Staff Spotlight: KEEGAN NOBLE
Position at UBI: Lecturer and Registrar, since July 2014
Education: Diploma in Theology (UBI, 2013), Bachelor of Theology (BTC, 2014)
Favourite courses to teach: My number one subject is probably Bibliology. My interest in the Bible began when I became a Christian in 2005. That interest grew when I started working at the Bible Centre in 2007. I was exposed to numerous translations, and customers had questions about how and why translations are different. It caused me to read up on Bible translation. I developed an interest in knowing the history of the Bible. Also, and maybe more importantly, I wanted to know why modern translations seem to leave out verses (I say ‘seem’, because I came to see that there are legitimate reasons for this). I sometimes found myself having to explain these things to friends, family and customers. So, even before I was a student at UBI, and long before I started teaching the subject, I had a personal interest it. All this makes it a pleasure for me to be teaching Bibliology at UBI.
My second favourite subject is Church History. Again, I had developed a personal interest in it before I was a student at UBI. That interest came about as a result of being exposed to different teachings/doctrines, especially those made popular through Christian television. Since modern Christians disagree on what ‘true’ Christianity is, I wanted to discover how the earliest Christians understood and lived out the gospel. So, my interest was and is in early Christianity. Being a Christian, I thought it is also important to know our heritage. How did we get from the first century to today? Many of us naturally find history boring, but Christian history shouldn’t be! We learn about many who died for the faith, inspiring us to persevere through hardships. We learn about the sacrifices people made to give us the Bible in our own languages. We learn about how orthodox doctrine developed (what is within the boundaries of Scripture, and what lies beyond the bounds). We may live in very different times and cultures, but one thing we share with Christians of the past is our faith in Jesus Christ and our hope of his return. I find it interesting to see how Christians of the past tried to live out the gospel (with their mistakes and weaknesses). We can learn from the past.
Why you appreciate UBI: I appreciate that UBI is multi-cultural and interdenominational. It’s good to associate with and interact with people who think differently to us. It helps us to sometimes rethink some things we believe to be true. It also helps us (me) to appreciate and respect the diversity within the body of Christ.