Douglas D. Webster
Professor of Divinity
Beeson Divinity School
Pastoral Theology and Christian Preaching
Office:  Divinity Hall
Email: dwebster@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2414
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Douglas Webster joined the faculty in 2007 as professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Preaching. Before coming to Beeson Divinity School, he was the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of San Diego (1993-2007). He has taught at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Canada and served churches in Toronto, Bloomington, Denver, and New York City. He has authored several books including, A Passion for Christ: An Evangelical Christology, Selling Jesus: What’s Wrong with Marketing the Church, Soulcraft: How God Shapes Us Through Relationships, Discipline of Surrender: Biblical Images of Discipleship, Under the Radar: A Conversation on Spiritual Leadership, A Christmas Journey: Filled with Wonder, Marked by the Cross, Jeremiah: A Parable of Jesus, Text Messaging: A Conversation on Preaching, Table Grace: The Role of Hospitality in the Christian Life, Living in Tension: A Theology of Ministry, The Christ Letter, Follow the Lamb, and Outposts of Hope . He and his wife, Virginia, have three adult children and five grandchildren. Webster is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1991-present) and a teaching pastor at The Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham. He is currently working on a pastoral commentary on the Psalms. In addition, he is researching and writing in three main areas: Christ and culture, pastoral identity, and preaching the whole counsel of God.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology
  • B.A., M.A., Wheaton College

Books

  • The Parables: Jesus’s Friendly Subversive Speech (March 2021)
  • The Sermon on the Mount in the Secular Age (Regent College, 2020)
  • Preaching Hebrews: The End of Religion and Faithfulness to the End (Cascade, 2017)
  • The God Who Comforts: A Forty Day Meditation on John 14-16 (Cascade, 2016)
  • The God Who Kneels: A Forty Day Meditation on John 13 (Cascade, 2015)
  • Outposts of Hope: First Peter’s Christ for Culture Strategy (Cascade, 2015)
  • Follow the Lamb: A Pastoral Approach to The Revelation (Cascade, 2014)
  • The Christ Letter: A Christological approach to preaching and practicing Ephesians (Cascade, 2012)
  • Living in Tension: A Theology of Ministry, vol. 1-2 (Cascade Books, 2012)
  • Table Grace: The Role Of Hospitality In The Christian Life (Christian Focus, 2011)
  • Second Thoughts for Skeptics (Regent College, 2010)
  • Text Messaging: A conversation on preaching (Clements, 2010)
  • Jeremiah: A Parable of Jesus (Solid Ground Christian Books, 2009)
  • Soundtrack of the Soul: the Beatitudes of Jesus (Clements, 2009)
  • A Christmas Journey: Filled with Wonder, Marked by the Cross (Clements, 2007)
  • Under the Radar: A Conversation on Spiritual Leadership (Regent, 2007)
  • The Living Word (Moody, 2003)
  • Discipline of Surrender: Biblical Images of Discipleship (IVP, 2001)
  • SoulCraft: How God Shapes Us Through Relationships (IVP, 1999)
  • The Easy Yoke: Jesus’ Strategy for Living (NavPress, 1995)
  • Selling Jesus: What’s Wrong with Marketing the Church (IVP, 1993)
  • Finding Spiritual Direction: The Challenges and Joys of Christian Growth (IVP, 1991)
  • Choices of the Heart: Christian Ethics for Today (Zondervan, 1990)
  • A Passion for Christ: An Evangelical Christology (Zondervan, 1987; Regent College, 2002)
  • Christian Living In A Pagan Culture (Tyndale, 1980)

Articles

  • Intensity Without Ultimacy: A Christian Perspective on Sports,” The Other Journal, (March 21, 2016)
  • “Seminary Education: Beyond Method,” Studies in Canadian Evangelical Renewal: Essays in Honor of Ian S. Rennie (1996)
  • “Responsibility to the Ministry,” Leadership Handbooks of Practical Theology, vol.3 (Baker, 1994)
  • “Evangelizing The Church,” Christian Apologetics In The Postmodern World (IVP, 1994)
  • “Liberation Theology,” “Oppression,” Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker, 1984)