Whitworth Theology Department Annual Newsletter 2017
Keith Beebe (2001-present) Theology Department Chair, Professor of Theology and Chair of Core 150
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I hope you are well.
Here are some personal highlights since our last newsletter:
- Summer 2016: I spent the summer continuing work on my Scottish Evangelical Awakening book project, and enjoying the produce from my vegetable garden.
- Fall 2016: I taught two classes – Core 150 and a prep course for my Jan Term Christianity in Britain Study Program – on top of a very full semester of department-chair responsibilities.
- Jan Term 2017: I spent January with 19 students in the United Kingdom, teaching my course Christianity in Britain, and developing a chronic vocal cord condition along the way.
- Spring 2017: After 14 years, this semester concluded my final year as chair of Core 150. I also taught History of Christianity II with a class of wonderful students. Halfway through the semester I was diagnosed with vocal nodules and prescribed a strict "no talking" regimen, which presented new and interesting challenges for teaching, leading meetings, conducting daily business, and advising students. It was good that we were able to use video recordings of my Core 150 lectures from the previous semester, and that in my church history class I could lecture and lead class discussions by typing into a Word document projected on the screen; I used the same technology when leading meetings and advising students. Not ideal, but it worked, and students and faculty were very patient and gracious. On a humorous note, it has been interesting to see how people respond to my condition, with many resorting to whispers or silent mouthing, talking more slowly or loudly, or making hand motions after they learn about it. I have also learned how awkward it can be – for me and others – to sit at a table or walk down a campus sidewalk with only one other person!
This summer I will be silently working on two related writing projects, the first of which is an article, "A Mighty Fortress: Timely Truths for a Troubled Age," for a popular Christian readership; the article is funded by a research fellowship from the university. Material from this article will be the basis of several keynote lectures I will (hopefully) present in October at two regional Presbyterian conferences in California and Washington celebrating the quincentennial anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As time permits, I will also continue work on my Scottish Evangelical Revival book project, tending to my garden, and enjoying the glorious Spokane summer climate!
Blessings to you and your loved ones!