Speaking

I speak frequently to different kinds of groups in a variety of settings, both national and local, including:

  • Denominational assemblies
  • Conferences and retreats
  • College and seminary campuses
  • Continuing education events for pastors and other leaders
  • Adult education offerings in congregations

I focus on making my teaching energetic, informative, and peppered with enough humor so we don’t fall into the mistake of assuming there’s no fun in Bible reading.

I teach about the Bible—how to read the Bible, the contents of the New Testament, the history behind the New Testament, and the history of the Bible itself. That makes sense, since I am, after all, a New Testament scholar.

But my teaching also comes from this insatiable curiosity I have about the Bible and how people have used and misused it over the centuries. Too many people have decided that the Bible is too confusing, too stale, or too irrelevant to be worth our time. I want them to read it more intelligently, more expectantly, and more imaginatively so they discover the insights and challenges it poses for faith and life.

You can find a list of topics I regularly speak about by visiting my Topics page.

If you’re interested in having me speak at an event you are planning, I invite you to contact me.

To download a high-resolution publicity photo of me, right click here and either select “Save As” or “Save Link As.” (Photo by Anne Marie Pierce Photography.)


“You have this amazing ability to speak with authority without leaving us behind or making us feel like idiots. … I am deeply grateful for your gift of teaching.”

“As one participant in his/her evaluation said, ‘I am excited for seminary if there are classes like his.’ You did so well in bringing scripture to life for us.”

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