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Dr Mike Bartholomaeus

Head of postgraduate studies  |  Academic Development and Quality Officer

About Mike

While I am passionate about theology broadly, I am especially interested in grappling with how to live lives worthy of the gospel in the midst of this present age. To this end, I find myself drawn more and more into an exploration of how doctrines and theological descriptions of our world might inform practices and patterns of faithful discipleship. Above all, I am curious as to what a life of discipleship might look like that takes seriously the gospel’s call to break with the norms and ideals of our surrounding society.

I am a previous student of Tabor, where I completed my Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology. Having acquired a fascination with the theologian Karl Barth, I continued my studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin where I delved into Barth’s doctrine of sanctification for three years. I have been involved in Pentecostal and Baptist churches and currently attend a Pentecostal church in the south of Adelaide with my wife and son.

Subjects Taught

  • Trinity and Creation
  • Christ and the Kingdom
  • Spirit and the Church
  • Interpreting the New Testament
  • Romans
  • Synoptic Exegesis (Luke)

Recent Publications

“The Service of Theology: Barth on the Relationship between Preaching and Dogmatics.” Colloquium 55, no. 1 (2023): 72-97.

“God’s Definite Command? Some Theological Thoughts on a Puzzling Theme in Barth’s Ethics.” Scottish Journal of Theology 75, no. 3 (2022): 207–220.

Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Sanctification: An Exploration of Church Dogmatics §66. Lanham: Lexington/Fortress Academic, 2021.

“Karl Barth and the Congregational Character of the Sermon.” Zeitschrift für Dialektische Theologie 35, no. 2 (2019): 148-62.

“Humility as a Hermeneutical Virtue: Karl Barth on Faith and Miracles.” Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice 26, no. 1 (2019): 24-32.

“The Place of Growth in Karl Barth’s Theology.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 21, no. 2 (2019): 157-81.

“Barth on Hell.” Reformed Theological Review 74, no. 3 (2015): 176-90.



  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Master of Theology
  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Head of Postgraduate Studies
  • Academic Development Quality Officer


  • I am an avid reader and enjoy trying to grow things to eat in my garden.
  • My favourite time of day is the early morning and I have a weakness for decadent hot chocolates.

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1300 482 267

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