Monday, 31 March 2014

Faculty Research Award

It has been a hectic few weeks for me. As the semester winds down, there are lots of papers to grade, committee meetings, and other obligations. I look forward to the upcoming summer break, and the chance to catch up on my blogging.

I do have some exciting news worth mentioning. Today, I was awarded UTC's "Outstanding Research" award for a faculty member within the College of Arts and Sciences. It is apparently a very competitive award, and so it was an honor to be recognized by the university in front of my colleagues. Hopefully, this award helps my case when I go up for tenure in a few years.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Can We Trust the Bible?

I've been incredibly busy the last few weeks, which is why my posts have been sparse.

If you are in the Chattanooga area tomorrow (Wednesday, March 26) at 7:30pm, please consider attending a lecture that I am giving entitled, "Can We Trust the Bible?" at the "House."

One of the organizers of the House ministries in Chattanooga asked me to talk on the formation of the biblical canon and the reliability of the scriptures. I will not be giving a sermon. Rather, I intend to take a historical approach in describing how the Bible was put together (the New Testament in particular), what books were included and why, and what we can learn from the variety of genres and narrative perspectives from the New Testament writers. It should be fun, and I hope that it will lead to a fruitful time of q & a.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

C.S. Lewis Lecture at UTC

If you are in the Chattanooga area today, don't miss the thirty-second annual C.S. Lewis Lecture at UTC. The C.S. Lewis Lectureship was established in Chattanooga in 1983 by Charles Hummel of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to perpetuate the Christian and literary legacy of Clive Staples Lewis.

Tonight at 7:30pm, at the University Center Auditorium, Ken Myers will be speaking on "The Second Friend: Owen Barfield's Influence on C.S. Lewis."

Ken Myers is the host and producer of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, a bimonthly audio magazine that examines issues in contemporary culture from a framework shaped by Christian conviction. He was formerly the editor of This World: A Journal of Religion and Public Life, a quarterly journal whose editor-in-chief was Richard John Neuhaus. Prior to his tenure at This World, he was executive editor of Eternity, the Evangelical monthly magazine. For eight years, he was a producer and editor for National Public Radio, working for much of that time as arts and humanities editor for the two news programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Mr. Myers serves as a contributing editor for Christianity Today, and his published writings include All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture (Crossway Books: 1989), and (as editor) Aspiring to Freedom: Commentaries on John Paul II's Encyclical "The Social Concerns of the Church" (William B. Eerdmans: 1988). He has also written for numerous periodicals, including The Wilson Quarterly, TableTalk, Discipleship Journal, World, Crisis, First Things, The Washington Times, and The World & I. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he studied film theory and criticism, and of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.