Friday, October 02, 2009
The Return of the Bird
I am glad (and a little sad) to announce to the blogosphere that as of January 2010 I shall be taking up a position at the Bible College of Queensland as lecturer in Theology and Apologetics. This is a huge thing for me and the family as it means returning to Brisbane (a.k.a Brisvegas) to be closer to family. The Highland Theological College is a wonderful place with a fantastic colleagues and great students situated in the scenic Highlands of Scotland. But after four and a bit years abroad the tug on the heart strings (not to mention death threats from the mother-in-law) means that we have been praying and waiting for an opportunity to return which has now eventuated. I will miss everyone here, esp. my "young padawans", and the New Testament scene in the UK with the British New Testament Conference and Tyndale Fellowship in particular. For those interested, yes, BCQ does have a Th.D programme accredited by the Australian College of Theology. I am excited also about a move into theology, although they'll still be allowing me to teach a little NT on the side. I was told that the great Australian NT scholars Leon Morris taught Gospel of John and Systematics at Ridley College in Melboure so the precedent for expanding one's theological horizons is set by old saint Leon himself. I like to think of my goal as (1) indigenizing Kevin Vanhoozer in the antipodes, (2) demonstrating that the presuppositional apologetic argument "God exists therefore ... God exists" is not really persuasive; (3) proving that evangelicals really can learn something from Karl Barth; (4) demonstrating that the Regula fidei is the context for reading Scripture; (5) showing how to traverse biblical and systematic theology; (6) committing students to what John Wester calls "biblical reasoning"; (7) convincing folks that the centre of evangelical theology is the evangel; and (8) preparing men and women to articulate and live out a Christian worldview that is soaked in Scripture, that seriously interacts with patristic and reformed tradition, and engages the ecclesial communities around them.