Faculty

Kevin P. Lines, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pacific Christian College of Ministry and Biblical Studies

Phone: (714) 879-3901 ext. 1271
Email: kplines@hiu.edu
Office: Nutwood Room 331

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D. (ABD) Intercultural Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
  • M.A.R. Christian Doctrine, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Johnson City, TN
  • B.A. Bible/Ministry and Fine Arts, Milligan College, TN

CREDENTIALS/CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Ordained Minister in the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ

COURSES:

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Intercultural Communication
  • World Christian Movement
  • Methods of Discovering Culture
  • Strategies for Mission
  • Introduction to Ministry in the Urban Setting
  • Strategies for Urban Ministry

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Society of Missiology
  • International Association of Mission Studies

KEY AWARDS:

  • Theta Phi, National Theological Honor Society, Asbury Branch (2010)
  • E. Stanley Jones Trust Ph.D. Full Scholarship Recipient, Asbury Theological Seminary (2008-2012)
  • Hebrew Language Studies Award- Emmanuel Christian Seminary (1998)
  • Outstanding Fine Arts Senior Award, Milligan College (1995)
  • Alpha Psi Omega, National Theatre Honor Society, Eta Lambda Cast (1994)

ACADEMIC INTERESTS:

  • African Traditional Religious Specialists in the Southern Nilotic Context
  • World Religions and World Christianities
  • Christian Witness to Other Faiths
  • Dependency and Development in Mission and the Mission Moratorium (1970’s)
  • Anthropology of Religion and Anthropology of Christianity
  • Theology of Religions
  • Intercontextual Biblical Hermeneutics

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:

  • Ethnography for Christian Witness: Testing Monolithic Stereotypes in a Complex Muslim Community, a paper presented at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, Lincoln, IL, April 14, 2012.
  • Neo-liberal Witches, Christian Diviners, and Neo-colonial Big Men: Globalized African Interpretations of Missionary Identity, a paper presented at the Evangelical Missiological Society Regional Meeting, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Feb. 26, 2011.  (Publication forthcoming as a book chapter in 2012, Dr. Robert Priest, editor.)
  •  “Exegetical and Extispicic Readings of the Bible in Turkana, Kenya and North America,” The Asbury Journal, (66:1) Spring 2011: 65-94.
  • Toward a Stone-Campbell Theology of Religions: Interacting with the Proximate Other, a paper presented at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April 10, 2010.
  • The Continued Importance of a Mission Moratorium, MAR Thesis, Johnson City, TN: Emmanuel Christian Seminary, 1998.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

Being a Husband and Father, Photography, Music (violin, guitar, piano, voice), Theater, Hiking.

PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION:

Intercultural Studies is about people and taking the time and effort to understand the distinctiveness of persons in order to better share God’s love with them.  My goal in the classroom is to instill students with a desire for lifelong learning about, and engagement with, people of other faiths no matter what a student’s vocation might be in the future.  Today this means not only learning about people who are far away, but learning how to live as followers of Jesus among people of very different faiths who now live nearby, as our neighbors.  I approach this task with reflexivity: seeking to understand better our own identities, epistemic humility: recognizing that even people of other faiths have valuable lessons for us to learn, and with global gaze: looking to see what God is doing all over the world.

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