Philip Ruge-Jones


Department of Theology, Philosophy, Classical Lang



Philip Ruge-Jones
Langner Hall

Phone: 830-372-6067



Ph.D., Systematics, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1996-1999

Th.M., Systematics, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1994-1996

M.Div., Theology, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, 1985-1990

B.A., Theater/Religion, Lawrence University, 1981-1985

Community Involvement

Founding board member and future chair of the San Marcos Artistic Retention and Training (SMART) Orchestra


& Performances

“The Beginning of the Good News: A live performance of Mark’s Gospel” DVD Select Multi-media Resources (2009)


Co-editor of The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media: Story and Performance Cascade (2008)

Cross in Tensions: Luther’s Theology of the Cross as Theologico-Social Critique Cascade’s Princeton Theological Monograph Series (2008)

The Word of the Cross in a World of Glory Augsburg Fortress (2008)


“Those Sitting Around Jesus” in From Text to Performance Cascade (Forthcoming, 2014)

“Mentored into Steadfast Love” The Living Pulpit (Fall 2013)

“Oral Traditions” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (Forthcoming, October 2013)

“Renovating Power: Embodying Jesus’ New Way” in Currents in Theology & Mission (Dec 2011)

“Performance Criticism as Critical Pedagogy” in Currents in Theology & Mission (August 2010)

“Omnipresent, not Omniscient: How Literary Interpretation Confuses the Storyteller’s Narrating” in Between Author and Audience in Mark Sheffield Phoenix Press (2009)

“Testifying to the Scandal: The Work of Vítor Westhelle” in Dialog (Winter 2008)

“The Word Heard: How Hearing a Text Differs from Reading One” in The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media Cascade (2008)

“Hearing the Word” in Lutheran Partners Online (September/October 2008)

Published curricula for church use:

“Servant Songs” in You Shall have a Song (Augsburg 2012)

God’s Creative Word (John), Participant & Leader Guide (Augsburg 2011)

The New Testament Community, Participant & Leader Guide (Augsburg 2008)

“Holy Lent, Holy Land, Holy People” Exegesis of the Sermon on the Mount in a Lent Series for Peace, Not Walls task force (2008)


“Taking Luke’s Gospel to Heart” University of St. Andrews, Scotland, on-line Ecclesia & Ethics (2013)

“The Beginning of the Beginning” Chicago Society of Biblical Research (2011)

Panel Response to Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect Society of Biblical Literature (2011)

“God’s Story, My Story, Our Story” Three lectures SW Texas Synod (2009)

“Taking the Text to Heart: Luke and Character Ethics” NBS Seminar (2008)


“The Bible from Beginning to End” day-long workshop before The ELCA Youth Extravaganza in St. Louis, Mo. (January 2014)

“The Gospel of Matthew and Jesus’ Third Way” workshop at The Network of Biblical Storytellers in Asheville, N.C. (August 2013)