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Brian Walsh

Adjunct Professor of Theology of Culture

B.A., University of Toronto

MPhil, Institute for Christian Studies, PhD, McGill University


Dr. Brian Walsh is a Christian Reformed Campus minister at the University of Toronto, where he pastors the Wine Before Breakfast community, and leads a staff team in campus ministry. He was Senior Member in Worldview Studies at the Institute for Christian Studies (1988-96), has taught in the Creation Care Studies Program in Belize and New Zealand, and also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College.

Dr. Walsh writes and teaches at the interface of biblical theology and contemporary culture. His work is decidedly interdisciplinary in scope ranging across the disciplines of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, social science and cultural analysis. Within the framework of a contextual biblical theology, his work has led him to address themes such as the nature of worldviews, postmodernity, empire, home and homelessness, liturgy, contemporary music. Dr. Walsh lives on a solar-powered organic farm with his wife, Sylvia Keesmaat, where he is still trying to grow a potato crop as good as his garlic.

Areas of Expertise

  • Theology of culture
  • Postmodernity
  • Biblical theology (especially Colossians and Romans)
  • Political Economy
  • Contemporary music (especially Bruce Cockburn)
  • Creative liturgy
  • Social justice
  • Home and homelessness

Select Publications and Media:

  • Romans Disarmed. Co-authored with Sylvia C. Keesmaat (forthcoming, Brazos Press).
  • Habakkuk Before Breakfast: Liturgy, Lament and Hope. Jointly authored with the Wine Before Breakfast Community (Books Before Breakfast, 2016).
  • St. John Before Breakfast. Jointly authored with the Wine Before Breakfast Comminity (Books Before Breakfast, 2014).
  • Subversive Christianity: Imaging God in a Dangerous Time, 2nd edition. (Wipf and Stock, 2014).
  • Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination. (Brazos, 2011).
  • Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement. Co-authored with Steven Bouma-Prediger. (Eerdmans, 2008).
  • Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire. Co-authored with Brian J. Walsh. (InterVarsity Press, 2004). 
  • Truth is Stranger Than it Used to Be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age. Co-authored with J. Richard Middleton. (InterVarsity Press, 1995).
  • The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian Worldview. Co-authored with J. Richard Middleton. (InterVarsity Press, 1984).
  • And numerous academic and popular articles.