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Faculty & Staff Notes

Esther Acolatse published For Freedom or Bondage? A Critique of African Pastoral Practices (Eerdmans) as well as several articles: “God as Good-Enough Mother: The Development of Hope in Job,” in Journal of Pastoral Theology (23.2, 2014); “The Production of Knowledge in and of Africa: A Review Essay,” in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research (37.4, 2013); and “Pastoral Counseling: Third World Perspectives,” in Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, edited by David A. Leeming, Kathryn Madden, and Stanton Marlan (Springer). She presented “God, Where Are You? Pastoral Theological Responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa” at a March 24–25 conference on AIDS at Duquesne University. At the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in November, she presented “Hospitality Praxis: The Black Church and Migrant Communities” and delivered a response to Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s book Christ and Reconciliation. Earlier in 2013, she spoke on “Performing the Kingdom in a Countercultural World” at Shaw Divinity School’s Alexander/Pegues Ministers’ Conference and gave a plenary address, “Culture of Violence, War, and Sexual Assault in the Military: An Ethic of Compromise?” at a Society for Pastoral Theology study conference on violence.

Jeremy Begbie published Music, Modernity, and God: Essays in Listening (Oxford University Press) and “Natural Theology and Music,” in The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology, edited by Russell Re Manning (Oxford University Press). He delivered “Reshaping Lament: Music and the Way to Joy” as a January Series lecture at Calvin College and gave the keynote address at the Calvin Symposium on Worship. He also presented the Staley Lectures at Cedarville University and a performance-lecture at George Fox University’s College of Christian Studies.

Kate Bowler gave several invited lectures: “About My Father’s Business: The Problem of Succession in the American Prosperity Gospel,” at Southern Methodist University, Feb. 18–19; a seminar in American religion based on her book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, March 1; and “Latino Evangelical Politics,” at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, March 27–29.

Luke Bretherton gave a plenary paper at “Studying Religion Across the Disciplines,” held March 27–29 at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions, and at “Between Faith and Reason: The Social Doctrine of the Church and Its Ecumenical Value,” organized by the Centre for the Social Doctrine of the Church at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, March 10–14. He delivered the plenary address at the annual Conference on the Common Good at the North Carolina Council of Churches on Feb. 17 and presented two papers at Yale—at the Religious Ethics Colloquium at Yale Divinity School and at the Religion and Politics Colloquium of the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society—on Feb. 10. He participated in several book panel discussions: one at the Society for Christian Ethics Meeting in Seattle, Jan. 9–11, and two at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Nov. 22–25. He gave the inaugural William Rand Kenan Theological Lecture at the Kenan Center, Lockport, N.Y., Oct. 26, and on Nov. 14 spoke at a meeting organized by the Center for Responsible Lending in Washington, D.C., on the relationship between Christianity and usury.

Stephen Chapman published two articles: “Brevard Childs as a Historical Critic: Divine Concession and the Unity of the Canon,” in The Bible as Christian Scripture: The Work of Brevard S. Childs, edited by Christopher R. Seitz and Kent Harold Richards (Society of Biblical Literature), and “Perpetual War: The Case of Amalek,” in The Bible and Spirituality: Exploratory Essays in Reading Scripture Spiritually, edited by Andrew T. Lincoln, J. Gordon McConville, and Lloyd K. Pietersen (Cascade Books). Last fall he taught at Christ Church (Raleigh, N.C.) on love of God and love of neighbor in the Old Testament and led two sessions at Convocation & Pastors’ School on preaching the Old Testament texts for Advent from Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary.

Mark Chaves published “Postface: les communautes religieuses americaines,” in Croire ensemble: Analyse institutionnelle du paysage religieux en Suisse, edited by Christophe Monnot (Seismo). In December he gave the talk “What Have We Learned from the Pew Survey of American Jews?” at Beth El Synagogue in Durham, N.C.

Jeff Conklin-Miller presented “The Importance of Atonement for Evangelism and Christian Formation in Wesleyan Missional Community” at the Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Meeting held March 6–8 at Northwest Nazarene University. On Jan. 29 he led the session “Improvisation and Christian Leadership” for Duke Divinity’s Foundations of Christian Leadership program, and in October he taught a Convocation & Pastors’ School seminar, “The Intercessory Congregation: A Theology and Practice for Missional Renewal.”

James Crenshaw published Qoheleth: The Ironic Wink (University of South Carolina Press) and “Qoheleth and Scriptural Authority,” in Scriptural Authority in Early Judaism and Ancient Christianity, edited by Geza G. Xeravits, Tobias Nicklas, and Isaac Kalimi (Walter de Gruyter). He also edited Jeremiah and God’s Plan of Well-Being, Barbara Green’s volume in the Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament series he leads for the University of South Carolina Press. He taught the course “Ancient Prophecy: Bridging Two Worlds” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Vanderbilt University and several Sunday school classes at Trinity Presbyterian Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church, both in Nashville, Tenn.

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