Since I am a priest and also serve as a chaplain at EHS, it shouldn’t be too surprising that I am passionate about teaching the Old and New Testaments. I love reading the biblical stories as a class, digging into the details, making connections with other stories, exploring what we know about the time and places where the stories took place, wrestling with the difficult questions, and sharing discoveries! The scripture courses are my favorites to teach because I relish the opportunity to continue to learn as I study the material with my students.
My seminary courses from 30 years ago continue to inspire my teaching. My teachers did a wonderful job awakening my curiosity about the biblical texts and instilling in me a desire to learn more. I still seek out resources and tools to excavate and connect with the stories and what they can teach us about God. Being a parent also inspires my teaching: the greatest gift I could imagine for my own children—and for my students—is a foundational understanding of the biblical story and what it teaches us about a God who loves, forgives, challenges, and redeems us; is with us in times of celebration as well as in times of darkness; calls us to move forward in hope of something more; and cherishes and values each of us as his own.