Northway Christian Church Saturday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Book of Judges is filled with engaging and entertaining stories of various intriguing characters from Israel’s past. The tales of, for example, Deborah or Gideon or Samson have been read in any number of ways throughout the Church’s history. Sometimes seen as heroes, sometimes seen as models of faith, sometimes seen (uneasily) as very human individuals, the separate Deliverers or Judges of Israel have been used to represent and uphold any number of viewpoints. What happens, however, if we look at the Book of Judges not as a collection of separate tales, but rather as a whole and try to discern what it has to tell us about God, about ourselves, and about our society? Come to this exciting study where we will unpack this troubling, violent book and, perhaps, see how a proclamation of Good News can come from even the most unlikely of texts!
Roy Heller, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology Roy L. Heller is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He earned a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Old Testament at Yale University, graduating in 1998. He also earned MA and MPhil degrees from Yale Graduate School and STM and MDiv degrees from Yale Divinity School. He is the author of three books including Conversations with Scripture: The Book of Judges (2011), as well as several articles and professional papers. In 2006, he was granted the Golden Mustang Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Member at SMU. Furthermore, in 2010 he was also named as an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at SMU and was granted membership in the SMU Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Heller is a fifth generation Texan. He, his wife Amy, and their two children, Annie and Noah, have been living in Dallas since 1999.
Acton United Methodist Church Saturday, January 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. How did the New Testament come into existence? It did not drop out of the sky pre-cooked and ready to read. It was not formed in a cultural, political, social, or religious vacuum. Rather, it emerged in, engaged, and reflected complex worlds. Written in Greek, contextualized by the Roman imperial world, drawing on Jewish scriptures and traditions, and shaped by the communal experiences of commitment to Jesus, it is the product of overlapping multi-cultural worlds. This seminar will look at several key events in which these various cultural and political traditions leave a large footprint on the ancient world and thereby shape the New Testament writings.
Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School Warren Carter is Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School. He came to Brite in 2007 after teaching for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. His scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John, and he has focused on the issue of the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of ten books including Matthew and the Margins (Orbis Books), Matthew and Empire (Trinity Press International/Continuum), The Roman Empire and the New Testament (Abingdon), John and Empire (T&T Clark/Continuum), and What Does Revelation Reveal? (Abingdon). He has also contributed to numerous church resources and publications such as contributing 15 studies on Matthew in The Pastors Bible Study Vol 1 (Abingdon). He is a frequent speaker at scholarly and ecclesial conferences.
Northway Christian Church Saturday, February 8, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. God and religion are top-sellers in the pop culture mainstream, from The DaVinci Code to the Left Behind novels. How do we respond to the God-hunger in our culture? How does the Bible come to life for us in ways that are life-giving and earth-affirming? The notion of the popularized Rapture was invented less than 200 years ago, yet it has become the dominant cultural lens through which many Americans read the Bible. We will discuss the origins and implications of Rapture theology and prophecy and will consider the issues of violence and nonviolence as addressed in competing images of Jesus as avenging warrior or Lamb of Revelation. We will offer a model for seeing Scripture coming to life not in global disasters or in Middle East wars but in "Lamb Power"--the power of Jesus' nonviolent, self-giving love for the world-- a world that will not be left behind!
Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago Barbara R. Rossing is Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She received a BA from Carleton College, a MDiv from Yale University Divinity School and ThD from Harvard University. Her publications include The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (2004), a critique of fundamentalist "Left Behind" theology; The Choice Between Two Cities: Whore, Bride and Empire in the Apocalypse (1999); two volumes of the New Proclamation commentary (2000 and 2004) and articles and book chapters on the Apocalypse and ecology. Rossing lectures and preaches widely for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), as well as for ecumenical theological conferences. She was ordained in 1982 and has served on the executive committee and council of the Lutheran World Federation (2003-2010), and chaired the Lutheran World Federation's theology and studies committee. Rossing is an avid environmentalist involved with environmental initiatives at the seminary.
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Monday, February 17, 2014 Lance Pape, Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Brite Divinity School
Ministers Week 2014
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Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Karen McClintock, Clergy Consultant Clinical Psychologist
The Role of Emotions in Leadership and Communities
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 William Kondrath, William Lawrence Professor of Pastoral Theology, Episcopal Divinity School
Organ Recital and Hymn Sing
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Barbara Baird, Instructor, University of Oregon, and Director of Musin Ministries, First Congregational Church, Eugene, OR
The Revolutionary Impulse of the Gospel for Life Together
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Willie James Jennings, Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, Duke Divinity School
Whirls Without End: Worlds that Shaped the New Testament
Saturday, March 15, 2014 Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School
The Faithful Struggle to Forgive
Saturday, March 29, 2014 Joretta Marshall, Executive Vice President and Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Brite Divinity School
Love Means Learning to Say "I'm Sorry": Restoring Relationships, Seeking Forgiveness
Saturday, April 12, 2014 Kathleen Greider, Edna and Lowell Craig Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling, Claremont School of Theology
Fifty Shades of Green: The Bible's Ecology of Wonder
Saturday, April 26, 2014 William P. Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Chair of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
Surprising New Insights into the Political and Ethical Teaching of Jesus
Saturday, November 02, 2013 Mark Allan Powell, Professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
16th Annual Gates of Chai Lectureship: Jewish Identity on Broadway
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 Judith Clurman and Cantor Bruce L. Ruben, Ph.D., Judith Clurman is an Emmy- and Grammy-nominated conductor, vocal educator and choral specialist.
Cantor Bruce L. Ruben, Ph.D., is the Director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Read More
The New Testament and Early Jewish-Christian Relations
Saturday, October 05, 2013 Shelly Matthews, Associate Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School
The Nuts and Bolts of Hispanic Outreach
Saturday, September 28, 2013 Rev. Dr. Luis C. Bernard, Read More
The Historical Jesus in a [Post-] Modern World
Saturday, September 21, 2013 Joe Bessler and Stephen Patterson, Read More
Vulnerability, Resistance, and Transformation
Saturday, September 21, 2013 Kristine Culp, Dean and Associate Professor of Theology, Disciples Divinity House, University of Chicago
Inauguration of Dr. Ed Waggoner
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The Trinity and Christian Coherence
Saturday, September 07, 2013 Charles Wood, Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine emeritus, Perkins School of Theology
Celebration and Fellowship
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Boundary Training: Healthy Relationships in Ministry
Friday, August 23, 2013 Joretta Marshall, Executive Vice President and Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Brite Divinity School
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Brite Student Orientation, Day 2
Friday, August 16, 2013 Various Presenters,
Brite Student Orientation, Day 1
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Understanding Unity in a Religiously Diverse World
Sunday, June 09, 2013 Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Harvard Divinity School