I am the acquisitions editor at the University Press of Kansas, acquiring titles in political science and law. I completed my PhD in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. My research is primarily in the fields of modern theology, hermeneutics, and missiology, with a special emphasis on Rudolf Bultmann.


2014, Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

2008, M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary

2004, B.A., English Literature, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Other Publications

The God Who Saves: A Dogmatic Sketch. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2016.

Rudolf Bultmann: A Companion to His Theology. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015.

The Mission of Demythologizing: Rudolf Bultmann’s Dialectical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.

Karl Barth in Conversation (coedited with W. Travis McMaken). Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014.

Book Chapters
“Theology as Theanthropology: Barth’s Theology of Existence in Its Existentialist Context.” In Karl Barth and the Making of Evangelical Theology: A Fifty-Year Perspective, edited by Clifford Anderson and Bruce L. McCormack, 30–66. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015.

“The Spirit of Freedom: Eberhard Jüngel’s Theology of the Third Article.” In Indicative of Grace – Imperative of Freedom: Essays in Honour of Eberhard Jüngel in his 80th Year, edited by R. David Nelson, 13–27. London: T & T Clark, 2014.

“Following the Deacon Jesus in the Prophetic Diaconate: Toward an Apocalyptic ‘Third Way’ Beyond Barth and Tanner.” In Karl Barth in Conversation, edited by W. Travis McMaken and David W. Congdon, 143–151. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014.

“Eschatologizing Apocalyptic: An Assessment of the Present Conversation on Pauline Apocalyptic.” In Apocalyptic and the Future of Theology: With and Beyond J. Louis Martyn, edited by Douglas Harink and Joshua Davis, 118–136. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.

“The Word as Event: Barth and Bultmann on Scripture.” In The Sacred Text: Excavating the Texts, Exploring the Interpretations, and Engaging the Theologies of the Christian Scriptures, edited by Michael F. Bird and Michael W. Pahl, 241–265. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2010.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“The Nature of the Church in Theological Interpretation of Scripture.” Journal of Theological Interpretation. 11, no. 1 (2017): 101–17.

“Is Bultmann a Heideggerian Theologian?” Scottish Journal of Theology 70, no. 1 (2017): 19–38.

“Demystifying the Program of Demythologizing: Bultmann’s Theological Hermeneutics.” Harvard Theological Review 110, no. 1 (2017): 1–23.

“Emancipatory Intercultural Hermeneutics: Interpreting Theo Sundermeier’s Differenzhermeneutik.” Mission Studies 33, no. 2 (2016): 127–146.

“Is There a Kerygma in This Text? A Review Article.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 9, no. 2 (2015): 299–311.

Apokatastasis and Apostolicity: A Response to Oliver Crisp on the Question of Barth’s Universalism.” Scottish Journal of Theology 67, no. 4 (2014): 464–480.

“Dialectical Theology as Theology of Mission: Investigating the Origins of Karl Barth’s Break with Liberalism.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 16, no. 4 (2014): 390–413.

“Kerygma and Community: A Response to R. W. L. Moberly’s Revisiting of Bultmann.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 8, no. 1 (2014): 1–23.

“Bonhoeffer and Bultmann: Toward an Apocalyptic Rapprochement.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 15, no. 2 (2013): 172–195.

“Reconsidering Apocalyptic Cinema: Pauline Apocalyptic and Paul Thomas Anderson.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 24, no. 3 (2012): 405–418.

Creatio Continua ex Electione: A Post-Barthian Revision of the Doctrine of Creatio ex Nihilo.” Koinonia 22 (2010): 33–53.

“‘A Beautiful Anarchy’: Religion, Fascism, and Violence in the Theopolitical Imagination of Guillermo del Toro” and “Secular Parables of the Truth: A Reply to Jenson and Lubeck.” Cultural Encounters 6, no. 2 (2010): 43–67, 77–83.

“Jesus and Faith: The Doctrine of Faith in Scripture and the Reformed Confessions.” Journal of Reformed Theology 3 (2009): 321–344.

“The Trinitarian Shape of ΠΙΣΤΙΣ: A Theological Exegesis of Galatians.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 2, no. 2 (2008): 231–258.

Blog Posts


    Converting Witness: The Future of Christian Mission in the New Millennium (coedited with John G. Flett). Under contract with Fortress Press.

    Bultmann. Shapers of Modern Theology series. Under contract with Fortress Press.

    Bultmann: A Guide for the Perplexed. Under contract with Bloomsbury/T & T Clark.

    The Karl Barth – Rudolf Bultmann Debate: Texts and Commentary. Under contract with Cascade Books.

    Will Everyone Be Saved? Five Views on Christian Universalism. Under contract with Baker Academic.

    “Barth and Hermeneutics.” In The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth, edited by Paul Dafydd Jones and Paul T. Nimmo. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    “Rudolf Bultmann.” In T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, edited by Adam J. Johnson. London: T & T Clark.


    Westar Institute Fellow
    American Society of Missiology
    International Bonhoeffer Society
    Karl Barth Society of North America
    American Academy of Religion

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