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Ministry/Training: Completed a six-week, two-part course (PC 832 A, B) at the Orange County Sheriff Academy, covering laws of arrest, physical assault take downs, firearms training, etc., as prerequisites for the OCSD Level 3 Reserve Academy which he will attend in January for training with their Search and Rescue Team. Teaching: Doctoral course in Leadership and Management Theory at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, July. Consultation: With Senior Board at First Baptist Church of Downey, CA.
Publication: Has recently become a regular columnist for Discipleship Journal (NavPress), writing a department called “A Firm Foundation: Exploring the Essentials of the Christian Faith.” The purpose of the column is to treat the major topics in theology and draw out their significance for daily life. Articles published so far include: “Why Theology Matters,” 142 (July/August) 20-21, “The Holiness of God,” 143 (September/October) 18-19, and “Truer Words Were Never Spoken,” 144 (November/December) 20-21.
Ministry/Alumni Support: With his wife Rolane (Talbot Support Ministries) visited alumni in England, Scotland and Hawaii this past summer.
Speaking: Biola New Student Orientation Dinner, August, “Comparison Kills”; Biola Alumni Board Meeting, September, “Why I Have the Best Job Around”; Teaching: Workshop leader for Teacher Training Workshop, United Armenian Congregational Church, Los Angeles, CA, September, “Teaching with Heart/The Heart of Teaching.”
Book Published: Discovering the Way of Wisdom: Spirituality in the Wisdom Literature, co-authored with John J. Brugaletta (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2004).
Book Published: God and the Nature of Time, (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004). Speaking Defending the Faith Lecture Series, June, “The Problems of Evil”; Conference speaker, Bridges Church, Anaheim, June “Leaving His Mark”; MA Apologetics modular program lecture, June, “Worldviews in Conflict”; ETS/EPS Annual Meetings, San Antonio, November.
Book Published: How Biblical Languages Work: A Student’s Guide to Learning Hebrew and Greek, co-authored with Peter Silzer (Grand Rapids: Kregel, April 2004).
Speaking: Defending the Faith Lecture Series, Biola University, June, “Faith, Reason, and Truth in the Christian Life”; Family Conference, Living Hope Community Church, Diamond Bar, California, August, keynote speaker (four presentations); Parents Banquet, Biola University, October, keynote address; Chapel, Biola University, October.
Seminars: Cornell Summer Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy, CornellUniversity, June, participant; Panel on Homosexuality and Christianity, Biola University, October, panelist; Evangelical Theological Society/Evangelical Philosophical Society meetings, San Antonio, TX, November, participant.
Conferences: International Council for Higher Education, Triennial conference in Vienna, Austria, July, “Graduate Program Development in Christian Higher Education,” presenter; Lausanne Forum for World Evangelism, Pattaya, Thailand, September/October, “New Religious Movements and Spiritualities,” work group participant; North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE) Conference, Orlando, FL, October, Vice President and Conference Planner, “Learning the Art of Grant Writing,” seminar leader; Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education (APRRE) Conference, November, “The Impact of Long-term Small Group Participation: 40 Years in a Women’s Bible Study and Prayer Group,” research presenter.
Publication: “Looking Back, Looking Ahead,” book chapter in Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives, Research, and Practices, Donald Ratcliff, ed., (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2004.
Received his Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations and Biblical Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, June.
Speaking: “One Size Doesn’t Fit All,” Small Church Conference, United Methodist Church, Lufkin, TX, August, keynote address.
Teaching: D.Min. class at Grace Seminary on “Assimilation and Lay Ministry”, Winona Lake, IN, October.
Books Published: Evaluating the Church Growth Movement (editor), (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004); Biblical Church Growth (Korean edition), (Seoul: Christian Publishing House, 2004), Church That Works, (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004).
Publication Award: with William Lane Craig, Talbot Research Professor of Philosophy, awarded the Evangelical Christian Press Association (ECPA) Gold Medallion in the category of Reference Works/Commentaries for their book Philosophical Foundations For A Christian Worldview, (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2003).
Articles: “What is Truth and Why Does it Matter?” Boundless Webzine, 06/10/04, http://boundless.org/ features/a0000911.html; “Postmodernism and the Christian Life: Part 1,” Boundless Webzine, 07/08/04, http:// boundless.org/features/a0000917.html; “Postmodernism and the Christian Life, Part 2,” Boundless Webzine, 08/19/04, http://boundless.org/features/ a0000928.html; “Dialog about ‘Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview,’” The Colorado Contender (August); “Science and Christianity: Models of Integration,” 8 Apologia (India) (September).
Speaking: “Christian Worldview Integration Across the Academic Disciplines, Parts I, II, III, IV,” delivered to the faculty of Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August; Summit Ministries, Colorado, multiple engagements in 2004.
Conference: Men, Women and God, International Conference, University of Durham, England, September, “The Feminine Voice of God: Women as Prophets in the Bible,” workshop leader.
Book Published: Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity without Hierarchy (co-edited with Rebecca Merrill Groothuis), (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004).
Teaching: “What do the Five Ways have to do with the Ascent of Mt. Carmel?: Apologetics as a Modern Day Spiritual Discipline,” Biola MA in Christian Apologetics Summer Lecture Series, July, lecturer; “Spiritual Formation,” VantagePoint 3 Leaders Retreat, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October, lecturer/retreat leader.
Conference/Forum Presentations: “Sanctification in a New Key: Relieving Evangelical Anxieties Over Spiritual Formation,” Spiritual Formation Forum, Los Angeles, May, presenter (paper); “Theology as Queen and Psychology as Handmaid: The Authoritative Supremacy of Theology?,” National Faculty Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C., June, presenter (paper); “Sanctification in a New Key: Relieving Evangelical Anxieties Over Spiritual Formation,” Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November, presenter (paper).
Article: “Wesleyan Theological Methodology as a Theory of Integration,” Journal of Psychology and Theology, (32:3; Fall).
Book Publication: Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics (2nd edition), (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004).
Speaking: Various speaking engagements regarding the (California) Proposition 71 Stem Cell Research Initiative; Spoke on business ethics to the Barnabas Group and the Beyond the Bottom Line Forum, both groups of executives in Orange County, September.
Seminars: Panel on Clinical Medical Ethics at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity Annual Conference, Chicago, July, panelist.
Presentations: Spiritual Formation in Theological Education: 1) “From Where Have We Come, and What Have We Done?” 2) “Where Do We Go From Here?” and 3) “How Might the Seminary Serve the Church?” three workshops for the Seminary Track of the Spiritual Formation Forum Conference: Los Angeles, CA, May, co-moderated and co-presented with Greg Waybright (President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Randy MacFarland (Dean, Denver Seminary); “Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Ministry,” North Orange County Pastors’ Prayer Breakfast, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, Brea, CA, October, guest speaker; “Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction and the Church,” Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, Texas, November, moderated and co-presented four sessions on this theme for the Spiritual Formation Study Group with Larry Crabb (New Way Ministries), John Coe (Talbot School of Theology), and Richard Averbeck (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School).
Book Publication: "Matthew," in The NIV Application Commentary, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004).
Articles: “Disciples: Gospels,” and “Sinners: Gospels,” revision for new The IVP Dictionary of the New Testament, ed. Daniel G. Reid (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2004); “Unique Followers of a Unique Master: Discipleship in the Gospel According to Mark,” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology (Fall).