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Biblical Studies


Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies


BA, Wheaton College (IL), 2004
MA, Durham University, 2008
MA in Biblical and Pastoral Studies, Bethlehem College and Seminary, 2012
PhD, Durham University, 2012


I discovered a love for Scripture and theology while an undergraduate at Wheaton College where I majored in Ancient Languages. From there, I began a long and winding journey into the Anglican fold and was confirmed in the Church of England while in graduate school at Durham University. My teaching and research interests are shaped by the conviction that the study of Scripture and attention to the church’s creedal and doctrinal traditions belong together in the theological task. I try to help my students understand how attention to Scripture formed the church’s creedal heritage and, likewise, how that heritage can now help us to read Scripture afresh as the word of the Triune God for us today.


Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015).
Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2015).
Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010).
“Dating Books,” First Things (June/July 2014): 19-21
“Faith’s Desire,” First Things (June/July 2014): 55-57
“Divine Persons and Their ‘Reduction’ to Relations: A Plea for Conceptual Clarity,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 14/2 (2012): 148-60

“The Church as Israel and Israel as the Church: An Examination of Karl Barth’s Exegesis of Romans 9.1-5 in the Römerbrief and Church Dogmatics II/2,” Journal of Theological Interpretation 6/1 (2012): 139-60

“Review of Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible,” Journal for Scripture and Theology (October 26, 2011)
Research Interests:

Pauline theology, the theological interpretation of Scripture, the development of Trinitarian theology, the theology of Karl Barth, and Christian sexual ethics.

Speaking Topics:

The Apostle Paul and the Doctrine of the Trinity

Karl Barth as Biblical Interpreter

Rediscovering the Christian Practice of Friendship