Pastor Dr Deborah Storie

PhD (Biblical Studies), MSc, GradDip(Theol), GradCert(Theol)

Lecturer in New Testament

“Matthew 20:1–15: The ‘Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard’ or ‘of a Manager-Disciple?” In Encountering the Parables in Contexts Old and New. Edited by Thomas E Goud and Robert Cousland: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2022 (forthcoming).

“At Jacob’s Well: Regrounding the Samaritan Woman.” In Grounded: In the Body, in Time and Place, in Scripture. Edited by Jill Firth and Denise Cooper-Clarke. Eugene: Wipf&Stock, 2021.

“We Long for Peace, but Not Any Peace.” an Australian Perspective on Afghanistan.” In Cloud Climbers: Declarations through Images and Words for a Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace. Edited by Anne Elvey. Armadale, Victoria: Palaver, 2021.

“Mission and Violent Conflict: Seeking Shalom.” In Mission and Context. Edited by Jione Havea. London/NY: Lexington/Fortress, 2020.

“Preserving Home.” In Reimagining Home. Edited by Darrell Jackson, Darren Cronshaw, and Rosemary Dewerse. Sydney: Morling, 2019.

with MARK Brett. “The Church in the Economy of God.” In Recent Developments in Economics and Religion. Edited by Paul Oslington, Paul Williams, and Mary

Review of “John S Kloppenborg, the Tenants in the Vineyard: Ideology, Economics and Agrarian Conflict in Jewish Palestine.” Australian Biblical Review (2010).

Storie, Deborah. “Kenneth E. Bailey, Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels.” Pacifica 22, no. 1 (2009): 96-109.

Storie, Deborah. “Disasters and Development: Towards a More Balanced Response.” Res Publica 14/1 (2005): 20-27.

Storie, Deborah. “Reading between Places: Participatory Interpretive Praxis.” Pacifica 18 (2005): 281-301.

Storie, Deborah. “A World View.” Australian Veterinary Journal 78/3 (2000): 205-06.

  • Social, political, economic and ecological consequences of biblical interpretation.
  • Reading and interpretive approaches that that motivate and generate discipleship responses to biblical texts and equip readers to imagine and live towards a better world.
  • Biblical interpretation in the light of contemporary (global and local) ecological, financial and socio-political crises.
  • The Bible and economics.
  • The Bible and ecology.
  • The Bible, peace studies and international relations.
  • Intercultural hermeneutics.
  • Narrative, performance and visual exegesis.
  • Oral tradition and social memory.
  • Connections between Old and New Testament traditions.
  • Gospels and Acts.

Hearing and Interpreting the New Testament

The Gospel of Luke

Deborah is passionate about how we read the Bible as Jesus’ disciples. Originally a veterinary surgeon, Deborah worked in international development for several decades, participating in projects, serving in leadership roles, and facilitating evaluations and reviews. She began to read the Bible differently while living and working in a conflict-affected region of Central Asia where her neighbours prayed for—but rarely experienced—daily bread, freedom from debt, and political safety. Read in that context, the Bible engaged her in new and confronting ways—and that changed everything else!

Deborah is Lecturer of New Testament at Stirling College and Research Associate with the University of Divinity. She has taught Biblical Studies and Aid and Development at other colleges and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Fellowship for Biblical Studies, and Christians for Biblical Equality. Her research explores discipleship-reading approaches that equip and inspire us to participate with God in transforming the world God loves.

Now Senior Pastor at East Doncaster Baptist Church, Deborah enjoys frequent invitations to speak and write. Recent resources include: Creation: Respecting limits, preserving life; a Tearfund Jubilee video: Daily Bible: Esther; Five Barley Loaves, Two Small Fish, and a Great Deal of Grass.