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John E. McKinley

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., California State University, Sacramento

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John McKinley enjoys teaching theology at Talbot almost as much as he enjoys being a father and husband. An earlier interest in the sport of bicycle road racing led John to pursue a career as an athlete, but the growing desires to contribute to others and especially to teach led him into academic pursuits. The greatest thing for John about teaching theology is that he gets to continue learning about God, God's ways of working, and the world that God made. The desire for engaging with God's work in personal life led John to focus his doctoral research on the temptation of Jesus Christ. The questions he considered were how Jesus could be truly tempted in the ways that we are, and how Jesus resisted temptation in ways that are repeatable for us. Dr. McKinley has continued to focus on the topics of Christology and sanctification in his teaching and research. He sees a current need among Christians to recognize the authenitic humanity of Christ and the empowerment by the Holy Spirit for obedience. Dr. McKinley has explored these ideas in the book, “Tempted for Us: Theological Models and the Practical Relevance of Christ's Impeccability and Temptation” (Paternoster, 2009).


  • Evangelical Theological Society



  • Tempted for us: Theological Models and the Practical Revelance of Christ's Impeccability and Temptation”, Paternoster Publishing 2009