The faculty of Johnson University participate in many activities beyond their normal teaching responsibilities, including writing, speaking, presenting at academic meetings, mission trips, and community involvement. Occasionally, we will publish updates on these activities. The list below describes some faculty activities in March of 2014.
On March 15, 2014, Dr. Carl Bridges, Professor of New Testament (TN), presented a paper titled “Achan and Ananias: The missing money and the missing wife” at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference held on the campus of Johnson University Tennessee.
At the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, Mr. James Gorman, Lecturer in History (TN), served as a judge for the student paper competition. He also organized a review panel of The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History, edited by D. Newell Williams, Douglas A. Foster, and Paul M. Blowers (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2013).
On March 16, Dr. Gregory Linton, Professor of New Testament (TN), published his final editorial as a community guest columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. In the last year, he has published a total of ten editorials on the Opinion page of the Sunday edition. On March 8 to 9, he attended the annual meeting of the southeastern region of the American Schools for Oriental Research in Atlanta, GA. He serves as secretary-treasurer of that organization.
From March 24 to 26, Dr. Jody Owens, Professor of Bible and Pastoral Ministries (TN), conducted a Spiritual Formation Leadership Summit at Eagle Rock Retreat Center near Maryville, TN. Twenty-seven participants from fifteen congregations traveled from all over the South and Midwest to take part in the retreat. The participants are leaders in their congregations with opportunities to shape the direction of their local churches. They took a critical look at the models that drive most congregations and concluded that they must be more intentional about discipleship. The next summit is planned for April 14-16, 2015, at Eagle Rock Retreat Center.
Dr. Rafael Rodriguez, Professor of New Testament (TN), published “Biblical illiteracy and the contribution of biblical higher education” on the op-ed page of The Bible and Interpretation website.
In March, Dr. Chris Templar, Professor of Education (TN), spoke at University of Oxford’s Mansfield College. At a symposium on diversity in childhood education, she presented research that she has been conducting at Seymour Primary School on the teaching of Chinese to children in the second grade. She is also serving as the treasurer of the Tennessee Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (TAILACTE). Her service to the church includes her role as forwarding agent for the Robert Young Gap Creek Mission to Puerto Rico.
Dr. Michael Young, Affiliate Faculty in Leadership at Johnson University, published “Ancient Christian apps for integrating faith and learning: Silence, meditation, and contemplation” in the spring issue of Journal of Faith and the Academy. For the last seven years, Dr. Young has served as co-editor of this journal, but in June he will begin serving as an Editorial Board Member.