Professor of New Testament
I taught for 8 years in Nazarene undergraduate institutions (ENC and TNU) before coming to NTS where I’ve taught since 2002. I teach because God placed a clear call on my life to do so while I was in seminary in the late 1980’s and has confirmed that call in numerous ways throughout my years of teaching. There’s nothing I’d rather do than explore Scripture with curious students who are willing to learn (well, almost nothing…see below). By far my favorite mode of teaching is face-to-face interaction with students. My typical classes are best described as interactive lectures with a good bit of Q & A and discussion. I’ve been married to the love of my life, Gina, since 1984 and have two sons, Zac and Ben. I'm also an avid Kansas City Royals and Kansas Jayhawks (basketball!!!) fan and have been a youth baseball and basketball coach for the last dozen or so years. The happiest time of my year is when I'm standing in the third base coaching box giving signs to my kids at the plate and I'm fully convinced that baseball will be a part of God's new creation!
Tentative Title of a Monograph: Resurrection in Biblical and Theological Context
Preparing several conference papers for publication as journal articles
Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament. Ed. Kent Brower and Andy Johnson.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
1 and 2 Thessalonians. In the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.
Holiness and the Missio Dei. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016.
SCHOLARLY: Journal Articles and Essays
“Firstfruits and Death’s Defeat: Metaphor in Paul’s Rhetorical Strategy in 1 Corinthians 15:20-28,” Word and World 16 (1996): 456-64.
“Our God Reigns: The Body of the Risen Lord in Luke 24,” Word & World 22 (2002): 133-43.
“Ripples of the Resurrection in the Triune Life of God: Reading Luke 24 with Eschatological and Trinitarian Eyes,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 24 (2002): 87-110.
“Turning the World Upside Down in 1 Corinthians 15: Apocalyptic Epistemology, the Resurrected Body, and the New Creation,” Evangelical Quarterly 75 (2003): 291-309.
“On Removing a Trump Card: Flesh and Blood and the Reign of God,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 13 (2003): 175-92.
“The New Testament and Its Interpretation: Theological Activity in an Ecclesial Context,” The Tower 7 (2003): 27-36.
“Resurrection, Ascension, and the Developing Portrait of the God of Israel in Acts,” Scottish Journal of Theology 57 (2004): 146-62.
“Hearing Them on Their Own Terms: Introducing the Old and New Testaments,” Catalyst 30:4 (2004).
“Holy Mission: The ‘Entire Sanctification’ of the Triune God’s Creation,” co-written with Phil Hamner, Didache, 5 (2005).
“The Sanctification of the Imagination in 1 Thessalonians,” in Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament. (ed. Kent Brower and Andy Johnson, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007), 275-92.
“Introduction: Holiness and the Ekkl sia of God,” co-written with Kent Brower in Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament (ed. Kent Brower and Andy Johnson, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007), xvi-xxiv.
“The ‘New Creation,’ the Crucified and Risen Christ, and the Temple: A Pauline Audience for Mark.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 1 (2007): 171-91.
“Response to Witherington.” Ex Auditu 24 (2009): 176-80.
“Hoofbeats Full of Grace?” (a sermon). Ex Auditu 24 (2009): 181-84.
“Le « corps spirituel » de 1 Corinthiens 15.” okhma: Revue de réflexion théologique 95 (2009): 84-91 (Translation/Summary of “Turning the World Upside Down”).
“Missional from First to Last: Paul’s Letters and the Missio Dei” in Missio Dei: A Wesleyan Understanding. Kansas City: Beacon Hill, 2011, pp. 67-74.
“Navigating Justification: Conversing with Paul,” Catalyst 37 (2010): 1-4.
“Paul’s ‘Anti-Christology’ in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 in Canonical Context.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 8 (2014): 125-43.
“Ecclesiology, Election, and the Life of God: A Missional Reading of the Thessalonian Correspondence.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 9 (2015): 247-65.
“Building a New Testament Library: Philippians–Philemon.” Catalyst (March 2016).
SCHOLARLY: Book Reviews and Dictionary Articles
Review of Ben Witherington, Pauls Narrative Thought World: The Tapestry of Tragedy and Triumph, Word and World 15 (1995): 508.
“A (Partial) Vision of Christian Holiness for the 21st Century: Kent Brower’s, Holiness in the Gospels,” The Tower 8 (2004): 49-55.
“Corban,” in New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible, Nashville: Abingdon, 2006, 1:732.
“Holy, Holiness, NT” in New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 2: 846-50.
Major Book Review of Angus Paddison’s, Theological Hermeneutics and 1 Thessalonians, Interpretation 61 (2007): 434-36.
“Lord,” in New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 3: 687.
“Rebirth, Renewal,” in New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 4: 741-44.
“Self-Control,” in New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 5: 160-61.
“Sanctify, Sanctification,” in New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 5: 96-101.
Book Review of Brevard S. Childs, The Churchs Guide for Reading Paul: The Canonical Shaping of the Pauline Corpus in Interpretation, 63 (2009): 427-28.
Book Review of John R. Levison, Filled with the Spirit in Interpretation 64 (2010): 215.
“Theological Interpretation of the Gospels.” In Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2d ed. ed. Joel B. Green, Jeannine K. Brown, Nicholas Perrin. pp. 963-66. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013.
“Theological Interpretation.” Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Kansas City: Beacon Hill, forthcoming.
SCHOLARLY: Initial Translation of 1 & 2 Thessalonians for the Common English Bible. Nashville: Abingdon.
DOCTORAL THESIS: “Resurrection Rhetoric: A Rhetorical Analysis of 1 Corinthians 15.”
POPULAR PUBLICATIONS AND EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES:
“Mercy First of All,” Holiness Today 5 November, 2003.
“Holiness and the Outcasts,” Holiness Today 5 December, 2003.
“Health, Holiness, and the Body of Christ,” Holiness Today 6 June, 2004.
“Keeping Order in Public Worship—Commentary,” online at the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry, pp. 5-11.
“The Strange Silence about the Resurrection in the Church,” Holiness Today 8 March/April, 2006.
“Holiness in 1 Corinthians,” A Series of Sunday School Lessons for Word Action Curriculum (Nazarene Publishing House, 2009).
Wesley Study Bible, Abingdon, 2009 (Associate Editor, New Testament; author of the notes on 1 Thessalonians).
Member of the review team for Immersion Bible Studies in association with the United Methodist Publishing House (a comprehensive Bible study for adult Sunday school classes and small groups)
“1 Corinthians.” Wesley One Volume Commentary. Nashville: Abingdon, forthcoming.
“Ripples of the Resurrection in the Triune Life of God: Fleshly Embodiment, Eschatological Consummation, and the Developing Portrait of God in the Narrative of Luke-Acts,” at the Wesleyan Theological Society Meeting in March, 2000.
“The Temple, the New Creation, and the Risen Christ: The Story of Mark as a Catalyst for Wesleyan Evangelism,” presented at the Wesleyan Theological Society Meeting in March, 2002.
“Imagining the New Creation: On the Hermeneutical Priority of Jesus’ Resurrection in Transformed Flesh,” presented at the 15th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Christ Church College, Oxford in August, 2002.
“The ‘New Creation,’ the Crucified and Risen Christ, and the Temple: A Pauline Community as an Audience for Mark,” presented in the Mark Group at the 2002 Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in Toronto.
“Holy Mission: The ‘Entire Sanctification’ of the Triune God’s Creation,” co-written with Phil Hamner and presented at the North American Nazarene Theology Conference in Kansas City, December, 2004.
“Enslaved to the Living and True God and Awaiting his Son from Heaven: Practicing [the Doctrine of] Holiness in 1 Thessalonians,” presented at the Wesleyan Theological Society Meeting in Rochester, NY in March, 2004.
“Response to Kenneth J. Archer’s, ‘The Spirit and Theological Interpretation: A Pentecostal Strategy,’” presented in the Theological Hermeneutics of Christian Scripture Group at the 2005 Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in Philadelphia.
“Holiness, Suffering, and Hope: Eschatology and Ecclesiology in 1 Thessalonians,” presented at the Wesleyan Theological Society Meeting in Bourbonnais, IL in March, 2007.
“The Spirit upon All Flesh and the Restoration of All Things: Acts and the Holy Prophets,” co-presented with Laurie J. Braaten at the Wesleyan Theological Society Meeting in Durham, NC in March, 2008.
“Response to Witherington, ‘Homeland Insecurity: The Spiritual Lust for an Escape Clause,’” presented at the North Park Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture in September, 2008.
“Hoofbeats Full of Grace?” the closing sermon at the North Park Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture in September, 2008.
Response to Joel Green’s Body, Soul, and Human Life in a panel discussion (with Joel Green) at the Wesleyan Theological Society meeting in Azusa, California in March, 2010.
Presented the Rothwell Holiness Lectures at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK, February 21-23, 2012.
“‘Anti-holiness’: Paul’s ‘Antichristology’ in 2 Thessalonians 2” at the Wesleyan Theological Society meeting in Seattle, Washington on March 23, 2013.
“Ecclesiology, Election, and Holiness: A Missional Reading of the Thessalonian Correspondence” in the GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in San Diego, California on November 24, 2014.
Presented the Gould Holiness Lectures at Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA, March 13-15, 2016.
“‘You Wonder Where the Spirit Went:’ The Spirit and the Resurrection of the Son in Matthew and John” in the Theological Interpretation of Scripture seminar at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in San Antonio, Texas on November 21, 2016.
“Resurrection, Cosmology, and Ecclesiology: Canonical Themes and Pauline Images for the Church” at the Wesleyan Theological Society meeting in Wilmore, Kentucky on March 3, 2017.
Ph. D., 1995, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN: Scripture with a focus in New Testament
M. Div., Magna Cum Laude, 1989, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
B. S. Accounting; B. S. Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, 1982, Trevecca Nazarene College, Nashville, TN
Society of Biblical Literature
Wesleyan Theological Society
Institute for Biblical Research
Theological and Missional Interpretation of Scripture; Resurrection and Afterlife; Race and the Christian Faith; The Death of Jesus; Holiness and the Mission of God; The Book of Revelation; The Letters of Paul
Resurrection in the NT
The Death of Jesus in the NT
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Luke
The Acts of the Apostles
1 and 2 Thessalonians (Greek and English)
The Book of Revelation
Biblical Hermeneutics in Theological Perspective
New Testament Theology
Readings in the LXX: Isaiah
Introduction to Biblical Languages
Biblical and Pastoral Perspectives on Salvation, Healing, and Health Care
MATS Comprehensive Theological Integration: Race and the Christian Faith
Elder, Church of the Nazarene
Local Church Involvement
Member and Sunday School Teacher – Overland Park Church of the Nazarene