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Greetings in the name of Christ Jesus!
This time last spring I was training for a 100-mile summer 2011 trek through the Highlands of Scotland. My traveling companion, Ryan McKenzie, and I carried our own gear, something most people hiking the West Highland Way never do; most hire door-to-door baggage service. Since I have 20 years on Ryan, I was tempted at certain points to do the same, but decided to not wimp out. Our goal was to hike the entire distance between Glasgow and Fort William, but I had to drop out at the 70-mile marker, after our longest (20-mile) day, due to a serious blister-related injury that I will not describe in detail here. (Let's just say it involved a state-of-the-art bandage and my sock, and after the incident the blister looked and felt better than the rest of my heel.) This could not have happened at a better location, however, as it was the only "village" along the entire remote trail system that had train service to pick up hikers. I paid Ryan my share of the upcoming hostels, caught the train to York, and had a nice stay with some dear friends before flying back to Spokane. I spent the rest of the summer writing an article and starting work on my new book, a narrative of the 18th-century Scottish Great Awakening.
In September, after getting the Core 150 course off the ground (with 11 faculty/staff and 250 students), I accompanied 10 students across the pond for the first segment of the Britain and Ireland: History and Culture semester abroad program. During my three-week Christianity in Britain course we stayed in London, York, Whitby and Edinburgh, with day trips to Durham, Glasgow and Holy Island (Lindisfarne).
During spring semester we offered two sections of Core 150, which involved 400+ students and 16 faculty/staff leading 32 discussion groups. I also taught two classes: Jesus and the Kingdom of God, and History of Christianity II: Reformation and Renewal, for the M.A. in Theology Program.
I'm staying in Spokane!
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