About A.J.

A.J. Swoboda (Ph.D., Birmingham) is an associate professor of Bible and Theology at Bushnell University and lead mentor for the Doctor of Ministry Program on Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Friends University. He is the author of many books, including The Gift of Thorns (Zondervan), After Doubt (Brazos), and the award-winning Subversive Sabbath (Brazos). He hosts the “Slow Theology” podcast (w/ Dr. Nijay Gupta) and writes the widely read “Low-Level Theologian” Substack. A.J. lives and works on an urban farm with his wife and son in Eugene, Oregon.

My life has become a writing life.

Increasingly, my life has become a writing life. While I never would have believed it would have been so, writing has become the lifeblood of my thought. As one famous writer said, “I don’t know what I think until I write it.” I write because it gives flesh to thought.

“Theology that is not in service of the church is our highest form of idolatry.”

–Karl Barth

Currently Exploring


Spiritual formation

Creation & creation care

The place of doubt and deconstruction in the life of faith

Sabbath & rest

The church’s engagement with culture