About Me

Dr. Justin Bailey

Dr. Justin Bailey
Assistant Professor of Theology

Phone: (712) 722-6058
Email: Justin.Bailey@dordt.edu


  • Ph.D. Fuller Seminary
  • Th.M. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.A. Moody Bible Institute


I work at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, my work as a professor explores the ways that culture shapes the practice of Christian faith, as well as the ways that the Christian imagination shapes believers to participate in culture. My research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, exploring the formational spaces where they overlap. As a theology professor at Dordt, I resonate deeply with Dordt’s task and calling to provide an academically rigorous and culturally engaged education, shaped deeply by the Reformed theological vision.


Cultural hermeneutics, Imaginative apologetics, Protestant aesthetics, Spiritual Formation, Technology and Media, Faith and Doubt


  • Reimagining Apologetics. Downers Grove: IVP Academic [under contract; forthcoming]
  •  “The Impact of Social Media” in Hak Joon Lee and Timothy A. Dearborn, eds. Doing Justice: Diverse Responses to Divisive Issues. Downers Grove: IVP Academic [under contract; forthcoming].
  • “Welcome to the Blogosphere,” in Everyday Theology. Eds. Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles Anderson and Michael Sleasman. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.
  • “The Theodramatic Imagination.” International Journal of Public Theology: 12 (2018), 455–470
  • “The Body in Cyberspace: Lanier, Merleau-Ponty, and the Norms of Embodiment.” Christian Scholars Review 45, no. 3 (2016): 211-228. ***Awarded the Charles J. Miller award for most outstanding article in volume 45***
  • “In Search of Stronger Spells.” Inheritance Magazine, Volume 53. Los Angeles, CA, 2017.


  • Kingdom, Identity, and Calling
  • Biblical Foundations
  • Biblical Study Methods
  • New Testament Letters
  • Teaching the Bible
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • Theology and Popular Culture
  • Leadership for Discipleship and Formation
  • Aesthetics: Beauty, Desire, and Imagination