Lincoln Christian University is pleased to announce that the 2018 Strauss Lectureship will be presented by Dr. Michael J. Gorman. Dr. Gorman holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, where he has taught since 1991 and where he is also Special Assistant to the President for Faculty Development. From 1994 to 2012 he was the Dean of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute. He has also taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, Duke Divinity School, and Notre Dame de l’Espérance (Our Lady of Hope) Catholic Seminary in Bertoua, Cameroon (West Africa), and he is Adjunct Professor of New Testament for doctoral students at Shalom University in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Gorman has also taught in the deacon formation program of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore and in the course of study for local pastors in the United Methodist Church. During his career, Dr. Gorman has taught more than 50 different courses.
Dr. Gorman earned his M.Div. and his Ph.D. in New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of twelve books and many articles on biblical interpretation and on ethics. Among his books are Scripture and its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible (editor; 2017); Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission (2015); The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement (2014); Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness—Following the Lamb into the New Creation (2011); Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology (2009); Reading Paul (2008); Scripture: An Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible and its Interpretation (editor; 2005); Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters (2004; 2nd ed., 2017); Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross (2001); Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers (2001; rev. ed., 2009); and Abortion and the Early Church (1982). His book Abide and Go: Missional Theosis in the Gospel of John will appear in late 2018, and Participating in Christ will be published in 2019.
Dr. Gorman’s specialties are the letters, theology, and spirituality of Paul; the gospel of John; the book of Revelation; the Bible and spirituality; theological and missional hermeneutics; and early Christian ethics. In addition, he has a strong interest in the relationship between church and culture. Dr. Gorman has also led many trips to the cities of Paul and John in Greece, Turkey, and Italy.
A native of Anne Arundel County in Maryland, Dr. Gorman lives in Odenton, Maryland with his wife Nancy. The Gormans have three adult children, one of whom is a theologian and a part-time colleague at St. Mary’s, and six grandchildren. Dr. Gorman is an active lay member in the United Methodist church, and a frequent teacher and speaker in churches and institutions of higher education of many traditions. His passion is for high-level scholarship in the service of the church’s work of discipleship and mission.