I received notice several weeks ago that my application to do a Fulbright in Germany this Fall had been approved by the Fulbright Commission. We've started the logistics of the process (medical approvals, etc) but it looks like my wife Angela and our two youngest will be able to go.
We did our last sabbatical in Germany in 2004 in Tuebingen but we will be at the Universität München this time with Knut Backhaus as our host. The proposed topic is "Salvation in the Making" and I hope to do something like what James Dunn done did in Christology in the Making but do it for soteriology. And since Hebrews is my specialty, I have some ideas ;-)
I'm grateful to Indiana Wesleyan for granting me a sabbatical. IWU hasn't fully worked out the category of Administrative Faculty, so it wasn't a foregone conclusion that I would be able to go on a sabbatical. But they thankfully granted it. With the MDIV curriculum effectively written and implemented, I could use the break.
I'd also like to be a scholar for a few days ;-) There is of course SBL each year. I get the occasional invitation to write a chapter in this or that project. But most of the time I'm expected to be "high priority relevant" (as opposed to more typical research scholarship in biblical studies). It will be a delight to spend a whole semester pursuing truth for its own sake with no one asking me how it relates to anything.
It will be nice to sail in the ocean of the history of human ideas for a few months, even though its more urgent to know how to navigate local creeks.