What does it mean to flourish as a human? It occurs through living intentionally and thoughtfully in particular ways. Neither virtue nor its eventual fruit, happiness, comes to us accidentally… Flourishing requires that we can confidently answer the big questions in life….why am I here? What does it mean to be human? What does Jesus on Sunday have to do with daily life during the weekday? Getting the big questions right ensures we have the wisdom and resilience to stand against the false narratives pervasive in our culture today. And classical Christian education is a vital part of that process as we form the next generation to have the wisdom needed to live the good life.


Jonathan T. Pennington is currently Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation and at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (USA). He has also regularly served as a visiting professor at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando)Southeastern Seminary, The Village Church Institute (Dallas), and The Institute of Biblical Studies in Orlando, FL, as well as Morling College (Melbourne, Australia). Spiritual formation pastor at his church…. 6 kids (25-16)

He is also on the preaching staff at Sojourn East and regularly speaks and teaches in churches all over the country.

He earned a B.A. in History as well as a Teaching Certificate from Northern Illinois University. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago), where he also taught Greek for two years as an NT Fellow. During his time at TEDS he also served for five years as the Associate Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris in northern Illinois.

He holds a PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (in St. Mary’s College), where he wrote a thesis entitled “Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew” under the supervision of Professors Richard Bauckham and Philip Esler. He attended St. Andrews as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, and while there, he also served as a lecturer in Greek. Dr. Pennington is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Tyndale Fellowship (Cambridge), the Institute for Biblical Research, and the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies. He has published a wide variety of books, articles, and Greek and Hebrew language tools. (For fuller information, see the Publications pages.) He is also the host and co-producer of the YouTube show Cars, Coffee, Theology.

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