Dr. Lemke
Dr. Steve W. LemkeProvost
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics

Office: Frost Building,
Office Phone: 1-800-NOBTS-01; or (504) 282-4455
Fax: (504) 816-8428
Home Phone:
E-Mail: slemke@nobts.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1985)
  • M.A.R.E., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1978)
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ( 1976)
  • B.A., Louisiana Tech University (1972)
  • Additional study at Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and in the M.A. in Philosophy program at Texas A&M University

Teaching Experience

  • Provost, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1997-present)
  • Associate Professor in Philosophy of Religion, and Convener of the Philosophy of Religion Department, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1990-1997)
  • Guest professor at Oradea Bible Institute in Oradea, Romania (1995); Bucharest Theological Seminary in Bucharest, Romania (1991, 1995); St. Petersburg Theological Seminary in St. Petersburg, Russia (1993), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2003), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2005,2009), and the Advance International/NOBTS certificate program in Grand Cayman Island (2010)
  • Chairman, Department of Religion and Philosophy, and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Williams Baptist College (1984-1988)
  • Instructor in Philosophy, Blinn College (1988-1989)
  • Instructor in Philosophy and Ethics, Weatherford College (1981-1983)
  • Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology Departments, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1978-1982)
  • Instructor in Philosophy, Tarrant County Junior College (1979-1980)

Teaching Specializations

  • Christian philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Anthropology
  • Aesthetics
  • Hermeneutics
  • Literature
  • World Religions
  • Historical Theology
  • Soteriology
  • Eschatology

Ministry Experience

  • Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Bryan, Texas (1988-1990)
  • Pastor, First Baptist Church, Santo, Texas (1979-1984)
  • Youth Ministry Intern, University Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas (1978)
  • Associate Pastor, Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1977)
  • Youth Associate, Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas (1976)
  • Youth and Activities Director, Thomas Avenue Baptist Church, Pasadena, Texas (1975)
  • Youth Minister, First Baptist Church, Eagle Lake, Texas (1973)
  • Supply preacher in over 200 churches
  • Revival evangelist for over a dozen revival meetings
  • Speaker for over a dozen seminars in churches
  • Preacher in over a dozen Bible conferences
  • Delivered sermons in numerous associational meetings and college/seminary chapel services
  • Participated in eight mission trips in four states and three foreign countries
  • Interim pastor for 13 churches:
    *  Riverside Church, River Ridge, Louisiana (2012)
    *  Suburban Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana (2002-2003)
    *  First Baptist Church, Avondale, Louisiana (2000-2001)
    *  Barrataria Baptist Church, Lafitte, Louisiana (2000)
    *  Rio Vista Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana (1998)
    *  Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, Beaumont, Texas (1997)
    *  First Baptist Church, The Colony, Texas (1995-96)
    *  Ryanwood Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas (1992)
    *  Hillcrest Baptist Church, Bryan, Texas (1990)
    *  Immanuel Baptist Church, Newport, Arkansas (1987)
    *  First Baptist Church, Myrtle, Missouri (1986)
    *  First Baptist Church, Pocahontas, Arkansas (1985-1986)
    *  Witts Chapel Baptist Church, Maynard, Arkansas (1984-85, 1987)
  • Served in a number of denominational roles:
    *  Chairman, SBC Resolutions Committee, Houston convention (2013)
    *  Member, Advisory Committee on Calvinism for the SBC (2012-2013)
    *  Member, SBC Consultation on Intercultural Ministerial Education (2013)
    *  Director of the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2006-2013)
    *  Founding Fellow of the Research Institute of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC (2000-present)
    *  Member, SBC Racial Reconciliation Task Force (1999)
    *  Member, Council of Seminary Deans of the SBC (1997-present)
    *  Seminary Extension Committee Chairman, Creath-Brazos Association, Texas (1989)
    *  Area Committee Member, Parker-Palo Pinto Baptist Area, Texas (1980-1984)
    *  Moderator, Palo Pinto Association, Texas (1980-1982)
    *  Field Specialist in Rural/Urban Change, Baptist General Convention of Texas (1982-1984)
    *  Board Member, Camp Copass, Denton, Texas (1979-1982)
    *  Board Member, Louisiana Tech Baptist Student Union Alumni Association (1974-1975)

Experience in Bioethics, Chaplaincy, and Governmental Ethics

  • Appointed by Governor Jindal and confirmed by the Louisiana legislature to the Louisiana Board of Ethics (2012-present)
  • Bioethics Committee, Memorial Hospital System (Baptist and Mercy campuses), New Orleans, Louisiana (1998-2005)
  • Member, Commission on Christian Ethics, and Academic and Theological Education Workgroup of the Baptist World Alliance (2000-2004)
  • Institutional Ethics Committee, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas (1993-1997)
  • Chaplain, Clinical Pastoral Education at Baylor University Medical Center (1991)
  • Volunteer Chaplain, Humana Hospital Brazos Valley, College Station, Texas (1989-90)
  • Spiritual Life Committee, HCA Greenleaf Hospital, College Station, Texas (1989-90)
  • Volunteer Chaplain, Palo Pinto County Hospital, Mineral Wells, Texas (1980-84)

Publications

Books

Articles in Books

Articles in Scholarly Journals

  • Published the following editorial introductions as editor of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry (2006-2013)--

    *  "In Honor of Dan Holcomb," JBTM, vol. 8, no. 2 (Fall 2011), 6-9.
    *  "Calvinist, Arminian, and Baptist Perspectives on Salvation," JBTM, vol. 8, no. 1 (Spring 2011), 1-4.
    *  "The Bible and Theology," JBTM, vol. 7, no. 2 (Fall 2010):1-2.
    *  "Baptists and the Doctrine of Salvation,” JBTM, vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 2010):3-7.
    *  "The Proclamation of the Gospel," JBTM, vol. 6, no. 1 (Fall 2009), 5-8.
    *  "Foundations for Baptist Doctrines and Distinctives," JBTM, vol. 5, no. 3 (Spring 2009), 3-5.
    *  "Baptist Theology and Polity," JBTM, vol. 5, no. 2 (Fall 2008), 3-7.
    *  "Baptists Ministering in the Midst of Disaster," JBTM, vol. 4 (Katrina anniversary special edition), 4-7.
  • "Good Hermeneutics:  Rightly Dividing the Word of God," Areopagus Journal,  vol 6. no. 1 (January-February 2006):7-13.
  • "Pluralism and Relativism in Richard Rorty's Liberal Utopia," Midwestern Journal of Theology, vol. 3, no. 2 (Spring 2005):49-58.
  • "God's Relation to the World: Terrance Tiessen Proposal on Providence and Prayer," Criswell Theological Review n.s. vol. 1, no. 2 (Spring 2004):205-213.
  • "Evangelical Theology in the Twenty-First Century," Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 2003):58-77.
  • Co-author with Ray Higgins, Paul Stevens, and Joe Gross of "Clinical Pastoral Education for Seminary Professors: Supervisory Considerations and Professional Benefits," Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry, vol. 14 (1992-1993), 33-42.
  • Articles in the Biblical Illustrator --
    "The Mount of Olives," 13, no. 2 (Winter 1987), 42-49.
    *  "The Law and the Prophets," 14, no. 3 (Spring 1988), 23-25.
    *  "Angels and the Angel," 16, no. 3 (Spring 1990), 20-23.
    *  "Mount Carmel," 17, no. 4 (Summer 1991), 2-3, 7-9.
    *  "The Elder in the Early Church," 19, no. 1 (Fall 1992), 59-62.
    *  "History: The Setting of Luke’s History," 20, no. 2 (Winter 1994), 14-19.
    *  "Peter’s Shepherd Assignment." 27, no. 4 (Summer 2001): 52-54.
    *  "Andrew: Just Peter’s Brother?" 29, no. 3 (Spring 2003), 30-32.
    *  "'Falling Away' or 'Erring' from the Faith?"30, no. 3 (Spring 2004):52-54; (also included in the premiere issue of Biblical Illustrator Plus (Spring 2004), an interactive CD-ROM).
    *  "Caesar Is Lord vs. Jesus as Lord," 32, no. 1 (Fall 2005), 28-33.
    *  "The Sanhedrin:  Their History and Function," 34, no. 4 (Summer 2008), 16-19.
    *  "House Construction in the First Century," 36, no. 1 (Fall 2009), 24-27.
    *  "Judgment in Greco-Roman Thought," vol. 37, no. 4 (Summer 2011): 6-10.
    *  “Christianity in an Age of Emperor Worship,” (forthcoming, Summer 2014)
  • Co-author with Ray Higgins of "Institutional Ethics Committees in Baptist-Related Hospitals: Survey Results and Analysis" (unpublished).

Publications for Ministers and Laypersons through Popular Media

  • "The Incarnation: Why Does It Matter?” for the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, December 16, 2011, available online at http://baptistmessenger.com/the-incarnation-why-does-it-matter/comment-page-1/#comment-14852
  • “Why We Serve the Poor:  One Church’s Uplifting Story,” in Baptist Press, December 2, 2011, at http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=36710.
  • "Will SBC ‘Fault Lines’ Lead to Division or Unity?” (based on SBC Today article) by Gary Myers, Baptist Press, May 3, 2011.
  • "Baptism Celebrates New Life in Christ," in Vision, vol. 66, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2010), 6
  • Many posts as editor of the SBC Today blog (2010-2012), during which time it became among the top rated religion blogs in the country.
  • "Michael Jackson and Mrs. Burns," a "First Person"article in Baptist Press, 28 July 2009, available online at http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=30978.
  • "Spiritual Vitality and the Lord's Supper," Vision, vol. 64, no. 1 (Spring 2008), 5, available online at http://www.nobts.edu/resources/pdf/Publications/VisionSpring08web.pdf#page=7.
  • "Tough Decisions about Palliative Care," Mature Living (Leadership Edition), vol. 4, no. 3 (November 2004):1, 4.
  • "Tough Decisions about Euthanasia," Mature Living (Leadership Edition), vol. 3, no. 4(December 2004):2.
  • "Church Responses to End of Life Issues," Mature Living (Leadership Edition), vol. 4, no. 1 (January 2005):2.
  • "Are We Entering a 'Doctrine-Free' Era?"Preaching Now online newsletter vol. 2, no. 2 (July 10, 2003).
  • Articles in the "Theological Thought" column and other articles in the [Louisiana] Baptist Message --

    “Adjusting Your Leadership to Your Ministry Situation,” Baptist Message, May 26, 2011, p. 5.
    *  "Why Our Faith Is Secure: Salvation Is of God, Not of Us," (part 1), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 10
         (May 13, 2010), 14. 
    *  The above article is reposted by permission in the SBC Tomorrow blog August 16, 2010 at 
         http://peterlumpkins.typepad.com/peter_lumpkins/2010/08/why-your-faith-is-  secure-salvation-is-of-god-not-of-us-by-dr-steve-lemke.html.
    *  "Why Our Faith Is Secure: It is Based upon a Life-Changing Experience with God," (part 2), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 11 (May 27, 2010), 6.
    *  The above article is reposted by permission in the SBC Tomorrow blog on August 25, 2010 at
         http://peterlumpkins.typepad.com/peter_lumpkins/2010/08/why-your-faith-is-secure-it-is-based-upon-a-life-changing-experience-with-god-by-dr-steve-lemke.html.
    *  "Why Your Faith Is Secure: Eternal Salvation Is a Scriptural Promise," (part 3), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 12 (June 10, 2010), 14.
    *  The above article is reposted by permission in the SBC Tomorrow blog on August 26, 2010 at
         http://peterlumpkins.typepad.com/peter_lumpkins/2010/08/why-your-faith-is-secure-it-is-a-scriptural-promise-by-dr-steve-lemke-1.html.
    *  "Why Your Faith Is Secure:  Eternal Salvation Is a Logical Necessity," (part 4), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 13 (June 24, 2010), 14>
    *  The above article is reposted by permission in the SBC Tomorrow blog on August 31, 2010 at
          http://peterlumpkins.typepad.com/peter_lumpkins/2010/08/why-your-faith-is-secure-it-is-a-logical-necessity-by-steve-lemke.html.
    *  "Why Your Faith Is Secure:  It is Based on an Unchanging Status of Relationship," (part 5), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 14 (July 8, 2010), 5.
    *  The above article is reposted by permission in the SBC Tomorrow blog on September 17, 2010 at
          http://peterlumpkins.typepad.com/peter_lumpkins/2010/08/why-your-faith-is-secure-it-is-a-logical-necessity-by-steve-lemke.html.
    *  "The Security of the Believer and Apostasy," (part 6), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 15 (July 22, 2010), 14.
    *  "The Age of Accountability Is a Foundational Belief," Baptist Message vo. 125, no. 1 (January 7. 2010), 5.
    *  "The Benefit of Having Deacons," Baptist Message, vol. 124, no. 11 (May 28, 2009), 14.
    *  "How Deacons Can Help Their Pastors," Baptist Message, vol. 124, no. 12 (June 11, 2009), 14.
    * "How Pastors Can Work with Their Deacons," Baptist Message, vol. 124, no. 13 (June 25, 2009), 14.
    * "Harvel Pitman:  A Deacon Exemplar," Baptist Message, vol. 124, no. 14 (9 July 2009), 14.
  • Devotional thoughts in eThoughts, available daily by email from (www.eThoughtsteam.com):
    *  "Reinventing Yourself,” an eTthoughts devotional thought published online March 8, 2012 (vol. 6, no. 3-13G).
    *  "Horned Toads and Perseverance,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online February 2, 2012 (vol. 6, no. 02-08G).
    *  "The Crooked Sidewalk,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online January 19, 2012 (vol. 6, no.01-01G.
    *  “Overlooking the Christ Child,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online December 15, 2011 (vol. 6, no. 01-01G).
    *  "A Church that Everyone Knows My Name,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online October 28, 2011 (no. 11-64G).
    *  "Remember Christ – the ‘Who’ in Christmas,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online December 12, 2010 (no. 10-73G).
    *  "The Great Chicago Fire," an eThoughts devotional thought published online July 8, 2010,""
    * "Ringing the Bell," an eThoughs devotional thought published online April 15, 2010.
    *  "Ever Hear of Caesar Rodney?," an eThoughts devotional thought published online March 26, 2010.
    *  "Making End of Life Decisions," in Faith and Family Values, December 2009 (Issue 2, 2009), 10-11.
  • Eleven issues of Home Bible Study Guide, a correspondence Bible course offered by the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. April, 1979; July, 1980; February, 1981; February, 1982; May, 1982; October, 1982; July 1983; March, 1984; August, 1984; August, 1985; and an issue on salvation republished by the Home Mission Board.
  • Over fifty lessons in Sunday School Adults and Sunday School Young Adults in the Convention Uniform Series of Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as contributions in The Adult TeacherAdult Leadership, and teaching Kit (September 1986; June-August, 1988; September-November, 1989; December 1991-February 1992; and June-August 1995); and adult lessons in Pursuits (January-February, 1998; January-February 1999). Designing lesson outlines for the January, 1999 Life and Work lesson series.
  • Taught in twenty-one broadcasts of Good News over the ACTS/VISN television network (April, 1991; May-July, 1992; May-June, 1993; June-July, 1995).

Paper Presentations for Scholarly Meetings

  • “Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides? Medical Ethics in the Real World," a panel discussion on Medical Ethics co-sponsored by the Center for Medical Ethics of the Louisiana Right to Life Founcation, the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry, and the Institute for Faith in the Public Square at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (September 2013)
  • "The Authority of Scripture,” a white paper produced for Advisory Committee on Calvinism in the SBC (November 2012).
  • “Worship Wars: Baptist Theology as Expressed in Our Hymns,” presented at the Baptist History and Heritage Society annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina (June 2012).
  • "Worship Wars: Theological Perspectives on Hymnody among Early Evangelical Christians,” presented at the Southwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (March 2012).
  • "Addressing Postmoderns in the Pew,” a presentation for students and alumni at both the North Georgia extension center in Marietta, Georgia (September 2012) and the South Georgia extension center in Warner Robbins, Georgia (October 2012).
  • Dialogue with Dr. Herschel York on Calvinism, and Panel Discussion, at “Calvinism – Concerned? Curious? Confused?” conference sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Crestwood Baptist Church in Crestwood, Kentucky, August 4, 2012. The MP3 download of both presentations is available at http://www.kybaptist.org/calvinism.
  • "Worship Wars: Baptist Theology as Expressed in Our Hymns,” presented at the Baptist History and Heritage Society annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 8, 2012.
  • “Worship Wars: Theological Perspectives on Hymnody among Early Evangelical Christians,” presented at the Southwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 9,
      2012.
  • "A Theological Protocol for Palliative Care,” training presentation for the Clinical Pastoral Education interns training at East Jefferson Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana (July 2011).
  • Two presentations at the “Evangelizing Eastern Religions” conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, including an overview of Eastern religions, including Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Baha’i, 10/14-15, 2011.
  • “What Every Chaplain Needs to Know about Biomedical Ethics” presentation at the Chaplaincy: Ministering in Caesar’s House” conference at NOBTS, sponsored by the Institute for Faith and the Public Square, 10/22/11.
  • “’No Other Name’: Justification by Faith in Christ Alone,” a paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Francisco, California in November 2011.
  • "Moral Qualifications for Pastoral Leadership," at the E4 Pastor's Conference at First Baptist Church in Pineville, LA, September 13-14, 2010, co-sponsored by NOBTS, SWBTS, Louisiana College, the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and FBC Pineville.
  • "Agent Causation and Moral Accountability:  A Proposal of the Criteria for Moral Accountability," at the November 2009 annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society in New Orleans.
  • "Just the Facts, Please:  Setting the Record Straight on Stem Cell Research," with Don Buckley, at the November 2009 Apologetics Conference on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, sponsored by the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
  • Two workshop sessions on "Preparing for Disasters and Pandemics," presenting "Disasters and Institutions:  How We Survived Katrina and How We Plan to Survive the Next Disaster," with Dr. Mary Currier, Deputy State Health Officer for Medicine and Science at the Mississippi Public Department of Health, presenting "2009 H1N1 Influenza:  Or How We Are Putting Pigs at Risk," for the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities 76th annual meeting at Mississippi College, October 5, 2009.
  • "What Is It?  Eight Characteristics of Postmodernism," "Pluralism and Pain in Richard Rorty's Liberal Utopia," and "Truth for a Postmodern Era," at Confronting Postmodernism: An Interfaith Evangelism Workshop at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, October 16-17, 2009.
  • "A Biblical and Theological Critique of the Doctrine of Irresistible Grace," at the John 3:16 Conference sponsored by Jerry Vines Ministries at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia, in November 2008.
  • "The Intelligent Design of Humans:  The Meaning of the Imago Dei for Theological Anthropology," presented at the March 2008 annual meeting of the Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society at Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston, Texas. 
  • "Teaching Them to Observe the Doctrine of Salvation:  Tiessen's Accessibilism vs. Jesus's Exclusivism," presented at the November 2007 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego. 
  • "What Is a Baptist?  Nine Marks that Separate Baptists from Presbyterians," presented at the March 2007 Baptist Theology and Ministry conference on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 
  • "Truth for a Postmodern Era," presented at the November 2005 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Antonio, Texas.
  • "The Future of Southern Baptists as Evangelicals," presented at the April 2005 Maintaining Baptist Distinctives Conference at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis.
  • "Agent Causation, or, How to Be a Soft Libertarian," presented at the March 2005 meeting of the Southwest Regional Evangelical Philosophical meeting in New Orleans.
  • "A Theological Protocol for Palliative Care," presented at the February 2004 annual meeting of the Baptist Association of Ministers to the Aging, in New Orleans.
  • "Truth for a Postmodern Era," presented at the March 2004 Southwest regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society at Dallas Baptist College.
  • "The Transdimensional God:  A Proposal Regarding God, Time, and Providence," presented at the March 2003 annual Southwest regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society at Dallas Theological Seminary.
  • "God's Relation to the World: Terrance Tiessen's Proposal on Providence and Prayer," at the November 2002 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Toronto, Canada.
  • "Personal Identity and the Afterlife," at the November 2002 meeting of the Student Theological Fellowship of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • "Providence and Prayer: A Response to Tiessen's Proposal," at the March 2002 Southwest regional annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.
  • "Let's Get Real! Magritte and the Nature of Reality," a response to "Putting God in a Frame: The Art of Rene Magritte as Religious Encounter" by Scott Drumm, the Ola Farmer Lenaz Lecture at New Orleans Baptist Theological
      Seminary in December 2001.
  • "Evangelical Theology in the Twenty-First Century," the Presidential Address for the April 2000 meeting of the Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • "Teaching Moral Virtue: How Can We Overcome Moral Weakness?" at the December 1999 meeting of the New Orleans chapter of the College Theology Society at Loyola University of New Orleans.
  • "Supernatural Evil and Good in the Novels of Dean Koontz: Toward a Theology of Hope," at the March 1999 meeting of the Arts, Literature, and Religion section of the Southwest regional American Academy of Religion meeting in
      Dallas, Texas.
  • "Moral Weakness and Moral Virtue," at the March 1999 meeting of the Ethics section of the Southwest regional American Academy of Religion meeting in Dallas, Texas.
  • "Teaching Moral Virtue: How Can We Overcome Moral Weakness?" at the November 1998 annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society in Orlando, Florida.
  • Chair of the section on environmental ethics and respondent to "How to Think about Environmental Ethics" by Norman Wirzba, at the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers biennial meeting at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, in September 1998.
  • "The Challenge of Postmodernism," at the April 1998 Scholar's Forum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • "Pluralism and Pain in Richard Rorty's Liberal Utopia," at the 1997 Southwest regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.
  • "Peter Forrest’s Project of General Revelation: Personal Identity and the Afterlife," at the 1997 Evangelical Theological Society annual national meeting in Santa Clara, California.
  • "Personal Identity and the Afterlife," at the 1997 Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers at Samford University.
  • "The Serpent in the New Eden: Technology and the Hudson River School," at the 1997 Rocky Mountain regional meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics meeting at St. John's College.
  • "Freedom and Temptation: A Christian Approach to Akrasia," at the 1997 Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Dallas Theological Seminary.
  • "Subjectivity in Kierkegaard: A Reassessment," at the 1996 eastern regional Society of Christian Philosophers meeting at Salem College.
  • "The Concept of the Sublime in Nineteenth Century American Landscape Painting," at the 1996 Southwest regional American Academy of Religion meeting in Dallas.
  • "Just How Subjective is Kierkegaard's Subjectivity?" in a 1996 lectureship at College of St. Thomas More in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • "Ethics Committees in Southern-Baptist Related Hospitals: Survey Results and Analysis," at the 1995 southwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Dallas.
  • "Worldviews in Our Culture," at the 1995 National Seminar of the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • "Nineteenth-Century Landscape Painting: A Hermeneutic of the Sublime," at the 1995 Literary And Academic Conference at Baylor University.
  • "A Hermeneutic of Stewardship: The Biblical View of Animals," at the 1994 Evangelical Theological Society meeting in Chicago.
  • "Subjectivity in Kierkegaard: A Reassessment," at a 1993 Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting in Chicago.
  • "A New Look at Kierkegaard’s Epistemology," at the 1993 Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Dallas Theological Seminary.
  • "Animals and the Problem of Pain," at the 1992 Southwest regional American Academy of Religion meeting at Dallas.
  • "Singing the Songs of Zion in a Strange Land: A Southern Baptist Teaching Philosophy in a State College Setting," at the 1990 Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers meeting at Baylor University.
  • "The Objective Pole in Kierkegaardian Epistemology," at the 1988 Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers meeting at Belmont College.
  • "Lessing, Hegel, and Kierkegaard: Three Models for Religious Epistemology," at the 1987 Arkansas Philosophical Association meeting at Arkansas State University.

Book Reviews

(Numerous book reviews in the Southwestern Journal of TheologyTheological Educator, Criswell Theological Review, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, Faith and Mission, Catholic Books Review, Journal of Church and State, and the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (1986-present). These reviews are listed chronologically by date of publication. For a listing of reviews by topic, see Topical Book Reviews.)

  • Review of The Living Presence of the Past: The Dynamic of Christian Tradition, by A. M. Allchin, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 25, no. 1 (Fall 1982): 104.
  • Review of Understanding the New Age, by Russell Chandler, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 1 (Fall 1991): 68.
  • Review of Return to Reason, by Kelly James Clark, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 1 (Fall 1991): 79-80.
  • Review of A Brief History of Eternity, by Roy E. Peacock, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 1 (Fall 1991): 80.
  • Review of The New Faith-Science Debate, ed. John M. Mangum, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 1 (Fall 1991), 79.
  • Review of Modern Faith and Thought, by Helmut Thielicke, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 55.
  • Review of Mysticism and the New Age: Christic Consciousness in the New Creation, by George Maloney, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 51-52.
  • Review of A Handbook for Christian Philosophy, by L. Russ Bush, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 54.
  • Review of Creation and the History of Science, by Christopher Kaiser, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 56.
  • Review of Christianity and Western Thought: A History of Philosophers, Ideas, and Movements, by Colin Brown, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 54-55).
  • Review of New Age Comes to Main Street: What Worried Christians Must Know, by Lowell Streiker, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 51.
  • Review of Lament for a Son, by Nicholas Wolterstorff, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 64.
  • Review of Post-Modern Use of the Bible: The Emergence of Reader-Oriented Criticism, by Edgar V. McKnight, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 53.
  • Review of Concerts of the Arts: Their Interplay and Modes of Relationship, by William Fleming, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 35, no. 1 (Fall 1992): 64.
  • Review of Meaning and Understanding: The Philosophical Framework for Biblical Understanding, Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation, vol. 2, by Royce Gordon Gruenler, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 35, no. 1 (Fall 1992): 61-62.
  • Review of Biblical Hermeneutics in Historical Perspective, ed. by Mark S. Burrows and Paul Rorem, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 35, no. 1 (Fall 1992): 62.
  • Review of Revelations of Women Mystics from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, by José de Vinck, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 35, no. 2 (Spring 1993): 53.
  • Review of Matters of Life and Death, by John B. Cobb, Jr., in Criswell Theological Review 6 (Spring 1993), 346-347.
  • Review of Studying Classical Judaism: A Primer, by Jacob Neusner, in Criswell Theological Review 6 (Spring 1993): 322-323.
  • Review of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, by Mark A. Noll, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 38, no. 1 (Fall 1995): 51.
  • Review of The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy, by Nancy R. Pearcey and Charles B. Thaxton, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 38, no. 2 (Spring 1996):58-59.
  • Review of Dispensationalism, Israel and the Church: The Search for Definition, ed. by Craig A. Blaising and Darrell L. Bock, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 38, no. 2 (Spring 1996):41.
  • Review of Does It Matter What I Believe? What the Bible Teaches and Why We Should Believe It, by Millard J. Erickson, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 38, no. 2 (Spring 1996):42.
  • Review of Scripture and Truth, ed. by D. A. Carson and John D. Woodbridge, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 38, no. 2 (Spring 1996):57-58.
  • Review of Evangelical Interpretation: Perspectives on Hermeneutics Issues, by Millard J. Erickson, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 38, no. 2 (Spring 1996):41.
  • Review of Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction, by John M. Frame, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 38, no. 2 (Spring 1996):58.
  • Review of What is Theological Exegesis? Interpretation and Use of Scripture in Barth's Doctrine of Election, by Mary Kathleen Cunningham, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 38, no. 2 (Spring 1996):60.
  • Review of Nature, Reality, and the Sacred: The Nexus of Science and Religion, by Langdon Gilkey, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 39, no. 1 (Fall 1996):75.
  • Review of Ethics of Biblical Interpretation: A Reevaluation, by Daniel Patte, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 39, no. 1 (Fall 1996):75-76.
  • Review of Mystical Christianity: A Psychological Commentary on the Gospel of John, by John A. Sanford, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 39, no. 1 (Fall 1996):74-75.
  • Review of Hermeneutics, by Henry A. Virkler, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 39, no. 1 (Fall 1996):65.
  • Review of The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, ed. by Ted Honderich, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 39, no. 1 (Fall 1996):60-61.
  • Review of Dictionary of Fundamental Theology, ed. by René Latourelle and Rino Fisichella, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 39, no. 1 (Fall 1996):76.
  • Review of Christian Cyberspace Companion, by Jason D. Baker, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 39, no. 1 (Fall 1996):81.
  • Review of AI, Connectionism and Philosophical Psychology, by James E. Tomberlin, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):104-105.
  • Review of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, by Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):104.
  • Review of The Bible in Modern Culture: Theology and Historical-Critical Method from Spinoza to Käsemann, by Roy A. Harrisville and Walter Sundberg, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):101-102.
  • Review of Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong, 2nd ed., by Louis P. Pojman, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):98-99.
  • Review of God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason, by Thomas V. Morris, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):108.
  • Review of Historians of the Christian Tradition: Their Methodology and Influence on Western Thought, by Michael Bauman and Martin I. Klauber, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):108-109.
  • Review of Picturing Cultural Values in Postmodern America, by William G. Doty, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):105-106.
  • Review of Privileged Conversations: Dramatic Stories for Christmas, by Richard P. Olson, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):118.
  • Review of The Problem of Hell, by Jonathan L. Kvanvig, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):93-94.
  • Review of Reason and the Christian Religion: Essays in Honour of Richard Swinburne, by Alan G. Padgett, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997): 106-107.
  • Review of Reason in the Balance: The Case against Naturalism in Science, Law, and Education, by Phillip E. Johnson, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):102-103.
  • Review of What about Those Who Have Never Heard? Three Views on the Destiny of the Unevangelized, by John Sanders, in Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 1 (Fall 1997):112-113.
  • Review of Baptists and Their Doctrines: B. H. Carroll, The Library of Baptist Classics, ed. by Timothy and Denise George, in The Theological Educator 57 (Spring 1998):155-157.
  • Review of The Oxford History of Western Philosophy, ed. by Anthony Kenny, in The Theological Educator 57 (Spring 1998):165-166.
  • Review of The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, ed. by Robert Audi, in The Theological Educator 57 (Spring 1998):166-167.
  • Review of The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle, ed. by Jonathan Barnes, in The Theological Educator 57 (Spring 1998):167-168.
  • Review of The Presence of God: A History of Western Civilization, vol. 2, The Growth of Mysticism: Gregory the Great through the 12th Century, by Bernard McGinn, in The Theological Educator 57 (Spring 1998):168-169.
  • Review of Either/Or, Part I, International Kierkegaard Commentary, vol. 3, ed. by Robert L. Perkins, in The Theological Educator 57 (Spring 1998):169-170.
  • Review of Either/Or, Part II, International Kierkegaard Commentary, vol. 4, ed. by Robert L. Perkins, in The Theological Educator 57 (Spring 1998):170-171.
  • Review of South and Meso-American Native Spirituality: From the Cult of the Feathered Serpent to the Theology of Liberation,World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest series, vol. 4, ed. by Gary H. Gossen with Miguel León-Portilla, in The Theological Educator 57 (Spring 1998):171-172.
  • Review of The Growth of Mysticism: Gregory the Great through the 12th Century, by Bernard McGinn, in The Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 3 (Summer 1998):109-110.
  • Review of Either/Or, Part I, International Kierkegaard Commentary, vol. 3, ed. by Robert L. Perkins, in The Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 3 (Summer 1998):102-103.
  • Review of Either/Or, Part II, International Kierkegaard Commentary, vol. 4, ed. by Robert L. Perkins, in The Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 3 (Summer 1998):103-104.
  • Review of South and Meso-American Native Spirituality: From the Cult of the Feathered Serpent to the Theology of Liberation, World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest series, vol. 4, ed. by Gary H. Gossen with Miguel León-Portilla, in The Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 3 (Summer 1998):110.
  • Review of Calvin: An Introduction to His Thought, by T. H. L. Parker, in The Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 3 (Summer 1998):100.
  • Review of On the Moral Nature of the Universe: Theology, Cosmology, and Ethics, by Nancey Murphy and George F. R. Ellis, in The Southwestern Journal of Theology 40, no. 3 (Summer 1998):108-109.
  • Review of How to Think Theologically, by Howard W. Stone and James O. Duke, in The Southwestern Journal of Theology, unpublished.
  • Review of God, Creation, and Contemporary Physics, by Mark William Worthing, in The Southwestern Journal of Theology, unpublished.
  • Review of Transformational Leadership: A New Model for Total Church Involvement, by Phillip V. Lewis, in The Southwestern Journal of Theology, unpublished.
  • Review of Is the Bible True? How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures, by Jeffery Sheler. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 44, no. 1 (March 2001):142-144.
  • Review of Free Will: An Historical and Philosophical Introduction, by Ïlham Dilman, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 5, no. 3 (Fall 2001):103.
  • Review of The Historical Jesus in the Twentieth Century: 1900-1950, by Walter P. Weaver, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 6, no. 2 (Summer 2002):89-90.
  • Review of Providence and Prayer: How Does God Work in the World? by Terrance Tiessen, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 6, no. 1 (Summer 2002):114-118.
  • Review of Understanding Early Christian Art, by Robin Margaret Jensen, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 6, no. 3 (Fall 2002):116-117.
  • Review of Revisiting Paul's Doctrine of Justification: A Challenge to the New Perspective, by Peter Stuhlmacher, with an essay by Donald A. Hagner, in The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society  45, no. 4 (December 2002):708-709.
  • Review of The Cambridge Companion to Ockham, ed. by Paul Vincent Spade, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology  6, no. 4 (Winter 2002):112-113.
  • Review of Two Views on Women in Ministry (Counterpoints series), ed. by James R. Beck and Craig L. Blomberg, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology  7, no. 1 (Spring 2003):94-95.
  • Review of God and Time: Four Views, ed. by Gregory E. Ganssle, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology  7, no. 1 (Spring 2003):103-104.
  • Review of Dimensions of Time: The Structures of the Time of Humans, of the World, and of God, by Wolfgang Achtner, Stefan Kunz, and Thomas Walter, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology  7, no. 1 (Spring 2003):105-106.
  • Review of Visual Faith: Art, Theology, and Worship in Dialogue, by William A. Dyrness, in The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 46, no. 1 (March 2003):147-148; and in The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 46, no. 3 (September 2003):567-569.
  • Review of Biblical Authority: The Critical Issue for the Body of Christ, by James T. Draper, Jr., and Kenneth Keathley, in Faith and Mission 20, no. 2 (Spring 2003):109-110.
  • Review of Purpose-Directed Theology: Getting Our Priorities Right in Evangelical Controversies, by Darrell L. Bock, in Faith and Mission 20, no. 2 (Spring 2003):114-116.
  • Review of Authentic Spirituality:  Moving Beyond Mere Religion, by Barry L. Callen, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology  7, no. 2 (Summer 2003):108-109.
  • Review of An Introduction to Classical Evangelical Hermeneutics: A Guide to the History and Practice of Biblical Interpretation, ed. by Mal Couch, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology  7, no. 2 (Summer 2003):114-115.
  • Review of Works of Love, International Kierkegaard Commentary, vol. 16, ed. by Robert L. Perkins, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology  7, no. 3 (Fall 2003):92-93.
  • Review of A Jonathan Edwards Reader, ed. John E. Smith, Harry S. Stout, and Kenneth P. Minkema, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology  7, no. 3 (Fall 2003):97-99.
  • Review of The Trustworthiness of God: Perspectives on the Nature of Scripture, ed. by Paul Helm and Carl R. Trueman, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 7, no. 4 (Winter 2003):96-97.
  • Review of A Simple Guide to the Way Back Home, by Jerry Sutton, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 8, no. 1 (Spring 2004):114.
  • Review of More than Just a Name: Preserving Our Baptist Identity, by R. Stanton Norman, in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry  2, no. 1 (Spring 2004):127-128, available online at http://baptistcenter.com/06%20Lemke%20-%20Review%20of%20More%20than%20Just%20a%20Name.pdf.
  • Review of The Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ, by Dallas Willard, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology  8, no. 2 (Summer 2004):96-97.
  • Review of Companion of Truth: The Life of Saint Athanasius, by Michael E. Molloy, in Catholic Books Review (Spring 2005), an online journal accessible at http://catholicbooksreview.org/2005/molloy.htm.
  • Review of Joseph Barnabas: His Life and Legacy, by Bernd Kollmann, in Catholic Books Review (Spring 2005), an online journal accessible at http://catholicbooksreview.org/2005/kollmann.htm
  • Review of Boundaries:  A Casebook in Environmental Ethics, by Christine E. Gurdorf and James E. Hutchingson, in Journal of Church and State 47, no. 1 (Winter 2005):160-161.
  • Review of Who Rules the Church? Examining Congregational Leadership and Church Government, by Gerald P. Cowen, in The Southern Journal of Theology 9, no. 2 (Summer 2005):84-85.
  • Review of Faithfulness and Fortitude:  In Conversation with the Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas, ed. by Mark Thiessen Nation and Samuel Wells, in The Southern Journal of Theology 9, no. 2 (Summer 2005):87-88.
  • Review of The Advancement:  Keeping the Faith in an Evolutionary Age, by L. Russ Bush, in The Southern Journal of Theology 9, no. 2 (Summer 2005):89-90.
  • Review of Operation Firebrand, Operation Firebrand:  Crusade, and Operation Firebrand:  Deliverance, by Jefferson Scott, in The Southern Journal of Theology 9, no. 2 (Summer 2005):96-97.
  • Review of Who Rules the Church? Examining Congregational Leadership and Church Government, by Gerald P. Cowen, in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, forthcoming.
  • Review of Studies in the Philosophy of William of Auvergne. Marquette Studies in Philosophy, by Roland J. Teske, in Catholic Books Review (Spring 2008), an online journal accessible at http://catholicbooksreview.org/2008/teske.htm
  • Review of How Much Does God Foreknow? A Comprehensive Biblical Study, by Steven C. Roy, in Catholic Books Review (Spring 2008), an online journal accessible at http://catholicbooksreview.org/2008/roy.htm.
  • Review of Who Rules the Church? Examining Congregational Leadership and Church Government, by Gerald Cowen, in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 2008), 157-158, available online at http://baptistcenter.com/BaptistsOnMission.pdf#page=156.
  • Review of God and Time: Four Views. ed. by Gregory E. Ganssle, in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 2008), 155-157, available online at http://baptistcenter.com/BaptistsOnMission.pdf#page=158.
  • Review of How Much Does God Foreknow? A Comprehensive Biblical Study, by Steven C. Roy, in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 5, no. 2 (Fall 2008), 123-124, available online at http://baptistcenter.com/JBTM_5-2_Baptists_in_Dialogue_Fall_08.pdf#page=124.
  • Review of Jim and Casper Go to Church: Frank Conversation about Faith, Churches, and Well-Meaning Christians, Jim Henderson and Matt Casper, in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 5, no. 2 (Fall 2008), 124-126, available online at http://baptistcenter.com/JBTM_5-2_Baptists_in_Dialogue_Fall_08.pdf#page=125.
  • Review of William of Auvergne, On the Virtues, Part One of On the Virtues and Vices. Medieval Philosophical Texts in Translation, no. 45, translated with an introduction and notes by Roland Teske, available online at http://catholicbooksreview.org/.
  • Review of That You May Know: Assurance of Salvation in 1 John, by Christopher Bass, in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 2010):92-95.
  • Review of Jeremiah:  A Commentary, by Leslie C. Allen, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, vol. 53, no. 2 (June 2010), 391-393.
  • Review of Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Colossians and Philemon in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry vol. 7, no. 2 (Fall 2010):136-137.
  • Review of John Calvin Goes to Berkeley, by James G. McCarthy, in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry vol. 8, no. 1 (Spring 2011), 103-105.
  • Review of Evangelicals and the Nicene Faith: Reclaiming the Apostolic Witness,” ed. Timothy George, in Catholic Books Review, March 2012, available online at http://catholicbooksreview.org/2012/george.htm.
  • Review of Ten Myths about Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition, by Kenneth Stewart, in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry vol. 8, no. 2 (Fall 2011), 163-168.
  • Review of Athanasius, by Peter Leithart, in Catholic Books Review, December 2012, available online at http://catholicbooksreview.org/2012/leithart.htm.

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