Saturday, 30 November 2013

Congratulations Andy!

Congratulations to Andy Tooley, who successfully defended his PhD thesis on 19th-century Methodist thought! I look forward to reading the published version of his dissertation.

Andy and I began our doctoral studies under David Bebbington at the University of Stirling in 2006. I have fond memories of eating at the Edinburgh Pizza Hut for lunch, drinking a pint outside the Stirling bus station, attending conferences, and watching football together.

Best of luck with your next endeavors Andy!

Friday, 29 November 2013

OUP Blog with Pictures from the AAR Conference

Jonathan YeagerThe good folks at Oxford University Press have now posted a slide show of pictures taken from the AAR/SBL conference in Baltimore.

Sunday, 24 November 2013


I'm on my way home from the AAR conference at Baltimore. I had a great time visiting with friends, sitting in on a few sessions, enjoying the food and culture of Baltimore, and looking at the titles on display at the book exhibit.

The book exhibit seemed larger than ever. In fact, it was so massive that I was too tired to go to all the booths on one visit. I felt the need to take a break halfway through the exhibit and return to it the following day to finish the tour. I couldn't resist buying Christopher Evans's Histories of American Christianity, Roger Olson's The Journey of Modern Theology: From Reconstruction to Deconstruction, and Paul Harvey's Through the Storm, Through the Night: A History of African American Christianity. Funny story: while purchasing the last title, Paul Harvey was at the Roman and Littlefield booth and noticed that I was purchasing his book. I had never met Harvey, but was happy to ask him to sign my copy.

It was also nice to meet my editors at the Oxford University Press booth, and to see my book, Early Evangelicalism: A Reader, on display. The very kind editorial assistant Marcela Maxfield and marketing associate Alyssa Bender took a picture of me holding my new book and told me that they would be posting the picture on the OUP blog. Stay tuned for that picture.

It's now time to return to Chattanooga, give my final exams on Tuesday, and spend some time working on my current book project.

Friday, 22 November 2013

CFH Undergraduate Student Conference

The Conference on Faith and History
29th Biennial Meeting
Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

Undergraduate Student Conference
Christian Historians and their Publics
September 24-25, 2014

Call for Papers

The Fall 2014 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History will gather at Pepperdine University in beautiful Malibu, California,  September 25-27, 2014, preceded by a two-day Undergraduate Student Conference, the 24th and 25th.  The theme of the conference is “Christian Historians and Their Publics,” but papers on any topic will be considered.   See Facebook page for further information:

The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2014.  Individual paper or complete session (preferable) proposals may be sent to either:

Bryan Lamkin
Dept. of History and Political Science
Azusa Pacific University

Brad Hale
Dept. of History and Political Science
Azusa Pacific University

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Itinerant Preachers at UTC

The last few weeks at UTC have been entertaining to say the least. Nearly every day for the past two weeks an itinerant preacher has been speaking outdoors at the center of campus (see the Huffington Post article here; News 12 coverage here; Chattanooga Times Free Press here).

Angela Cummings has apparently been a regular visiting preacher at UTC, but at a recent session a student was arrested for protesting her message. On one of the days she was visiting, I went to see Cummings preach, but it was very difficult  to hear her or see past the hundred or so students surrounding her. Now, in addition to Cummings, other preachers have come to UTC to assert their right to free speech.

Below is a Youtube video of Cummings preaching at UTC. Around the seven minute mark is when the student appears who is eventually arrested.