Faith

 

I am a Bible believing follower of Christ in the Reformed Tradition. I’m reading and studying such theologians as Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, John Piper, D.A. Carson, F.F. Bruce, and Bruce Milne. I also study Christian apologetics (the systematic defense of the Christian faith) and enjoy reading such thinkers and scholars as G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Norman Geisler, J.P. Moreland, Paul Copan, William Lane Craig, and Ravi Zacharias.

While I was teaching at NYiT, I was the faculty adviser for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Men’s Ministry, student clubs on campus. I have delivered lectures to the group on such topics as “Why I Am a Christian”; “Basic Defense of the Christian Faith”; “Scientific and Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God”; “Relationships, Sex, and Marriage”; “Is Christianity Just Another Myth?”; “How to Find Purpose and Meaning in Life”; “What Christ Taught about Salvation;” and “Discovering God’s Purpose for Our Lives.” I regularly attended the groups’ meetings, actively participating in their discussions and activities. These students were a great blessing to me, and it is my prayer that I was a blessing to them as well.

A Brief Testimony

I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was very young. However, at that time I did not fully submit to Him as Lord. As a result, I did not grow in faith or knowledge, and when I attended university to pursue my various degrees in undergraduate and graduate study, I strayed further and further from Him. Looking back now, I see that Jesus is a loving Lord, and even as I strayed from Him, He never left me. When I received my PhD and took my first university teaching position in New York, God brought special people into my life who challenged me intellectually and spiritually to reconsider the historical claims of Christ that are fully revealed and clearly expressed in Scripture. In 1997 I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ, fully accepting Him as not only Savior but also as Lord. Ever since, He has continued to bless me with a deep and abiding faith that is spiritually nourishing, existentially relevant, and intellectually meaningful.

There is no greater relationship that one could ever have, for it transcends mere religiosity, binding the physical with the metaphysical, imbuing all reality with meaning, and preparing the soul to praise Him for eternity. How can I not but love and worship Him? Please let me know if you have any specific questions about faith in Jesus Christ, for I fully believe in God’s invitation to “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18). Jesus calls us to love God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds (Matthew 22:37). Therefore, what we believe in our hearts must make sense in our minds. It is my prayer that God’s grace may rest upon you such that you too may experience an eternity in the presence of the Infinite Creator, the Great I AM. If I can be of any help, please let me know.

Ministries

By God’s grace I seek to put my faith into practice. I served on the Old Westbury NYiT campus as the faculty adviser for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Men’s Ministry. These are Christian student groups that seek to study the truth of Christ as revealed in the Bible, to live authentic Christian lives, to learn to understand and defend the historic faith, and to share the love and Gospel of Christ.

In 2009 I volunteered with the Christian organization Bring Me Hope. This group serves orphaned children in China by creating week-long summer camps in which people can volunteer to spend time with orphans to share the love of the Creator and give them hope for the future. As much as I may have impacted the lives of two orphans that summer in Kunming, China, I know they influenced me. I will never be the same. See pictures here:

Week 1

Week 2

During the summers of 2010 and 2011, I had the privilege to volunteer teach at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in Yanji, China. In 2010 I taught British poetry and in 2011 I taught American literature. During both summers, I also directed the English House in which Western volunteer conversation teachers were partnered with Chinese students, living in the dorms and participating in various activities (which I coordinated) in an attempt to help the students practice their conversational English and to discuss spiritual matters where appropriate and warranted. I was humbled by the other professors I met, who volunteer full time without pay, and by the students who taught me as much as I taught them. See pictures here:

Yanji 2010 YUST Campus

Yanji 2010 English House Kickoff

Yanji 2010 English House Sports Exchange

Yanji 2010 English House Talent Show

In the summer of 2012, I was invited to the Seminary of the Independent Reformed Church in Seoul, Korea. I gave lectures dealing with the interrelationships of literary interpretive theory and biblical exegesis. I also lectured on the theological principles expressed in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Rings.

As a professor of English at Grove City College, I am seeking ways to become more active in ministering to scholars in China through the Chinese Christian Scholars Association in North America.