Robert K. Johnston

Professor of Theology and CultureSchool of Theology

Contact Information
626-584-5607
Education
AB, Stanford University
BD, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Duke University

Biographical Information

Robert Johnston joined the faculty of Fuller in 1993, serving as provost until 1995, and now serving as professor of theology and culture. He brought with him 20 years of teaching, ecclesial, and academic administrative experience, including 11 years as dean and provost at North Park University. He is married to Catherine Barsotti, has two grown daughters, and likes the beach.

Johnston has published in a variety of fields, including theology, selected Old Testament topics, evangelical theology, theology and film, and theology and culture. His recent books include God’s Wider Presence: Reconsidering General Revelation (2014), Don’t Stop Believin’: Pop Culture and Religion from Ben Hur to Zombies (coedited with Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor; 2012), Useless Beauty (2004), Finding God in the Movies (co-written with Catherine Barsotti; 2004), Life Is Not Work/Work Is Not Life (co-written with J. Walker Smith; 2001), and Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue (2000, 2nd ed. 2006). He is editor of Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline (2007), an Old Testament general editor of the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series (Baker), and co-editor of both the Engaging Culture and the Exegeting Culture series for Baker Academic, as well as the Religion and Film series for Routledge. A past president of the American Theological Society and the recipient of two major research grants from the Luce Foundation, Johnston is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Courses Taught

  • ST501: Systematic Theology 1: Theology and Anthropology
  • ST502: Systematic Theology 2: Christology and Soteriology
  • TC521: Theology and Contemporary Literature
  • TC530: Theology and Film
  • TC849/549: A Theology of General Revelation
  • TC864/564: A Theology of Beauty

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Theology/religion and the arts, theology and film, the church and the entertainment industry, theology and the contemporary novel, general revelation, theological hermeneutics, a theology of beauty, the nature of the human, evangelicalism, Old Testament wisdom literature, play

Publications

Books

  • Evangelicals at an Impasse: Biblical Authority in Practice. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1979.
  • Psalms for God’s People. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1982.
  • The Christian at Play. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1983.
  • The Use of the Bible in Theology: Evangelical Options, editor. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1985.
  • The Variety of American Evangelicalism, co-editor with Donald W. Dayton. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1991. Paperback edition printed simultaneously by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 1991.
  • Studies in Old Testament Theology: Historical and Contemporary Images of God and God’s People, coeditor with Robert Hubbard and Robert Meye. Waco, TX: Word Publishers, 1992.
  • Servant Leadership, Volume One: Authority and Governance in The Evangelical Covenant Church, coeditor with James Hawkinson. Chicago: Covenant Publications, 1993.
  • Servant Leadership, Volume Two: Contemporary Models and the Emerging Challenge, co-editor with James Hawkinson. Chicago: Covenant Publications, 1993.
  • Grace Upon Grace, co-editor with Jonathan R. Wilson and L. Gregory Jones. Nashville: Abingdon, 1999.
  • Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2000. Korean Translation (Seoul: Korea Intervarsity Press, 2003). Bulgarian Translation (Sophia: BCSU Publishing, 2003). Second Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006).
  • Life Is Not Work/Work Is Not Life: Simple Reminders For Finding Balance in a 24/7 World, co-author with J. Walker Smith. Berkeley, CA: Wildcat Canyon Press, 2001. Italian translation: La Vita nonè Lavoro e il Lavoro nonè Vita (Rome: Gruppo Editoriale Armenia, 2002). Portuguese Translation: a vida não é o trabalho, a trabalho não é a vida (Saõ Paolo: Editora Best Seller, 2003). Korean translation (Seoul: Hwanggum-Ginul Publishing Co., 2004). Indian Publication: (Delhi, India: Jaico Publishing House, 2008). [Chosen one of the ten best reads for work/life advice, The Wall Street Journal (2001)]
  • Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith, co-author with Catherine M. Barsotti. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.
  • Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes Through the Lens of Contemporary Film. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004. Korean translation (Seoul, InterVarsity Press, 2005).
  • Reframing Theology & Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline, editor. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.
  • Don’t Stop Believin’: Pop Culture and Religion from Ben Hur to Zombies, co-editor with Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012.
  • God’s Wider Presence: Reconsidering General Revelation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014).

Chapters and Pamphlets

  • “Evangelicals and Experiential Theology,” The American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, October 31, 1976, St. Louis, Missouri. Printed in Philosophy of Religion and Theology: 1976 Proceedings, Peter Slater, ed. (Missoula, Montana: Scholars Press).
  • “The Role of Women in the Church and Home: An Evangelical Testcase in Hermeneutics,” in Scripture, Tradition, and Interpretation, W. Ward Gasque and William Sanford LaSor, ed. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978): 234-259; reprinted in Women and Men in Ministry, R. Hestenes, ed. (Pasadena: Fuller Theological Seminary, 1980, 1985).
  • “Biblical Authority and Interpretation,” in Women, Authority and the Bible, Alvera Mickelsen, ed. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1986): 30-41.
  • A Biblical and Theological Basis for Women in Ministry. Co-authored with David Scholer, Klyne Snodgrass and Jean Lambert. An Occasional Paper, No. 1. (Chicago: Covenant Publications, 1987).
  • “Wisdom Literature and Its Contribution to a Biblical Environmental Ethic,” in Tending the Garden, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, ed. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987): 66-82.
  • “Acculturation or Inculturation? A Contemporary Evangelical Theology of the Atonement,” in Amicus Dei, Philip J. Anderson, ed. (Chicago: Covenant Publications, 1988): 200-214; simultaneously printed in The Covenant Quarterly 46, (May–August 1988): 200-214.
  • “A Lesson in Constructive Theology,” in Prophetic Visions and Economic Realities: Protestants, Jews, and Catholics Confront The Bishops’ Letter on the Economy, Charles R. Strain, ed. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988): 35-47.
  • “Biblical Interpretation and Theology: Bringing the Bible to Life,” in The Proceedings of the Conference on Biblical Interpretation, 1988 (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1988): 169-182.
  • “Biblical Interpretation and Literary Criticism: How We Interpret the Bible,” in The Proceedings of the Conference on Biblical Interpretation, 1988 (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1988): 51-64.
  • “Christian Theology and Literature: Correlation or Co-Relation?,” in Collection of Papers Celebrating Professor Hiromu Shimizu’s Retirement, Sachika Yoshida, ed. (Kyoto, Japan: Apollon Inc., 1991): 12-22.
  • “American Evangelicalism: An Extended Family,” in The Variety of American Evangelicalism, Donald W. Dayton and Robert K. Johnston, eds. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1991): 252-272.
  • “Images for Today: Learning from Old Testament Wisdom,” in Studies in Old Testament Theology, Robert L. Hubbard, Robert K. Johnston, Robert P. Meye, eds. (Waco, TX: Word Publishers, 1992): 223-239.
  • “Set Aside to Serve: Ordination in the Covenant,” in Servant Leadership, vol.1, Robert K. Johnston and James Hawkinson, eds. (Chicago: Covenant Publications, 1993): 158-176.
  • “The Varieties of American Evangelicalism,” in Southern Baptists and American Evangelicals: The Conversation Continues, David S. Dockery, ed. (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1993): 40-51.
  • “Work and Play: A Biblical Perspective,” in Christianity and Leisure: Issues in a Pluralistic Society, Paul Heintzman, Glen E. Van Andel, and Thomas L. Visker, eds. (Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press, 1994): 7-16. Revised Edition, 2006, pp. 3-13.
  • “‘Confessions of a Workaholic’: A Reappraisal of Qoheleth,” in Reflecting with Solomon: Selected Studies on the Book of Ecclesiastes, Roy Zuck, ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1994): 133-149.
  • “Bibeln inytt perspektiv: Teologi kontra kultur med utgangspunkt fran den amerikanska evangelikalismen” (“Rereading the Biblical Text: Insights into a Theology of Culture with Reference to American Evangelicalism”), in Levande: om forsamling, teologi och samhalle, Lennart Molin, ed. (Stockholm: Verbum, 1996): 211-223.
  • “The Fireside Chat,” (Dialogue with Roland E. Murphy), in Master of the Sacred Page, Keith Egan and Craig Morrison, eds. (Washington D.C.: The Carmelite Institute, 1997): 35-46.
  • “Practicing the Presence of God: The Wisdom Psalms as Prayer,” in Hear and Obey, Bradley J. Bergfalk and Paul E. Koptak, eds. (Chicago: Covenant Publications, 1997): 20-41.
  • “F. Burton Nelson: Theologian of the Church,” in Reflections on Bonhoeffer, Geoffrey B. Kelly and C. John Weborg, eds. (Chicago: Covenant Publications, 1999): 9-22.
  • “Rethinking Common Grace: Toward a Theology of Co-Relation,” in Grace Upon Grace, Robert K. Johnston, L. Gregory Jones, and Jonathan R. Wilson, eds. (Nashville: Abingdon, 1999): 153-168.
  • “It Takes Wisdom to Use Wisdom Wisely,” in Understanding Wisdom. Warren Brown, ed. (PA: Templeton Foundation Press, 2000): 135-150.
  • “A Theology of Grace,” Forward to What Does the Bible Really Say About Hell? by Randy Klassen. (Pandora Press/Herald Press, 2001): 11-13.
  • “Visual Christianity: The Peril of Pleasure and the Value of the Experience,” in The Conviction of Things Not Seen: Worship and Ministry in the 21st Century. Todd Johnson, ed. (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2002): 165-182.
  • “The Passion As Dynamic Icon: Some Theological Reflections,” in Re-Viewing the Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics. S. Brent Platte, ed. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004): 55-70.
  • “Seeing God in the Movies: Monster’s Ball and the Book of Ecclesiastes,” in The Bible and the Business of Life. Simon Holt & Gordon Preece, eds. (Adelaide, Australia: ATF Press, 2004): 229-241.
  • “Beyond Futility: American Beauty and the Book of Ecclesiastes,” in The Gift of Story: Narrative Hope in a Postmodern World. Emily Griesinger & Mark Eaton, eds. (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006): 85-96. (Finalist for Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Humanities, 2007).
  • “Evangelical Studies,” in From The Margins: A Celebration of the Theological Work of Donald W. Dayton, Christian T. Collins Winn, ed. (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2007): 281-284.
  • “Introduction: Reframing the Discussion,” in Reframing Theology & Film, Robert K. Johnston, ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007): 15-26.
  • “Transformative Viewing: Penetrating the Story’s Surface,” in Reframing Theology & Film, Robert K. Johnston, ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007): 304-321.
  • “Rated ‘R’ for Mystery: Worship Lessons Learned from the Movies,” in Worship that Changes Lives: Multidisciplinary and Congregational Perspectives on Spiritual Transformation, Alexis Abernathy, ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008): 165-188.
  • “The Illogic of Grace,” Foreword to Randy and Joyce Klassen, Loving Enemies: A Manual for Ordinary People (Telford, PA: Cascadia, 2008): 8-10.
  • “Theological Approaches: Academic Approaches to the Study of Religion and Film,” in The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film, John Lyden, ed. (New York: Routledge, 2009): 310-328.
  • “Kan biobesokare lara sig nagot av bibellasare? En ny form av lectio divina,” in Pa spaning…: fran svenska kyrkans forskardagar 2009, Hanna Stenstrom, ed. (Stockholm: Verbum, 2010): 311-324. (“Can Moviegoers Learn from Bible Readers? Recasting Lectio Divino”).
  • “The Mystery Discerning Business,” in Don’t Stop Believin’: Pop Culture and Religion from Ben Hur to Zombies, Robert K. Johnston, Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor, eds. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012): 207-215.
  • “Norman Vincent Peale,” “John Updike,” in Don’t Stop Believin’: Pop Culture and Religion from Ben Hur to Zombies, Robert K. Johnston, Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor, eds. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012): 24-25, 57-59.
  • “Evangelicals and Film: What Moviegoers Can Learn from the Bible,” in Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture: Pop Goes the Gospel, Vol. 1, Robert H. Wood Jr., ed. (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing, 2013): 52-70.
  • “Theology and Culture,” in Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought, Chad Meister and James Beilby, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2013), 795-805.
  • “The Film Viewer and Natural Theology: God’s ‘Presence’ at the Movies,” in Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology, Russell Re Manning, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 595-610.
  • “Visual – Moving (Film and Video),” Chapter 13 in Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts, Frank Birch Brown, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 238-254.
  • “Art and the Spiritual,” in Interdisciplinary and Religio-Cultural Discourses on a Spirit-filled World: Loosing the Spirits, Amos Yong, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen and Kirsteen Kim, eds. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 85-96.
  • “Film as Parable: What Might This Mean?” in Doing Theology for the Church, ed. Rebekah A. Eklund and John E. Phelan, Jr. (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2014), 19-32.

Commentary Series

  • General Editor (with Robert L. Hubbard), New International Biblical Commentary Series, Old Testament. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson; London: Paternoster); renamed in 2010, Understanding the Bible Commentary Series (Grand Rapids: Baker Books).
  • General Editor (with William A. Dyrness), Engaging Culture Series (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic).
  • General Editor (with William A. Dyrness), Cultural Exegesis series (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic).
  • General Editor (with Jolyon Mitchell), Routledge Studies in Religion and Film (New York: Routledge).

Dictionaries, Bibles, Encyclopedias

  • “Experience,” “Fideism,” “Four Spiritual Laws,” “Imputation,” “Liberal Evangelicalism” in Baker Dictionary of Theology, Revised edition, Walter A. Elwell, ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1984). New edition and revision, 2001.
  • “Clark H. Pinnock,” in Handbook of Evangelical Theologians, Walter A. Elwell, ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1993): 427-444.
  • Notes on Psalms 36-51, The Quest Study Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994): 755-774.
  • “Play,” “Pleasure,” in The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity, Robert Banks and R. Paul Stevens, eds. (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1997): 756-59, 759-62. “Play,” reprinted in Thoughtful Parenting, R. Paul Stevens and Robert Banks, eds. (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001): 247-251.
  • “Evangelical Theology,” in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Fourth Edition, Volume 2, Hans Dieter Betz, Don Browning, Bernd Janowski, and Eberhard Jungel, eds. (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1999): 1699-1701.
  • “Evangelicalism,” in Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, Adrian Hastings, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000): 217-220.
  • “Movies and Spirituality,” with Catherine Barsotti, in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, Glen Scorgie, ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011): 626-627.
  • “Ecclesiastes, Book of (film),” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 7, Hans-Josef Klauk et al., eds. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013).

Journal Articles

  • “Marriage and Celibacy: A Study of I Corinthians 7,” The Covenant Quarterly 29, No. 2 (May 1971): 3-8.
  • “‘Confessions of a Workaholic’: A Reappraisal of Qoheleth,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 38 (January, 1976): 14-28. Translated into Spanish as “‘Confesiones de un adicto al trabajo’: Una revalorizacion del Qohelet,” Selecciones de Teologia 17 (Abril-Junio 1978): 105-113. Reprinted in Reflecting with Solomon: Selected Studies on the Book of Ecclesiastes, Roy Zuck, ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1994): 133-149.
  • “Image and Content: The Tension in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 20 (September 1977): 253-264.
  • “The Conversion of the Jews,” The N.I.C.M. Journal 3, No. 2 (Spring 1978): 69-74.
  • “The ‘Wisdom’ of John Updike,” Duke Divinity School Review 43, No. 2 (Spring 1978): 112-127.
  • “Bernard Malamud and His Jewish Tradition: The Biblical Prophet as Analogue,” The N.I.C.M. Journal 3, No. 4 (Fall 1978): 29-39.
  • “Redefining ‘Wisdom’,” Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation 34, No. 1 (March 1982): 44-47.
  • “Play and Work: A Biblical Model,” The N.I.C.M. Journal 7, No. 1 (Winter 1982): 77-85.
  • “Interpreting Scripture: Literary Criticism and Evangelical Hermeneutics,” Christianity and Literature 32, No. 1 (Fall 1982): 33-47.
  • “Pentecostalism and Theological Hermeneutics: Evangelical Options,” The Covenant Quarterly 42, No. 2 (May 1984): 3-16. Reprinted in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 6, No. 1 (Spring, 1984): 51-66.
  • “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Covenant Today,” The Covenant Quarterly 44, No. 4 (May 1987): 49-53. (Guest editor of issue dealing with a consultation on “The Covenant and the Charismatic Movement Today”).
  • “Att Pa Nytt Havda Guds Transcendens” (“Reasserting God’s Transcendence”), Tro & Liv, Arang 47, NR2 (1988): 6-13.
  • “Biblical Authority and Hermeneutics: The Growing Evangelical Dialogue,” Southwestern Journal of Theology 34, No. 2 (Spring 1992): 22-30. Reprinted in The Covenant Quarterly 50, No. 1-2 (August 1992): 3-19.
  • “Becoming Theologically Mature: The Task of Theological Education Today for American Evangelical Seminaries,” Ministerial Formation 73 (April 1996): 41-49.
  • “Pietism, Faith and Culture: The Fiction of Chaim Potok,” The Covenant Quarterly 54, No. 2 (May 1996): 2-19.
  • “God in the Midst of Life: The spirit and the Spirit,” Ex Auditu 12 (1996): 76-93.
  • “Orthodoxy and Heresy: A Problem for Modern Evangelicalism,” The Evangelical Quarterly 69, No. 1 (1997): 7-38.
  • “Practicing the Presence of God: The Wisdom Psalms as Prayer,” The Covenant Quarterly 55, No. 2-3 (1997): 20-41.
  • “Making ‘Common’ More Common: Extending the Boundaries of the Ecumenical Movement,” The Ecumenical Review 50, No. 3 (July 1998): 343-350.
  • “F. Burton Nelson: Theologian of the Church,” The Covenant Quarterly 57, (1999): 9-22.
  • Response to “An Introduction to Secular Evangelicalism,” by Wesley Nelson, Covenant Quarterly 59, No. 3. (August, 2001): 26-31.
  • “Athens and/or Jerusalem: Another Look,” Almanak (St. Petersburg, Russia: Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2007).
  • “Discerning the Spirit in Culture: Observations Arising from Reflections on General Revelation,” Ex Auditu 23 (2007): 52-69.
  • “An Interactive Model for Theological Education,” Dharma Deepika 15, No. 2 (July-December 2011): 64–72.
  • “The Biblical Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s Film Noah, and Viewer Response to Noah: The Complex Task of Responding to God’s Initiative,” Ex Auditu 31 (2015): 88–112.

Articles

  • “Unbroken Tiles,” The Covenant Companion (December 3, 1965): 10-11.
  • “Submission: A Wedding Meditation,” Daughters of Sarah 3, No. 1 (January 1977): 4, 15.
  • “Of Tidy Doctrine and Truncated Experience,” Christianity Today 21, No. 10 (February 18, 1977): 10-14.
  • “John Updike’s Theological World,” The Christian Century 94, No. 37 (November 16, 1977): 1061-1066.
  • “An Evangelical Impasse,” The Reformed Journal 28, No. 6 (June 1978): 11-14.
  • “CELAM III: Liberation Theology on the Line,” Intercambio Internacional 3, No.1 (November, 1978): 8-10.
  • “Playing at Life: Robert Coover and His Fiction, “ The Christian Century 96, No. 18 (May 16, 1979): 549-553 (with R. Grant Nutter).
  • “Malamud’s Vision for Humanity: Universalizing the Jewish Experience,” Christianity Today 23, No. 19 (July 20, 1979): 24-25.
  • “The Church and the Homosexual: Has Everything Now Been Said?” Crux 15, No. 4 (December, 1979): 10-13.
  • “Profile: Helmut Thielicke,” Catalyst 6, No. 3 (March 1980): 4.
  • “Facing the Scriptures Squarely,” Christianity Today 24, No. 8 (April 18, 1980): 24-27.
  • “Homosexuality: Can It Be ‘Cured’?,” The Reformed Journal 31, Issue 3 (March 1981): 9-12.
  • “Homosexuality: Is ‘Cure’ Inappropriate?,” The Reformed Journal 31, Issue 4 (April 1981): 16-20.
  • Response to “Attributes Toward Age in the Workplace: The Need for Change,” by Virginia Boyack, Theology, News and Notes 28 (June 1981): 17-18.
  • “Curing Homosexuals: Impossible and Inappropriate?” Radix 13, No. 1 (July/August 1981): 17-23.
  • “Responding to Crisis,” Crux 18, No. 3 (September 1982): 2-5.
  • “How Then Shall We Play?,” Christianity Today 26, No. 20 (December 17, 1982): 54. Reprinted in The North Parker 48, No. 1 (Spring 1983): 16.
  • “In Praise of Faithful Men and Women,” The Covenant Companion 72, No. 7 (July 1, 1983): 6.
  • “What Is the Major Shift in Theological Focus?,” Christianity Today 28, No. 2 (February 3, 1984): 78-79.
  • “‘For the Bible Tells Me So’,” The Covenant Companion 73, No. 10 (October 1984): 32-33, 44-45. Reprinted, The Mennonite, 100 (August 27, 1985): 408-410.
  • “Scholarship and Service,” North Park Theological Seminary Review 24, No. 1 (Summer 1985): 2-3.
  • “The Mission of North Park Theological Seminary: Introduction,” The Covenant Companion 74, No. 7 (July 1985): 8-10.
  • “Old Testament Wisdom,” Bible Study Series Twenty-four, The Covenant Companion 74, No. 11 (November 1985): 14-15; 74, No. 12 (December 1985): 10-13; 75, No. 1 (January 1986): 12-15; 75, No. 2 (February 1986): 16-19.
  • “Hosea’s Illogical God,” The Covenant Companion 75, No. 12 (December 1986): 12-13.
  • “The Vocation of the Theologian,” TSF Bulletin 10, No. 4 (March-April 1987): 4-8.
  • “Celebrating God’s Saints” (Matthew 25:14-30); “Celebrating God’s Senior Citizens” (Psalm 92:1-15); “Living Life Boldly” (Hebrews 10:19-25); “Celebrating Through Work and Play” (Ecclesiastes 9:7-10); “Celebrating Authentically” (Ephesians 5:15-20); “Celebrating God’s Provision” (Exodus 16:13-18); “Celebrating Our Destiny” (I Peter 2:4-10); The Covenant Home Altar Vol. 49, Fourth Quarter (November 1-5, 1987).
  • “Church Lady, Bull Durham, and the Covenant Church,” The Covenant Companion 78, No. 2 (February 1989): 25-27.
  • “The State of Education,” (Contributor to panel) Northshore 12, No. 8 (August 1989): 105-123.
  • “Lausanne II: The Worldwide Church in Action,” The Covenant Companion 78, No. 10 (October 1989): 4-7.
  • “Evangelicalism: A Family Resemblance,” Catalyst 16 (1990).
  • “Apple Computers, Moses, and the Church: Reflections on Exodus,” The Covenant Companion 80, No. 2 (February 1991): 8-10.
  • “Come Holy Spirit: Renew the Whole Creation,” The Covenant Companion 80, No. 5 (May 1991): 6-10.
  • “Majoring on Majors: A Reflection on Les Miserables,” The Covenant Companion 80, No. 10 (October 1991): 6-7.
  • “Mary: Catholic, Protestant, or Jew?” The Covenant Companion 81, No. 12 (December 1992): 6-7, 31.
  • “Reclaiming Theology for the Church,” Theology, News & Notes 40, No. 3 (October 1993): 7-12. “Fuller’s Third Generation,” Theology, News & Notes 41, No. 1 (March 1994):12-16, 27.
  • “Meet Me in Zihuatenejo,” The Covenant Companion, 84, No. 9, (September 1995): 12-13, 39.
  • “Moving into Deeper Waters: Evangelicalism at a Crossroads,” The Covenant Companion 84, No. 12 (December 1995): 14-16.
  • “Worker, Wage Earner or Worshipper,” The Covenant Companion 86, No. 9 (September 1997): 6-11.
  • “Evangelicalism and Fuller Seminary: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography,” Theology, News & Notes 44, No. 1 (October 1997): 25-26.
  • “Fuller and Evangelicalism Today,” Theology, News & Notes 44, No. 1 (October 1997): 18-24 (with five other faculty).
  • “The Grammar of Covenant Identity,” The Covenant Companion 87, No. 5 (May 1998): 12-14.
  • “Has God Gone Hollywood with the Apocalypse?,” The Covenant Companion 88, No. 1 (January 1999): 22-24 (with Catherine Barsotti).
  • “World Council of Churches Celebrates Fifty Years,” The Covenant Companion 88, No. 3 (March 1999); 16ff. Reprinted with slight changes as “A Mid-Life Crisis: World Council of Churches’ Eighth Assembly,” The Semi (January 25-29, 1999): 1, 4-5.
  • “Interview by Ken Myers on Reel Spirituality,” Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 49 (March/April, 2001).
  • “Using Movies in Worship,” Theology, News & Notes 48, No. 2 (Fall, 2001): 20.
  • “Proclaiming Christ on Mars Hill,” Japan Harvest 54, No. 4 (Spring 2003): 4-5, 22-23.
  • “Bringing Christ’s Passion to the Screen,” The Covenant Companion 93, No. 2 (February 2004): 22-24.
  • “Engaging Culture: Should the Church Use Popular Culture – Such as Movies – to Engage Unbelievers in Spiritual Dialogue?” Outreach (January/February, 2004): 34.
  • “The Playful Christian,” Think Piece, No. 7 (February 2004) Macquarie Christian Studies Institute, pp. 1-3.
  • Guest Editor, Re-Visioning Theology and Film, Theology, News & Notes 52, No. 2 (Spring, 2005): 1-27. “Re-Viewing Hollywood and the Church,” pp. 2-3. “Why look for God in the Movies?” (with Catherine Barsotti), pp. 4-5.
  • “‘Double-Vision’ Viewing: The Use of Movies in Worship,” Worshipleader Magazine (Jan/Feb 2007): 82.
  • “Q&A with Robert Johnston,” BreakPoint Worldview Magazine (August 2008), online.
  • Commentary on “5th Annual Outreach Resource Awards of the Year,” Outreach Magazine (May/June 2008): 76.
  • “Is Reel Spirituality a Real Spirituality,” Theology, News & Notes 58, No. 1 (Spring 2012), 9–11.
  • “Films have the power to invite reflections on religion and faith,” Tehelka, 17 January 2015, pp. 54-55. (Tehelka is the "Time magazine" of India)
  • “Meeting God in Movies,” Worldview 166 (Seoul: Academic Association for Christian Worldview, April, 2014): 4-13 (in Korean).
  • “Meeting God at the Movies: Film as a Source of Revelation,” The Christian Century 13i, No. 17 (August 20, 2014): 24-27.

Online Articles

  • “Perspectives: the Power of Movies,” posted March 28, 2010, the Colson Center. www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/14874-the-power-of-movies.
  • “Perspectives: Spiritual Movies,” posted April 14, 2010, the Colson Center. www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/14995-perspectives-spiritual-movies.
  • “Perspectives: on the Road,” posted April 22, 2010, the Colson Center. www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15040-perspectives-on-the-road.
  • “If You Could Make God Bleed,” posted May 23, 2010, the Colson Center. www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15245-if-you-could-make-god-bleed.
  • “Hope in Hard Times,” posted June 4, 2010, the Colson Center. www.colsoncenter.org/thecenter/columns/call-response/15315-hope-in-hard-times.
  • “Hope in Hard Times (2),” posted June 7, 2010, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/thecenter/columns/call-response/15318-hope-in-hard-times-2.
  • “The Wisdom of the Coen Brothers, Part One,” posted June 29, 2010, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15457.
  • “The Wisdom of the Coen Brothers, Part Two,” posted July 2, 2010 (“Challenging Our Selfeffort), the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/callresponse/15486.
  • “Two Views of the City: Sex in the City 2 or the Visitor,” posted July 16, 2010, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15551.
  • “Soccer, Prayer, and Watching Movies,” posted August 5, 2010, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15629.
  • “Un likely Learning,” posted August 17, 2010, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15673.
  • “Respecting Our Bodies, Handling Our Grief,” posted September 12, 2010, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15756.
  • “The Wisdom of the Coen Brothers, Part Three,” posted September 27, 2010 (“The Perennial Question”), the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/callresponse/15807.
  • “Robert Duvall’s Spiritual Trilogy, Part One,” posted October 10, 2010 (“Coming to Faith”), the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15854.
  • “Robert Duvall’s Spiritual Trilogy, Part Two,” posted October 20, 2010 (“Called to Serve”), the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15884.
  • “Robert Duvall’s Spiritual Trilogy, Part Three,” posted November 15, 2010 (“Confessing Our Sin”). http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/15961.
  • “A Foreigner in Our Midst: Mao’s Last Dancer,” posted December 8, 2010, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16041.
  • “Perfect Love Casts Out Fear,” posted December 20, 2010, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16096.
  • “A Somewhat Successful Voyage,” posted January 3, 2011, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16133.
  • “The Mystery Discerning Business, Part One,” posted January 24, 2011 (“Reassessing Our Attitude towards the Movies”), the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/thecenter/columns/call-response/16189.
  • “The Mystery Discerning Business, Part Two,” posted February 14, 2011, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16266.
  • “The Mystery Discerning Business, Part Three,” posted February 25, 2011, “Was It Meant to Be?” posted March 13, 2011, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16365.
  • “Worship Lessons Learned from the Movies, Part One,” posted April 2, 2011, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16441.
  • “Worship Lessons Learned from the Movies, Part Two,” posted April 17, 2011, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16482.
  • “Brad Bird: Storyteller Extraordinaire,” posted May 8, 2011 (“Pixar, Part Two”), the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16555.
  • “Pixar Studios: Awaiting Cars 2,” posted May 16, 2011 (“Pixar, Part One”), the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16581.
  • “Framing Faith: Soul Surfer and Of Gods and Men,” posted May 27, 2011, the Colson Center. http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16622.
  • “The Gift of Life: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life,” posted July 4, 2011, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16739-the-gift-of-life-terrencemalicks-the-tree-of-life.
  • “Pixar 4: Peter Docter, A Christian Living Out His Dream,” posted July 18, 2011, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/16782-pixar-4-peter-doctera-christian-living-out-his-dream.
  • “Letting Movies Deepen Our Theology,” posted October 3, 2011, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/17014-letting-movies-deepen-ourtheology-part-1.
  • “The Importance of Family: A Theology of Humankind from Hollywood, Part One,” posted October 17, 2011, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/callresponse/17052-the-importance-of-family.
  • “Adapting to New Realities,” posted October 31, 2011, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/17103-adapting-to-new-realities.
  • “The Importance of Friendship: A Theology of Humankind from Hollywood, Part Two,” posted November 15, 2011, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/callresponse/17149-the-importance-of-friendship.
  • “The Importance of Play: A Theology of Humankind from Hollywood, Part Three,” posted November 28, 2011, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/callresponse/17208-the-importance-of-play.
  • “The Way,” posted December 12, 2011, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/thecenter/columns/call-response/17246-the-way.
  • “Becoming a Father,” posted January 30, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/thecenter/columns/call-response/17396-becoming-a-father.
  • “Hugo,” posted February 20, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/thecenter/columns/call-response/17462-hugo.
  • “Respecting Our Bodies, Handling Our Grief,” posted March 12, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/17524-respecting-our-bodieshandling-our-grief.
  • “Oscar Reflections One Month Later: Why Were These Movies Chosen? Part One,” posted April 2, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/17589-the-oscars-one-month-later-why-were-these-movies-chosen.
  • “Oscar Reflections One Month Later: Why Were These Movies Chosen? Part Two,” posted April 16, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/callresponse/17653-oscar-reflections-one-month-later.
  • “Oscar Reflections One Month Later: Why Were These Movies Chosen? Part Three,” posted April 30, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/callresponse/17712-oscar-reflections-one-month-later-part-3.
  • “Oscar Reflections One Month Later: Why Were These Movies Chosen? Part Four,” posted May 14, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/17797-oscar-reflections-one-month-later-part-4.
  • “Fishing and Faith?” posted May 28, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/thecenter/columns/call-response/17876-fishing-and-faith.
  • “Moving Beyond the Routine,” posted July 9, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/18084-moving-beyond-the-routine.
  • “Silence, Courage . . . Friendship,” posted July 23, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/18171-silence-courage-friendship.
  • “Reconciliation through Film,” posted October 15, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/18610-reconciliation-through-film.
  • “A Case Study: Rwanda,” posted October 29, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/18686-a-case-study-rwanda.
  • “Vengeance or Forgiveness,” posted November 12, 2012, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/18765-vengeance-or-forgiveness.
  • “Community, Courage and Faith,” posted April 8, 2013, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/19524-community-courage-andfaith.
  • “Martin Luther King, Jr., Duke University, Jackie Robinson and The Butler.” Posted September 9, 2013, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/20137-martin-luther-king-jr-duke=university-jackie-robinson-and-the-butler
  • “Perfect Love Casts Out Fear,” Posted December 30, 2013, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/20974-perfect-love-casts-out-fear
  • “Brilliant, Tough, but Necessary Viewing: 12 Years a Slave,” Posted March 17, 2014, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/21409-brilliant-tough-but-necessary-viewing-12-years-a-slave
  • “Learning from African Christianity: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?,” Posted October 13, 2014, the Colson Center, www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/indepth/22382-learning-from-african-christianity-am-i-my-brothers-keeper?

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