Michael teaches constructive, historical, and contextual theologies, especially salvation, redemption, and liberation; hope, history, and their relation to salvation and social justice; and the relation of theology and the natural sciences.
Michael’s current research interests include the theological history of The United Church of Canada, and the relationship between religious meaning and history and science. In 1998, Michael received The United Church’s McGeachy Senior Scholarship for research on the church’s sixth moderator, Richard Roberts, and in 2009 he received the United Church’s Davidson Trust Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship.
“The Work and Well–Being of Women in American Social Christianity: The Case of Henry Codman Potter (1835–1908),” Union Seminary Quarterly Review Vol. 53 (1999), pp. 125-151.
“Answering Darwin's Challenge: Evolution and Evangelicalism in the Theology of Richard Roberts,” Historical Papers 2000, The Canadian Society of Church History, pp. 5-22.
“Prophet of Reconciliation: Richard Roberts (1874–1945),” Touchstone Vol. 19 (January 2001), pp. 51-59.
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