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2009 Newsletter

A Message from Department Chair Keith Beebe
May 2009
The Whitworth University Theology Department is grateful to God for His goodness to us, and for the blessing of serving in this corner of His vineyard. It is wonderful to work with such terrific students and colleagues, and to behold the work of God in their lives. I am glad to be able to share some of the highlights of our year with you. more...


Howard Redmond, (1957-1990) professor emeritus of theology
When I taught in the theology department at Whitworth, teaching the Bible was my principal concern (remember my objective tests?). Since I retired I'm still teaching the Bible whenever I can, but my focus has changed somewhat; music, which once was a pleasant sideline, is now number one in importance. more...


Ron White (1974-1981), Professor Emeritus of Theology
The publication of A. Lincoln: A Biography, by Random House, on Jan. 13, 2009, began an almost nonstop author tour of lectures and book signing events over the last four months that will continue for much of this year. 2009 is also the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. A bright light has been shone on Lincoln by President Barack Obama, who has credited Lincoln as his model. more...


Dale Bruner, (1975-1997) professor emeritus of theology
The last year has been given completely to writing my commentary on John's Gospel. I love the work. I am so grateful to Dr. David Bundy, the chief librarian at Fuller Theological Seminary, for giving me a locked little room on the top floor of the new Hubbard Library where I can burrow away and do the work. more...


Forrest Baird (1978-present) professor of philosophy
Greetings! Well, after three years of searching, reviewing hundreds of applicants, and interviewing scores of candidates, we have finally found our third full-time, permanent philosopher: Joshue Orozco. Josh is completing his Ph.D. in epistemology at Rutgers and he and his wife, Mandi, and their son, Micah (and a yet-to-be-born child), will be joining us this fall. more...


Roger Mohrlang (1978-present) professor of Theology
How quickly the years pass: I have now completed 31 years at Whitworth. I continue to enjoy my teaching and my students as much as ever. This year I taught New Testament, Old Testament, Paul's Letters, and Introduction to the Global Christian Movement. more...


Gerald Sittser (1989-present) professor of Theology
I bring you greetings in the name of Jesus Christ from our beloved Whitworth University and the theology department. Much has happened this year, both in the department and in the Sittser family, all of which fills me with gratitude. more...


Terry McGonigal (1994-present) dean of the chapel
This has been a year of transition in our campus ministry. After six great years of ministry leadership, Andi Saccoccio left last summer to take a position with International Justice Mission. We are fortunate to have Mindy (Beard) Smith, '98, as our new campus pastor, coordinating our small-group ministry. more...


James Edwards (1997-present) professor of theology
I am always grateful for you who are interested in news of our department. I have just completed my first full year as the Bruner-Welch Chair of Theology, which allows me to teach one semester and to research and write during the other. I taught full time in fall 2008, and more than ever it seemed to me that my students in Gospel of Mark and Romans were encountering the voice of the living Lord through Scripture... more...


Keith Wyma (1998-present) associate professor of philosophy
Forrest has described our exciting new hire and our impending independence as a philosophy department, so I'll skip those topics, except to say I'm really going to miss the close community with my colleagues on the theology side. It's been a pleasure, a privilege and an education working with them. more...


Kent McDonald (2000-present) assistant professor of theology
This year our middle daughter Morgan headed off to Seattle Pacific University for her freshman year. I'm sad it wasn't Whitworth…but SPU is my alma mater, so I can't be too sad. Furthermore, my oldest daughter Lauren graduates in just a few weeks from Whitworth. And if that isn't enough, she is getting married in August! Linda and I couldn't be happier for her. more...


Keith Beebe (2003-present) associate professor of theology
The past year has been quite full, but gratifying. I had a busy summer teaching three intensive courses, starting with a three-week New Testament summer school course in May-June, followed by my History II: Reformation & Renewal course for the M.A. program in July, followed in August by three weeks of travel and teaching throughout Britain with 25 students on the first leg of the Britain & Ireland Study Program. more...


Karin Heller (2003-present) associate professor of theology
Warm greetings to all of you who read this letter! After a very busy sabbatical in spring 2008 I was quickly back on track in fall. My schedule was particularly intense, because, in addition to all of my other classes, I taught a new M.A. course in Christian Spirituality. It was wonderful to walk these mature students through the lives and teachings of Augustine, Benedict, Teresa of Avila and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This teaching experience was certainly a highlight of my academic year. more...


Adam Neder (2004-present) assistant professor of theology
Our fifth year in Spokane has been a good one. Claire and Mary continue to love soccer and school, and Janet is thankful for her job ministering to children and their families at Colbert Presbyterian Church. As people with roots in Tennessee, we're looking forward to putting this brutal Spokane winter behind us, and we've begun preparing our backyard for summer. In addition to the regular landscaping stuff, Janet constructed a soccer wall in our backyard that our girls are already putting to good use. more...


Tim Dolan (2006-present) director, master of arts in theology and Whitworth Institute for Clergy and Lay Leadership Development
It is hard to believe that I have now been at Whitworth for more than 10 years. I continue to appreciate being part of the theology department at Whitworth University. In addition to teaching a biblical literature course for the department each semester (Life and Teachings of Jesus), I also teach regularly for the evening Continuing Studies Program (Life and Teachings of Jesus and/or New Testament). more...


Scott Starbuck (2006-present) lecturer in the department oftheology 
Being in my seventh year of teaching at Whitworth, I am beginning to experience the blessings of former students within my own family. One of my former students is my son's ninth grade math teacher. Two of my former students were rival coaches to the same son (football and wrestling). Of course, my children continue to benefit from all of the Whitworth students who serve Christ at our church, other churches, or places like Camp Spalding.more...


Todd Cioffi (2007-present) assistant professor of theology
As I reflect over this past academic year, I am both happy and sad. I am happy in that it's been a great year for teaching, research and contributing to the life of the local church in Spokane. I taught two new courses at Whitworth: Christianity and Culture, for the M.A. in theology program, and Christian Political Thought, an upper-division course for the theology and political science departments. more...


Moses Pulei (2007-present) Instructor in the Department of Theology
Some of you remember our days at Whitworth. It is surreal to walk into the department meeting and sit next to Roger or Jerry as colleagues. I came back to Whitworth after doing my M.Div. and Ph.D. work at Fuller Seminary. My dissertation is a theological critique of the prosperity gospel, which disguises itself in Pentecostalism. more...


Karen Petersen Finch (2008-present), Instructor in the Department of Theology
I came into our department at the level of instructor in July 2008. A lighter teaching load in the fall semester enabled me to keep working on my doctoral dissertation, "Knowledge that Divides: Reformed-Catholic Dialogue and the Challenge of Epistemology," through Gonzaga University. more...

 


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