This coming Friday, we will celebrate our fall graduation exercises at Southeastern Seminary. When the ceremony ends around noon, I will be finished teaching for several months. The trustees and administration at Southeastern have been gracious enough to grant me a sabbatical during the spring semester 2014. I will not have any classes at Southeastern until I teach our SBC Annual Meeting class in June 2014.
In recent months, we began to look at the possibility of relocating during my sabbatical so that I would have more freedom to research and write. I have several contracted projects to work on during my study leave: 1) I’m finishing up a co-authored Baptist history textbook with B&H Academic; 2) I’m editing a volume in the forthcoming Works of Andrew Fuller series with Walter de Gruyter; 3) I’m co-edited a collection of essays on Andrew Fuller and his contemporaries for Pickwick Press; 4) I’m contributing two entries to A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia with Eerdmans; and 5) I’m contributing a chapter on John L. Dagg to a volume with Particular Baptist Press. Because this is a lot of work in a relatively short amount of time, we decided it was paramount to get in an atmosphere where there are as few distractions as possible.
I’m excited to announce that our family will be relocating to Union University in Jackson, Tennessee for the spring 2014 semester. If you are not familiar with Union, it is one of the healthiest evangelical universities in America. I have many friends who teach at Union and we are excited about being a part of their vibrant campus community. We will move to Jackson in early January and will likely remain there until the end of June. We are truly grateful to President David Dockery and the Union administration for their hospitality and look forward to spending almost six months in Jackson. We are also excited about being a short distance from good friends (and key archival collections) in Nashville.
We will miss our friends at Southeastern Seminary and First Baptist Church of Durham. But we are excited about this providential opportunity to pull back from our regular routine and spend some focused time on research, writing and, Lord willing, family excursions to new places. We would covet your prayers as we prepare for our relocation in less than a month and as I try to be as productive as I can during my study leave.