Mark A. Pierson is Assistant Pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Long Beach, CA, and Adjunct Professor at Concordia University Irvine. He has an MA in Reformation Theology, and is working on his PhD in New Testament Studies. His current research focuses on issues pertaining to early Christology, the Historical Jesus, and the Atonement.
If you haven't seen this video clip yet (and even if you have), it's worth watching (again) regardless of your taste for Colbert's style of humor. In it, he trounces the typically smug fundamentalist-turned-liberal Bible scholar Bart Ehrman, who is so used to being fawned over by members of the media that Colbert's defiance leaves him at a near loss for words.