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My name is Daniel, and I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I have been married for more than 20 years. My wife and I met on a mission trip. We have a house full of children. Because of this, my house is also full of dark-roast coffee. I have been in Christian ministry for approximately 25 years, serving in the local church and higher education.
My undergraduate degree is in Biblical Studies, and my graduate degree is in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary. “Exegesis” refers to reading meaning out of (ex) a text of the Bible as opposed to reading meaning into (eis) it. The task of exegesis is to interpret Scripture by understanding the author’s original intent and then explaining the passage’s meaning for various purposes, like articulating theology and making application for living.
I love to learn. After seminary, I am grateful to have earned certificates and taken classes at some excellent seminaries. I have a certificate in Christian Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and another in Apologetics from Biola University. Additionally, I have audited the following seminary courses from some excellent schools, like my alma mater:
- Intercultural Ministry (Western Seminary)
- Theology and Economics (Western Seminary)
- How To Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor (Dallas Theological Seminary)
- The Return of Jesus Christ (Dallas Theological Seminary)
I was in pastoral ministry for about ten years, serving in theologically conservative evangelical churches. I served urban and rural congregations. The city church, where I was an Associate Pastor, had over 1,000 regular attendees. The rural church had about 75 people on an average Sunday. I am grateful for the diverse experiences God gave me in pastoral ministry.
I started teaching in local churches when I was in college and still do so today. My favorite place to teach is a Sunday school class, community group, or small group.
My first teaching experience outside the church was with the Association of Christians School International. Through ACSI, I taught Bible and theology courses to Christian school teachers needing continuing education credits.
While pastoring, I started teaching as an adjunct professor at a nearby Bible college. That experience led me to teach as an adjunct professor at a Christian Liberal Arts university. I then became an administrator at that same university. I have taught almost 30 different undergraduate courses, mainly in Bible, theology, ministry, and Christian history. My favorite classes to teach include:
- Pentateuch (200 level): I love to help people understand the books that form the foundation of Scripture and how they point to Jesus. I especially love to show students that Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy aren’t boring!
- Genesis (400 level): Teaching through Genesis in-depth is a thrilling experience. I like to help students understand the Bible-wide themes found in the first eleven chapters and uncover the profound lessons that the other narratives have for Christians today.
- Life of Christ (200 level): I enjoy how this course overviews the four New Testament Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I also enjoy helping students construct a timeline of the life of Christ using all four books.
- Christology and Soteriology (300 level): These doctrines are usually part of a course I teach creatively (!) titled “Theology II.” One of my favorite exercises in this course is when I have students apply the doctrines we are studying (e.g. conversion, adoption, regeneration) to their own life stories.
- Theology of Worship (400 level): Some professors make a class like this about music. My approach is different because God didn’t give me musical gifts! So instead, we study worship in all the forms the Bible teaches. Music is one form, but there are others, too.
Academic and Learned Societies
Learned societies for Christian academics exist to promote the study of the Bible, theology, history, philosophy, and other subjects. Scholars, clergy, and other interested people write and read papers, interact and network at conferences, and collaborate to stimulate interest and progress in their field. I am a member of the following societies:
|Evangelical Theological Society||A Master’s degree in a relevant field and an affirmation of their doctrinal statement.|
|International Society of Christian Apologetics||A Master’s degree in a relevant field and an affirmation of their doctrinal statement.|
|Society of Christian Philosophers||A profession of Christian faith and interest in philosophy.|
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” – Saint Augustine
- I believe inspiration is a characteristic of Scripture that describes its nature as God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16), meaning the Holy Spirit superintended the writings of the authors so that what they wrote were the words God wanted them to write (2 Pet. 1:20-21).
- I believe the Trinity refers to God existing in three persons (Matt. 28:19): the Father, who is fully God (John 6:27, 1 Pet. 1:2); the Son, who is fully God (John 1:1, Heb. 1:8); and the Holy Spirit, who is fully God (Acts 5:3-4). All three persons are co-equal in their deity, nature, will, and glory (Matt, 3:16-17, 2 Cor. 13:14).
- I believe because of Adam’s sin, all people are born with a sinful nature (Ps. 51:1-5, Eph. 2:3), which inclines them toward rebellion (Eph. 2:3, 6:4). All people sin (Ps. 14:3; Rom. 3:9-10) and are legally guilty before God (Gal. 3:10; Jas. 2:10-11).
- I believe Jesus Christ is fully God (John 1:1, 8:58, 20:28; Col. 1:19, 2:9; Heb. 1:8). He is the eternal second person of the Trinity and co-equal with the Father (John 10:30, 14:9; Rev. 1:8, 22:13), who existed as the Word before creation (John 1:3, Col. 1:16) from eternity past (Micah 5:2, John 8:58).
- I believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, yet he was born to a human mother, Mary, a virgin (Is. 7:14; Luke 1:26-35). He had a real human body (Luke 24:39, 24:42). Although Jesus was tempted in every way people are (Matt. 4:1-11, Heb. 2:8), he was sinless (2 Cor. 5:21, Heb. 4:15).
- I believe Jesus died as a penal-substitutionary atonement for sin. It was penal (Isa. 53:4-6; Mark 10:45; 1 Cor. 5:7) because he took the punishment of sinful people (Gal. 3:13; 2 Cor. 5:141-5). It was substitutionary (Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21) because he took the place of sinners (John 1:29; Heb. 9:26).
- I believe salvation is offered to all people through the proclamation of the gospel (Rom. 10:14), which is the announcement that Jesus, as God incarnate, lived a sinless life, was crucified for humanity’s sin, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 10:9-10).
- I believe sanctification is a result of salvation that is especially a work of the Holy Spirit (1 Pet. 2:2, 2 Thess. 2:13, 2 Cor. 3:18) in cooperation with believers (Phil. 3:13-14, Col. 3:10).
- I believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity (Matt. 28:19, Acts 5:3-4), along with the Father and the Son. He proceeds from the Father and Son (John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7) in an eternal relationship of dependence but not inferiority.
- I believe the universal Church is made up of all those who believe in Jesus (1 Cor. 12:28, Eph. 1:22-23, Col. 1:18), who is its Head (Eph. 5:23, Col. 1:18) and its builder (Mt. 16:18). The local church consists of believers in local assemblies (Acts 11:22, 13:1).
- I believe at the Second Coming, Jesus will physically (Acts 1:11) return to the earth with power (Matt. 24:30) and triumph in glory (Rev. 19:11-16).
Writing has always been a passion of mine. Here is an example of an article I wrote encouraging churches to start ministries for people living with cancer. About 15 years ago, I began writing online and really liked it. I enjoy the combination of content creation and the technical skills it requires.
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