Robert Sloan, Jr., D. d. Theol.

  • University President
  • Professor of Theology
  • Department of Theology


  • Doktor der Theologie, University of Basel, Switzerland, insigni cum laude, 1978
  • Post-baccalaureate research, University of Bristol, England, 1973-74
  • Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, magna cum laude, 1973
  • A., Baylor University, cum laude, 1970, Honors Program, with distinction


Courses Taught

  • Romans
  • Revelation


Selected Honors and Awards

  • Michael S. Stevens Faithful Citizenship Award from US Pastor Council, 2016
  • Hero of Faith Award from Vision America, 2015
  • George Washington Distinguished Service Award from Paul Carrington Chapter #5, Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution, 2009
  • Community Leadership award from Sharpstown Rotary Club, Houston, Texas, 2008
  • Robert B. Sloan, Jr., Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Education established by The Guild at Houston Baptist University, 2006
  • Baylor University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2000
  • Inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence, 1996
  • Honorary member, Baylor Golden Key Honor Society, 1994
  • Mortar Board Circle of Achievement Award, 1993
  • First Holder of the George W. Truett Chair in Evangelism, Baylor Department of Religion, 1990-2006


Selected Professional Associations and Activities


Current Memberships

  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas


Past Memberships

  • Southwest Seminar on the Development of Second Century Christianity
  • Southwest Biblical Seminar
  • National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
  • North American Patristics Society



  • Panelist at “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage,” the 2014 National Conference of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, Tennessee, October 2014
Topic:  “The State of Marriage in American Culture”
  • Featured speaker at Founders’ Day Convocation, Baptist University of the Americas, October 2013
Topic:  “Is There More to the Christian Faith than Dying and Going to Heaven?”
  • Delivered the 3rd annual Drumwright Family Lecture to the Honors College at Baylor University, to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Honors College, October 2012
Topic:  “Read, Watch, and Pray:  A Charge to the Custodians and Prophets of the Great Texts”
  • Speaker at “Radical Emancipation:  Confronting the Challenge of Secularism,” the 12th annual conference of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, November 2011
Topic:  “Universities and Secularism:  The Points of Engagement”
  • Featured speaker at “KJV@400:  A Story of Biblical Proportions,” a conference sponsored by the Dunham Bible Museum, Houston Baptist University, October 2011
Topic:  “‘The Hallelujah Chorus’:  A Theological Reading of Scripture”
  • Inaugural lecturer at the McCall Lectures on Christian Leadership sponsored by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, September 2011
Topic:  “Servant Leadership:  The Cliché Versus the Reality”
  • Participant in a student forum on leadership sponsored by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, September 2011
  • Guest presenter, Memorial-Hermann Southwest Hospital Leadership Workshop, August 2011
Topic:  “Leadership:  Implementing the Theory”
  • Guest presenter, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, July 2011
  • Topic:  “The Mission of a Christian University:  The Crucial Role of Graduate Programs”
  • Speaker, Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon at Houston Club, March 2011
  • Keynote speaker, Distinguished Visitors Series at King’s College, New York City, November 2010
  • Keynote speaker at the Breaking Bread program sponsored by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, November 2008  Topic:  “Accepting One’s Mortality:  What It Means for Christian Mission, Ethics, and Hope.  A Study of Philippians”
  • Presenter at “Credo:  The Arts as Expressions of Belief,” a conference sponsored by Houston Baptist University, January 2007
  • Co-convener, Pauline Studies Group, Southwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, 1991-93
  • President, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, 1991-92
  • Vice President, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, 1990-91
  • National Board of Directors, Institute for Biblical Research, 1990-91
  • Convener, Southwest Region of the Institute for Biblical Research, 1989-93
  • Session moderator at the Colloquium on Gospel Studies (Greco-Roman Institute at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas), January 28, 1989
  • President, Southwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, 1988-89
  • Board of Trustees, The Second Century Journal, 1987-93
  • President Elect, Southwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, 1987-88
  • Guest at the annual meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Apocalypse Seminar), Atlanta, Georgia, August 1986; Chicago, Illinois, 1993
  • Associate Editor (Book Review), Southwestern Journal of Theology, 1982-83


Academic Publications



  • Discovering I Corinthians (Carmel, NY:  Guideposts Associates, Inc., 1985)
  • The Favorable Year of the Lord (Schola Press, 1977)


Books Edited

  • Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (Nashville:  Broadman and Holman, 1994)
  • Perspectives on John (Macon, GA:  Mercer University Press, 1993)
  • Five New Testament volumes of The New American Commentary (vol. 23, Mark; vol. 32, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon; vol. 26, Acts; vol. 22, Matthew; and vol. 34, 1, 2 Timothy, Titus)
  • Romans: Good News for a Troubled World


Selected Articles, Chapters in Books

  • “A Biblical Model of Leadership,” a chapter in Christian Leadership Essentials: A Handbook for Managing Christian Organizations, edited by David S. Dockery (Nashville:  B&H Publishing Group,  2011)
  • “‘Center,’ ‘Horizon,’ and Rhetorical Focus in Ignatius of Antioch,” an article in Thriving in Babylon: Essays in Honor of A. J. Conyers, edited by David B. Capes and J. Daryl Charles (Eugene, OR:  Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2010)
  • “The Baylor Project:  A Response,” a chapter in The Baylor Project:  Taking Christian Higher Education to the Next Level, edited by Barry G. Hankins and Donald D. Schmeltekopf (St. Augustine’s Press, 2007)
  • “Ancient Jewish Hermeneutics,” a chapter in Biblical Hermeneutics, A Comprehensive Introduction to Interpreting Scripture (Nashville:  Broadman & Holman Press, 1996)
  • “2 Corinthians 2:14-4:6 and ‘New Covenant Hermeneutics’ – A Response to Richard Hays,” Bulletin for Biblical Research, 5, 1995.
  • “Canonical Theology of the New Testament,” in Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (Nashville:  Broadman, 1994)
  • “Apostles, Disciples,” in Holman Bible Dictionary (Nashville:  Holman Bible Publishers, 1991)
  • “Images of the Church in Paul,” in The People of God:  Essays on the Believers Church (Nashville:  Broadman, 1991)
  • “Paul and the Law: Why the Law Cannot Save” an article in Novum Testamentum (BrillJan 1991)
  • “‘Signs and Wonders”:  A Rhetorical Clue to the Pentecost Discourse,” in With Steadfast Purpose:  Essays on Acts in Honor of Henry Jackson Flanders, Jr. (Waco, TX:  Baylor University, 1990)
  • “Studies in First Corinthians: Resurrection in I Corinthians” an article in Southwestern Journal of Theology (Fall 1983)


Numerous Reviews in Professional Journals


Unpublished Works

  • Romans:  A Reader’s Commentary, manuscript completed, pursuing publication
  • “‘Predestination’ (∏POOPIZΩ) in Pauline Tradition:  A Christocentric Hope”
  • “The Baptist Center:  Its Presuppositions and Applications”


Selected Formal Papers

  • “The Summons of Freedom:  The Pope, the Apostle Paul, and Alasdair MacIntyre.”  Presented November 13, 2009 at the 10th annual fall conference of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
  • “‘Predestination’ (∏POOPIZΩ) in Pauline Tradition:  A Christocentric Hope.”  Presented March 1993 to the Southwest Region of the Institute for Biblical Research, Dallas, Texas
  • “Paul and the Law:  Another Look.”  Presented March 14, 1992 to the Pauline Epistles Section of the Southwest Commission of the Society of Biblical Literature, Dallas, Texas
  • “Intertextuality and the Interpretive Shifts in 2 Corinthians 3:1-4:6:  New Covenant Hermeneutics?”  Presented November 17, 1990 to the Pauline Epistles Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, Louisiana


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