- Ph.D. (1997) from University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) in Medieval History.
- M.A. (1990) from University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) in Medieval History.
- M.Div. (1982) Magna Cum Laude, from Wartburg Theological Seminary (Dubuque, IA)
- B.A. (1978) Magna Cum Laude, with majors in Religion, Philosophy, and Classics, from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA)
- Principia 101 "The Self-Examined Life"
- Critical Inquiry Seminar "Religion and Fantasy: The Life, Writing, and Theology of C.S. Lewis"
- Religion 100 "Christianity and Religious Diversity"
- Religion 223 "The Legacy of Luther"
- Religion 224 "Women in Religious History"
- Religion 225 "Religion and Film"
- Religion 300 "Sisters of Faith: Life in Medieval Europe"
- Religion 324 "Legacy of Luther"
- Religion 325 "Studies in Religious History"
- Religion 326 "The Christian Tradition II: Theologies and Ethics"
- Religion 327 "Eastern Orthodoxy"
- Religion 330 "Theology and the Lutheran Tradition"
- Religion 372: "A History of Christian Spirituality"
- Religion 410 "Saint Augustine: His Life and Theology"
- English 232E "Arthurian Legends" (team taught with David Sprunger)
- Early, Medieval, and Reformation History
- Church History, Spirituality, Theology, and Intellectual History
- The History and Theology of Eastern Orthodoxy
- Arthurian and Medieval Literature
- Religion in Film
- The Church in Nazi Germany
A History of Prayer: The First to the Fifteenth Century (Leiden: Brill Publications, 2008). Editor, author of introduction, and contributor with three articles entitled, "The Lord's Prayer: A Cornerstone of Early Baptismal Education," "The Lord's Prayer in Early Church Polemics," "Augustine of Hippo: Prayer as Sacrament"
The Lord's Prayer in the History of the Church: The Pearl of Great Price (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
"Teaching the Middle Ages through Travel: Exploration Seminars at Concordia College" co-author with Dr. David Sprunger, in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, Spring 2009.
"The History of the Lord's Prayer during the Middle Ages" in Proceedings of the Patristic Medieval Renaissance Conference, Villanova University (1993-1994), pp. 1-24.
Newspaper Article, "With Joan, the appeal is 'something for everyone,'" in The Fargo Forum, Nov. 19, 1999, includes photography.
Newspaper Article: "A Change of Hobbit." On J.R.R.Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings, in The Fargo Forum, December 16, 2001.
"Gregory of Nyssa's Sermons on the Lord's Prayer: Lessons from the Classics," in Word and World 22 (Winter 2002), 64-70.
"The Holy Grail Cycle in Malory: A Penance Amidst the Story of Lusty Knights" Proceedings of the Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature: Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature. April 20-21, 2007.
Book review of Roberta Bondi's To Love as God Loves in Currents in Theology and Mission 15 (1988), p. 460.
Book review of Jeffrey Burton Russell's A History of Heaven in Church History in Church History 68 (September 1999), pp. 674-675.
Movie review, "'Messenger' shows too much of the dark side of Joan of Arc," in The Fargo Forum, Nov. 19, 1999.
Book review of Kent Emery, Jr. and Joseph P. Wawrykow, eds., Christ Among the Dominicans in Church History 69 (June 2000), pp. 423-424.
Book review of Garry Wills, Saint Augustine (New York: Penguin, 1999) in Dialog 39 (Summer 2000), pp. 155-156.
Book reviews of Roberta Bondi, Lord Teach Us to Pray in Dialog 40 (Fall 2000)
Book Reviews in Dialog 2003:
Dorothee Soelle, Against the Wind: Memoirs of a Radical Christian and Dorothee Soelle, The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance in Dialog 2003.
Book Reviews in Dialog 2004:
Kenneth Stevenson, Abba Father: Understanding and Using the Lord's Prayer and Kenneth Stevenson, The Lord's Prayer a Text in Tradition in Dialog 2004.
"Johannes Tauler" in Daily Readings from Spiritual Classics, Paul Ofstedal, ed. (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1990).
"Preaching Helps" in Currents in Theology and Mission, 14 (1987), pp. 224f.
"Contempt: The Eighth Deadly Sin" in The Clergy Journal, November 2008.
Forthcoming: "Untitled Lent Article" The Clergy Journal, Spring 2010.
"Holy Flood Waters: Washed Away and Filled Up" in The Clergy Journal, May/June 2010
Forthcoming: A Tenebrae Worship Service collaboration with Dr. Rene Clausen in 2009, a commissioned liturgy for Good Friday Worship. See Music.
"A Message From the East" A documentary film about Alama Muhammad Iqbal by Endless Eye Productions, 2009; Executive Producer and Scholarly Consultant.
"Untitled Documentary Project: Southern Sudan" A documentary about building a library in Southern Sudan by Endless Eye Productions, forthcoming, Scholarly Consultant.
Lyrics for "Memorial" composed by Dr. Rene Clausen in 2003, a composition written in memory of the 9/11 tragedy of the bombing of the twin towers in New York City.
Forthcoming: A Tenebrae Worship Service: wrote text and collaborated with Dr. Rene Clausen in 2009, a commissioned liturgy for Good Friday Worship.
Poetic Text based on a Prayer by St. Augustine, "Late Have I Loved You" used in a composition by Dr. Rene Clausen for the Concordia Choir and the King Singers.
Papers and Significant Lectures and/or Talks
May 1992 The 27th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, Michigan
Topic: Jordan of Quedlinburg’s Commentary on the Lord’s Prayer
October 1993 Conference on Medieval and Reformation Studies at Villanova University
Topic: The History of the Lord’s Prayer during the Middle Ages
July 1994 Charis Summer Event held at Concordia College
Topic: The Lord’s Prayer in the Life of the Church
July 1996 Charis Summer Event held at Concordia College
Topic: A Comparison of Medieval and Modern Exegetical Methods of Interpreting the Bible
September 1996 Concordia College’s Symposium
Topic: Religion on the Internet: Religious Community in Cyberspace
May 1997 The 31st International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, Michigan
Topic: Early Medieval Interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer
November 1997 Fall Guest Lecturer for Credo at Concordia College and in April 1998 at First Presbyterian Church, Fargo, ND
Topic: Medieval Christian Mysticism: Lost in the Abyss of God
May 1998 The 32nd International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, Michigan
Topic: The Use of the Lord’s Prayer in Early Medieval Polemic
September 1998 Concordia College Symposium
Topic: God in Cyberspace: Religion on the Internet
April 1998 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Topic: The Greatest Martyr on Earth: The Lord’s Prayer
November 1998 Atomic Café Guest Writer Series Speaker
Topic: A Short Story: Ode to an Exhibitionist
January and Febraury 1999 Communiversity and Public Library Presentations
Topic: King Arthur Through the Ages (with Dr. David Sprunger)
May 2000 The 34th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, Michigan
Topic: The Lord’s Prayer in the Reform of Martin Luther
Spring 2000 Lecture Series at St. John Lutheran Church
Topic: Hell or to Hell with it: Hell in Christian Thought and History
September 2001 Concordia College Fall Symposium Concurrent Session (with Dr. Shawn Carruth, OSB)
Topic: Money, the Root of all Evil? Medieval Answers for a Modern World
April 2002 Conference on Vocation at Concordia College
Topic: Vocation in the Ancient World: Lessons for the Modern World
2002-2003 Talks at various venues
Topic: A History of the Crusades
Topic: The Dark Night of the Soul: Suffering as a Clue to the Meaning of Life
Topic: The Future of the Church: Mysticism as Hope
Spring 2004 Concordia College Family Weekend College
Topic: Jesus Christ Movie Star: A Look at “The Passion of the Christ
Spring 2004 A talk at various venues
Topic: Church and State: Conflict and Cooperation?
May 2004 The 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, Michigan
Organized and Chaired Session: Prayer in Medieval History
Spring 2006 The Documentary “Jesus Camp”
Discussion leader at film showing at the Fargo Theater
May 2006 The 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, Michigan
Topic: Teaching the Middle Ages through Travel: Exploration
Seminars at Concordia College:
August 2006 Convocation Address at Concordia College
Topic: The Liberal Arts in a Time of Many Worlds
September 2006 Concordia College Fall Symposium Concurrent Session
Topic: Mysticism and Resistance: The Mystifying Vocation of Extraordinary Religious Lives
August 2007 Concordia College Faculty Workshop Lecture
Topic: Reflections of Vocation in a Lutheran Higher Education Institution: Creating Conscience through Religion and Resistance”
April 2007 Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature Moorhead, Minnesota
Topic: The Holy Grail Cycle in Malory: A Penance Amidst the Story of Lusty Knights
May 19, 2007 Guest Lecturer at Lahore University in Lahore Pakistan
Focus: A Response to Dr. Basit Koshul’s Lecture on Alama Muhammad Iqbal’s poem "Lenin in the Presence of God"
Topic Title: The East, the West, and Civilization / Barbarism
Spring 2007 The Documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So”
Discussion leader at film showing at the Fargo Theater
December 6, 2007 Chapel Talk at Concordia College
Topic: The History and Blessed Life of St. Nicholas
2008-2010 A talk at various venues.
Topic: Joy: Longing for Longing in Aristotle, Augustine, and CS Lewis
(This talk was giving in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota at a few Churches of various denominations)
February 21, 2009 Fargo City Commissioners Meeting
Topic: Islam and the West: A Look at Pakistan and Dubai
March 9, 2009 At The “Vocation in Lutheran Higher Education” Conference
Topic: Luther on Vocation: A Many Splendored Thing
May 2009 Chapel Talk at Concordia College
Washed up and Filled Up: A Pentecostal View of the Fargo Flood
September 2010 Concordia College Fall Symposium Cuncurrent Session (with Kayla Goetz, '11)
Topic: The Wonder of CS Lewis: Deep Magic in the Age of Science
Spring 2010 Chapel Talk at Concordia College
Topic: The Wonder of the Word and the World: Reflections on Teaching
2009-2010 Talks at various forums:
Religion and Film: An Unholy or Holy Relationship?
The Life, Literature, and Levity of CS Lewis
Mysticism and the Modern Church: Dorothee Soelle’s Thoughts for the Present and Future
January 3, 2011 Chapel Talk at Concordia College
Topic: Blessed Be the Vision: Seeing the Eternal in the Ordinary
January 9, 2011 Park Rapids, Minnesota
Sermon “Truly God Shows No Partiality”
Community Talk “Islam and Christianity: Hope for the Future”
(Both of these talks focused on the how Christianity and Islam can work together in the modern world in hope.)
May 2011 Park Rapids, MN Film Festival
Filmmaker discussion on the documentary “A Message from the East”
April 22, 2011 Sermon at St. John Lutheran Church
Topic: The Origins of the Easter Vigil: The Holiest Night
April 28, 2011 Go2030 Speaker Forum: What is the Good Life?
See more at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNKIYrdnsD0
2011 in various venues
Topic: Realities and Myths: A Brief History of the King James Version of the Bible
September 24, 2011 North Dakota League of Cities
Lecture: Strengthening and Maintaining a Sense of Community
March 2012 The University of Notre Dame, On the 35th Anniversary of John van Engen’s Teaching Career
Topic: Prayer as Reform in the Late Medieval Germany of Martin Luther