A native of Middle Tennessee, I received a B.A. in History and Greek from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 2001. I earned a master’s degree in Classics from the University of Georgia in 2007. I am also a graduate of the Master of Divinity program in the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
I am employed as an editor for the R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, the publishing arm of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America; we publish Sunday school curriculum and sundry devotional-type books. My primary responsibilities include the editing (and sometimes writing) of adult curriculum and of our annual lesson commentary, as well as the creation of supplemental scholarly content for both the curriculum and the commentary. Prior to returning to Nashville in 2006, I worked for two years as a Latin teacher in suburban Atlanta.
I am married. On 29 February 2008, my wife, Hannah, and I welcomed into our home twin daughters, Ruby and Lila. Between work, church, caring for our girls and studying, a few of my hobbies include: hiking, weightlifting, and a lot of reading. My intellectual interests, apart from the academic disciplines I am formally pursuing, include: agrarian/distributist/paleoconservative thought, the history of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, the history of Tennessee and the South (revolving around issues of culture and identity), and urban planning and design (especially as it impacts my own East Nashville neighborhood).
My academic and research interests over the past few years have centered on historical theology and New Testament studies. In the former area, my particular interests lie in patristic theology and biblical exegesis and in the history and theology of the 19th century Stone-Campbell Movement. In the latter area, I am focused on the study of Paul and his letters, apocalyptic literature, and, more generally, the New Testament writers’ use of the Old Testament. These seemingly disparate areas of interest grow out of (for me, at any rate) the particular theological inheritance bequeathed to me by my upbringing in the Churches of Christ, the communion in which I worship and live out the life in Christ.
You can reach me via e-mail at the following places: ccotten [at] hotmail [dot] com or anastasisblog [at] gmail [dot] com. I also maintain an occasionally updated Twitter account.