2001

Adjunct Instructor ("Letters of Paul"), William & Mary

Jan 1 2000

Visiting Instructor (Elementary Biblical Greek I-II), Union Theological Seminary-PSCE

Jan 1 1997Jan 1 2001


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