Justin Winzenburg

Justin Winzenburg, PH.D.

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Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek
Department: Biblical, Theological & Ministry Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology, Crown College
Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Bethel Seminary
PhD in New Testament, London School of Theology

Society of Biblical Literature

Classes Taught:
Romans; Corinthians Correspondence; Gospel of John; New Testament History; Principles of Biblical Interpretation; General Epistles; Contextualization, Transformation and Global Theology; Faith, Religion and Political Powers; Faith and Film.

Academic Interests:
Imperial Criticism of New Testament Texts; Ephesians; Apocalyptic Literature; Hermeneutics; Second Temple Judaism; Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Theology & Film; Cultural Liturgies.

Spending time with my wife and sons, basketball, golf, collecting vinyl records, drinking good coffee, watching movies, fantasy football/basketball, and listening to music (especially Rich Mullins, Farewell Milwaukee, and Pink Floyd).

From A Career Standpoint, What Students Will Be Prepared To Do With A Degree From Your Program:
A Biblical and Theological Studies degree at Crown prepares students to engage Bible and theology in a meaningful way within their various cultural contexts. The degree is best suited for students interested in doing ministry, or graduate work. The program also provides students with a larger hermeneutical framework that is easily applicable within wider professional fields. We want our students to be able to think critically, but to also experience deep spiritual development.

I was confirmed within a mainline protestant church when I was 15 yrs. old, but I first had a ‘wake-up call’ spiritual experience when I was a junior in high school. After attending early morning prayer meetings before school (at a friend’s church) I became fascinated with the Bible in general, and with Jesus in particular. After this, I became heavily involved in our youth group as a high school student. With the help of a friend, I started reading through Bible stories. Our high school youth group (and church at large) brought me into contact with genuine people who radically lived out their faith in ways that were energizing. These models of faith became more abundant as I entered college at Crown. My hope is that I can be that same sort of encouragement in the lives of Crown students.

Favorite Bible Verse And Why:

Two in particular have been my favorite lately:

Romans 7:4-6: “Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.”

I really like this verse because it shows that living the Christian life is not equivalent to following a prescribed set of rules, but rather it is about the freedom of a life lead by the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:54-56: “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is probably my favorite verse right now—it taunts death, exhibits hope, but does it all within the context of talking about the resurrected body, showing us that heaven is not a place of disembodied spirits dwelling in some sort of eternal heavenly choir.

Before Crown:
Prior to Crown I taught as an adjunct instructor at North Central University in Minneapolis. I also had the opportunity to volunteer in both senior high and junior high youth ministry at my local church, and serve as a guest teacher/speaker at churches in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

What You Enjoy Most About Teaching at Crown:
Crown is home for me! I attended Crown as an undergraduate student, and taught as an adjunct professor at Crown prior to coming here on a full-time basis. Many of my best friends to this day are people who I met while at Crown. I hope to help provide for current students the sort of positive experience that I had while at Crown. I enjoy interacting with Crown’s international students, as well as providing mentorship. My continuing hope while at Crown is to find creative ways of partnering with churches within the Christian & Missionary Alliance to encourage biblical literacy and spiritual development among our young people. I also really enjoy engaging with Crown’s growing student population who come from other denominational backgrounds, as well as those who have less familiarity with the Bible.

What You Would Say to Parents of Prospective Students About Having Their Son/Daughter at Crown:
Crown provides a safe environment for students to be stretched academically and spiritually. We strive to help students excel in higher education as well as in personal development. Crown also imparts a missional attitude for students who are going into varied professions—developing maturity in our student body so that they can engage dynamically with their varied family, church, and work contexts

Recently Published Works:

Book review of Allen Verhey and Joseph S. Harvard’s Ephesians (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible), in Religious Studies Review 42.4 (Dec 2016): 291.

Book review of Cheryl S. Pero’s Liberation from Empire: Demonic Possession and Exorcism in the Gospel of Mark, in Religious Studies Review 42.4 (Dec 2016): 285.

Book review of Rikard Roitto’s Behaving as a Christ Believer: A Cognitive Perspective on Identity and Behavior Norms in Ephesians, in Religious Studies Review 39.4 (Dec 2013): 270.

Book review of Seong Hee Kim’s Mark, Women, and Empire: A Korean Postcolonial Perspective, in Religious Studies Review 39.4 (Dec 2013): 266.

Book review of Lynn H. Cohick’s Ephesians (New Covenant Commentary Series) in Religious Studies Review 38.2 (June 2012): 98.

Book review of Minna Shkul’s Reading Ephesians: Exploring Social Entrepreneurship in the Text in Religious Studies Review in Religious Studies Review 37.2 (Je 2011): 134.

Book review of Daniel K. Darko’s No Longer Living as the Gentiles: Differentiation and Shared Ethical Values in Ephesians 4.17-6.9 in Religious Studies Review 35.3 (Sept 2009): 191.

Book review of John Paul Heil’s Ephesians: Empowerment to Walk in Love for the Unity of all in Christ in Religious Studies Review 35.1 (Mar 2009): 59-60.

Book review of Charles H. Talbert’s Ephesians and Colossians in Religious Studies Review 35.1 (Mar 2009): 60.

Book review of Larry J. Kreitzer’s Hierapolis in the Heavens: Studies in the Letter to the Ephesians in Religious Studies Review 35.1 (Mar 2009): 60.