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Whitworth Theology Department Annual Newsletter 2018

Dale Bruner (1975-1997), Professor Emeritus of Theology

Hello dear colleagues!

How I miss our good fellowship in person but enjoy our correspondence ever since! We all think and pray constantly for dear Dottie Mohrlang's recovery and for Roger's and their children's ministry to her and to all of us by Roger's African-translation colleagues and community!
Jim Edward's Mark and Luke commentaries have been so deeply helpful to me (and his recommendation of the other major Mark and Luke commentaries) as our son Michael and I prepare a publication we are tentatively titling "The Four Gospels: A Running Commentary." Michael teaches the adult, 9:30 a.m Sunday school class at our precious First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, and I teach the K-4 (kindergarten to fourth grade) Sunday school class at 11:20 a.m. We love our pastor, Dan Baumgartner, whom I know that several of you love as well.

Kathy faithfully supervises our entire home and cares for our two nearby grandchildren so passionately. Our older son, Fred, a Whitworth grad, whom many of you know, too, just retired from decades of service with the CIA all over Southeast Asia (where he grew up as a missionary kid in the Philippines for 11 years!). Until recently we had to say he was employed with the State Department. But now we can be more specific. He and his dear wife, Signe Schilperoort (also a Whitworth grad), and their two children, Lena and Sammy, now live on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, and we get to see them often! Michael and his dear wife Jenna and their two children (Arabelle, eighth grade, and William, pre-kindergarten), teach at nearby Azusa Pacific University (Michael) and San Marino Middle School (Jenna). Their Bruner family and Kathy and I, with Kathy's sister and husband, just returned from a delightful weeklong Disney Cruise from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada! Great conversation! 

I get to walk one hour to Fuller Seminary weekday mornings and study in a visiting scholar's 7-square-foot cubicle in the beautiful Hubbard Library, poring over the fourfold Gospel! My project this past year has been becoming acquainted with Mark's Gospel and Luke's Gospel via Jim Edwards' so helpful recommendations. 

I am so deeply thankful to Bill and Peggy Welch for endowing the Bruner-Welch Chair at Whitworth, which first, Jim, and now, Adam Neder, have so faithfully occupied. We hear such excellent reports about the department and the new chaplain and the superb president, Beck Taylor, and his whole administration! Nice going, Whitworth! We have had two rich conversations with Bill and Bonnie Robinson recently. Paradise! And thank you, dear Lord, for the privilege of fellowship with all these faithful Christocentric brothers and sisters! 

Fraternally, Dale with Kathy