Dr. Luke Tallon

passage-logo.1200Director of Theology

Email: LukeTallon@letu.edu

Why am I involved with Passage?
My first exposure to the Lilly Endowment was while I lived near Los Angeles in graduate school. One of my professors was working on a grant for a program designed to help first-year college students explore vocation. He invited the whole class to help him think about how to do this. At the same time, I was studying urban ministry and seeing how churches were participating in the mission of God by living with, serving, and reaching out to the poorest folks in L.A. These overlapping experiences forced me to consider Christian vocation as something rooted in God's mission to the world and relevant for all people, not just those who get to attend a Christian college. Little did I know that I would one day help coordinate a Lilly-funded project inviting high school students for the exploration of vocation!

What does it mean to be "director of theology"?
"Theology" is best described as "faith thinking" (P.T. Forsyth) or "faith seeking understanding" (Anselm of Canterbury). Based on God's own gracious word to us (especially Jesus Christ, the word made flesh, God with us) and working under the authority of the Holy Bible (God's written word), theology seeks to speak beautifully and truly of God as part of our walking in the way of the Lord Jesus. Theology did not begin as an academic discipline, but as a spiritual discipline by which the early Christians tried to conform their whole lives (praise, prayer, counsel, evangelism, service, etc.) to Jesus Christ. Continuing this work and inviting more Christians into it is my dream job! I thank God for the opportunity to work with you.

Where have I studied?
My theological education began at my home and in Sunday School many years ago, but these are the places where I have studied formally and received degrees:

  • Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, 2011
  • M.A., Pepperdine University, 2005
  • M.Div., Pepperdine University, 2004
  • B.A., Pepperdine University, 2001

Where have I taught?
In addition to working with my wife, Holly, as discipleship ministers at the Alpine Church of Christ and teaching and preaching at various congregations, I have held formal positions in the following places:

  • 2013-Present
    LeTourneau University, Longview, TX
    School of Theology and Vocation
  • 2011-2013
    Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
    Visiting Assistant Professor
  • 2010-2011
    Codrington College, St. John's Barbados
    Lecturer, Systematic Theology
  • 2005-2009
    University of St. Andrews, UK
    Adjunct Lecturer and Tutor
  • 2000-2005
    Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
    Campus Ministry
  • 1998-2002
    Wilderness Trek, Salida, CO
    Backbacking Guide

What courses have I taught?

  • Christian Doctrine (one, two, and three semester versions)
  • Biblical Theology and the Christian Life
  • Seeking the Good of the City (Loving Longview!)
  • Christian Ethics
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Human Flourishing and C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy
  • American Moral Traditions
  • The Good Life and Old Testament Ethics
  • Philosophy for Theology