Me & My Blog

I call my blogging home Faith Improvised because it represents what I do as a student of the New Testament.  I observe a body of texts that improvise upon the faith of Israel in light of the reality of Jesus Christ.

It also captures how I regard being Christian.  The way of Jesus as depicted in the New Testament is both radically new and in complete continuity with the way of the God of Israel and his aims to claim a people for the redemption of the world.  In the same way, Christian faithfulness is always shaped by its many pasts and is always reconfiguring and adjusting in order to meet and redeem new situations.

Faith Improvised is a space for me to think out loud and in community about pretty much anything and everything, but mainly about books I’m reading, movies, sports, biblical studies, and politics.

I teach New Testament here:






I earned my Ph.D. from here:

St Andrews Crest







My hometown:

My tragic life-long sports devotion:

Chicago Cubs




My favorite TV show for which I block out life and demand silence:

PTI: Pardon the Interruption





If I could only play one golf course for the rest of my life, it’d be here:









The movies I watch over and over and through which I envision life and relationships:

20 thoughts on “Me & My Blog

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  2. Jamey Miller

    I just finished reading the “The Drama of Ephesians.” Great book. I’m starting a new series on Ephesians here at our church in Fort Worth and there are a number of things from your book that will make this reading/preaching of Ephesians fresh and important for us. Thanks. 🙂


    PS–After I finished the “transforming the imagination” chapter, I probably had more words highlighted than not. Loved it. Words like expansive and possibilities and undiscovered continents come to mind. 🙂 Way to go.

  3. Eric Redmond


    I read your Evangelicals and the Bible, parts 1 – 3, with great interest. Can you give me 2 or 3 examples of things you have said in class that have raised the “That’s sounds unbiblical” eyebrows from evangelicals? I have heard this sort of thing when it comes to discussing social reform from the Scriptures.

    Thank you.


    1. timgombis

      Hey Eric,

      I heard it on a range of issues there aren’t in the standard set of things that evangelicals hear about. The prophetic critiques of Israel’s self-promoting and acquisitive ways of life, the role of the powers and authorities in Paul’s theology, the fact that Jesus’ death deals with God’s cosmic enemies in the NT every bit as much as it deals with personal sin(s), that Jesus wasn’t omniscient during his time on earth and developed through the ‘normal’ stages of human development — all these and more, topics that shake up and alter a received theology.

      Sometimes it’s an appreciative tone, but filled with wonder that they haven’t heard such things before. Sometimes it’s disappointing and disconcerting.


  4. Gareth J M Saunders

    The University of St Andrews crest has disappeared from your website. It looks like you were hot-linking to it and a recent restructure of the website code has broken the link.

    You can grab it again from here:

    and I suggest that you upload it to your blog and link to it from there. That way it won’t break again when the Divinity website is restructured/redesigned next.

    I hope that helps.

    Gareth J M Saunders
    Web Architect (and graduate of St Mary’s College)
    University of St Andrews

  5. theoldadam

    As long as the Cubs are not contenders, we know we have some more years down here to do our work.

    When they field that championship caliber team…the end is nigh.

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  7. Emily

    Hi Tim,

    I have been fascinated by the work you have done so far on your Faith Improvised podcast. I have since been in a bit of an intense debate with a friend that has dedicated themselves to evangelism on a college campus. They have written me a pretty comprehensive email that I would like to forward you for your opinion if possible. I feel like it is beyond my own scope of expertise. Please let me know if you would like to look it over.

    Thanks so much,

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