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Introduction to the New Testament; Introduction to the Old Testament; Introduction to Religious Studies; Life of Jesus; Survey of Paul’s Letters; Christian Religious Traditions; Religion in Contemporary America
B. A. in Biblical Studies and Ministry from Freed-Hardeman University; M. A. in New Testament and Master of Divinity Degree from Harding School of Theology; Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary
I have a wide interest in biblical and theological studies. I was trained in the twilight of historical, critical methods of reading biblical texts. Since 1980 I have been interested in newer methods of reading biblical texts more holistically, including semantic and discourse analysis, as well as narrative and rhetorical criticism. My passion for teaching is to help students learn to understand these ancient texts not only in terms of content by developing reading skills, but also, the ability to reflect critically on both their ancient meanings and how they are appropriated in the present. These aims include the need to understand how biblical materials provide a foundation for on-going theological understandings.
I also enjoy helping students discover the rich variety of religious beliefs in the present and how those religions interact with the world today.