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.
Susan Eastman published “Ashes on the Frontal Lobe: Cognitive Dissonance and Cruciform Cognition in 2 Corinthians,” in The Unrelenting God: God’s Action in Scripture; Essays in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa, edited by David J. Downs and Matthew L. Skinner (Eerdmans); “The Empire of Illusion: Sin, Evil, and Good News in Romans,” in Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F. M. Zahl, edited by John D. Koch Jr. and Todd H. W. Brewer (Wipf & Stock); “Double Participation and the Responsible Self in Romans 5–8,” in Apocalyptic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5–8, edited by Beverly Roberts Gaventa (Baylor University Press); and “The Shadow Side of Second-Person Engagement: Sin in Paul’s Letter to the Romans,” in the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion (5.4, 2013). She presented “One Church Apostolic and Apocalyptic?” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Nov. 24; “Personal Participation and the Holy Spirit,” Princeton Theological Seminary, April 25–26; and “Forgiveness and Redemption,” Building Bridges Seminar for Muslim-Christian Dialogue, Berkley Center at Georgetown University, April 27–30. She also attended the Wabash Center’s Graduate Program Teaching Initiative Summative Conference held March 23–25 in Indianapolis.
Fred Edie served as guest editor and wrote “Liturgy and Faith Formation: Reimagining a Partnership for the Sake of Youth” for the “Liturgy and Adolescents” special issue of Liturgy (29.1, 2014).
Matthew Floding published, with Barbara Blodgett, “Theological Reflection and Field Education,” in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry (vol. 34, 2014), which was selected “Best Practices” article by the Association for Theological Field Education’s Research and Publication Committee. On Oct. 29 he delivered the lecture “Reflecting as Whole Persons” at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College to graduate students in the schools of divinity, nursing, and education.
Mary McClintock Fulkerson co-edited, with Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and Rosemary R. Carbine, Theological Interpretation for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Public Intellectuals for the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan), which includes her essay “Redeeming Equality: Life, Liberty, and Alternatives to Obliviousness.” She presented two papers: “Eucharistic Public Theology and the Problem of White Colorblindness,” at the Association of Practical Theology Biennial Conference in March, and “Receiving from the Other: Theology and Grass-Roots Organizing”—published in Yours the Power: Faith-Based Organizing in the USA, edited by Katie Day, Esther McIntosh, and William Storrar (Brill)—at last fall’s American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. On March 21 she delivered the lecture “Reformation and Bodily Proprieties: Disrupting Rituals for Hospitality” at the inaugural Clarence N. and Betty B. Frierson Distinguished Scholars’ Conference at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and in January she spoke on “The Traditional Family and Its Values: Biblical and Theological Lenses” at the national meeting of the PC(USA)’s Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns.
Paul Griffiths published “Defending Life by Embracing Death,” in Christian Reflection (“Death” issue, 2013), and several book reviews: The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Forms-of-Life, by Giorgio Agamben, in Commonweal (Jan. 10); Forgiveness and Love, by Glen Pettigrove, in Philosophy (88.4, 2013); Aquinas and Radical Orthodoxy, by Paul J. DeHart, in Reviews in Religion & Theology (20.4, 2013); and Once Out of Nature: Augustine on Time and the Body, by Andrea Nightingale, in Augustinian Studies (44.1, 2013). In November he twice presented “Kierkegaard on Autonomy and Obedience,” at Franciscan University of Steubenville and as the keynote address for a Kierkegaard symposium sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University. Other recent lectures and presentation include “Revolution or Gratitude? Models of and for Catholic Intellectual Life in the Pagan University,” at the Institute on Advanced Catholic Studies in Dayton, Ohio; “Beatitude: What Heaven Is Like,” at the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology in Baltimore, Md.; and “Locating John Henry Newman as Epistemological Theologian,” at the Academy of Catholic Theology Annual Conference. He also was a respondent to a panel on conversion in the thought of Thomas Aquinas at the annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
Jennie Grillo published “The Eastern King in the Hebrew Bible: Novelistic Motifs in Early Jewish Literature,” in The Romance between Greece and the East, edited by Tim Whitmarsh and Stuart Thomson (Cambridge University Press). She won a 2014 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise for her book, The Story of Israel in the Book of Qohelet: Ecclesiastes as Cultural Memory (Oxford University Press), and was selected as the 2014–15 George A. Barton Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.
Richard Hays published the essay “Lost in Translation: A Reflection on Romans in the Common English Bible,” in The Unrelenting God: God’s Action in Scripture; Essays in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa, edited by David J. Downs and Matthew L. Skinner (Eerdmans, 2013). He is giving the Hulsean Lectures, a distinguished lecture series in Christian theology at the University of Cambridge, throughout the 2013–14 academic year. It consists of six lectures delivered in three installments in November, February, and April. The title is “Reading Backwards: Israel’s Scripture through the Eyes of the Evangelists.” He gave the Collins Lectures at Houston Baptist University April 3–4; delivered the lecture “Making All Things New: The New Testament Vision for Restorative Justice” at the Christian Study Center at the University of Florida on Jan. 30; presented the keynote address “Preaching Backwards: Israel’s Scripture through the Eyes of the Gospel Writers” at Stetson University’s Winter Pastor’s School in DeLand, Fla., Jan. 28–30; and preached in chapel at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., Oct. 24, 2013.
L. Gregory Jones published “Something Old, Something New: Innovation in Theological Education,” in The Christian Century (Feb. 19). He delivered several lectures: “Discerning Hope: Charting New Relationships in a Time of Disruptive Innovation,” at the NetVUE Chaplaincy Conference in Indianapolis in March; “Learning Leadership: Daunting Challenges, Creative Opportunities,” the 100th-anniversary Mendenhall Lecture at DePauw University, in November; “Spinning Sorrow: The Uses and Abuses of Forgiveness in the Public Sphere,” at the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Faith Angle Forum in November; and the plenary talk “The Digitally-Shaped One-Room Schoolhouse: Rediscovering Virtuous Teaching,” at a Kuyers Institute conference at Calvin College in October. In April he gave the Owen Lenten Lectures, sponsored by the Foundation at Lovers Lane UMC in Dallas, Texas, on the theme “What Wondrous Love Is This? The Transforming Power of Forgiveness.”
Susan Pendleton Jones co-authored “Mainline Protestants and Disruptive Innovation” with Bishop Ken Carter and L. Gregory Jones for Faith & Leadership (Jan. 28). In October she co-preached a series of four sermons with L. Gregory Jones on “Discovering God in Surprising Places,” at Covenant Village Retirement Community in Denver, Colo., and in December the two co-led a retreat in Boca Grande, Fla., for the Florida Conference Cabinet of the United Methodist Church.
Warren Kinghorn presented numerous papers and lectures: “Ethics as Therapy: From Respect for Autonomy to Cultivation of Agency in Ethics Consultation,” at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting in Atlanta in October; “‘Hope That Is Seen Is No Hope at All’: Theological Constructions of Hope in Psychotherapy,” at the Psychotherapy and Faith Conference of the Institute for Spirituality and Health in Houston, Texas, in November; “Presence of Mind: Thomistic Prudence and the Contemporary Neuroscience of Emotion,” at the Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting in Seattle in January; “Mental Illness, the Church, and the Christian Story,” at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte, N.C., in February; “The Political Science of Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Moral Defense of the DSM,” at the University of Virginia Medical Center in February; and “Remembering the Future: Empowering Persons with Mental Illness by Engaging the Resources of Faith Traditions,” at the Faith Connections on Mental Illness annual conference in Chapel Hill, N.C., in March. With Abraham Nussbaum D’05, he co-organized the conference “Walking Together: Christian Communities and Faithful Responses to Mental Illness,” held Feb. 6–8 in Houston, Texas.
Richard Lischer wrote the foreword to David Keck’s Healthy Churches, Faithful Pastors (Alban Institute) and published two review essays in The Christian Century, “Legends of the Game” (July 17, 2013) and “Another Grief Observed” (Feb. 17, 2014). He lectured on religious autobiography and memoir at the conference of Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology in Pittsburgh, Pa.; spoke on Martin Luther King Jr. at the Jewish Federation of Durham and Chapel Hill in January; and gave the Lenten lecture at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, N.C. He preached at the Memorial Church of Harvard University in January and at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Ash Wednesday. He also led a daylong Lenten retreat at the United Church of Chapel Hill (N.C.).
Randy L. Maddox published “Joseph Benson’s Initial Letter to John Wesley Concerning Spirit Baptism and Christian Perfection,” in the Wesleyan Theological Journal (48.1, 2013), and an article on John Wesley’s interest in holistic health, in A Living Tradition: Critical Recovery and Reconstruction of Wesleyan Heritage, edited by Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore (Kingswood Books). In September he received the award for best book in Methodist Studies for 2012 from the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church for volume 12 of the Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley. Volume 13 in the series, for which he is general editor, appeared the following month.
David Marshall edited, with Lucinda Mosher, Prayer: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (Georgetown University Press) and published “Roman Catholic Approaches to the Qur’an since Vatican II,” in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (25.1, 2014). He delivered an address, “Building Bridges: Bringing Muslim and Christian Scholars Together for Theological Dialogue,” at the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies in Cary, N.C., in January. He spoke on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations at Trinity-by-the Cove Episcopal Church, Naples, Fla., in November and presented a series on the same topic in January and February at Chapel of the Cross and Church of the Holy Family, both in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Luke Powery presented the paper “In Our Own Native Tongue: Toward a Pentecostalization of Homiletical Theology” and responded to Michael Pasquarello’s “Dietrich Bonhoeffer: On Becoming a Homiletic Theologian” at the Dec. 7 Consultation on Homiletical Theology at the Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting. He delivered several keynote addresses and lectures: William L. Self Preaching Lectures, McAfee School of Theology, March 10–11; “Dreamer King,” Durham City-County MLK Celebration Program for Employees, First Presbyterian Church, Durham, N.C., Jan. 15; “Finding Hope in the Valley of Heartache,” Beatrice Cobb Preaching Mission, First United Methodist Church, Morganton, N.C., Oct. 13–14; “Deep River: The Spiritual Melody of Preaching,” C. Eric Lincoln Lecture, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 10; and “The Spiritual Mode of Preaching,” Steelman Lecture, Wake Forest Divinity School, Sept. 23. He participated in two public conversations: “The Fisk Jubilee Singers and the History of Afro-Atlantic Music,” Scholars and Publics panel, Duke University, Oct. 17, and “Our New Day Begun: The Faith of Duke’s First Black Voices,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first black undergraduates at Duke, Duke University Chapel, Oct. 4. He preached March 16 at the Memorial Church of Harvard University and Nov. 17 for Men’s Day at Concord Church of Christ, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Chris Rice published chapters in two books released last fall: “Communities of Resurrection and the Transformation of Bodies,” in Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John Perkins, edited by Peter Slade, Charles Marsh, and Peter Goodwin Heltzel (University Press of Mississippi), and “Cape Town 2010: Mission and Discipleship,” in Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation, edited by Robert Schreiter and Knud Jorgensen (Regnum International). In April he facilitated the Christian Forum for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia, a five-day institute in South Korea involving 50 Christian scholars, practitioners, and church leaders from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
Beth Sheppard co-authored, with Portia Kapraun, “Interns and Volunteers: Finding and Deploying Free Labor,” in Time Organization for Librarians: Beating Budget and Staff Cuts, edited by Lisa Fraser, Jason Kuhl, and Carol Smallwood (Scarecrow Press). She also published an invited op-ed, “Primary-Level Education and the Making of Biblical Interpreters,” on The Bible and Interpretation website in January.
Eboni Marshall Turman published Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon (Palgrave Macmillan) and “Black and Blue: Uncovering the Ecclesial Cover-Up of Black Women’s Bodies through a Womanist Reimagining of the Doctrine of the Incarnation,” in Reimagining with Christian Doctrines: Responding to Global Gender Injustices, edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jenny Daggers (Palgrave Macmillan). She delivered several conference papers: “Black and Blue” and “Teaching Anti-Sexism in the Black Church: Marshaling Womanist Resistance,” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in November, and “Cultural Codings in Black Religious Thought,” at the Society for the Study of Black Religion Annual Meeting in April. She delivered the Martin Luther King Sermon, “Know Justice. Know Peace,” at High Point University on Jan. 19 and lectured Jan. 30 on “Womanist Theology and the Christian Church” for Duke University Women’s Center.
Ross Wagner published Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics (Mohr Siebeck; Baylor University Press) and “Is God the Father of Jews Only, or Also of Gentiles? The Peculiar Shape of Paul’s ‘Universalism,’” in The Divine Father: Religious and Philosophical Concepts of Divine Parenthood in Antiquity, edited by Felix Albrecht and Reinhard Feldmeier (Brill). He responded to reviews of his book at a Nov. 24 meeting of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies in Baltimore, Md., and was a keynote speaker at “Paul and Judaism,” the Houston Baptist University Theology Conference, held March 19–20.
Laceye Warner published “American Methodist Women: Roles and Contributions,” in The Cambridge Companion to American Methodism, edited by Jason E. Vickers (Cambridge University Press). She presented on “Spreading Scriptural Holiness: Theology and Practices of Early Methodism for the Contemporary Church” for the Virginia Society for Wesleyan Studies, in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 7; gave the lecture “Living Church: Gospel Inspired Renewal” at Convocation & Pastors’ School on Oct. 15; and participated in “Witnessing Church: Methodism and Mission,” a conversation with Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and extended cabinet, at the North Carolina Annual Conference on Oct. 24. In November she co-taught “Our Mission from God: Evangelism” for Weekend Course of Study.
Norman Wirzba delivered three lectures on food, eating, and the life of faith at the Kalos Foundation in Tyler, Texas, in October. On March 20 he presented “The Grace of Good Food and the Spirituality of Eating” at Michigan State University, and on March 31 he spoke on food and faith at Virginia Theological Seminary. His essay “Food for Theologians” appeared in the October issue of Interpretation, and “Dramas of Love and Dirt: Soil and the Salvation of the World” appeared in the Lent issue of The Cresset. He was awarded a Luce Fellowship by the Association of Theological Schools and a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers by the Louisville Institute in Louisville, Ky. These grants will enable him to work on two book projects on “The Human Place in the Created World.”