Erik Thoennes

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  • Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Chair, Biblical & Theological Studies Theology Department

Erik Thoennes is amazed everyday that God saved him as a young boy in a small factory town in Connecticut and adopted him into His family. God has blessed him with his godly wife Donna, who has been his faithful ministry partner since they were married in 1989. Erik and Donna have four children; Caroline (born in 2000) and Paige (born in 2002), Samuel (b. 2005), and Isaac (b. 2006). Erik is a professor of Theology, and Chair of the Theology Department at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology, as well as a pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, California. He also taught at Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Erik's undergraduate degree was in philosophy from Central Connecticut State University, and he has graduate degrees in Biblical studies and Evangelism from Wheaton College and a PhD. in Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His research interests include the character of God, Christian views of humor, play, competition, sport, and biblical preaching. He and his wife Donna are in orphan care ministry. Before coming to California, he coached high school and college football and was a manager of a group home for developmentally disabled adults. Some of the most fun and enriching experiences of his life have been: meaningful local church involvement, hitchhiking around America, working with at risk youth, and playing American football in Europe. Erik’s primary goal in life is to love and glorify Christ more each day and help others to as well.

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  • The Duality of Jesus' Humanity and Divinity

    After opening with a hymn, Dr. Erik Thoennes teaches on the reality and importance of the humanity of Christ. He stresses that Jesus understands humanity's pain, toil, and limitations from His time...

  • The Apostle's Creed

    Dr. Erik Thoennes outlines the Apostles' Creed and the significance of its points and accuracy. He discusses some of the theological challenges that have been placed against the creed and explains ...

  • The Deity of Christ: Son of Man

    Dr. Erik Thoennes digs through Scripture to prove that Jesus was fully aware of His deity. Thoennes explains how Jesus draws from various Old Testament examples to call Himself God and makes the po...

  • Doctrine of the Trinity

    Dr. Erik Thoennes explains the Biblical evidence and significance of the Trinity, beginning by showing evidence in the Old Testament and continuing into the New Testament. He goes on to emphasize t...

  • The Jealousy of God

    Continuing through the book of Exodus, Dr. Erik Thoennes explains how God's jealousy comes from His desire to be glorified. Thoennes explains that this righteous desire originated in the Trinity an...

  • Unity of the Nature of God

    Dr. Erik Thoennes teaches on the significance of affirming the distinction of the divine and human natures of Christ, as well as recognizing the unity of the two natures in one person. He emphasize...

  • The Four Affirmations of Biblical Christology

    After reviewing the divinity of Christ, Dr. Erik Thoennes describes Jesus' utter humanity. He gives scriptural evidence to show that Jesus experienced physical limitations, faced temptation, and wa...

  • The Doctrine of Jesus, Part 1

    After reviewing a popular perspective on Jesus as relayed through Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Erik Thoennes takes his class through several key passages to determine what the Bible truly says about Christ. ...

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