Joe Rigney, Ph.D.

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President & Associate Professor of Theology and Literature

 

Joe Rigney serves as President and Associate Professor of Theology and Literature at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He is the author of five books including: Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles (Eyes & Pen, 2013), The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts (Crossway, 2015), Lewis on the Christian Life: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God (Crossway, 2018), Strangely Bright: Can You Love God and Enjoy this World? (Crossway, 2020), and More than a Battle: How to Experience Victory, Freedom, and Healing from Lust (B&H, 2021). Joe is also a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul and serves as a teacher at DesiringGod.

Joe and his wife Jenny moved to Minneapolis in 2005 to participate in Bethlehem’s vocational eldership training program. He joined the Bethlehem College & Seminary faculty in 2007. Joe is a teacher who can’t help but tell others about the things that fascinate him, and he is a generalist who is fascinated by a great many things. At Bethlehem, he loves to teach classes on C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, English literature, political philosophy, Jonathan Edwards, medieval theology and literature. Beyond teaching, writing, and preaching, Joe loves to play baseball with his three sons and spend time with his lovely wife Jenny.

Academic Credentials

  • B.A., Texas A&M (Communication)
  • M.A., Bethlehem College & Seminary (Biblical and Pastoral Studies)
  • M.St., New Saint Andrews (Classical Christian Studies)
  • Ph.D., University of Chester

 

Publications

 

Media

  • “Curriculum and Community at Bethlehem College & Seminary.” Cincinnati Event. Online.
  • “Alcohol, Christian Liberty, and Christian Love – Part 2” Bethlehem College & Seminary Chapel Message. November 14, 2013. Online.
  • “Alcohol, Christian Liberty, and Christian Love – Part 1” Bethlehem College & Seminary Chapel Message. November 7, 2013. Online.
  • “The Whole Earth Is Full of His Glory”: TBI Seminar
    Slides PDF | Part 1 (MP3) | Part 2 (MP3) | Part 3 (MP3) | Part 4 (MP3) | Q & A (MP3)
  • “One Church: Growing Up Into Maturity.” Bethlehem College & Seminary Chapel Message. October 18, 2012. Online.
  • “Great Are the Works of the LORD, Studied By All Who Delight In Them.” Bethlehem College & Seminary Chapel Message. October 20, 2011. Online.
  • “Envy.” Bethlehem College & Seminary Chapel Message. March 10, 2011. Online.
  • “Keep in Step With the Gospel.” Bethlehem College & Seminary Chapel Message. January 20, 2011. Online.
  • “The God Who Loves Us By Giving Us Rest.” Bethlehem College & Seminary Chapel Message. October 21, 2010. Online.