Talbot School of Theology is pleased to announce that author and theologian Kyle Strobel will join the faculty in fall 2014 as an assistant professor of spiritual theology and formation.
Strobel, the author of several acclaimed works on Jonathan Edwards, spiritual formation and theology, will teach classes in Talbot’s Institute for Spiritual Formation as well as the school’s Spiritual Formation Focus, which seeks to deepen students’ understanding and experience of spiritual transformation.
“I am thrilled to have Dr. Strobel join the Talbot faculty,” said Clinton E. Arnold, dean of Talbot School of Theology. “He is an inspiring classroom teacher and has much to contribute to our serious quest to foster deep-level spiritual formation at Talbot. I am particularly excited about the rich insights he has mined from the life and thought of Jonathan Edwards that he will impart to our students.”
Strobel’s hiring marks a homecoming to Talbot, where he previously earned two master’s degrees: an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics in 2002 and an M.A. in New Testament in 2005. He also holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen, and has served as a fellow at Yale University’s Jonathan Edwards Center.
Strobel is the author of such books as Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards and the forthcoming Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself, coauthored with Talbot alumnus Jamin Goggin (’03, M.A. ’08). He has also taught at Denver Seminary and at Grand Canyon University, where he has served as an assistant professor of theology since 2012. In addition to his teaching and writing, he serves as director of Metamorpha Ministries, an online community for Christian spiritual formation.
“I am incredibly excited to join the faculty at Talbot,” Strobel said. “Biola University as a whole has proven they are committed to providing a world-class Christian education, and Talbot has led the way in many areas, especially in spiritual formation.
“I am particularly excited about the Spiritual Formation Focus initiative for seminary students. For too long seminaries have simply assumed that their students are mature Christians, but more often than not, seminary students are broken Christians who are desperately looking for answers. Too often seminaries can offer a student a way to be ‘the person with all the answers’ rather than the person who has embraced the answer — Jesus himself. I am ecstatic that I can be a part of a seminary that refuses to bifurcate theology from spirituality, but unites them in a holistic vision of life with God.”
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