Whitworth Theology Department Annual Newsletter 2018
Haley Goranson Jacob (2015-present), Assistant Professor of Theology
This past academic year started with a new ring on my finger and wedding planning in the works. Needless to say, it was quite the year! On Dec. 16, the day after final exams ended, I married Alan Jacob, the associate director of housing here at Whitworth. Alan is originally from Pittsburgh and has worked in residence life at Whitworth for the last 13 years. He is an avid skier in the winter and lover of all things bikes throughout the year. The wedding was a worshipful Advent service, officiated by our dear friend, Jerry Sittser, and attended by many loved ones from near and far. The ceremony and reception were splendid in every way. A few words here cannot capture what I want to say about Alan and being his wife these five months. Marriage to him is the greatest gift I have ever received, and life could not be filled with more joy at the present.
Everything else from the year pales in comparison, but a few things are definitely worthy of note. After Alan and I spent two weeks exploring Belize over Christmas, I turned around to spend three weeks in Greece with my wonderful colleague, Jonathan Moo, and 20 fantastic students. What a gift it was to be able to walk through the agora in Ancient Corinth and Philippi (two cities I mention on an almost daily basis here at Whitworth), to stand where Paul stood on Mars Hill, or to hike a portion of the trail up Mount Olympus. But by far the best part was having these adventures with the students, some of whom were outside the United States for the first time. They all found another piece of their own personal puzzle during those three weeks; it was great fun watching them do so. Another highlight was teaching a new course titled The Bible and Outsiders. Fifteen students and I made our way through the biblical narrative, reading it through the lens of how God brought redemption in the past both in and through the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, the disabled, the foreigner, the refugee, the orphaned and the victimized, and how he continues to do so today. The students and I all learned that we all have much to learn.
This spring I had the honor of serving as a keynote speaker with Adam Neder, one of my favorite people at Whitworth, at the West Coast Presbyterian Pastors Conference at Mount Hermon, Calif. What a refreshing week in the woods it was for me. I was there as one of the speakers, but it didn’t take long to realize that God had me there for the week not only to bring some teaching and encouragement but also to be encouraged and taught by these faithful servants. God reminded me that week of the need for our prayers, both for his Church and for those called to lead it. And, finally, the talks I gave that week were drawn from my Ph.D. thesis, which is now scheduled to be published by IVP Academic in July 2018.
The title is Conformed to the Image of His Son: Reconsidering Paul’s Theology of Glory in Romans. If you run out of mountains to climb or trails to ride this summer, you can check it out for some "light" backyard reading.