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Rolf A. Jacobson, '91, associate professor of Old Testament, served as the keynote speaker for the St. Paul Area Synod Assembly and for the South Central Wisconsin Synod Assembly. He delivered a lecture in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Book of Psalms section, titled "Imaging the Future of Psalms Studies." He lectured to first-call pastors of the Eastern North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota Synods of the ELCA at the Fabric of Mutual Ministry conference in Moorhead, Minn. He contributed "Learning Hebrew by Writing in English" to "Teaching Theology & Religion." He served as theologian-in-residence at Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, Pa.
Dwight Zscheile, '08, assistant professor of congregational mission and leadership, published "People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity" (Morehouse Publishing) and served as editor for "Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation" (Eerdmans).
Mark A. Granquist, associate professor of church history, contributed a chapter to "Norwegians and Swedes in the United States: Friends and Neighbors" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011). He also presented "From Scripture to Icon: The King James Bible in America" at Manifest Greatness Colloquium: The Four Hundredth Anniversary of the King James Bible at the Wilson Library on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Kathryn M. Schifferdecker, associate professor of Old Testament, is the visiting preaching scholar at Como Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul for this academic year. She spoke at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and at Colonial Church in Edina, Minn. She presented a paper titled "Preaching the Book of Job" at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco. She was one of the keynote speakers at the Western Mission Network gathering at Spirit of the Desert Retreat Center in Arizona. She authored a piece titled "Faith and Football" for the religion page of the Huffington Post during the week of the Super Bowl. She is a contributing writer for a new preaching resource from Abingdon Press. She and Eric Barreto, assistant professor of New Testament, host a monthly podcast called "Bible Q&A" at EntertheBible.org.
Gary M. Simpson, professor of systematic theology, delivered the keynote address, "Occupy LSA: Called to Shape the Future" at the Lutheran Services in America Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. He contributed "Fruit of the Spirit," "Just-War Theory," "Law and Gospel" and "Lutheran Ethics" to the "Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics" (Baker); "Martin Luther," "Eleanor Roosevelt" and "Francisco de Vitoria" to the "Encyclopedia of Global Justice" (Springer); "For Their Own Good--Moral Slavery 101: The Aristotelian Cantus Firmus" to the Spring 2011 issue of Word & World; and "'Putting on the Neighbor:' The Ciceronian Impulse in Luther's Christian Approach to Practical Reason" to "The Devil's Whore: Reason and Philosophy in the Lutheran Tradition" (Fortress).
Diane L. Jacobson, professor emeritus of Old Testament, co-authored (with J. David Vasquez Levy) the April 2012 Book of Faith adult study on Ruth through the lens of immigration. She contributed "Wisdom Language in the Psalms" to the "Oxford Book of Psalms" (William Brown, ed., 2012). She led Bible studies for the 2011 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Fla. She
authored "Job as a Theologian of the Cross" for the Fall 2011 issue of Word & World. She led Bible studies for the Minneapolis Area Synod. She served as editor of "Water Marks: a Book of Faith Lenten Journey" (Augsburg Fortress). She presented on Jonah at the Lifelong Learning Network meeting in Carefree, Ariz.
Craig R. Koester, Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament, completed "The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History," a video project. He was a panelist for the John, Jesus and History group at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in San Francisco, and was elected co-chair of the group. He helped design, with Rolf Jacobson, '91, associate professor of Old Testament, a complete four-year cycle of the Narrative Lectionary, which enables pastors and congregations to move through the biblical story in worship and preaching. He also made visits to congregations in California, Wisconsin and Minnesota as part of the Vibrant Congregations Project.