Dr. Les Hardin

Professor of New Testament
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B.A. in Biblical Studies (Cincinnati Christian University)
M.A. in New Testament Studies (Cincinnati Christian University)
M.Div. in New Testament Studies (Cincinnati Christian University)
D.Min. in Spiritual Formation (Ashland Theological Seminary)

Books: The Spirituality of Jesus: Nine Disciplines Jesus Modeled for Us

The Spirituality of Paul: Partnering with the Spirit in Everyday Life

Letters for Micah: Navigating the Internal Dynamics of Your First Ministry

Articles: “Prayer” in Lexham Bible Dictionary

“Son of Man” in Lexham Bible Dictionary

Review of Mark S. Young, The Hope of the Gospel: Theological Education and the Next Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 2022) in the Spring 2023 volume of the Biblical Higher Education Journal

Blog Posts:An Open Letter to Christians Who Don’t Read the Bible

Jesus, the Word, and a Word

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: Seeing students get excited about the realities of Scripture

When I’m not teaching, I love: Cycling. I’m Vice President of the Orlando Road Club, and Assistant Coach for ORC’s Junior Development Team. I typically ride 100 miles/week.

In my classes, students can expect: To read good books, to write lots about Jesus, and to be challenged.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Read for an hour every day.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Preachers, ministers, and Bible teachers.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: That “academic” doesn’t mean “unspiritual.” It’s about loving God with ALL your heart, mind, soul, and strength.

A quote that influences how I live is: “The most important word in the English language is the name of the person you’re talking to.” – Tom Hardin  (my dad)