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In fall semester I taught Jesus and the Kingdom of GodandSenior Seminar for the department, and directed the Core 150course. Taking one of my department chair course releases in January allowed me to get back to my research projects that had been put on hold for a couple of years because of other responsibilities. I secured a student research assistant to help me footnote scripture references and begin the topical index for my 1,300-page McCulloch Manuscript project. I also completed a formal book proposal for submission of the McCulloch MSS to a Scottish publisher that has showed strong initial interest in the project. I'll receive final word from the publisher in May - prayer is welcome.
I was originally scheduled to be on sabbatical leave this spring, but several programmatic realities made it clear that I should defer until spring 2010. Besides teaching Core 150 and History of Christianity II, I continued the research and writing I started in January, with additional technical help on the McCulloch MSS from my student research assistant. In April I presented a paper, Facilitating Student Engagement with Archival Resources, at the Northwest Archivists Association annual conference, in Portland. I have also been planning and recruiting staff for a double section of Core 150 this coming fall to accommodate the ever-growing student population .The fall "Uber-Core 150" will serve 490 students in 40 discussion groups, and will require 23 staff/faculty personnel. (We will need to offer double sections of Core 150 every few years to keep up with the demands of a growing institution.) Prayer is welcome.My summer schedule will be fully devoted to research and writing (with the exception of five mornings of teaching for the Weyerhaeuser Lay Ministry Program), and to continued supervision of the work of my research assistant (whose salary will be supported by the 2009 Weyerhaeuser Summer Research Fellowship I recently received). I will continue writing two chapters/articles that are part of a larger project that explores the spirituality of eighteenth-century Scottish evangelicals. The first article, "Converted at Cambuslang: Experimental Religion and Enthusiasm in Scotland's Age of Reason," explores the preaching program of Rev. William McCulloch in the months leading up to the Scottish Evangelical Revival of 1742. The second article, "Of Revelation and Rationality in Enlightened Scotland: Thomas Gillespie and the Problem of Divine Immediate Impressions," focuses upon an issue that emerged from the same Scottish revival.I look forward to a glorious summer of research and writing!
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