When they team teach "Preaching the Gospel of John," Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago professors Barbara Rossing and Craig A. Satterlee explore with their students the vision of abundant life - Jesus as the "way of life" that the Fourth Gospel presents. Their course provides a bridge between theory and practice, helping students integrate disciplines of faith into their way of life as Christians and as leaders in communities of faith.
It is precisely this type of course that Yale University's Theological Education Renewal Awards Program is designed to support. As finalists for the Faith as a Way of Life Award, Rossing and Satterlee will attend a two-day Awards Program Colloquium in late September and receive a stipend to "encourage thinking ‘outside the box' of traditional disciplinary boundaries.'" The awards program is supported by a gift of the Lilly Endowment.
In her letter of recommendation for the award, Dean Kadi Billman wrote, "Barbara and Craig have focused a very popular and successful course. . .in a manner that demonstrates an integral concern for faith as an orienting or structuring force in people's everyday life in the world. [The course brings] together innovative biblical scholarship, preaching practice, and the vision of faithful living that animates exegetical work and the art of preaching."
The Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing is professor of New Testament and author of The Rapture Exposed (Basic Books; Westview Press) and numerous articles. She has recently received a research grant for her next book project.
The Rev. Dr. Craig A. Satterlee is the Alex Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics and dean of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program. His latest book is When God Speaks Through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition. He is a prolific writer and preacher.