Education

  • Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2000)
  • M.Div. B.L., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1995)
  • B.S., University of North Carolina (1992)

Presentations at Scholarly and Professional Societies/Conferences

  • with Stefana Dan Laing, “John Chrysostom on Marriage: A Theological and Ethical Appraisal” National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, 2015.
  • “Evolution and Death Redux: A Response to Jeff Schloss” Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, New Orleans, LA, 2015.
  • “On Parsing the Knowledge and Will of God, or Calvinism & Middle Knowledge in Conversation” National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, 2014.
  • “On Molinism, Question-Begging, and Foreknowledge of Indeterminates” Randomness & Foreknowledge Conference, Dallas, TX, 2014.
  • “Ethical Theory, Trafficking in Persons, and the Church’s Voice” Houston Graduate School Faith and Freedom Colloquium, Houston, TX, 2014.
  • “Calvinism, Natural Knowledge and Fatalism” (revised), Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference, Houston, TX, 2014.
  • “Calvinism, Natural Knowledge and Fatalism” Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Fort Worth, TX, 2014.
  • “Middle Knowledge and the Assumption of Libertarian Freedom: A Response to Ware” National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Baltimore, MD, 2013.
  • “Middle Knowledge and Intelligent Design” National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Milwaukee, WI, 2012.
  • "Middle Knowledge, Inerrancy, and the Problem of Libertarian Freedom" Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference, Houston, TX, 2012.
  • "Middle Knowledge, Inerrancy, and the Problem of Libertarian Freedom" Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Fort Worth, TX, 2012.
  • "Praying in Jesus' Name" Chaplaincy conference ("Ministering in Caesar's House") sponsored by Institute for Faith and the Public Square, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 2011.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains: Responding to the Repeal of DADT" Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference, Houston, TX, 2011.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains: Responding to the Repeal of DADT" Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Dallas, TX, 2011.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains, Ceremonial Deism, and the Establishment Clause" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, 2010.
  • "The Bible and U.S. Military Chaplains" Dunham Bible Museum Lecture, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, 2010.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains, Ceremonial Deism, and the Establishment Clause" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Dallas, TX, 2009.
  • "Intelligent Design and Middle Knowledge" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Houston, TX, 2008.
  • "Middle Knowledge, Biblical Covenants, and the Basis of Predestination/Election" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Providence, RI, 2008.
  • "Evangelicals, the Global War on Terror, and the Changing Face of Military Chaplaincy" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Fort Worth, TX, 2007.
  • "Online Education, Ecclesiology, and Christian Education" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, 2007.
  • "Molinism: The Biblical Evidence (Part II)" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Philosophical Society, New Orleans, LA, 2005.
  • "Jesus Driving an SUV?: A Theological Appraisal of Some Evangelical Responses" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Dallas, TX, 2004.
  • "Plantnga's Reformed Epistemology, Evidentialism, and Evangelical Apologetics" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, TX, 2004.
  • "The Compatibility of Calvinism and Middle Knowledge" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Colorado Springs, CO, 2001.
  • "The Trinity and Divine Temporality" Southeast Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Jackson, TN, 2001.
  • "Molinism: The Biblical Evidence" Mountain-Plains Regional Meeting of Society of Christian Philosopers, Boulder, CO, 2000.
  • "The Doctrine of Middle Knowledge" Boyce Society, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2000.
  • "Allegory or Typology: The Relationship Between Text and World in George Lindbeck's Theology" Southeast Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Wake Forest, NC, 1999.

Church & Community Presentations

  • “Chaplaincy, Free Speech, and the Law” Nassau Bay Baptist Church, Nassau Bay, TX 2015.
  • “Chaplaincy, Free Speech, Free Exercise, and the Law” 36th Infantry Division and Division West Unit Ministry Team Training, North Fort Hood, TX, 2013.
  • “After-birth Abortion: Why the Baby Should Live” Right to Life Student Organization, UTMB, Galveston, TX, 2013.
  • “Debunking the Da Vinci Code” Darrington Apologetics Conference, Darrington Prison, Rosharon, TX, 2013.
  • “The Christian Doctrine of the Resurrection” Pasadena High School Bible as Literature class, Pasadena, TX, 2012.
  • "Calvinism and Arminianism:  The Orthodox Consensus" Nassau Bay Baptist Church, 10-week study, 2012.
  • "Why Do Bad Things Happen (if God is so Good)?" Collide Youth Conference, Heritage Park Baptist Church, Webster, TX, 2012.
  • "Ethical Systems, Personhood, and the Right to Life" Right to Life Student Organization, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2012.
  • "Philosophical Anthropology, Ethical Systems and the Right to Life Debate" Right to Life Advocates student organization, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; 2011.
  • "Has Science Made Belief in God Impossible?" Confident Christianity Youth Apologetics Conference, Nassau Bay, TX, 2011.
  • "Thank You for Our Freedom" Daughters of the American Revolution, Northwest Houston chapter, 2008.
  • "Debunking the Da Vinci Code" Peacekeeper's Chapel, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, 2006.
  • "Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection" InterVarsity Fellowship, Rice University, 2003.

Review Essays & Book Reviews

  • Encyclopedia of Religion and the Law in America, 2nd edition, by Christopher Thomas Anglim, The Christian Librarian 59:2 (2016): 282.
  • Transplantation Ethics, 2nd edition, by Robert M. Veatch & Lainie F. Ross, The Christian Librarian 59:1 (2016): 181-82.
  • Unmasking Islamic State: Revealing Their Motivation, Theology and End Time Predictions, by Patrick Sookhdeo, The Christian Librarian 59:1 (2016): 183-84.
  • Beyond Matter: Why Science Needs Metaphysics, by Roger Trigg, The Christian Librarian 59:1 (2016): 125-27.
  • College & University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century: A Multifaith Look at the Practice of Ministry on Campuses across America ed. by Lucy A. Forster-Smith. Southwestern Journal of Theology 58:1 (Fall 2015): 142-44.
  • A Reason Open to God: On Universities, Education & Culture, by Pope Benedict XVI, ed. by J. Steven Brown. The Christian Librarian (Journal of the Association of Christian Librarians) 58:2 (2015): 189.
  • A Companion to Luis de Molina by Matthias Kaufmann and Alexander Aichele, eds.; Journal of the History of Philosophy 53:1 (January 2014):159-60.
  • 40 Questions on Creation and Evolution by Mark F. Rooker and Kenneth D. Keathley; Criswell Theological Review 12:1 (Fall 2014): 145-47.
  • Bringing God to Men: American Military Chaplains and the Vietnam War by Jaqueline Whitt, Cercles: Revue Pluridiscilinaire du Monde Anglophone 32 (2014), available at http://www.cercles.com/review/r71/Whitt.html.
  • “Chapter 12: The Work of God: Salvation” by Kenneth Keathley in Daniel Akin, ed., A Theology for the Church; Southwestern Journal of Theology 52:1 (Fall 2009): 107-109.
  • Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris; Southwestern Journal of Theology 51:1 (Fall 2008): 91-94.
  • A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology: Defending the Tri-Unity of God by Edward Daleour; Southwestern Journal of Theology 49:2 (Spring 2007): 227-229.
  • The Next Reformation: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity by Carl Raschke; Southwestern Journal of Theology 49:2 (Spring 2007): 240-243.

Publications

  • “The History of Chaplaincy,” The Leader’s Bible, Military Bible Association/Charisma Media, forthcoming.
  • "The Doctrine of the Resurrection" The Leader's Bible Discipleship Manual, Military Bible Association, forthcoming.
  • Chapters on Divine Providence and Human Genetics, SBC, RTB, and Biologos Conversation. Downer’s Gove: IVP, forthcoming.
  • “Southern Bible Institute” and “Africa Inland Mission,” Evangelical America: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.
  • Middle Knowledge: Human Freedom in Divine Sovereignty. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2017.
  • “The Doctrine of the Future, the Doctrine of God, and Predictive Prophecy” with Stefana D. Laing, in D. Jeffrey Bingham and Glenn R. Kreider, eds., Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches, 77-101. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2016.
  • Selected Prayers and Devotions, Military Families Bible. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2016.
  • “The Goal of Marriage,” “The Love that Characterizes Marriage,” “The Spiritual Life in Marriage,” “The Permanence of Marriage,” in Disciple6 Student Discipleship program (Red Year), 2015. www.disciple6.com.
  • Editor and Translator. 1 Kings, Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Charisma Media, 2015.
  • “Praying in Jesus’ Name” Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry 9:1 (Spring 2013): 13-28. http://www.baptistcenter.net/journals/JBTM_9-1_Spring_2012.pdf
  • Editor, with Page Brooks. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Homosexuality, Chaplaincy and the Modern Military. Eugene, OR: Resource, 2013. https://wipfandstock.com/store/Dont_Ask_Dont_Tell_Homosexuality_Chaplaincy_and_the_Modern_Military/
  • ““Rainbow Rights?”: Homosexuality, Political Activity, and the Law,” chapter 3 in John D. Laing and Page M. Brooks, eds. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Homosexuality, Chaplaincy and the Modern Military, 54-100. Eugene, OR: Resource, 2013.
  • “Virtue or Obedience?”: Homosexuality, Repeal of DADT, and Chaplains,” chapter 5 in John D. Laing and Page M. Brooks, eds. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Homosexuality, Chaplaincy and the Modern Military, 125-59. Eugene, OR: Resource, 2013.
  • “Rejoinder on Evolution and Death” Biologos Forum, www.biologos.com.
  • "Evolution and Death" Biologos Forumwww.biologos.org, 2012.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains, Ceremonial Deism, and the Establishment Clause"  Global Journal of Classical Theology 9:3 (February 2012), http://www.phc.edu/gj_toc9_3.php
  • Issue Editor, "The New Atheism" Southwestern Journal of Theology 54:1 (Fall 2011).
  • "Introduction to the New Atheism: Apologetics and the Legacy of Alvin Plantinga" Southwestern Journal of Theology 54:1 (Fall 2011): 6-12.
  • "The New Atheists: Lessons for Evangelicals" Southwestern Journal of Theology 54:1 (Fall 2011): 13-28.
  • "Plantinga's Reformed Epistemology, Evidentialism, and Evangelical Apologetics"  Global Journal of Classical Theology 9:2 (October 2011), http://www.phc.edu/gj_toc9_2.php
  • In Jesus' Name:  Evangelicals and Military Chaplaincy.  Eugene, OR:  Wipf & Stock, 2010.
  • Contributor.  Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words.  Ed. William Mounce.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2006.
  • "Middle Knowledge," Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophywww.iep.utm.edu, 2004.
  • "The Compatibility of Calvinism and Middle Knowledge"  JETS 47:3 (Sept. 2004): 455-67. http://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/47/47-3/47-3-pp455-467_JETS.pdf
  • "Heavenly Council," "Archangel," "Sons of God," in Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, C. Brand, C. W. Draper, A. England, Eds.  Nashville:  Broadman & Holman, 2003.

Experience

  • Associate Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2011-present
  • Assistant Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003-2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1997; 2002-03
  • Adjunct Professor, Bellarmine University, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Baptist College of Florida, online program, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Boyce College, 2001
  • Garrett Fellow, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary & Boyce College, 1995-2001

Military Experience

  • United States Army Chaplain (1997 - Present)
  • United States Army (1986 - Present)
  • United States Army Chaplain Candidate (1994 - 1997)
  • Deployments
    • Noble Eagle 1 (2001-2002)
    • KFOR7 (2005-2006)
    • Operation Iraqi Freedom (2009-2010)

Honors/Service

  • Chair, Molinism Consultation, Evangelical Theological Society, 2011-present
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Southwest Region, Evangelical Theological Society, 2010-present.
  • Chairman/President, Southwest Region, Evangelical Theological Society, 2008-2009
  • Program Chair, Southwest Region, Evangelical Theological Society, 2007-2008
  • Who's Who Among American Intellectuals, 2001
  • Who's Who Among American Graduate Students, 1997

Professional Memberships

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Military Chaplains Association of America
  • U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association

Church Membership

  • Nassau Bay Baptist Church, Nassau Bay, Texas

Personal

  • Spouse: Stefana Dan Laing
  • Children: Sydney Elise Laing (2005); Sophia Constance Laing (2007); Alasdair David Laing (2008)