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About Todd Miles

Dr. Todd Miles is the Director of the Master of Theology Program and Associate Professor of Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Before his doctoral studies Todd was a Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for ten years. Now Todd teaches Systematic Theology, Hermeneutics, and Ethics at Western Seminary. Todd serves as an elder at Hinson Memorial Baptist Church in Portland and is the author of "A God of Many Understandings? The Gospel and Theology of Religions" (Nashville: B&H, 2010).

Mar
31

Recognizing Jesus (excerpt)

Pixelized picture of Jesus

This excerpt is taken from Dr. Todd Miles’ article, Recognizing Jesus, published in the spring 2014 edition of Western Magazine (article begins on page 8). We learn at an early age, that if you want to get the correct answer in Sunday School, just say “Jesus.”  It really doesn’t matter what the question is.  As…
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Jan
23

7 Favorites from Dr. Todd Miles

Young man leaning back in library chair

The TransformedBlog asked the faculty of Western Seminary to give a brief list of the most influential books that they have read. Dr. Todd Miles lists his top 7 most influential books.   Knowing God by J. I. Packer I read this in college. Packer caused me to think about the majesty of God in…
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Dec
24

Joseph and Jesus: An Adoptive Father’s Thoughts

little boy watching the rain through the window

When we are not consumed with shopping, decorations, and other holiday preparations, the focus of our attention during the Christmas season usually lands on Jesus (hopefully) and to a lesser extent, his mother, Mary. This is right and good. But often overlooked is Joseph, a mysterious character who played a significant role in the birth…
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Dec
16

Wise Men Worship and a Maniacal King Murders: A Christmas Reflection

nativity

Jesus, the One whom we celebrate every Christmas, is polarizing. Not because there is anything wrong with him, but because there is so much wrong about us.  He is not the sort of person that one can take or leave, or that one can evaluate in a standoffish sort of manner. Jesus’ very person demands…
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Nov
25

The Death of the Author: An Introduction to PoMo Interpretation

Old Book. Selective focus

Have you ever been in a Bible Study where the leader carelessly asks, “So, what does this passage mean to you?” What kind of question is that? Perhaps it is an innocent, albeit poorly worded, call for personal application. But often the answers that follow touch on meanings that have nothing to do with the…
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