I love serving God in a school and church that exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. My role in that mission is to research, write, teach, and shepherd.
The articles on my website are my “thoughts on theology” that overflow from my vocation—even when I explain why it’s important to understand direct vs. mitigated speech or how I set up one desk for sitting and another for walking! I add new content about once each week and typically highlight resources I find helpful and that fellow Christians may also find helpful. To make sure you don’t miss new articles, you can subscribe by email or RSS. You can also follow me on Twitter.
My excellent wife, Jenni, and I have been married since 2004, and God has blessed us with four girls. (They often live in Narnia or Middle-earth.) Do you know how hard it is to get a good family picture? Here’s an attempt from summer 2016:
I earned two PhDs: one in theology from Bob Jones University (2006) and another in New Testament exegesis and theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2010). It was my privilege to serve as the research manager for New Testament scholar D. A. Carson for about nine years (2006–2014), which was like a young lawyer’s getting to clerk for a Supreme Court Justice. I continue to work with Carson to publish the theological journal Themelios.
My books include …
- an introduction on how to understand and apply the New Testament (2017)
- a study of the conscience (2016)
- a study Bible (2015)
- a debate-book on the extent of the atonement (2015)
- a more technical tome on how Paul uses Isaiah and Job at the end of Romans 11 (2012)
- a debate-book on the spectrum of evangelicalism (2011)
- a survey and analysis of “let go and let God” theology (2010)
- a New Testament survey (2010)
I am a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and Institute for Biblical Research. As I explain in the article “Three Reflections on Evangelical Academic Publishing,” I aim to be academically responsible more than being academically respectable. The ultimate reason I research, write, teach, and shepherd is to glorify God by serving Christ’s church.
I teach courses primarily at the graduate-level on Greek exegesis, New Testament, biblical theology, systematic theology, and ethics. I love to study and teach how the five theological disciplines—exegesis, biblical theology, historical theology, systematic theology, and practical theology—interrelate and culminate in doxology. And I love my school’s mission and strategy:
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