Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor
I love working at Taylor! I enjoy the content I teach, since there is so much to explore, savor, and be challenged by in the Bible. I am energized by the students here. I noticed immediately when I arrived at Taylor that I was stepping into a community characterized by a passion for teaching and a commitment to growth in teaching. I am happy to link arms with colleagues in the common pursuit of fostering persistent, disciplined, and imaginative learning at Taylor.
How I integrate faith in the classroom:
The integration of faith and learning, a major emphasis at Taylor, means that careful and well-informed engagement with Scripture will result in transformed thinking that spans across all academic disciplines. The grand biblical themes of creation, justice, kingdom, reconciliation, and new creation in particular invite Christian students to explore the relationship between Scripture and many other topics that are pursued as part of a liberal arts education.
Faith and learning integration should contribute to well informed and devoted followers of Christ. Having served in ministry to college students for a decade (including four years on a university campus in East Asia), I know that students often develop deep roots in Christian faith during their years in college. I seek to contribute to student growth while still giving attention to my own walk with God by staying active in worship and Christian service. In particular, I have enjoyed ministry to children and youth at my church and being a volunteer at an after-school reading program in the community.
Outside the classroom and office I can be found with my wife and kids at various Taylor sporting events, performances, exhibits, seminars, and great community traditions such as Airband and Taylathon. Our family enjoys Pixar movies, strategic games such as Settlers of Catan, sports such as soccer, and our dog Lizzy.
Major career accomplishments
My specialties in biblical studies are Paul’s letters and Biblical Theology. I have published two books, the most recent called Studying Paul’s Letters with the Mind and Heart (Kregel Publications), and I also edited a devotional project, Alpha and Omega: 40 Weeks of Devotions Written by Students from Taylor University. I have written and presented on passages from Romans, 1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and the Letters of Ignatius, and on topics such as biblical theology, Scripture engagement, creation, and the kingdom of God. Current research projects include a commentary on Ephesians and book introductions to a forthcoming Study Bible. Learning “on-location“ in Israel, Greece, Italy, and Turkey (while leading Taylor students on trips to these countries) has greatly enriched my research and teaching.