This past January, Phoenix Seminary was delighted to host Dr. Eckhard Schnabel, the Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, for a week-long intensive course on ?Mission in the New Testament.? Based on Dr. Schnabel?s research, the course looked to the book of Acts to provide an introduction to the missionary activity of the early church in the first century. Dr. Schnabel?s personal missionary experiences in Latin America, the Philippines and Southeast Asia also provided rich insights for the students. In addition, Dr. Schnabel stimulated several of the faculty and teaching assistants with an informal discussion about his current research on the trials of Jesus for a forthcoming book. Some of the faculty noted they were inspired by Dr. Schnabel?s commitment to excellent teaching and a reminder that this flows out of continued commitment to excellent research and scholarship.