As an adjunct professor here at Augsburg and a doctoral candidate at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., I am only beginning the first stages of what I know will be a life-long education. I am very grateful to be at Augsburg with eager students in a wonderfully diverse and vibrant urban society. As a Lutheran theologian, I strongly believe that our theological thinking and acting should be publically engaged, forming a life of vocation and service of others in response to God’s gracious salvation revealed in Jesus Christ. I cannot think of a better place than Augsburg, with its rich theological tradition and global outlook, to discuss with others what this means today in our world.
I come to Augsburg from my the final stages of the Ph.D. program at Luther Seminary, where I am completing my dissertation on Martin Luther’s doctrine of the hidden God in the theology of Oswald Bayer. I find Dr. Bayer’s theology fascinating and helpful as we think about the role of Lutheran theology and proclamation in the twenty-first century. My other research interests include the broader theology of Martin Luther, the theology of the modern German Protestant tradition, the theology of Karl Barth, and other contemporary theologians and theologies. These figures and currents in theology interest me not least of which because they undertake Christian theology and proclamation in such a way that publicly engages with the world in all its complexities and difficulties.
I teach “Christian Vocation and the Search for Meaning” at Augsburg. In this course, I have a two-pronged approach, focusing on God’s gracious promise made to us in Jesus Christ and on the public vocation in the world to which God calls us to serve others in love in response to the promise made to us in Christ. Such an approach encourages students to understand what it means to be loved by God in Christ and how we are gifted with the opportunity to serve others in return. Too often in our contemporary setting, we go through life with an eye only to what we can get out of it and pass by others without regard to their situations or needs. The liberating gospel of Christ, however, opens us up in love to God and our fellow humans and allows us to live life for others and not merely for ourselves. That is the passion of faith that I bring to teaching, and it is a passion I want to share with students and others in this community.
- B.A. Crown College, 2005
- M.A. Luther Seminary, 2008
- Ph.D. Luther Seminary, 2012
- Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland Scholarship for Study at the Goethe Institute
- Luther Seminary: The David L. and Martha G. Tiede Endowed Graduate Fellowship for Theological Teaching
Teaching at Augsburg
I teach “Christian Vocation and the Search for Meaning” in the Department of Religion at Augsburg College.