About

Please note: the ideas and opinions expressed on this blog are my own, and do not necessarily represent the institutional perspectives of United Theological Seminary. 

I serve as Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. I hold a PhD from Southern Methodist University and am an ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.

I’m married to the lovely Harriet Watson, and we have two kids, Luke and Sean. Luke is a basketball player and the best big brother in the world. Sean really loves the Incredible Hulk and he completely idolizes his big brother. Shortly after Sean was born, we found out he has Down Syndrome. Since then, we’ve been on an incredible learning curve that has taught us much about parenting, grace, family, and God.

100_1985While serving as Dean takes most of my professional time, I still find time to write. My first, book, Honor Among Christians: The Cultural Key to the Messianic Secret, is an examination of the passages in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus tries to suppress knowledge of his deeds or identity. I examine these passages by viewing them through the lens of honor and shame, core values of the ancient Mediterranean world.

My second book is a volume that I co-edited with Joel B. Green called Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture. It includes essays by many very fine scholars on the ways in which John Wesley read the Bible theologically, and the ways in which Wesleyans today can interpret the Bible in dialogue with their own theological and doctrinal commitments.

Shortly thereafter, I co-wrote a book with William J. (Billy) Abraham called Key United Methodist Beliefs. This book is basically a Wesleyan catechesis. It’s written for laypeople to help them learn more about the core beliefs that we Wesleyans have long held dear. The format of the work makes it well suited for small-group studies.

In September 2017, Seedbed published my new book, Scripture and the Life of God: Why the Bible Matters Today More Than Ever. It is written for laity and pastors to help them derive more from the reading of Scripture.

Dave commencementI love working at United. I have great colleagues and great students, but most of all we have a great mission: to train dynamic leaders for the ministry of Jesus Christ and the renewal of the Church. If you want to find out more about United, visit www.united.edu.

One final note: I really value open, honest, and respectful conversation. So much of our communication in the churches is the equivalent of verbal napalm. We speak and write to win arguments, but not to hear and understand one another. In my teaching, administration, and writing, I try to model and inculcate intellectual virtue and to avoid intellectual vice. When we are listening, giving fair consideration to arguments, representing the positions of others accurately, thinking rigorously, and speaking in ways that are logical and coherent, we exhibit intellectual virtue. When we do otherwise, we exhibit intellectual vice. If you want to be part of a respectful conversation, I invite you to comment on this blog. If you want to throw hand grenades and watch the ensuing carnage, please move on to another site.

I hope you like the blog! Feel free to email me with comments. You can reach me at dwatson at united dot edu.

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Although I never had you in a class, spending 9 days in Israel with you brought on a respect for you and your knowledge. I hope we may spend years as friends, and I will continue to read your blogs with eager waiting for the next to come. God Bless you Dr Watson and your beautiful family.
    billr

  2. Hey, as you know I have spent time on your blog. I liked what I saw and I like what I see. Naturally, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award and would appreciate your acceptance.

    If you’d rather not, do not give it a second thought. It is not terribly serious, but it is a good way for you to link to people you read. Thus providing me with more people to read.

    http://apenfullofvinegar.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/a-liebster-award/

    The rules are reasonably simple. You write 11 facts about yourself. Nominate 11 more people and answer my 11 questions.

  3. Your Mom told me about your blog. I was at University UMC years ago when in seminary. I’m currently presenting a study (A. Hamilton’s Wesleyan Way) and was wondering if your ‘catechism’ would be a good compliment. Art

Join the Discussion

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s