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 Global Methodist Church.
While 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.
I 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.
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Dr. Watson, just read your post about Mr. Trump and then the About section in your blog. Please don’t misunderstand your About was fine and interesting, BUT it was your last paragraph that compelled me to sign up. I hold very strong beliefs and opinions about most of today’s topics that I hope are only an extension from my beliefs about scripture, what God tells us about Himself, our relationship to Him, and living life as spiritual immigrants on this planet. I am dismayed at the near total lack in most conversations with regards to civility and then as you so aptly coined it, intellectual virtue. I’ll look forward to reading and perhaps discussing more in the future.
With all do respect for you as the author of the post about Donald Trump , I really felt it was little more than one mans misguided opinion about a man who he himself is a Christian, a wonderful father and family man. My real compelling issue is who are you to judge??? And we both know it is not in your right to judge a fellow man and for that reason I feel your post was little more than opinionated “garbage”
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Dr. Watson, your article published in GOOD NEWS entitled: The Lordship of Jesus, Is outstanding. I have made several copies for family and friends. It’s the best thing I have read as we live through this pandemic.
Thank you so much for your insights and your courage as we live through these uncharted times. Blessings on you!
The above comments under rustyleighton are not his but mine……kittymann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Got it, James. And thank you! I’m grateful the article was helpful!