Dr Darrell Cosden

Dr CosdenDr Darrell Cosden is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Ethics.

At PTC since January 2020

Dr. Darrell Cosden came to PTC having served for 10 years as Professor of Theological Studies (and is now Professor Emeritus) at Judson University in Illinois, USA., In 2018 he was a C. William Pollard Research Fellow at the Center for Integrity in Business, School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University as taught as an adjunct professor in SPU’s business department. Prior to his return in 2007 to the US, his home country to teach at Judson, Dr Cosden served as Lecturer in Christian Belief and Thought at the International Christian College, a theological college in Glasgow, Scotland. While at ICC he also served as Honorary Lecturer in Divinity at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Dr Cosden was also a professor of theology and served for a time as academic dean at the Donetsk Christian University in Ukraine He also lived and worked in Moscow Russia while it was still the USSR teaching business English and ethics. Prior to going abroad, he was as a program associate at the research and advocacy organization Keston College/Institute (England) focusing on religious freedom in the USSR. Prior to that he was on a pastoral staff serving in church ministry in Denver Colorado. Darrell and his wife Kristy are commissioned to serve at PTC by Redeemer Anglican Church in Annapolis Maryland, USA. Dr Cosden’s 2nd book, The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work was listed among the Books of the Decade by The London Institute of Contemporary Christianity. Darrell and Kristy have 2 adult children, Brenton (wife Ashley) and Kayleigh (husband Jonas).

Contact and other Sites

Education/Qualifications

  • Ph.D. University of St Andrews, Scotland, Divinity
  • M.Div. Denver Seminary, [Honors]
  • B.A. Bryan College, [Honors] (Greek & Christian Education).
  • Cambridge Certificate, (TEFL Instruction), St Giles College, London.

Research Interests include

    • The Theology of Work (including Marketplace Theology, Work Ethics, Spirituality, and economic justice)
    • Christian Doctrine/Theology
      • – Jürgen Moltmann and Karl Barth
      • – Theological Anthropology
      • – Trinitarian Theology
      • – Christology
      • – Atonement
      • – Theological Method
      • – Contemporary Evangelical Theologies
      • – Creation Care
    • Theological Ethics
      • – Public and political theology
      • – Eschatology and ethical reflection
      • – Roman Catholic Social Encyclicals and Ethics
    • Contextual Theology
      • Post-Soviet evangelical
      • Pacific

Recent Publications and Scholarly Activity

  • Lecture. Center for Integrity in Business, Seattle Pacific University, School of Business and Economics, “Honoring God and Developing People
  • ServiceMaster, Bill Pollard and the Heart of a Corporation” (winning scholar’s presentation.) October 2019
  • Visiting Professor, Seattle Pacific University, School of Business and Economics, Course – Spirituality and Business, October 2019, and May 2018.
  • William Pollard Research Fellow, Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University (2018)
  • “Work and the New Creation” In Work: Theological Foundations and Practical Implications. eds. R. Keith Loftin and Trey Dimsdale, SCM Press, February 2018.
  • Lecture. California Baptist University, “Issues Facing a Theology of Work Today.” Riverside CA, Feb 2018
  • Workshop session leader. Oikonomia Network Faculty Retreat. “Navigating Work Disruption in an Age of Economic Change” Los Angeles, January 2018
  • Keynote Panel Discussion Moderator/Interviewer. Karam Forum, Los Angeles, January 2018
  • Acton Academic Colloquium: “The Christian Tradition and Changing Views of the State.” Contributing Scholar September 20017
  • Acton University, Oikonomia Fellow, Summer 2017

Full List of Publications

Books

  • The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006.
  • A Theology of Work: Work and the New Creation, “Paternoster Biblical and Theological Monographs” (With Foreword by Jürgen Moltmann) Carlisle: Paternoster 2004.

Articles

  • “Work.” New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Sytematic 2nd Edition, eds. Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Stephen R. Holms, and John McDowell, T.A. Noble. Downers Grove: IVP 2016.
  • “A response to Jill Colwell’s ‘”One Who Trusts Will Not Panic”: Providence and the Prophet of Desecuritization.” In Ex Auditu: An International Journal of the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Volume 24 (The Idolatry of Security, 2008): 122-126.
  • Coming of Age: The Future of a Post-Soviet Evangelical Theology.” Evangelical Review of Theology, Volume 26, Number 4 (October 2002): 319-336.
  • “A Post-Soviet Evangelical Theology.” East-West Church & Ministry Report, Volume 10, (Winter 2002).
  • “Contextual Theological Education among Post-Soviet Protestants”, Transformation: An International Dialogue on Mission and Ethics, Volume 18, Number 2 (April, 2001): 125-128.
  • “Christian Morality in A Pluralistic Society: Perspectives for Post-Soviet Cultures,” Evangelical Review of Theology, Volume 22, Number 4 (October 1998): 337-345.
  • “The One or the Many: The Problems of Plurality and Pluralism in Post-Soviet Countries.” Light & Salt: The CARE Review, Volume 8:2., Fall/Winter 1996.

Chapters

  • “Work and the New Creation” In Work: Theological Foundations and Practical Implications. eds. R. Keith Loftin and Trey Dimsdale, SCM Press, February 2018.
  • “The Named Human and the Question of ‘Being’ Christlike: Revisioning Evangelical Spirituality Through Renewing the Communicatio Idiomatum.” In The Bible In World Christian Perspective: Studies in Honor of Carl Edwin Armerding. eds. David W. Baker and W. Ward Gasque, Vancouver, British Columbia: Regent College Publishing, 2009.
  • “Eschatology Goes to Work.” chapter in What Are We Waiting For: Christian Hope and Contemporary Culture, eds. Stephen Holmes and Russell Rook, Carlisle, Paternoster / Spring Harvest Imprint: 2008.
  •  “The One from the Many” in The Person and a Christian Worldview, Vol. 1. ed. N.V. Stroganova, Sinforopel: Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. 1996. (English translation for an article published in Russian)

Reviews

  • Review of The Character of Theology: An Introduction to Its Nature, Task, and Purpose by John R. Franke, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Volume 25, Number 1 (Spring 2007).
  • Reviews of Hope Against Hope: Christian Eschatology in Contemporary Context by Richard Bauckham and Trevor Hart eds. And, The Future as God’s Gift: Explorations in Christian Eschatology by David Fergusson and Marcel Sarot eds. Scottish Journal of Theology, Volume 55 Number 4 (2002): 482-484.
  • Review of, Evangelical Futures: A Conversation on Theological Method by John G. Stackhouse Jr. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 2002

Papers and Presentations

  • Lecture. Center for Integrity in Business, Seattle Pacific University, School of Business and Economics, “Honoring God and Developing People
  • ServiceMaster, Bill Pollard and the Heart of a Corporation” (winning scholar’s presentation.) October 2019
  • Panel Presenter: Faith and Work Integration Beyond Christendom: Faith at Work Summit, Chicago, October 2018.
  • Lecture. California Baptist University, “Issues Facing a Theology of Work Today.” Riverside CA, Feb 2018
  • Workshop session leader. Oikonomia Network Faculty Retreat. “Navigating Work Disruption in an Age of Economic Change” Los Angeles, January 2018
  • Keynote Panel Discussion Moderator/Interviewer. Karam Forum, Los Angeles, January 2018
  • Keynote speaker. Trinity International University Faculty Retreat ‘The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work’, Lake Geneva WI, Feb. 7-9th, 2013.
  • Conference leader/speaker. ‘A Theology of Work’ for Trinity International University Kern’s Scholars ‘Faith Work and the Economy Retreat’, Lake Geneva WI. November 1-3, 2012
  • Keynote speaker and panel member. Presentation ‘Why We Work’ at Azusa Pacific University conference titled ‘Why We Work’. Sponsored by Kern Foundation, Faith, Work and Economy Initiative. September 2012.
  • Presenter and Panel member for an evaluation of my book The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. Lipscomb University, Christian Scholars Conference. June 2010.
  • Respondent and Panel member for ‘One Who Trusts Will Not Panic’: Providence and the Prophet of Desecuritization. [Paper by Jill Carlson Colwell Ph.D. Candidate; Yale University]. North Park Theological Seminary Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture ‘The Idolatry of Security’. September 2008.
  • ‘What if God Were One of Us: An Emerging Spirituality for a New Kind of Christian.’ Paper presented to the Glasgow University Faculty of Divinity, Faculty and Postgraduate Research Seminar. February 2007.
  • ‘Transforming the World and the World to Come?  Human Work, Luther and Protestant Confusions.’ Paper presented to the Tyndale Fellowship 2006 Triennial Conference, Regents Park Conference Centre, Nantwich. July 3-6, 2006.
  • ‘Work Ethics in a ‘Dis-Integrating’ World.’ Lecture delivered at Strathclyde University School of Engineering, Glasgow Scotland. March 2006.
  • ‘The Named Human and the Question of ‘Being’ Christlike: Revisioning Evangelical Spirituality through the Communicatio Idiomatum.’ Paper presented as the Inaugural Lecture ‘Living Theology: A Lecture in Honour of Dr. Stanley J. Grenz.’ Mars Hill Graduate School, Seattle Washington. March 2006.
  • ‘Called to Purposive Life and Work: New Perspectives on Vocation and Occupation.’ Paper presented at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and The Coalition for Ministry in Daily Life’s 13th Annual Consultation. Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. April 2005.
  • ‘Introducing The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work’ Lecture delivered to a faculty group of Luther Seminary St. Paul Minnesota. April 2004.
  • ‘On The Ontology of Work.’ Two presentations/seminars delivered at The Mockler Centre for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. November 2002.
  • ‘Contextual Theological Education among Post-Soviet Protestants.’ Paper presented at the conference entitled ‘Globalization and Theological Education.’ Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Spring 2000.
  • ‘Christian Morality in A Pluralistic Society: Perspectives for Post-Soviet Cultures.’ Paper presented at a conference entitled ‘Matters of Life and Death in the Context of Christian Morality.’ 1996, (sponsored by the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Crimea), and, presented at the Theology Research Seminar, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews 1996.
  • ‘The Emerging Face of Christian Theological Anthropology.’ Paper presented to the Theology Research Seminar, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews. 1997.
  • ‘Making Sense of Teleology for Theological Ethics: The moral “ought” from the eschatological “is”’. A paper presented to the Theology Seminar, University of Glasgow. 1997.
  • Consultation and Workshop with Jürgen Moltmann, Richard Bauckham, Trevor Hart and Timothy Gorringe held at St Andrews University analyzing Moltmann’s Coming of God and resulting in the publication 1999 ‘Hope Against Hope: Christian Eschatology in Contemporary Context’ Richard Bauckham and Trevor Hart, eds. London: Darton, Longman and Todd. 1997.
  • ‘Towards a Theology of Work: A Threefold Theological Construal of Work.’ Paper presented to the Theology Research Seminar, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews.1995.

Consultations and other Academic Initiatives

  • Acton Academic Colloquium: “The Christian Tradition and Changing Views of the State.” Contributing Scholar September 20017
  • Theological Consultant: Film ‘Why We Work’ Director Ralph Winter, together with Prof Paul Shrier (Azusa Pacific University) 2013
  • H.E Butt Foundation – Laity Renewal Foundation: New Program Initiative. Consultant at a research ‘Think Tank’. The Laity Lodge, Texas. October, 2010.
  • The TIP Project, (An Individual and Institutional Faith, Religion, and Spirituality at Work Assessment Tool.) Content Reviewer. Princeton Faith & Work Initiative, Princeton University. Fall, 2010.
  • Calvin College Seminars in Christian Scholarship, ‘Business as Ministry: Exploring the Issues, Patterns, and Challenges.’ Seminar participant. July, 2007.
  • God@Work Men’s Conference. Schloss Mittersill Study Centre, Mittersill, Austria. Keynote speaker / co-leader. March, 2007.
  • Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in Scotland. Lecture: ‘Evangelical Approaches to Eschatology.’ Day Conference September, 2006.
  • Theology of Work Project, Steering Committee Member – co-Chair Theology Working Group (2006-2010).
  • Schloss Mittersill Study Center, Adjunct Professor of Theology and Culture: Mittersill Austria (through the University of South Africa).
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, visiting Professor for the Marketplace Ministries Track, Doctor of Ministry Program and MA in Marketplace Ministries.
  • Academic Referee: Christian Scholar’s Review.
  • Consulting Editor; Paternoster Press, UK.
  • Consulting Editor; IVP UK.
  • Glasgow Christian Business Forum. Steering committee member (2004-2007).

Courses Taught

  • Christian Theology
  • Spirituality and Business
  • Introduction to Philosophy (Philosophy in Popular Culture)
  • Entering the Conversation: The Questions of Life
  • The Good Life: Continuing the Conversation
  • Faith and Life Issues
  • Christology
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Philosophers and Theologians in Dialogue (Topics: The Problem of Evil)
  • The Theology of Work
  • Studies in Historical Theology (Topics: Luther, Church Fathers)
  • Studies in Contemporary Theology (Topics: Post-Modern Theology, Moltmann, Bonhoeffer, Barth)
  • Christian Ethics
  • Christian Worldview and Architecture
  • Senior Research Methods (Topic: The Theology of Play)
  • Senior Research Thesis (Selected Topics)
  • The Meaning of Salvation (Soteriology and Atonement)
  • The Knowledge of God (The doctrine of the Trinity)
  • The Church: Its Meaning and Mission
  • Faith and the Churches (Contemporary Ecumenical Documents)
  • Issues in Health and Wealth

Post-Graduate Research Supervisor

  • Research degree supervisions at both MTh and PhD levels.

Memberships

  • Society for the Study of Theology; member
  • Wesleyan Theological Society; member
  • Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge; member
  • American Academy of Religion; member
  • Theta Alpha Cappa National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology; Faculty Member

 

 

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