David Rightmire

Professor
HU 128
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2211

David Rightmire

OFFICE LOCATION: Hughes 128
PHONE: 859.858.3511 x2211
FAX: 859.858.3921

EDUCATION:
Ph.D.
Marquette University, 1987 (Historical Theology)
M.Div. Asbury Theological Seminary, 1979 (Church History)
A.B. Bloomfield College, 1975 (History)
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Professor of Bible and Theology, Asbury University, 1985 - present

Adjunct Professor, Asbury Theological Seminary, 1984-85; Spring 2009

COURSES CURRENTLY BEING TAUGHT AT ASBURY UNIVERSITY

  • Foundations of Christian Thought
  • History of the Early Church
  • Historical Theology
  • Understanding the New Testament
  • Growth of the New Testament Church
  • Galatians and Romans

OTHER COURSES TAUGHT AT ASBURY UNIVERSITY AND ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Prison Epistles
  • Hebrews and General Epistles
  • Writings of Paul
  • New Testament and End Times
  • History of Christianity I -- Patristic and Medieval Periods (ATS)
  • Nicene / Post-Nicene Fathers (ATS)

PUBLICATIONS:

1. Books

Sacraments and the Salvation Army: Pneumatological Foundations. Studies in Evangelicalism 10. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1990.

Salvationist Samurai: Gunpei Yamamuro and the Rise of the Salvation Army In Japan. Pietist and Wesleyan Studies Series. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1997.

Sanctified Sanity: The Life and Teaching of Samuel Logan Brengle. Alexandria, Va.: Crest Publications, 2003. Repr. 2009.

Sanctified Sanity: The Life and Teaching of Samuel Logan Brengle. Revised and Expanded Edition. Wilmore, KY: Francis Asbury Society, 2014.

2. Chapters in Books

“Holy Love and the Relevance of Wesleyan Spirituality to the Academic Task.”  Cornerstones of Spiritual Vitality: Toward an Understanding of Wesleyan Spirituality in Christian Higher Education (262-78). Wilmore, KY: Asbury College, 2009.

"Transitions in Salvation Army Holiness Theology: A Historical Assessment." Saved, Sanctified, and Serving: Perspectives on Salvation Army Theology and Practice.  London: Paternoster Press, forthcoming.

3. Articles

3.1  Scholarly Journal Publications

"The Sacramental Theology of Jonathan Edwards in the Context of Controversy." Fides et Historia 21 (1989): 50-60.

"Pannenberg's Quest for the Proleptic Jesus." Asbury Theological Journal 44 (1989): 51-76.

"Samuel Brengle and the Development of Salvation Army Pneumatology." Wesleyan Theological Journal 27 (1992): 104-131.

"Brengle on Evangelism and the Holy Life." Word and Deed: A Journal of Salvation Army Theology and Ministry 6 (2003): 5-34.

“Cultural Adaptation of Wesleyan-Holiness Mission in Japan: A Case Study of Yamamuro Gunpei and the Salvation Army.” Japanese Religions 29: 1-2 (January 2004): 65-83.

“Brengle and the Future of the Salvation Army: Organizational Assessment and Conditions for Success.” Word and Deed: A Journal of Salvation Army Theology and Ministry 7.2 (May 2005): 61-75.

"Holiness and the Ethical Dimensions of Brengle’s Eschatology." Word and Deed 10:1 (November 2007): 23-38.

"Holiness in Relation to Salvation: Pneumatological Dimensions of Wesleyan Soteriology," Word and Deed 11:2 (May 2009): 19-32.

“Holiness and Wesley’s ‘Way of Salvation,’” Word and Deed 13:1 (November 2010): 39-53.

“Subordination of Ecclesiology and Sacramental Theology to Pneumatology in the Nineteenth-Century Holiness Movement,” Wesleyan Theological Journal 47:2 (Fall 2012): 27-35.

“Holiness and the Salvation Army: Nineteenth Century Holiness Movement Roots,” Word and Deed (November 2012): 53-69.

Holiness as ‘Christian Perfection”: Further Thoughts on Entire Sanctification,” Word and Deed, (November 2013): .

3.2  Encyclopedia Articles

"Apostle/Apostleship," "Judaizers," "Redeem/Redem ption," "Union with Christ," and "Works of the Law." Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996.

"Jacobus Arminius," "Franciscus Gomarus," and "William Booth." Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000.

"Samuel Brengle" and "Gunpei Yamamuro." Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2001.

"Salvation Army." Dictionary of Asian Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.

"Sacraments" and "Gunpei Yamamuro." Historical Dictionary of the Salvation Army. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2001.

"Salvation Army Worship." The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

3.3 Institutional and Denominational Publications

"The Wesleyan-Holiness Tradition." Asbury College Ambassador 16:3 (Summer 1989), insert.

"True Greatness: The Way Up is Down." The Edge 2:3 (February 1991): 10-11.

"Studies in Philippians." The Edge 3:4 (April, 1991): 12-13; 3:5 (May 1991): 12-13; 3:6 (June, 1991): 14- 15; 3:7 (Summer 1991): 12-13; 3:8 (Sept. 1991): 12-13; 3:9 (October 1991): 12-13; 3:10 (November 1991): 12- 13; 3:11 (December 1991): 12-13; 4:1 (January 1992): 12- 13; 4:2 (February 1992): 12-13; 4:3 (March 1992): 12-13; 4:4 (April 1992): 12-13; 4:5 (May 1992): 12-13.

"Studies in Galatians." The War Cry (The Salvation Army, Canada). Weekly series May 7 - June 25, 1994 (Eight 1000 word studies). Also published in Die Strydkreet [The War Cry] (The Salvation Army, South Africa). Issues 5675-5682, 1997.

“The Last Supper,” The War Cry (The Salvation Army, USA) 133:3 (March 2013): 14-15.

3. Book Reviews

Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture. Asbury Theological Journal 44 (1989): 112-114.

Cyril Powles, Victorian Missionaries in Meiji, Japan: The Shiba Sect, 1873-1900. Church History 58 (1989): 407-408.

H. Ray Dunning, Grace, Faith and Holiness: A Wesleyan Systematic Theology. Asbury Theological Journal 45 (1991): 121-123.

Richard N. Longenecker, Galatians (Word Biblical Commentary). Asbury Theological Journal 47 (1992): 101-102.

Stephen Varvis, The "Consolation" of Boethius: An Analytical Inquiry into His Intellectual Processes and Goals. Fides et Historia 26 (1994): 104- 105.

Daniel H. Williams, Ambrose of Milan and the End of the Arian-Nicene Conflicts. Fides et Historia 28 (1996): 75-76.

Norman H. Murdoch, Origins of the Salvation Army. Wesleyan Theological Journal 32 (1997): 219-20.

Eiko Ikegami, The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan. Fides et Historia 30 (1998): 113-15.

Glenn K. Horridge, The Salvation Army: Origins and Early Days 1865-1900. Wesleyan Theological Journal 35 (2000): 254.

Diane Winston, Red Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army. Wesleyan Theological Journal 36 (2001): 267-69.

Roger Green, The Life and Ministry of William Booth: Founder of The Salvation Army. Wesleyan Theological Journal 41.2 (Fall 2006): 258-61.

Don Thorsen, An Exploration of Christian Theology. Wesleyan Theological Journal 44:1 (Spring 2009): 277-78.

John Wigger, American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists in Fides et Historia 42:1 (Spring 2010) 97-99.

Don Thorsen and Steve Wilkens, Everything You Know About Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities in Wesleyan Theological Journal 47:1 (Spring 2012): 200-202.

Ronald E. Heine, Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church in Fides et Historia 44:1 (Winter/Spring 2012): 99-101.

Andrew Eason and Roger Green (editors), Boundless Salvation: The Shorter Writings of William Booth in Wesleyan Theological Journal 48:1 (Spring 2013): 173-75.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Wesleyan Theological Society

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Research Groups:  Wesleyan Holiness Studies Project (1987-1994), serving as conference moderator in June 1988 and October 1994, as well as presenting a paper at the October 1993 meeting ("Cultural Adaptation of Wesleyan-Holiness Mission in Japan: A Case Study of Gunpei Yamamuro of the Salvation Army").  Wesleyan Holiness Studies Project Scholar since 2007.  Asbury Seminary Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar research resource faculty since 2010.

Research Grants:  Ethics Across the Curriculum Project (1987 and 1991), Faculty Research and Development (1988, 1992, 2001), and Wesleyan Holiness Studies Project (1988, 1992, 1993).  Granted a sabbatical leave for the Fall of 1993, and the 2001-2002, 2008-2009  academic years (half-time), out of which resulted a conference paper, several book reviews and scholarly articles, and two book publications.  Lilly Scholar, Asbury College Transformations Project (Fall 2005-Spring 2007). 

Other Professional Activities:  Theology referee for Christian Scholar's Review and Church History journal.  Coordinator of cross-disciplinary Faculty (‘Brown Bag’) Forums at Asbury University since 1987.  Coordinator of  biennial Wesleyan Heritage Conferences at Asbury University since 2001.  Participant at Evangelical / Catholic Dialogue, St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN – October 17-18, 2003.  Faculty resource person for Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar, Asbury Theological Seminary (2012, 2013).  Advisory Board for Holiness Studies Center, The Salvation Army Florida Division (2012 - present)

Presentations and Guest Lecturing:

Bible teacher, Northeast Ohio Salvation Army Officers’ Retreat, Cleveland, OH – January 18-20, 1989.

Bible teacher, Salvation Army Young Adult Retreat, Boston, MA – October 1990.

Visiting professor of biblical studies at William and Catherine Booth Bible College, Winnipeg, Manitoba -- summer term, 1993. 

Holiness lectures (6), Salvation Army College for Officer Training, Atlanta, GA -- April 8-10, 1999.

Lecturer, Salvation Army Northern New England Holiness and Theology Forum, Portland, ME -- October 2, 2000.

Lecturer, Northeast Ohio Salvation Army Holiness Symposium, Ashland, OH -- April 15, 2002.

Holiness lectures (4), Salvation Army School for Officer Training Staff Retreat, Chicago, IL, August 12-14, 2003.

Bible teacher, Salvation Army First Year Officer Institute, Lancaster, PA – October 18-21, 2004.

Holiness lectures (3), Salvation Army Eastern Territorial Holiness Symposium, Suffern, NY -- April 12-13, 2005.

Guest speaker at Holiness Conference (5 lectures on the biblical foundations of holiness), Salvation Army College for Officer Training, Chicago,  IL -- April 22-23, 2006.

Lectures (3) on “Our Holiness Heritage,” Salvation Army Southern New England Officers’ Councils, Manchester, CT -- October 16, 2006. 

Paper presentation, "Recommended Holiness Emphases," Wesleyan-Holiness Studies Project Scholars Meeting, Azusa Pacific University, California -- March 19-20, 2007. 

Lectures (4) on the life and teaching of Samuel Logan Brengle,  Salvation Army National Brengle Memorial Institute, Chicago, IL -- June 23-25, 2009.

Lectures (6) on relation of holiness to Wesleyan soteriology, Salvation Army International College for Officers, London, England -- November 17-19, 2009. 

Lecturer and panel participant  at Salvation Army Brengle Anniversary Conference, Boston, MA -- January 8-10, 2010.

Lectures (4) on the life and teaching of Samuel Logan Brengle,  Salvation Army National Brengle Memorial Institute,  Chicago, IL -- June 22-24, 2010.

Guest Bible Teacher (4 lectures on the Epistle to the Philippians), Clearwater Bible Conference, The Salvation Army, Clearwater, FL – February 4-6, 2011.

Convocation (Commencement) speaker, Booth University College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 28, 2013.

Lectures (6) on the life and teaching of Samuel Logan Brengle, Salvation Army 5th Year Officers’ Refresher Institute, New York – March 18, 2014.

Paper Presentation: Paper Presentation: "Transitions in Salvation Army Holiness Theology: A Historical Assessment," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 23, 2013.

Paper Presentation: "Transitions in Salvation Army Holiness Theology: A Historical Assessment," Wesleyan-Holiness Pentecostal Study Center Conference, Asbury Theological Seminary, October 10, 2014.

Presider, Salvation Army Scholars and Friends Session ( introduced 4 paper presentations and led discussion), American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 22, 2014.


INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE – Re: Asbury University

Numerous standing and ad hoc committee assignments, including the Faculty Personnel Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Wesleyan Heritage Conference Planning Committee, Mission and Governance (SACS) Committee, etc.  Other service includes:

Christian College Consortium Coordinator, 1988-91.

Task Force on Freshman Studies, 1991-92.

Chair, Faculty Appeals Committee, 1991-92.

Chair, Academic Policies Committee, 1992-93.

Faculty Manual Revision Committee, 1992-93.

Faculty Mentor to Junior Faculty, 1993-97.

Chair, Faculty Development Committee, 1996-97.

Faculty Prayer Meeting Coordinator, 1997-99.

Chair, Bible/Theology and Philosophy Department, 2002-2007.

Lilly Transformations Project Ministry Scholarship Coordinator, 2003-2006.

Chair, Transformations Project “Called Forth to Serve” Retreat Committee, 2005-2007.

Leadership and Ministry Program (Achieve) development and implementation, 2006-2007.

Chair, Wesleyan Heritage Conference Planning Committee, 2003-2014.

Regular campus speaking opportunities, including sermons, devotionals, and Bible studies.


SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

College Bible Class Teacher at  The Salvation Army, Lexington, KY since 2002. 

Faculty Advisor and member of Faculty Council for Salvation Army Student Fellowship at Asbury University since 1993.