Dr. Joe Gordon

Professor of Theology
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B.A. in Biblical Studies and Preaching and Church Leadership (Johnson University)
M.Div. in Contemporary Christian Theology (Lincoln Christian University)
Ph.D. in Religious Studies: Systematic Theology and Ethics (Marquette University)

Books and Other Projects: Divine Scripture in Human Understanding: A Systematic Theology of the Christian Bible


Creaturely Theology

Daily Theology podcast

A Conversation about Inspiration.” The Bible for Normal People podcast, June 2020.

What is the Christian Bible ‘Systematically’.” Interview on Divine Scripture in Human Understanding. “Systematically” Podcast. Episode 27. With Jonathan Heaps, Ryan Hemmer, and Robyn Boere.

Interview about the life and work of Bernard Lonergan at “Theology Shorts” Podcast. Episode 3. With Shaun Brown. 3/5/2019.

OnScript podcast: Divine Scripture in Human Understanding.

“‘Redrawing the Map’: Insights from the Work of Robert M. Doran on the Place of Christian Scripture in the Dialectic of Culture” in Intellect, Affect, and God: The Trinity, History, and the Life of Grace, edited by Joseph Ogbonnaya and Gerard Whelan.

A geographic distribution note on the Mole Kingsnake (Lampropeltis Rhombomaculata) published in Herpetological Review. He is the first person to document the presence of this secretive species in Sevier County, Tennessee, since records have been kept.

Divine Scripture in Human Understanding on the “Particular Good” podcast from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry

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My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: I love working with students and faculty who love the God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and who desire to find their place in God’s work.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Be outdoors, play floor hockey and soccer with students, and spend time with Charis and Stephen.

In my classes, students can expect: To be challenged to learn how to worship God with their minds.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Come ready to grow!

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Humble, responsible interpreters of Scripture who respond to the call of God in our contemporary situation in faithful and creative ways.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Theology, especially systematic theology, is not collecting and rearranging verses from Scripture, nor is it making things up. Beginning in faith that God is reconciling all things in Christ through the Holy Spirit, theology seeks to understand what that could possibly mean.

A quote that influences how I live is: The apostle Paul in Ephesians 1.8-10: “With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”