Dr. Tomlin joined B.H. Carroll in November 2019 as a Carroll Fellow and Associate Professor of Christian Heritage. He oversees Carroll’s program in China, the Faith & Heritage Cluster, and the diploma program.
Tomlin has most recently served as Associate Professor and Faculty Instructional Mentor with the Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University. He has a background in higher education marketing and helped establish the University of North Texas at Dallas.
His areas of interest are religion in the colonies, American church history, the Reformation, the churches and war, and Christianity and politics. Tomlin has published more than 100 opinion editorials on religion and current affairs in denominational publications and newspapers across the country. He has also written more than 1,000 news articles on current affairs in the areas of religion.
Among the most humbling and formative events in my life was standing before an interfaith gathering of seminary students in 2000 to deliver a Christian perspective on theodicy—a word which, in theological circles, references the problem of human suffering. First used by the German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in 1710, the term is actually the […]
Part of my punishment for wrongdoing as a child was the walk to the willow tree on our fence line. I often thought of shuffling past it to find cover in the horse pasture. I never did. I chose my switches like an adult buys a car. They needed the right features—no knots, good flexibility, […]
The accusations of pagan religionists, who blamed Christians for the fall of Rome in AD 410, forced St. Augustine into an acute theological reflection on the relationship between the church and government. Ideas born from his nearly two decades of investigation became the bedrock of the Christian view of the church and polis, the political […]
No one knows where the phrase, “The best of men are but men at best,” originated. It was first recorded in 1680 in reference to the character of General John Lambert, who had helped Oliver Cromwell overturn Charles I and the royalists during the English Civil War. It has been used many times since of […]
IRVING, Texas (April 22, 2020)—The Baptist History & Heritage Society has honored B. H. Carroll Fellow Dr. Karen Bullock with a Festschrift for her contributions to research and teaching in the field of Baptist studies and her service to Baptist causes globally. A Festschrift, literally a “celebration writing” in German, has been a tradition in […]
As Christians, we make much of eternal life—rightly so. By his death on the cross, Christ has atoned for our sins. By his resurrection, he has conquered death. We now approach this world, with its trials and tribulations, with the knowledge sin is no longer our master. We will one day, because of God’s graciousness, […]
The parking lot of our local Sam’s Club—cars darting in and out—looked like the inner workings of the ant colony my class had in the third grade. The inside of the store looked more like the ant colony after Billy knocked it off the book case. One second of freefall and a thousand ants instantly […]