Oxford Center for Mission Study, October 25-November 9, 2002.
Ph.D., 1985, Drew University, Theology and Religion.
M.Phil., 1984, Drew University.
M.Div., 1981, Trinity Divinity School (summa cum laude).
B.A., 1977, Columbia Bible College (cum laude).



2004-present, Founder, the Journey with Jesus Foundation
1995–2003, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Stanford University
1991–1995, Moscow State University, Russia, Visiting Professor,
            Department of Scientific Atheism
1985–1991, William Tyndale College, Michigan, Associate
            Professor, Christian Studies


Consultations in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Liberia, 2004–2006,
for micro-enterprise, HIV-AIDS, and church mission.

Evangelical Theological Seminary, Croatia. Visiting Professor,
two terms, November 13–17, 2000, May 5–9, 2003.

Biblical Seminary of Colombia, Medellin. Visiting Professor, July
24–28, 2000.

Fuller Theological Seminary.   Adjunct professor, March
24–June 2, 1997, North.CA extension (Menlo Park, CA).

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI.
School of Management MBA Program, 3/90 to 7/91 (five terms), adjunct
in business ethics.

Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology,
Kenya. Visiting professor, July 23-August 9, 1990.

Asian Theological Seminary, Manila, Philippines.
Visiting professor, two terms: May 2–20, 1988 and May 10–27, 1989.

Bangui Evangelical School of Theology, Central
African Republic. Visiting professor, April 27-May 15, 1987.

Drew University, Teaching Fellow in Systematic
Theology, 1984–1985.

Former Soviet Universities/Institutes (Visiting Lectures)

St. Petersburg State University
Rostov on Don State University
Institute of Philosophy, Latvian Academy of Science
University of Latvia (Riga)
Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, Gorky
Novosibirsk State University (Siberia)
Baku State University (Azerbaijan)
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Moscow State-Faculties of Biology, History, Math,
Earth Sciences, and Foreign Languages
Society for Open Christianity, St. Petersburg
Moscow Christian Graduate School of Psychology
Irkutsk State University (Siberia)
The Humanitarian University, Minsk, Belorussia
Kiev State Linguistic University
Tartu University, Estonia


Competence: Historical and Systematic Theology, Ethics,
Philosophy of Religion
Specialty: Ellul, theodicy, Orthodox theology, theology
of world religions

CHURCH EXPERIENCES (Presbyterian affiliation)

1996–present: Adult classes at Menlo Park Presbyterian

1993–1995: Chairperson, The Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy

1985–1991: prison ministry, pulpit supply, adult church
school classes, missions committee, deacon, elder.

1987: Visitation pastor, Ward Presbyterian Church, Livonia,
MI, November-December, 1987.

1986–87: Associate Pastor, Grace Evangelical Presbyterian
Church, Farmington Hills, MI.   July 1986-January 1987.

1983–85: Chairman and Coordinator of Cornerstone EFCA
Church Planting Project, Mountain Lakes, NJ.

1982–83: Youth Pastor, Bethany EFCA, West Orange, NJ.

1978–79: Reading Tutor to inner city kids, Chicago, IL.

1976–77: Senior citizens' Bible teacher, Columbia, SC.

1975–76: Student Director, Midlands State Home for the
Mentally Retarded, Columbia, SC.


American Academy of Religion
American Theological Society
Ellul Studies Forum
Evangelical Theological Society

TRAVEL in 40 countries.


Books (7)

Eastern Orthodox Christianity: A Western Perspective. Grand Rapids:
Baker, 1999 (3rd printing), 176 pp.   Also in Korean translation (Seoul:
Eunsung Publishers, 1996, 301pp).   Revised, second edition, 2003.   First
printing 1994.   England: Paternoster Press, forthcoming.

Eastern Orthodox Theology: A Contemporary Reader, ed. Grand
Rapids: Baker, 1999 (2nd printing).   Also in Korean translation (Seoul:
Eusung, 1996, 349pp).   224 pp.   Revised, second edition, 2003.   First
printing 1994.   England: Paternoster Press, forthcoming.

Many Gods and Many Lords; Christianity Encounters World Religions
Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995, 189pp.

Problems in Christian Philosophy, co-ed.   Moscow: Progress
Academy, 1994.   208 pp (In Russian).

From the Coup to the Commonwealth;An Inside Look at Life in
Contemporary Russia
.   Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992. 181 pp.

Scholarship, Sacraments, and Service, co-ed. Lewiston, NY: Edwin
Mellen Press, 1990. 296 pp.

Theological Method in Jacques Ellul.   Lanham, MD: University Press
of America, 1987. 165 pp.

Essays (220)

            Since March 2001 I have published a weekly web essay, now
based upon the Revised Common Lectionary, called "The Journey
With Jesus." See   Some 220 essays
are posted at this website (July 2006).

Book Chapters (7)

"A Poem of Saint Bonaventure," in Ancient and Postmodern Christianity
Eds. Chris Hall and Keith Tanner.   Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press,
2002, pp. 275–278.

"Religious Pluralism," in Problems in Christian Philosophy. Eds. Daniel
B. Clendenin and Melville Stewart. Moscow: Progress Academy, 1994,
pp. 22–35.

"Freedom of Conscience, Pluralism, and Russian Orthodoxy,” in
Ethics of Human Rights.   Ed. Alexander Titarenko. Tula, Russia: Tula
State Pedagogical Institute and Moscow State University, 1994, pp.

"Thomas Oden," in Handbook of Evangelical Theologians. Ed. W. Elwell
. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993, pp. 401–411.

"Christianity and the Problem of Evil," in East-West Cultural Dialogue,
vol. 3.   Ed. M. Khasanov.   Alma Ata: University of Kazakhstan, 1993.

"Barth on Schleiermacher: Yesterday and Today," in Barth and
Schleiermacher: Beyond the Impasse
.   Ed. Duke and Streetman.
Philadelphia: Fortress, 1988, pp. 169–177.   

"Choosing Life and the Possibility of History: The Life and Work of
Jacques Ellul," in Presence of the Kingdom, by J. Ellul.   Colorado Springs,
CO: Helmers and Howard, 1989, pp. xxi-xlii, and 133–136.

Articles (20)

"Bombs Bursting in Air." Ellul Studies Forum 28 (January 2002).

"All That Counts."   Ellul Studies Forum 20 (January 1998).

"The Only Way: Answering the Relativist Argument That All
Religions Are More Or Less The Same."   Christianity Today,
January 12, 1998.

"Did You Know?"   Christian History, 54 (Vol. XVI, no. 2, 1997),
pp. 2–3 and "What The Orthodox Believe," pp. 32–35.

"Why I'm Not Orthodox."   Christianity Today, January 7, 1997.
pages 32–38.

"From the Verbal to the Visual: Orthodox Icons and the
Sanctification of Sight."   Christian Scholars Review XXV:1 (1995) 30–46.

"Orthodoxy on Scripture and Tradition: A Comparison with Reformed and
Catholic Perspectives." Westminster Theological Journal 57 (1995) 383–

"Apophaticism in Orthodoxy and Protestantism." Moscow State University
4 (August 1995) 63–77.   In Russian translation.

"Partakers of Divinity: The Orthodox Doctrine of Theosis."   Journal of the
Evangelical Theological Society 37.3 (September 1994) 365–379.

"Orthodox-Protestant Dialogue."   Studies in Philosophy and Literature 3
(The Humanitarian University: Minsk) 1994.

"Teaching Christ at Moscow University." Christianity Today, September
13, 1993, p. 86.

"God is Great, God is Good: Questions About Evil." Ashland Theological
XXIV (1992) 35–54.

"Learning to Listen: Thomas Oden on Postcritical Orthodoxy."   Journal of
the Evangelical Theological Society
34.1 (March 1991) 97–102.     

"A Conscious Perplexity: Barth's Interpretation of   Schleiermacher.”
Westminster Theological Journal 52.2 (Fall 1990) 281–301.

"Security But No Certainty: Toward a Christian Theodicy."   Journal of the
Evangelical Theological Society
31.3 (September 1988) 321–328.

"An Interview With Jacques Ellul."   Media Development (London), Vol.
XXXV (2/1988) 26–30.

"Will The Real Ellul Please Stand Up?"   Trinity Journal 6 NS (1985) 167–

"Exploring The Military Metaphor."   Drew Gateway 53.3 (Spring 1983)

"The Concept of Paternalism in JS Mill's On Liberty.   Chrysalis: Drew
6.1 (Spring 1983) 14–19.

Book Reviews (71, in chronological order; separate from all book reviews at

Theological Crossfire, by Clark Pinnock and Delwin Brown.   JETS

Globaltrends, by Gordon Aeschliman.   JETS 37.4 (December 1994) 588–

Learning About Theology from the Third World, by William Dyrness.
JETS 37.4 (December 1994) 591–593.

The AIDS Epidemic, by Glenn Wood and John Dietrich; Christians in the
Age of AIDS
, by S. and A. Smith; and AIDS, by Stan Grenz and Wendell
Hoffman. JETS 36.3 (September 1993) 394–396.

The Technological Bluff, by Jacques Ellul. JETS 36.3 (September 1993)

How Long, O Lord?, by D.A. Carson. JETS 36.3 (September 1993)
385– 386.

Faith and Wealth, by Justo Gonzales.   JETS 36.3 (September 1993)
384– 385.

Discipleship of the Mind, by James Sire. JETS 36.2 (June 1993) 261–262.

Tragic Vision, by Wendy Farley. JETS 36.2 (June 1993) 257–259.

Reconstructing the Common Good, by Gary Dorrien. Christian Scholar’s
XXI:4 (June 1992) 421–422.

Tracking the Maze, by Clark Pinnock. JETS 35.4 (December 1992) 556–

Divorce and Remarriage: Four Christian Views, ed. H. Wayne House.
JETS 35.4 (December 1992) 558–559.

Interpreting the Parables, by Craig Blomberg.   JETS 35.2 (June 1992)

The Parables of Jesus, by David Wenham. JETS 35.2 (June 1992) 254–

Why? On Suffering, Guilt, and God, by A. Van de Beek. Themelios 17.2
(January-February 1992) 31–32.

Made in America; The Shaping of Modern American Evangelicalism, by
Michael Horton. Ashland Theological Journal XXIV (1992) 145.

Opening the American Mind, ed. W. David Beck. Ashland Theological
XXIV (1992) 146–147.

Turbulent Times for the Soviet Church, by Kent Hill, and Praying with
, by Phillip Yancey. Ashland Theological Journal XXIV (1992)

Historical Criticism of the Bible, by Eta Linnemann.   JETS 35.1 (March
1992) 101–102.

Anarchy and Christianity, by Jacques Ellul.   Faith and History XXIII:3
(Fall 1991) 93–94.

The Soviet Union on the Brink, by Kent Hill. Faith and History XXIII:3
(Fall 1991) 102–104.

The New Russians, by Hedrick Smith. Faith and History XXIII:3 (Fall
1991) 102–104.

Tragic Vision and Divine Compassion, by Wendy Farley. Ashland
Theological Journal
XXIII (1991) 98–99.

Surprised by Suffering, by RC Sproul. JETS 34.3 (September 1991) 392–

Theological Notebook, Volume I, 1960–1964, by Donald Bloesch. JETS
34.2 (June 1991) 269–270.

Reason for Hope; The Systematic Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg, by
Stan Grenz. Christian Scholar’s Review XX.4 (March 1991) 426–427.

Medieval Allegories of Jesus’s Parables, by Stephen Wailes. Christian
Scholar’s Review
XX.3 (February 1991) 308–309.

Pastoral Counsel, by Thomas Oden. JETS 34.1 (March 1991) 100–101.

First and Second Timothy and Titus, by Thomas Oden. JETS 34.1
(March 1991) 99–100.

The Word of Life, by Thomas Oden. JETS 34.1 (March 1991) 97–99.

Reason for Being, by Jacques Ellul. Ellul Studies Forum 7 (June 1991).

Thinking the Faith, by Douglas John Hall. JETS 33.4 (December 1990)

Women in Ministry, by Bonnidell and Robert Clouse.   JETS 33.4
(December 1990) 558–560.

Money and Power, by Jacques Ellul. Ellul Studies Forum 6 (November
1990) 2.

Trinity and Society, by Leonardo Boff. JETS 33.3 (September 1990)
410– 412.

What I Believe, by Jacques Ellul. JETS 33.3 (September 1990) 423–424.

The Crisis of Piety and The Future of Evangelical Christianity, by
Donald Bloesch. JETS 33.3 (September 1990) 408–409.

On Job; God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent, by Gustavo
Gutierrez. JETS 33.2 (June 1990) 251–252.

Jesus and Marx, by Jacques Ellul. JETS 33.1 (March 1990) 111–113.

Jesus and Marx, by Jacques Ellul. Ellul Studies Forum 3 (June 1989) 3.

History and Faith, by Colin Brown. JETS 32.3 (September 1989) 397–398.

The Limits of Love, by Gilbert Meilander. JETS 32.2 (June 1989) 276.

Doctrinal Standards in the Wesleyan Tradition, by Thomas Oden.
Eternity Magazine (Novemebr 1988) 63–64.

Symphonic Theology, by Vern Poythress. JETS 31.4 (December 1988)

Daughters of the Church, by Ruth Tucker and Walter Liefeld. JETS 31.3
(September 1988) 331–333.

Freedom for Obedience, by Donald Bloesch. JETS 31.2 (June 1988) 249–

A Christian’s Guide to Faith and Reason, by Terry Miethe. JETS 31.2
(June 1988) 207.

The Living God, by Thomas Oden. JETS 31.2 (June 1988) 209–211.

A Passion for Christ, by Douglas Webster. JETS 31.2 (June 1988) 238–

Understanding Jesus, by Alister McGrath. JETS 31.2 (June 1988) 238–

Institutes of the Christian Religion; 1536 Edition, by John Calvin. JETS
31.1 (March 1988) 98–99.

An Evangelical Christology, by Bernard Ramm. JETS 30.4 (December
1987) 483–484.

Jesus: Lord and Savior, by FF Bruce. JETS 30.4 (December 1987) 483–

Freedom for Obedience, by Donald Bloesch. Reformed Review 41.4
(Autumn 1987) 64–65.

The Subversion of Christianity, by Jacques Ellul. Christian Century
(October 14, 1987) 892; see also JETS 30.4 (December 1987) 472–474.

A Karl Barth Reader, by Rolf Erler and Reiner Marquard, eds. JETS 30.4
(December 1987) 474–475.

Created in God’s Image, by Anthony Hoekema. JETS 29.3 (September
1986) 379–381.

Anthropology in Theological Perspective, by Wolfhart Pannenberg. JETS
29.3 (September 1986) 379–381.

Witness to the Word; A Commentary on John 1, by Karl Barth.
Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin (May-June 1986) 26.

Humiliation of the Word, by Jacques Ellul. Trinity Journal 6.2 (Autumn
1985) 218–219.

Living Faith, by Jacques Ellul. Drew Gateway 56.1 (Fall 1985) 61–62.

The Present-Day Christological Debate, by Klaas Runia. JETS 28.3
(September 1985) 359–360.

The Word of God in the Ethics of Jacques Ellul, by David W. Gill. JETS
28.3 (September 1985) 367–368.

The Identity of Christianity, by Stephen Sykes. Trinity Journal 5.2
(Autumn 1984) 189–192.

Money and Power, by Jacques Ellul. JETS 27.2 (June 1984) 236–237.

The Theology of Schleiermacher, by Karl Barth. JETS 26.3 (September
1983) 376–378.


1997   The American Scientific Affiliation (Palo Alto, CA).
"The Protestant's Paradox: Life in Three Worlds." March 15.

1995 Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston). “The
Failure of Hick's Pluralism."   May 2.

Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia.   "Life in the Big City:
Moscow and Urban Anthropology."   March 22.

1994 Tartu University, Estonia, November 14–16.
"Christianity and the World Religions: Three Paradigms."

Kiev State Linguistic University, Ukraine, November 8,
contract negotiations.

Consultation on Theological Education and Leadership Development in
Post-Communist Europe, Oradea, Romania. October 4–8.

The Baku Institute of Sociology and Politics, Azerbaijan. "American
Foreign Policy in the Trans-Caucus," with Larry Adams. May 25–29.

Russian Orthodox-Protestant Dialogue on Mission. Moscow, May 23.

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.   "Values for a Post-Totalitarian Society”
and "The Judeo-Christian Heritage of American Higher Education.”
May 17–19.

Fuller Seminary, Pasadena.   "The World Religions and the Particularity of
Christ."   May 4.

Beijing University, China.   "Four Questions About Evil.”   Two
contract negotiations, January 3–10.

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of World Religions,
Beijing.   January 7.   Negotiations.

Central University of Nationalities, Beijing, China. "Religious Pluralism."
  Contract negotiations. January 6.

1993 Irkutsk State University (Siberia), Faculty of History, "The
Protestant's Paradox: Life in Three Worlds."   October 22.

Beijing University, China, March 1–8.   "Perspectives on Religious
Pluralism."   Negotiations with Faculties of Philosophy and Sociology,
Beijing University, and also Hangzhou University.

The Humanitarian University of Minsk (Belorussia), June 7–9.   Three
lectures on Protestant/Orthodox theology.

"Religious Pluralism and Christian Exclusivism," April 22, Society of
Christian Philosophers, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Conference on Theological Education in the former Soviet Union,
February 10–12, Moscow. Participant.

Institute of Economics, Academy of Science, of Prague; and Comenius
University of Bratislava (Slovakia), February 22–26.   Business and Ethics,
with Lud Koci, President of Detroit Diesel Corp.

"Reflections on Creation and Creation Science." March 23, Moscow
Chapter of Creation Science.

Contract negotiations, Vilnius University, Center for Religious Studies,
January 21.

1992 "The Theology of Romans," Moscow Christian Graduate School
of Psychology, February-May (weekly). Moscow.

"The Threat of Nihilism and the Role of a Worldview." St. Petersburg
State University, February 20.

"Does Evil Make Theism Improbable?"   Academy of Science, Institute of
Philosophy, Riga, Latvia, February 27.

"Does Evil Make Theism Irrational?"   Novosibirsk State University,
Siberia, April 8.

"The Necessity of a Worldview." Azerbaijan State University, Baku. April

"Protestant Perspectives on Orthodox Theology." Society for Open
Christianity, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 8.

Istanbul, Cairo, Kuwait and Bahrain, October 16–30, contract explorations.

"Science, Religion, and the Myth of Galileo." Moscow State University,
Biological Faculty, October 14.

"Protestant-Orthodox Distinctives." December 5, Philological Faculty,
Moscow State University.

1991 "Christian Perspectives on the Problem of Evil: A Historical
Perspective."   University of Rostov on Don, USSR, December, 1991.

"Soviet Sojourn: Christian Studies at Moscow State University."
Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Kansas City,
November, 1991.

"Developing A Christian Worldview."   Pedagogical Institute of Foreign
Languages, Gorky, USSR, October, 4–6.

Delegate, American Center for International Leadership "US-USSR
Leadership Conference." Commission on Spiritual Values. September 13–
17, Moscow, USSR.

Guest Lecturer, Ashland Theological Seminary, Interdisciplinary course
on evil.   June 4.

Respondent, Theology Committee Consultation of the National
Association of Evangelicals, "Evangelical Theology at the Close of the
Twentieth Century," Chicago, January 21–22.

1990 Chair, Ellul Studies Forum, AAR Annual Meeting, November 17,
New Orleans.

1989 Chair, Ellul Studies Forum, AAR Annual Meeting, November 18,

1988 Chair, AAR Consultation on Ellul, AAR Annual Meeting, November
20, Chicago.

1987 Chair, AAR Consultation on Ellul, AAR Annual Meeting, December
5, Boston.

1985 "The Concept of Freedom in the Thought of Ellul." ETS Annual
Meeting, Nov. 22, La Mirada, CA.

"John Paul II and the Quest for a Christian Theodicy." AAR Mid-Atlantic
Meeting, March 10, Montclair, NJ.

1984 "Freedom and Necessity in Ellul."   ETS Annual Meeting, December
11, Chicago.

1983 "Issues Stemming from the Barth-Schleiermacher Dialogue." AAR
Annual Meeting, December 22, Dallas.

"Paul Tillich on Preaching."   ETS Annual Meeting, December 16, Dallas.

"Perspectives on the Barth-Schleiermacher Dialogue."   AAR Mid-Atlantic
Meeting, March 21, Montclair State University.


Bill Newsome, Professor, Stanford University
Alexander V. Panin, Dean, Moscow State University
Herbert Cocking, former Dean, William Tyndale College
Thomas Oden, Professor, Drew University
Donald Bloesch, Professor, Dubuque Seminary, Iowa


Marathons and Mozart.   In June 2005 I completed my 12th
marathon.   One of my life goals is to listen to the complete works of
Mozart in the critical edition by Philips.