Assistant Professor, Theology and Ethics
Personal and Research Interests
I am passionate about theology as a formative and life giving practice for the church and as a spiritual discipline for all Christians. Of course, theologians and pastors are called to study and practice theology in a more intensive way because it is intrinsic to their particular vocations. But every Christian is called to "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12:2) and theology is meant to guide us all in that journey.
I have wide ranging (and always expanding) interests in theology. My current areas of particular expertise and interest include trinitarian theology, ecclesiology (the church; both historic and contemporary expressions), theological anthropology (the human person), atonement theology, theology and culture, and Christian ethics. I also have an ongoing interest in the life, thought, and contemporary significance of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Finally, I am interested in the relationship between the sciences and Christian faith & thought. I currently serve as the coordinating book review editor for Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation and Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation.
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Publications & Presentations
Book and Book Chapters
Being Human, Being Church: The Significance of Theological Anthropology for Ecclesiology (Paternoster, forthcoming).
"Julian of Norwich: Her Life, Contribution, and Contemporary Significance" (forthcoming book chapter).
“Interpreting Scripture with Watson and Fowl,” chapter in Pillars of Biblical Interpretation, ed. Stanley E. Porter and Sean A. Adams (forthcoming).
Peer Reviewed Articles
"Understanding the Beginning in Light of the End: Eschatological Reflections on Making Theological Sense of Evolution." Submitted for consideration for publication.
“The Human Person in Contemporary Science and Theology,” Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 64, no. 2 (June 2012): 120–29.
“Teaching, Scholarship, and Christian Worldview: A Review of Recent Literature,” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 11 (2009–2010): 28–61.
“Penal Substitution in Perspective,” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 10 (2008– 2009): 22–52.
“Bonhoeffer’s Missional Ecclesiology,” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 9 (2007– 2008): 96–128.
“Women Sharing in the Ministry of God: A Trinitarian Framework for the Priority of Spirit Gifting as a Solution to the Gender Debate,” Priscilla Papers 22 (Autumn 2008): 14–20.
“John Wesley in Conversation with the Emerging Church,” Asbury Theological Journal 63 (Spring 2008): 75–93.
“Bonhoeffer’s Anti-Logos and its Challenge to Oppression,” Crux 41, no. 2 (2005): 2–9.
The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision is Key to the World's Future, by David P. Gushee. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 65, no. 3 (September 2013).
Bonhoeffer and the Biosciences: An Initial Exploration, edited by Ralf K. Wüstenberg, Stefan Heuser, and Esther Hornung. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 63 (September 2011), 207–8.
New Perspectives in Believers Church Ecclesiology, edited by Abe Dueck, Helmut Harder, and Karl Koop. Reviewed in the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 12 (2010–2011).
Rewired: Exploring Religious Conversion, by Paul N. Markham. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 60 (December 2008): 274–75.
Can These Bones Live? A Catholic Baptist Engagement with Ecclesiology, Hermeneutics, and Social Theory, by Barry Harvey. Reviewed in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 60 (December 2008): 272–73.
Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology, by Lewis Ayres. Reviewed in Canadian Evangelical Review (Spring 2008): 91–94.
Presented Academic Papers
"Understanding the Beginning in Light of the End: Eschatological Reflections on Making Theological Sense of Evolution." Meeting of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (Rochester, NY), October 19, 2013.
“Penal Substitution in Perspective: Re-evaluating the Doctrine’s Conceptualization and Application.” Annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Atlanta, GA), November 17, 2010.
“Missionaries in Our Own Back Yard: Lesslie Newbigin’s Concept of the Missionary Congregation as a Precursor to the Missional Church.” Paper presented at the McMaster Divinity College Theological Research Seminar (Hamilton, ON), November 24, 2009.
“John Wesley in Conversation with the Emerging Church.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Providence, RI), November 18, 2008.
“Women Sharing in the Ministry of God: A Trinitarian Framework for the Priority of Spirit Gifting as a Solution to the Gender Debate.” Paper presented at the Midwest regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Chicago, IL), March 28, 2008.
“Is Existentialism Consistent with Christian Theology?” Paper presented at the McMaster Divinity College Theological Research Seminar (Hamilton, ON), January, 2008.
“John Wesley in Conversation with the Emerging Church.” Paper presented at the McMaster Divinity College Theological Research Seminar (Hamilton, ON), February, 2007.
“Christianity in Community: Bonhoeffer’s Theology of the Church.” Presentation on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ecclesiology at the Perichoresis conference (north) on Trinitarian theology (Oakville, Ontario), September, 2003.
American Academy of Religion
TS5201 Theological Foundations (Fall 2013)
The Providence faculty exhibit a diversity of theological backgrounds, including Anglican, Baptist, Mennonite, Pentecostal, Free Church, and others.
The goal of a Providence education is to enable students to understand and support their own traditions better. We offer opportunity for each student to understand their own denominational distinctives in relation to Christians of other backgrounds.
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