A central interest of David Stubbs’ scholarly work is the impact that different philosophies and cultures have had on the church’s theological and ethical imagination. That interest finds particular focus in his continued work on the concept of participation in Christ and sanctification in the modern Reformed tradition and in making links between contemporary theology, our Jewish roots, and the early church in order to better understand both Christ and the life and worship of the Church.
His interest in theology and ethics has not been purely academic, however. David is ordained in the PC(USA), has worked in college ministries and worship leadership for many years, served as a construction manager for Habitat for Humanity, taught English in China, participated in and led several mission service projects in the U.S., Argentina, Mexico, and Guatemala, and works with Holland Restorative Circles to bring processes of restorative justice into the community.
Dr. Stubbs recently published a theological commentary on the book of Numbers with Brazos Press and is working on a project exploring the influence of Israelite worship on the Lord’s Supper. He is also co-chair of the steering committee of the Christian Systematic Theology Section of the American Academy of Religion, a contributing editor of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, and a member of the Heidelberg Translation Committee of the PC(USA). Dr. Stubbs has published and presented in areas such as sacraments, ethics, the theological ethics of Karl Barth, Christian views on war, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Jewish roots of Christian worship, and the impact of Anglo-American postmodernism on ethics and theology.
“Christian ethics and theology are about making connections—connections between the patterns of God’s activity, the shape of our living, and the patterns of our thinking. What a privilege it is to help students at Western better discern those connections. Students must develop such discernment as they prepare to lead the people of God further into ways reflective of God—and as they learn to protest and strive against ways within our church and society that are not.”