• Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., Trinity Theological Seminary
  • Th.B., Multnomah University


Kenneth Berding is author of various books, some academic (such as Paul's Thorn in the Flesh or Polycarp and Paul), some semi-academic (such as What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View or The Apostolic Fathers: A Narrative Introduction), others for-the-classroom (such as Sing and Learn New Testament Greek or What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About), and still others for-the-church (such as Walking in the Spirit, Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book, or How to Live an 'In Christ' Life). He has published articles in such journals as the Journal of the Evangelical Theological SocietyVigiliae ChristianaeNew Testament StudiesJournal of Early Christian Studies, and Westminster Theological Journal. He is the founder of Bible Fluency: Sing It, See It, Study It (, edits the Good Book Blog, and directs The Berdhouse Discipleship Community. Before coming to Talbot, Berding was a church planter in the Middle East. He has a heart for God and ministry, has written many worship songs, has served as a worship pastor in local church ministry, and is an elder at Redemption Hill Church in Whittier, California. If you'd like to connect with his writings, he regularly blogs at Kindle Afresh: The Blog and Website of Kenneth Berding ( and at The Good Book Blog.


  • Evangelical Church Alliance
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Redemption Hill Church
  • Society of Biblical Literature


Representative Books

  • "Paul's Thorn in the Flesh: New Clues for an Old Problem" (Lexham Academic, 2023).
  • “How to Live an ‘In Christ’ Life: 100 Devotional Readings on Union with Christ” (Christian Focus, 2020).
  • "The Apostolic Fathers: A Narrative Introduction" (Wipf & Stock, 2017)..
  • "Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book," (Weaver, 2013).
  • “Walking in the Spirit” (Crossway, 2011).
  • “Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament” (Zondervan, 2008). Co-editor with Jonathan Lunde. Contributing authors: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Darrell L. Bock, and Peter Enns.
  • “Sing and Learn New Testament Greek: The Easiest Way to Learn Greek Grammar” (Zondervan, 2008).
  • “What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View” (Kregel, 2006).
  • "Polycarp and Paul: An Analysis of their Literary and Theological Relationship in Light of Polycarp's Use of Biblical and Extra-Biblical Literature" (Brill, 2002)

 Representative Articles

  • "Worship Rooted in Doctrine for Life: Worship in Galatians and Romans," in Biblical Worship: Theology for God's Glory (Kregel, 2021), 410-427.
  • “God and Paul (in Christ) On Three Visits as the ‘Two or Three Witnesses’ of 2 Corinthians 13:1,” Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 7 (2017): 5-25.
  • “‘Gifts’ and Ministries in the Apostolic Fathers," Westminster Theological Journal 78 (2016): 135-158.
  • “The Crisis of Biblical Illiteracy: And What We Can Do About It,” Biola Magazine (Spring 2014): 16-23.
  • "Who Searches Hearts and What Does He Know in Romans 8:27?" Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research 5 (2013): 94-108.
  • "At the Intersection of Mission and Spiritual Formation in the Letters of Paul," Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care (2013): 18-37.
  • "Persuasive Puns: Philemon 10-11, 20" in Devotions on the Greek New Testament, ed. J.Scott Duvall and Verlyn D. Verbrugge (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012), 119-121.
  • “Polycarp’s Use of 1 Clement: An Assumption Reconsidered,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 19 (Spring 2011): 127-139.
  • “Romans 12.4-8: One Sentence or Two?”  New Testament Studies 52 (2006): 433-439.
  • “The Hermeneutical Framework of Social-Scientific Criticism: How Much Can Evangelicals Get Involved?”The Evangelical Quarterly 75 (2003):3-22. 

Research Interests

  • Life and literature of the Apostle Paul
  • The Apostolic Fathers
  • The Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts
  • Greek language
  • Biblical literacy and interpretation
  • Using music in teaching


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Bible Interpretation
  • Bible (Paul in particular)
  • Biblical Languages (Greek)
  • Holy Spirit
  • New Testament
  • Spiritual Gifts
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