Happy New Year to all the faithful readers of The Search for Piety and Obedience!
2013 was a banner year for me, both personally and professionally. In January, my wife Katie and I moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a city we love, where we’re surrounded by family and friends. In February, I started working at Messiah Collegeas an adjunct professor, teaching classes in the Interdisciplinary Studies, Biblical and Religious Studies, and History departments. In July, I started a new position as director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah. And in November I celebrated one year as the editor for Courier/Correo/Courrier, the magazine of Mennonite World Conference.
Throughout the year, I had a number of professional accomplishments: I gave two different lectures (one at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center, and the other at the Brethren in Christ Historical Society annual meeting) about the Brethren in Christ and Evangelicalism; I finished a full-length biography of the late Brethren in Christ theologian Luke L. Keefer, Jr.; and I continued to collaborate with Harriet Sider Bicksler as the assistant editor for Brethren in Christ History and Life.
With all this change and busy-ness, it’s not so surprising that things got a little slow here at the blog. Nevertheless, we published 48 posts in a 12-month span, earned a number of new followers, and even changed our look a bit. I’m thankful to all of you that shared posts (on Facebook or elsewhere), wrote comments on the blog, or “liked” us on Facebook during the past year. Thanks for your readership!
I’m looking forward to posting more regularly in 2014. I hope you’ll stay tuned into what’s happening here at The Search for Piety and Obedience!