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Faculty & Staff Notes

Jeremy Begbie published “The Future of Theology amid the Arts: Some Reformed Reflections,” in Christ across the Disciplines: Past, Present, Future, edited by Roger Lundin (Eerdmans). Extracts from his book Theology, Music and Time (Cambridge University Press) were included in the recently published Modern Theologians Reader, edited by David Ford, Mike Higton, and Simeon Zahl (Wiley-Blackwell). In the spring he delivered a Howie Lecture titled “Music and the Shape of Hope” at Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond, Va.), taught a class on “What’s So Spiritual about Music?” at the Duke Forward event in New York City, and participated in a panel discussion on art and faith at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. During the summer he was an invited speaker at a number of events in Europe, including a day conference on convergent worship at St Peter’s Notting Hill (London), a weekend on the arts at St George’s (Berlin), and the third annual conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group, on the theme “Embodiment and the Physical,” at King’s College London.

Kate Bowler published Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford University Press).

Luke Bretherton received the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for his book Christianity and Contemporary Politics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams awarded the theological writing prize May 28.

Stephen Chapman published “Martial Memory, Peaceable Vision: Divine War in the Old Testament,” in Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem, edited by Heath A. Thomas, Jeremy Evans, and Paul Copan (IVP Academic). For a May conference at the University of Goettingen (Germany), he presented “Joshua 8:2, Covenant and Divine Concession,” and in June he taught and preached on the Old Testament and violence at Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. During July he spoke on “The Old Testament and the Church after Christendom” at the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (St Andrews, Scotland) and the annual gathering of the Younger Baptist Scholars in the Academy (Georgetown College, Kentucky).

Mark Chaves delivered two invited lectures in April: “Continuity and Change in American Religion,” as part of the Encore Program for Lifelong Enrichment at North Carolina State University, and “The Triangle Clergy Compensation Study: Preliminary Results and Interpretations,” at a meeting convened in Indianapolis, Ind., to discuss the Lilly Endowment initiative Economic Challenges Facing Indiana Pastors.

Maria Doerfler received the Journal of Ecclesiastical History’s 2013 Eusebius Prize for her article “Entertaining the Trinity Unawares: Genesis 18 and the Trinitarian Imagination in Late Antiquity” (forthcoming). She was also named a Summer Fellow for Byzantine Studies at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, where she was in residence for June and July.

Craig Dykstra gave a plenary address on “Communities of Vocation and Practice” at the biennial conference of the Network on Vocation in Undergraduate Education held March 14–16 in Indianapolis, Ind. At its May commencement, Wabash College (Crawfordsville, Ind.) awarded Dykstra an honorary doctorate for his contributions to the college during his tenure at Lilly Endowment.

Curtis W. Freeman gave the paper “The Early English Baptists and the Radical Puritan Underground” at the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wis., last November. At a National Association of Baptist Professors meeting in Chicago, Ill., he convened a symposium on the theology of James Wm. McClendon Jr., whose recently republished Systematic Theology (Baylor University Press) includes a critical introduction written by Freeman. In early April he gave an invited lecture, “Mediating Ministry: Ethical and Pastoral Identifiers for Ecclesial Transformation,” at an international symposium celebrating the installation of Professor Henk Bakker to the Chair of Baptist Identity, Theology, and History at Free University in Amsterdam. While in Holland, he also led a seminar at the Baptist Seminary in Barneveld. In June he gave the plenary address “Robinson Crusoe: Teaching Theology and Handing on the Faith” to the College Theological Society at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. American Baptist Quarterly named Freeman its co-editor, and the Baptist World Alliance asked him to serve as chair of the Baptist delegation for the international Baptist-Methodist dialogue.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson published several articles and anthology contributions: “Ethnography: A Gift to Theology and Ethics” and “A Conversation about Ethnography and Poetics in Theological Method,” with Susan Dunlap and Marcia Mount-Shoop, in Practical Matters no. 6 (2013); “Ecclesiology, Exclusion, and Sacraments,” in Ecclesiology and Exclusion: Boundaries of Being and Belonging in Postmodern Times, edited by Dennis Doyle, Timothy Furry, and Pascal Bazzell (Orbis); “Redemptive Disruptions and the Potential Power of Ecclesial Domestic Difference,” in The Household of God and Local Households: Revisiting the Domestic Church, edited by Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi, Gerard Mannion, and Peter De Mey (Peeters); and “Transforming Memory: Re-membering Eucharist,” with Marcia Mount-Shoop, in Theology Today (70.2, 2013).