Dr. Jeffrey B. Riley

Dr. Jeffrey B. RileyProfessor of Ethics
Associate Dean, Research Doctoral Programs

Office: Dodd 207
Office Phone: (504) 816-8017
Fax: (504) 816-8039
E-Mail: jriley@nobts.edu

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, May 2001
  • Postgraduate work on a Master of Theology in Theology and Ethics
  • Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, May 1992
  • Postgraduate work on a Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance, Auburn University, March 1983

Teaching Experience

  • Professor of Ethics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, May 2013–present
  • Associate Professor of Ethics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, April 2007–May 2013
  • Assistant Professor of Ethics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, January 2003–April 2007
  • Adjunct Professor of Christian Ethics, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fall 2004; Spring 2006; Spring 2011
  • Adjunct Professor of Christian Ethics, Uganda Baptist Theological Seminary, Jinja, Uganda, November–December, 2009
  • Adjunct Professor in Systematic Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fall 2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Christian Ethics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Houston Campus, 2001

Ministry Experience

  • Sunday School Teacher, Youth Department, Edgewater Baptist Church, New Orleans, August 08 to Present
  • Supply Preaching in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, 2003 to Present
  • Interim Pastor, Lakeside Baptist Church, Metarie, LA, February 2004 to July 2004
  • Pastor, First Baptist Church, Calvert, Texas, 1997-2002
  • Sunday School Teacher, Young and Median Married Adults, Southcliff Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, 1990-1996
  • Pastoral Intern, Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn, Alabama, 1987-1988

Publications

for the Academy and the Church

  • "Engaging Mere Morality in Evangelism," in Engage: Tools for Contemporary Evangelism, A Festschrift Presented upon the Retirement of Dr. Charles S. Kelley Jr. in Honor of His Life and Work, New Hope Publishers (forthcoming, Fall 2019)
  • Review of Apologetics at the Cross: An Introduction for Christian Witness by Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, erlc.com, February 2019
  • "Suffer the Children: A Christian Response to Child Euthanasia," The Alabama Baptist, August 2018
  • Review of The Myth of the Moral Brain: The Limits of Moral Enhancement by Harris Wiseman, Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies (February 2017)
  • Review of Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style by David T. Lamb, Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry (Spring 2017)
  • "The Environment--Why Be Concerned," Baptist Press, April 6, 2015
  • "Foreword," in Like a Tree Planted: The First Five Decades of Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn, Alabama, by Robert Don Hughes, 2014
  • "A Modest Biblical Framework for Addressing Immigration in the United State," The Alabama Baptist, September 2019
  • “Life in the Midst of Death: A Theological and Ethical Reflection on the Practice of Organ Donation and Transplantation,” The Alabama Baptist, April 2012
  • “To Live and Tell the Truth: Being Christian in a Postmodern World,” Louisiana Baptist Message, January 2011
  • “Human Rights in a World of Wrongs: Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Language of Subjective Natural Rights and Equality.” The Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, Fall 2015)
  • “Choosing Abstinence: Reflections on the Moral Status of Beverage Alcohol.” Theology for Ministry 2 (November 2007): 65-85.
  • “On the Morality of Loans and Interests: A Biblical Examination of the Ethic of Lending Resources and Charging Interest,” White paper, Church Finance Division of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Spring 2005
  • Dissertation: Truth as a Source of Christian Public Ethic in the Works of Stanley Hauerwas, Lesslie Newbigin, and Richard Mouw

Presentations

  • Return to Paradise: Storying the Holy Spirit in the Narrative Significance of the Tree of Life, Evangelical Theological Society, 70th Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, Fall 2018
  • Crucial Conversations: Marriage and Divorce, Etowah Baptist Association, Gadsden, Alabama, February 2018
  • Living with Hope in a World of Death, presentation on physician-assisted suicide, Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn, Alabama, November 2017
  • Panel member, discussion: The Future of Theological Education in the U.S.: Are We Doing Christian Education Right? The Research Institute of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, August 26, 2016
  • A Biblical Approach to Cultural Issues, Grace Memorial Baptist Church, Slidell, Louisiana: five-part series on ethics and current moral issues, April 3-May 1, 2016
  • Created Male and Female: How Sex in the Garden Informs Sex in the City, National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, Georgia, November 17, 2015
  • Created Male and Female: How Sex in the Garden Informs Sex in the City, Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, NOBTS, April 10, 2015
  • Being in the World but Not of the World: A Christian Look at Ethics and Moral Issues, Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: seven-part series on ethics and current ethical issues, January-February 2015
  • The Story of Homosexuality in the Bible, Ratio Christi, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, November 15, 2014
  • Human Sexuality, Gender, and Same-Sex Marriage, presentation to gathering of ministers and missionaries at Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn, Alabama, August 28-30, 2014
  • Is Overpopulation a Christian Concern? 'Be Fruitful and Multiply' in Redemptive-Movement and Theodramatic Perspectives with Dr. Rhyne Putman, Evangelical Theological Society, 64th Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, Fall 2012
  • “Call to Ministry” Retreat, Lakeview Baptist Church, Gadsden, Alabama, January 15-16, 2010
  • Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Lakeview Baptist Church, Gadsden, Alabama, January 17, 2010
  • “Living for the Sake of the Gospel,” Feature Speaker at Etowah Baptist Association, Alabama, Pastor’s Conference, January 18, 2010
  • Hot Button Issues in Ethics, NOBTS Institute for Christian Apologetics, January 3-8, 2010.
  • Speaking the Truth in Public: The Epistemological and Missiological Priority of the Gospel in the Works of Lesslie Newbigin. Evangelical Theological Society, 60th Annual Meeting , Providence, Rhode Island, Fall 2008.
  • Human Rights in a World of Wrongs: Theological, Ethical Reflections on the Language of Subjective Natural Rights and Equality, Evangelical Theological Society, Southwest Regional, Memphis, Tennessee, Spring 2008.
  • On the Morality of Loans and Interests: A Biblical Examination of the Ethic of Lending Resources and Charging Interest, Position paper prepared for Board of Trustees and presented to the Church Finance Division of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Spring, 2005
  • Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace, Presentation for the Administrative Council of the Rush Medical Group, Meridian Mississippi, February 9, 2005
  • Truth Matters: Toward a Revitalization of Truth as a Necessary Foundation for a Christian Public Ethic, Evangelical Theological Society, 56th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November, 2004
  • Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Bethany Baptist Church, Andalusia, Alabama, January 18, 2004
  • Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn, Alabama, January 19, 2003
  • Seminars on Critical Ethical Issues, First Baptist Church, Mabank, Texas, August 18, 2002
  • Pastor's Conference, Latvian Baptist Union; Conference for Teachers of Christian Ethics in Latvian Public Schools; April 2001; Lectured on truth and the influence of modernity and postmodernity on Christian public ethics.
  • Southwestern Seminary/Baylor University Colloquium on Ethics, Spring 1995; Presented the paper, "There Shall Be No Poor Among You; But the Poor Shall Never Cease from the Land"
  • Southwestern Seminary/Baylor University Colloquium on Ethics, Spring 1993; Presented the paper, "The Public Ethic of Max L. Stackhouse."

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, Research Institute of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Fall 2005 to present
  • Founding Co-Director, Member of Board of Directors, Institute for Faith in the Public Square, 2010 to present
  • Member, Moral and Social Concerns Committee of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, Fall 2011 to Present
  • Kern Fellow, Acton Institute, Summer 2010 to present
  • Participant, “Why Marriage is for the Public Interest,” The Witherspoon Institute, Princeton University, Fall 2005
  • Fellow, Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry, Spring 2004 to present
  • Member, Evangelical Theological Society, Spring 2003 to present

Family

  • Married to Laura Riley since 1989. Laura is a wonderful wife and Mother. She is also a gifted teacher who now home schools our children. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Secondary Education and was an award winning teacher in public schools before resigning to care for and teach our children. Laura is the Homeschool Coordinator at NOBTS.
  • Our children are Jennings (b.96) and Rhett (b.99)
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