Some of you already know this, but I am glad to share the news with everyone. I have accepted a one year adjunct position at my undergraduate institution, Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. I will still be on the job hunt, however, so be very afraid (ha!). The offer very much came out of the blue, and this has very much become a leap of faith for my family and I. We appreciate your prayers that our house sells quickly and that we are blessed both professionally and financially. We need it!
At Augie, I will be teaching a course entitled Exploring the Christian Faith. I am still constructing the syllabus for the course, but am thankful for the amount of leeway offered for how one images and constructs the course. I am framing the course around the question “who is God?”, a seemingly innocuous enough question until one actually reads the biblical text. As such, we will be reading a number of volumes, and biblical texts, that will present different ways of handling God, and by connection then addressing the important questions of who are we and how do we read this thing called the Bible.
Here are the books I have selected for the course:
*Elie Wiesel, Night (I plan to start the course with this book to get questions swirling)
*Terry Fretheim, The Suffering of God
*Eric Seibert, Disturbing Divine Behavior
*Walter Brueggemann, Divine Presence Amid Violence
*Justo Gonzalez, Church History: An Essential Guide
*Joel Green, Reclaiming the Scandal of the Cross
*N.T. Wright, Simply Christian
It will be a fun semester, and I am looking forward to being home. Quite fascinating . . . it will be exactly ten years ago to the semester that I took this course myself at Augustana. By the man who is now my dear friend and chair of the department there, Murray Haar. I can’t wait!