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Sabbatical: looking for lost harps on lonely willow trees – part 1: Blackfriars Hall in Oxford and Psalm 137

This spring I have had the privilege to take a sabbatical from my teaching and administrative responsibilities at Seattle Pacific University and come with my family to Oxford University where I am a visiting research scholar for 2012 at Blackfriars Hall. ¬†Blackfriars is what is termed a permanent private hall (PPH) of Oxford University which is a bit distinct from the other colleges. ¬†Permanent Private Halls are established by … There’s more to read here.

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06/10/2011
Jeff's latest book, Your Neighbor's Hymnal, provides a winsome and thoughtful exploration of popular music, from rock to hip-hop to metal to soul, as a vital source contemporary culture continues to go to learn about faith, hope, and love. Where some Christians have kept their focus only on a hymnal found in their church or formed by the genre of Contemporary Christian Music, Keuss argues that your neighbor's hymnal is filled with great music that God is using and deserves a deeper listen. Offering forty songs spanning time and genres, each section includes a number of representative reflections on the history and artist that created the song, reflections on its lyrical content, and theological and biblical connections that will hopefully show some ways in which the song illustrates how your neighbor is hearing, seeking, and finding faith, hope, and love through popular music.

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Presenter and Co-Chair – Paul Ricoeur Consultation at American Academy of Religion conference, San Francisco, USA – Nov. 19 to 22, 2011
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