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The highpoint of this academic year for me was participating in the Reformation and German Church Struggle study tour. Jim, Janie, and I, along with Carl Green, took a group of students to visit almost every significant Luther site, numerous sites related to the Kirchenkampf during the Nazi period, and a wide array of museums in Berlin, Munich and elsewhere. It was a glorious trip on every level; thanks to Jim’s encyclopedic knowledge of German and Western history, the tour ended up being an introduction not just to the Reformation and WWII periods, but to Western civilization in general. By the way, if you've never seen Nefertiti or the Ishtar Gate, you should resolve to save up your money and buy a ticket to Berlin sometime before you die. Trust me on this one.I continue to be so thankful for Whitworth, for the talented people with whom I work, and for our beloved students. The task of guiding students into the riches of the knowledge of the gospel, and the gift of contributing in a small way to their lives of Christian discipleship remains among the greatest blessings of my life.
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