This excursion into 1 Peter's vision for Christian identity and mission offers some compass points for our Church, languishing betwixt and between and in danger of losing its way. Here we discover the witness of the earliest Christians, who found themselves at once "aliens and strangers" (1 Pet 2:10) while also actively propagating good news and embodying a "wonderful and confessedly striking manner of life" (Epistle to Diognetus 5:4). What might this 1st century letter say to 21st century Christians facing old questions under new guises?

Dr. Anderson is Dean of Nashotah House Theological Seminary and Professor of New Testament. Before coming to Nashotah House, Anderson was on the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL, campus) from 2002 to 2007. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Bethel Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the West African Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to his academic career, he served for seventeen years on the campus staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (1984-2001), where he ministered on numerous college campuses.

Dr. Anderson’s research interests center especially on narrative approaches to reading the gospels, the parables of Jesus, Pauline soteriology, and the theological appropriation of the New Testament.

He and his wife, Dawn, in 1983, have three adult children, two sons-in-law, and a grandson. He and his family attend Zion Episcopal Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.