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December 2010

  • Congratulations!

Dr. Sharon BakerDr. Sharon L. Baker, Associate Professor of Theology and Religion, has been selected to hold one of two regular Scholar Chairs for 2011-2013.

Dr. David Weaver-ZercherDr. David L. Weaver-Zercher, Professor of American Religious History, has been selected as the Hostetter Chair of Religious Studies for 2011-2013.

Dr. Jake JacobsenDr. Douglas Jacobsen, Professor of Church History and Theology, has been appointed to another five-year term as Distinguished Professor 2011-2016.

  • Dr. John Fea elected to Lilly Fellows Program board.

Dr. John FeaFrom 2000-2002 Dr. John Fea was a post-doctoral fellow in the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts and has recently been elected to serve a four-year term on the Lilly Fellows Program executive board.  This program seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the twenty-first century. It sponsors a post-doctoral fellowship program, a network of 94 church-related colleges, and a program for Christian graduate students.

October 2010

  • New Translation of the Bible Published

The Common English Bible (CEB) is not simply a revision or update of an existing translation. It is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of Christians as they work to build a strong and meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Dr. Emerson Powery, Professor of Biblical Studies, served on the CEB Editorial Board (there were 9 on the board) as the Greek Associate Editor for Apocrypha & New Testament. Read more at CommonEnglishBible.

  • History Professor Fea to be inducted in high school's Hall of Fame.

Dr. John Fea, Associate Professor of American History and Chair of the Department of History, will be one of six graduates of Montville Township High School (NJ) to be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Friday, October 15.  Dr. Fea is a graduate of the high school class of 1984.


September 2010

  • Conference Call with President Obama

On September 27, at noon, President Barack Obama held a conference call with over 200 college and university student-journalists, seven of whom were Messiah College students.  The conference was held to announce current and future plans to strengthen the U.S. higher education system, and to allow student journalists to ask questions about higher education.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Hunter!

Matt defended, passed, and submitted/filed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Temple University on August 24!  His dissertation title is "Liberation in White and Black: American Visual Culture at Two Philadelphia-area Episcopal Churches."  Currently Matt is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies.


  • View Collins' on Closer to the Truth Website

Dr. Robin Collins, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, has a series of 15 video interviews on Robert Kuhn's Closer to the Truth website. A few of the topics include "Debating God's Existence?," "Did God Create Evil?," and "What Does a Fine-Tuned Universe Mean?"  Trained in physics and in philosophy, Dr. Collins is a leading advocate for using the fine-tuning of the universe as evidence consistent with the existence of an intelligent cause for the universe.


  • Weaver-Zercher teams up again with Kraybill and Nolt to write The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World.

Dr. David Weaver-Zercher, Professor of American Religious History, Donald B. Kraybill and Steven M. Nolt (authors of Amish Grace) team up once more to offer insight into the often misunderstood world of the Amish.  The book was recently reviewed in Publishers Weekly. The focus of the book is on the spiritual and theological aspects of the Amish world.  What are the costs of living the Amish Way? How could American culture benefit from the patient faith of this proudly "peculiar" people?

Read the complete review:


  • Pickens' Sabbatical Update.

Dr. George Pickens, Associate Professor of Theology and Mission and on sabbatical at Yale in the Overseas Ministries Study Center, provides this update: "I am one of 27 residents at OMSC this semester, many of whom are visiting fellows or lecturers at Yale Divinity School. Besides the US they represent 15 other nations (Myanmar, the Philippines, Mongolia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Ghana, Nigeria, China, Canada, Iraq, Kenya, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia), and they include several Christian traditions and two Muslims. They range in vocations from professors to an artist/painter to a Benedictine nun who serves among the poor in the slums of Manila. I am excited to be part of such a welcoming, richly diverse and lively international community. Not only have I already found enthusiasm among the group for my project, but I will be able to access this wealth of experience as I research vernacular understandings of Jesus in the global south."

  • Associate Professor of Politics Robin Lauermann quoted in The Christian Science Monitor.

The 9/6/10 edition of The Christian Science Monitor carried an article on "Mosque Debate: Behind America's Anxiety Over Islam" which quoted Dr. Robin Lauermann:  "We see a public that is still ignorant of the tenets of the Islamic faith, as practiced by the majority of Muslims. It is reinforced by sound bites and stereotypes rather than meaningful education about the faith."  For the complete article, click on link above.


July 2010

  • Pickens Named Visiting Fellow at Yale. 

Dr. George Pickens, Associate Professor of Theology and Mission, has received an appointment as a Visiting Fellow at  Yale Divinity School for the Fall semester 2010.

April 2010

  • Zachery Eyster '07 awarded Woodruff Fellowship at Emory.

Bible alum Zachery Eyster was awarded a Woodruff Fellowship at Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia.  This fellowship includes full tuition and stipend, and enables him to pursue a career in international human rights at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.


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