Rev. Dr. D. Brent Laytham

Professor of Theology

Dean, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute

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Curriculum vitae

Dr. Brent Laytham
has been at St. Mary’s since 2012, when he was appointed as Professor in the School of Theology and Dean of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute. Dr. Laytham came to Baltimore from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, where he taught systematic and moral theology for eleven years. An ordained United Methodist, Dr. Laytham was a pastor for eight years in North Carolina. There he became active in ecumenical endeavors, including more than a decade as Coordinator of the Ekklesia Project, many years on the board of The Liturgical Conference, and service on accreditation teams of the Association of Theological Schools.

Dr. Laytham received his Ph.D. from Duke University. His scholarship makes connections between Scripture, liturgy, theology, and culture. The author of IPod, YouTube, Wii Play: Theological Engagements with Entertainment, he is currently writing a theological commentary on 2 Corinthians for the Brazos Theological Commentary series.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Early and Medieval Christianity
  • Basic Effective Preaching
  • Virtue and Digital Discipleship
  • Digital Technologies and Theological Anthropology

Service to the Church

  • Guest preaching and adult education, various Baltimore area congregations
  • Board Member, The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies
  • United Methodist pastor, North Carolina Annual Conference, 1991-98
  • Coordinator, The Ekklesia Project, 2004-15
  • Board Member, The Liturgical Conference (2009-2015)
  • North Carolina Conference Commission on Christian Unity & Inter-Religious Dialogue (1995-1999)

Selected Publications

  • I Pod, YouTube, Wii Play: Theological Engagements with Entertainment, (Cascade, 2012)
  • God Does Not (editor; Brazos, 2009)
  • God Is Not (editor; Brazos, 2004)
  • “‘But If … by the Spirit of God’: Reading Matthew’s Lord’s Prayer as Spirit Christology,” Journal of Theological Interpretation 1 (2018): 24-38
  • “Scripture and Christian Ethics: Embodying Pentecost,” in Michael J. Gorman, ed., Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible (Baker, 2017)
  • “Liturgy and Entertainment,” Liturgy3 (2013): 1-6
  • “We Won! Figuring Jabbok as Liturgy,” Liturgy2 (2013): 31-38
  • “Narrative Ethics – Contemporary,” in Joel Green, Jacqueline Lapsley, Rebekah Miles, and Allen Verhey, eds., Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic, 2011)
  • “Risking Grace: The Wesleyan Gamble on Scripture,” in Joel Green and David Watson, eds., The Word Written on Our Hearts: Wesley and Wesleyans on Scripture (Baylor University Press, 2012), 179-93
  • “Can Worship Be Ethics, or Will Only Liturgy Do?” Doxology 27 (2010): 56-76
  • “Let Us Pray: Classroom Worship in Theological Education,” Teaching Theology and Religion2 (April, 2010): 110-24
  • “You Can Do It: The Fantasy of Self-Creation and Redemption in Pleasantville,” Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture 5.1 (Winter 2009): 33-51
  • “The Membership Includes the Dead: Wendell Berry’s Membership as Communio Sanctorum,” in Joel Shuman and Roger Owens, eds., Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven’s Earthly Life, (University of Kentucky Press, 2009), 173-89
  • “Stephen’s Storied Witness to Jesus,” in L. Ed Phillips, ed., The Courage to Bear Witness (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2009)
  • “‘So As Not to Be Estranged’: Creation Spirituality and Wendell Berry,” The Covenant Quarterly1 (February, 2008): 38-47
  • “Interpretation on the Way to Emmaus: Jesus Performs His Story,” Journal of Theological Interpretation1 (2007): 101-15
  • “Worshiping the Decalogue’s God,” Liturgy1 (2005): 61-66

Online Presence

Recommended Reading

  • David Cloutier, Walking God’s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith
  • Anything by Wendell Berry
  • Robert Louis Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought
  • Gilles Emery, O.P., The Trinity
  • Alasdair MacIntyre, Dependent Rational Animals: Why Humans Need the Virtues

A Favorite Quotation

Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live by the laws of justice and mercy. — Wendell Berry