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Timothy J. Ralston

Professor of Pastoral Ministries

B.S., University of Waterloo, 1978; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1983; Ph.D., 1994.

Dr. Ralston brings a rich pastoral background to his classroom, having served as an associate pastor and pastor in Ontario and as a director of adult education in the United States. Dr. Ralston is an active member in the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Evangelical Homiletics Society. His research in New Testament manuscripts and worship has taken him into a wide variety of settings and produced numerous scholarly articles. His teaching interests include preaching, worship, and spirituality. His research interests include New Testament manuscripts, liturgical theology and history, the history and practice of Christian spirituality, and spiritual direction. To relax he teaches as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and enjoys exploring sunken ships and underwater sites throughout the world.

Timothy J. Ralston
office:
TODD 310C
phone:
214-887-5335
email:
  • PM101 - Spiritual Life
  • PM103 - Expository Preaching I
  • PM104 - Expository Preaching II
  • PM201 - Expository Preaching III
  • PM291 - Teaching Homiletics
  • PM202 - Advanced Expository Preaching
  • PM302 - Leading the Church in Effective Ministry
  • PM321 - Leading the Church in Worship
  • PM701 - A Christian View of Art
  • DM103 - The Applied Research Project
Contributions
  1. "Review of 'The Story of Christian Spirituality: Two Thousand Years, from East to West.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 161, no. 643 (2004). 379-379.
  2. "Review of 'Presbyterian Worship: a Guide for Clergy.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 161, no. 642 (2004). 252-253.
  3. "Review of 'The Story of Christian Spirituality: Two Thousand Years, from East to West.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 161, no. 641 (2004). 111-111.
  4. "Review of 'Ambrose of Milan's Method of Mystagogical Preaching.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 161, no. 641 (2004). 124-125.
  5. "'Back to the Future': Classical Categories for Exegesis, Application, and Authority." Journal of Evangelical Homiletics Society 3, no. 2 (2003). 33-51.
  6. "Review of 'Making Worship Real: a Resource for Youth and Their Leaders.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 160, no. 640 (2003). 506-506.
  7. "Review of 'Winning Decisions: Getting It Right the First Time.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 160, no. 637 (2003). 126-127.
  8. "Review of 'Theological Aesthetics: God in Imagination, Beauty, and Art.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 159, no. 634 (2002). 241-242.
  9. "Review of 'The Daily Book of Common Prayer: Readings and Prayers through the Years.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 158, no. 632 (2001). 506-506.
  10. "Review of 'Spiritual Theology: a Systematic Study of the Christian Life.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 158, no. 631 (2001). 375-375.
  11. "Review of 'The Evidential Power of Beauty: Science and Theology Meet.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 158, no. 630 (2001). 238-239.
  12. "Review of 'Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 158, no. 629 (2001). 127-128.
  13. "Review of 'A Royal Waste of Time: the Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 157, no. 628 (2000). 506-506.
  14. "Review of 'Planning Blended Worship: the Creative Mixture of Old and New.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 157, no. 627 (2000). 381-382.
  15. "Review of 'The English Hymn: a Critical and Historical Study.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 157, no. 625 (2000). 119-120.
  16. "Remembrance and Worship: the Mandate and the Means." Reformation & Revival 9, no. 3 (2000). 77-89.
  17. "Review of 'Come to the Banquet: Meditations for the Lord's Table.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 504-505.
  18. "Review of 'Liturgical Spirituality.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 506-507.
  19. "Review of 'The Oxford Dictionary of Art.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 507-507.
  20. "Review of 'Groundwork of Christian Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 381-382.
  21. "Review of 'True Worship: Reclaiming the Wonder and Majesty.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 381-381.
  22. "Review of 'Handbook for Liturgical Studies, V 1: Introduction to the Liturgy.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 382-382.
  23. "Review of 'Communion Shapes Character.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 249-250.
  24. "Review of 'History of the Liturgy: the Major Stages.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 121-122.
  25. "Review of 'The Hymn Tune Index: a Census of English-language Hymn Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820, V 1.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 123-124.
  26. "Review of 'The Hymn Tune Index: a Census of English-language Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820, V 2.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 123-124.
  27. "Review of 'The Hymn Tune Index: a Census of English-language Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820, V 3.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 123-124.
  28. "Review of 'The Hymn Tune Index: a Census of English-language Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820, V 4.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 123-124.
  29. "Review of 'The Eucharist in the New Testament and in the Early Church.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999). 124-124.
  30. "Review of 'Worship As Theology: Foretaste of Glory Divine.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 155 (1998). 500-501.
  31. "Review of 'The Story of Christian Music: from Gregorian Chant to Black Gospel.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 155 (1998). 501-501.
  32. "Review of 'Contemporary Worship: a Sourcebook for Spirited-traditional Praise and Seeker Services.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 155 (1998). 381-382.
  33. "Review of 'Performing Rites: on the Value of Popular Music.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 155 (1998). 254-256.
  34. "Review of 'Worship in Spirit and Truth: a Refreshing Study of the Principles and Practice of Biblical Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 155 (1998). 124-125.
  35. "Review of 'Two Ways of Praying: Introducing Liturgical Spirituality.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 154 (1997). 505-506.
  36. "Review of 'Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 154 (1997). 506-507.
  37. "Review of 'Enter His Courts with Praise: Old Testament Worship for the New Testament Church.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 154 (1997). 380-381.
  38. "Review of 'Alabadle: Hispanic Christian Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 154 (1997). 250-251.
  39. "Review of 'Christian Worship and Technological Change.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 154 (1997). 251-252.
  40. "Review of 'Worship Come to Its Senses.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 154 (1997). 252-253.
  41. "Review of 'Worship Evangelism: Inviting Unbelievers into the Presence of God.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 153 (1996). 503-504.
  42. "Review of 'Reaching out without Dumbing Down: a Theology of Worship for the Turn-of-the-century Culture.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 153 (1996). 382-383.
  43. "Review of 'Dictionary of Symbolism: Cultural Icons and the Meanings behind Them.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 153 (1996). 253-254.
  44. "Review of 'Before the Throne: A Comprehensive Guide to the Importance and Practice of Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 153 (1996). 128-128.
  45. "Review of 'Bread of Life and Cup of Joy: Newer Ecumenical Perspectives on the Eucharist.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 500-501.
  46. "Review of 'The Witness of the Worshiping Community: Liturgy and the Practice of Evangelism.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 501-502.
  47. "Review of 'Contemporary Worship for the 21st Century: Worship or Evangelism?.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 502-504.
  48. "Review of 'A Community of Joy: How to Create Contemporary Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 504-504.
  49. "Review of 'What Is Liturgical Theology? a Study in Methodology.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 378-379.
  50. "Review of 'Foundations of Liturgy: an Introduction to Its History and Practice.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 379-380.
  51. "Review of 'Worship: Adoration and Action.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 250-252.
  52. "Review of 'Engaging with God: a Biblical Theology of Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 252-252.
  53. "Review of 'Word and Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 125-125.
  54. "Review of 'African-American Christian Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (1995). 127-127.
  55. "Review of 'The Bible and Liturgy.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 151 (1994). 505-507.
  56. "Review of 'The Power Sermon: Countdown to Quality Messages for Maximum Impact.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 151 (1994). 375-376.
  57. "Review of 'The Study of Liturgy.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 151 (1994). 380-381.
  58. "Review of 'The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 151 (1994). 381-382.
  59. "Review of 'The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Authority within the Church.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 151 (1994). 247-247.
  60. "Review of 'What Happens Sunday Morning: a Layperson's Guide to Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 151 (1994). 123-124.
  61. "Review of 'The ABC's of Worship: A Concise Dictionary.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 151 (1994). 126-126.
  62. "Review of 'Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (1993). 505-505.
  63. "Review of 'The Gift of Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (1993). 507-508.
  64. "Review of 'Word and Worship.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (1993). 382-383.
  65. "Review of 'Rediscovering Expository Preaching: Balancing the Science and Art of Biblical Exposition.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (1993). 249-252.
  66. "Review of 'The Bible and Liturgy.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (1993). 113-114.
  67. "Review of 'Jesus the Preacher.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (1993). 122-123.
  68. "Review of 'Paul the Preacher.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (1993). 122-123.
  69. "The "Majority Text" and Byzantine Origins." New Testament Studies 38 (1992). 122-137.
  70. "Review of 'Labourers Together: The Layman and His Pastor.'" Bibliotheca Sacra 148 (1991). 376-377.
  71. "The Theological Significance of Paul's Conversion." Bibliotheca Sacra 147 (1990). 199-216.

Academic Interests

  • Homiletics
  • New Testament manuscripts
  • Liturgical theology and history
  • History and practice of Christian spirituality and spiritual direction

Personal Interests

  • Scuba diving (Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Professional Association of Diving Instructors, with additional teaching specialities in Boat Diving, Diver Propulsion Vehicles, Drift Diving, Enriched Air [Nitrox] Diving, Search and Recovery Diving, Underwater Navigation, Underwater Naturalist, and Wreck Diving)
  • Sailing
  • Alpine Skiing

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