B.A. Christian Theology, Seattle Pacific University
Master of Theological Studies, Duke University
Further graduate studies in education
Years of teaching
This will be my first year teaching in the classroom!
Lewis, Colin. (2018). “Annotated Bibliography: Work & Faith.” The Christian Librarian 61(2): 236-240
Highest GPA (Graduating Class, Duke University Divinity School, 2017)
Wesley E. Lindgren Award (Seattle Pacific University, 2014): Annual award to the graduating University Scholar who most exemplifies the ideals of scholarly excellence and Christian service of Seattle Pacific University’s honors program.
School of Theology Outstanding Graduate Award (Seattle Pacific University, 2014)
De Jaeger Prizes: two prizes awarded by the Scholarship and Christianity Institute in Oxford (SCIO) for exemplary scholarship on British Christianity and Islamic politics
I married my wonderful wife (Amanda) while a senior in college. We have one son (Leo), who is three years old.
I am a collector and avid user of pencils.
I like to brew and drink all varieties of loose-leaf tea, though my favorite is Japanese sencha.
I never go to sleep at night without reading some portion of a good detective story.
I am most content spending time with friends and family, though I do love to read, golf, and run as well!
Favorite school activity
I’m new to the school, but I’m most looking forward to classroom discussions and school Masses!
The teacher, says Glory Boughton in Marilynne Robinson’s Home, exists to help students “assume their humanity.” I tend to agree, believing that the teacher exists to help facilitate a deeper appreciation for what it means to be a human being made in the image and likeness of God. This means that the point of education has less to do with imparting facts or preparing for the outside world (though each of these has their place) and more to do with how what we learn helps us to be truly human. In so doing, we are hopefully brought to a better knowledge and appreciation of God Himself, who is the end of all intellectual and spiritual striving. I thus take seriously the privilege I have been given to walk alongside students as they continue their educational journey, and I hope that in a small way I can help to awaken in them a sense of awe at the beauty and goodness of God’s creation.
“Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air distending and diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky…question all these realities. All respond: ’See we are beautiful.’ Their beauty is a profession [confessio]. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change?” (St. Augustine, Sermo 241, 2: PL 38, 1134)
“The truly interesting question for man is neither logic, a fascinating game, nor demonstration, an inviting curiosity. Rather, the intriguing problem for man is to adhere to reality, to become aware of reality.” (Fr. Luigi Giussani)
“’When you encounter another person, when you have dealings with anyone at all, it is as if a question is being put to you. So you must think, ‘What is the Lord asking of me in this moment? In this situation?’” (John Ames in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead)
“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation.” (Benedict XVI, Mass for the inauguration of the Pontificate).
“Love alone is credible; nothing else can be believed, and nothing else ought to be believed. This is the achievement, the ‘work’ of faith: to recognize this absolute prius, which nothing else can surpass; to believe that there is such a thing as love, absolute love, and there is nothing higher or greater than it; to believe against all the evidence of experience (“credere contra fidem” like “sperare contra spem”), against every “rational” concept of God, which thinks of him in terms of impassibility or, at best, totally pure goodness, but not in terms of this inconceivable and senseless act of love.” (Hans Urs Von Balthasar)