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My name is Daniel. 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.
My undergraduate degree is in Biblical Studies and my graduate degree is in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary. I also have a certificate in Christian Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and another in Apologetics from Biola University.
I was in pastoral ministry for about 10 years, serving in theologically conservative evangelical churches. I served in an urban church as well as in a rural church through In Faith Ministries.
The city church, where I was an Associate Pastor, had over 1,000 people. The rural church had 75 people on an average Sunday. I am very grateful for the diverse experiences God gave me in pastoral ministry.
When I was a pastor, I taught as an adjunct professor at a nearby Bible college. That experience led me to become 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, mostly in Bible, theology, ministry, and history. My favorite courses to teach include:
- Pentateuch: I love to help understand the books that form the foundation of Scripture. I especially love to show students that Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, aren’t boring!
- Genesis: Teaching through Genesis with significant depth is a thrilling experience.
- Life of Christ: I enjoy how this course overviews the Gospels. I also enjoy constructing a timeline of the life of Christ using all four books.
- Christology and Soteriology: 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: Some professors make a class like this about music. My approach is different because God didn’t give me musical gifts! Instead, we study worship in all the forms that the Bible teaches — music is one form, but there are others, too.
Evangelical Theological Society
I am a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. According to their website: “The Evangelical Theological Society is a professional academic society of biblical and theological scholars, pastors, and students. We serve Jesus Christ and his church by fostering conservative, biblical scholarship.”
The description continues: “We seek to accomplish this goal through our Annual Meeting, regional meetings, and publications such as our Journal. Our meetings are open to the public and our publications are available for purchase. Older volumes of the Journal are made available freely through our online archive.”
Writing has always been a passion of mine. I have been published in Christian newspapers and magazines. Here is an example of an article I wrote encouraging churches to start ministries for people living with cancer. About 15 years ago, I started to write online and really liked it. I enjoy the combination of content creation and technical skills it requires.
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” – Saint Augustine
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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 prior to creation (John 1:3, Col. 1:16) from eternity past (Micah 5:2, John 8:58).
- 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).
- Christ 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).
- Salvation is offered to all people through the proclamation of the gospel (Rom. 10:14), which is the announcement that Jesus Christ, 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- The universal Church is made up of all those who believe in Jesus Christ (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).
- 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).
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