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  • Walt Russell, Ph.D.
  • Jane Hsu, M.A.

Walt Russell, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

  • Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • M.A., St. Mary's Seminary & University
  • B.S., University of Missouri

Dr. Russell's areas of expertise are exegesis, hermeneutics, and New Testament theology, especially as they relate to world evangelism and the spiritual growth of the church. He has an extensive background in collegiate ministries, university teaching, and the pastorate, having planted two churches. He authored The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians and Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul. Dr. Russell has contributed articles to Bibliotheca Sacra, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Grace Theological Journal, Westminster Theological Journal, Trinity Journal, and Christianity Today.

Dr. Russell sees publications as a part of his contribution to the renewal of the church and to world evangelization. All of his writing centers around his three life themes: the primacy of the Great Commission in the life of the church, the renewal of the church through the development of dynamic community, and the strengthening of the church through vibrant teaching of the Scriptures. He sees these as great needs that he wants to help meet as a writer.

Personal Data

Born : Bolivar, Missouri in 1948

Married : Marty Megarity in Columbia, Missouri in 1973

Children : Elizabeth and Justin (son-in-law), Christopher (deceased), Jonathan

Affiliations

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • The Catholic Biblical Association

Awards and Honors

  • Received P.T.A. Scholarship to college as outstanding graduate of my high school class of 465 (Raytown South H. S., Raytown, Missouri), 1966
  • Graduated with High Honors, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1978
  • Recipient of the Arthur C. Gannett Award in Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1978
  • Recipient of the Timothy E. Knudsen Memorial Prize, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1986 and 1987
  • Recipient of Lilly Grant for Faculty Scholarship, 1991 and 1993
  • Recipient of Fieldstead Foundation Grant for Postmodernism Seminar, 1992-1993
  • Biola University Faculty Excellence Award, Alumni Association, December, 2001
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2005

Ministry Experience

1970-1971
Campus Staff, Campus Crusade for Christ, University of South Carolina
1971-1974
Campus Director, Campus Crusade for Christ, University of Mississippi
1974-1975
Youth Ministry Intern, First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
1976-1978
Associate Pastor, Forest Meadow Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas (focusing on evangelism and young couples)
1978-1980
Director of the University of Texas at Arlington Ministries, Pantego Bible Church, Arlington , Texas
1980-1987
Church planter and co-pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Baltimore, Maryland
1988-1990
Church planter and co-pastor, Grace Evangelical Free Church, Lynchburg, Virginia
1990-2009
Guest and interim preacher in over 30 churches in southern California
1995
Elder Consultant, Church of the Saviour, Wayne, Pennsylvania
2001-2003
Elder Consultant, Granada Heights Friends Church, La Mirada, California
2008
Church Consultant, Immanuel Chapel, Montrose, California

Publications

Books
  • Tracing the Blessing of God: A Survey of the New Testament and the Intertestamental Era” (U. S. Center for World Mission, 1997).
  • The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians” (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1997).
  • Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul” (Colorado Springs, Co: NavPress, 2000).
  • The Grander Plan: A Mission-Sensitive Survey of the New Testament and Intertestamental Period” (in process).
Chapters in Books and Study Notes
  • Introduction and Reference Notes on “Romans” and “Galatians” in The Life Recovery Bible (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992).
  • The Apostle Paul's View of the 'Sin Nature'/'New Nature' Struggle,” "A Response to David M. Ciocchi," and "A Response to Sherwood Lingenfelter" in Christian Perspectives on Being Human: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Integration, edited by J. P. Moreland and David M. Ciocchi (Baker Book House, 1993) 207-228, 112-114, and 147-149.
  • Literary Forms in the Hands of Preachers and Teachers,” in Cracking Old Testament Codes. A Guide to Interpreting the Literary Genres of the Old Testament, edited by D. Brent Sandy and Ronald L. Giese, Jr. (Nashville: Broadman/Holman Press, 1995) 281-298.
  • Romans” and "Galatians" in Top Picks of Commentaries on the New Testament (Biola University, 1999) 17-20, 25-28.
  • Kingdom Confusion: The Concern for Ethnocentrism in the Book of Acts,” in Institute of International Studies Reader (Pasadena, CA: Institute of International Studies, 2003) forthcoming.
  • What Does it Mean to Say, ”Jesus is Messiah?" in The Apologetics Study Bible, forthcoming.
  • Notes on Galatians,” in The Apologetics Study Bible, forthcoming.
Selected Magazine Articles
  • What does this verse mean to you?” Sundoulos (Winter, 1992).
  • What It Means to Me,” Christianity Today (October 26, 1992) 30-32. (reprinted in Herald of Holiness [November, 1993] 14-17; Vista Holiness Digest [October 23, 1994] 2;
  • Pathways for Young Adults Student Guide [March, April, May, 1995] 8-11; What About the Bible? [Dialog Series Books; Kansas City, MO: Division of Sunday School Ministries, Church of the Nazarene, 1996]; Why Small Groups? [Study Book Series; Gaithersburg, MD: People of Destiny International, July, 1996] 121-127; Discover the Word. Reading the Bible for All Its Worth, Everett Leadingham, editor
  • [Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1997] 83-90).
  • Matthew 24:14 - Do We Need to Evangelize ALL Peoples before Christ Returns?” in Adoption: A Practical Guide to Successfully Adopting a People Group, Bruce K. Camp, editor (Pasadena, CA: U.S. Center for World
  • Mission--Mobilization Division, Nov., 1993) 10-12. (reprinted in Mission Frontiers Bulletin 16, nos. 7-8 (July-August, 1994) 14-16.) (also reprinted in Alliance Life [C & MA] 130, No. 2 [Jan. 18, 1995] 8-9, 12 under the title, "When Will Christ Come?").
  • My Theological Concerns about the Church Growth Movement,” in Sundoulos (Spring, 1997) 2-5.
  • How I Learned to Love God's Word,” Discipleship Journal 123 (May/June, 2001) page 59.
  • Avoid Every Appearance of Evil,” Biola Connections (Summer, 2003) 31.
  • Is There Healing in this Application?” in Christian Research Journal 27:1 (Feb., 2004) 58-59.
  • The Hazards of Reading on a Battlefield”, November 12, 2003 in Boundless.
  • “'Indians Slay Tigers' and Braking for Genres”, December 18, 2003 in Boundless.
  • Overcoming Verse-bite Christian Culture”, January 22, 2004 in Boundless.
  • Grave Lessons about Application,” February 19, 2004 in Boundless. "Facing the Pain of Dementia," Biola Connections (Summer, 2004) 16-17.
Journal Articles
  • The Anointing with the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts,” Trinity Journal 7 NS (Spring, 1986) 47-63.
  • An Alternative Suggestion for the Purpose of Romans,” Bibliotheca Sacra 145 (Apr.-Jun., 1986) 174-84.
  • The Holy Spirit's Ministry in the Fourth Gospel,” Grace Theological Journal 8 (1987) 227-239.
  • Who Were Paul's Opponents in Galatia?” Bibliotheca Sacra 147 (1990) 329-350. (also included in the anthology Vital New Testament Issues: Examining New Testament Passages and Problems [Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1996] 146-164, 271-276; Roy B. Zuck, gen. ed.) A Review of Jouette M. Bassler, editor, Pauline Theology, Volume 1: Thessalonians, Philippians, Galatians, Philemon (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1991)
  • Steadfast 6:5 (March, 1992) 7.
  • Rhetorical Analysis of the Book of Galatians, Part 1,” Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (July-Sept., 1993) 341-58.
  • Rhetorical Analysis of the Book of Galatians, Part 2,” Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (Oct.-Dec., 1993) 416-439.
  • Does the Christian Have 'Flesh” in Galatians 5:13-26?" The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 36 (1993) 179-187.
  • Insights from Postmodernism's Emphasis on Interpretive Communities in the Interpretation of Romans 7,” The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 37 (1994) 511-527.
  • The Apostle Paul's Redemptive-Historical Argumentation in Galatians 5:13-26,” Westminster Theological Journal 57 (Fall, 1995) 333-357.
  • Forty Years of Church Growth: A View from the Theological Tower,” Journal of Church Growth 6 (1995) 17-41.
  • Is There Healing in this Application?” in Christian Research Journal 27:1 (Feb., 2004) forthcoming.