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Christian Scholars' Conference

[Archives of 2011 CSC]

Generative and Peer Reviewed Sessions

At the heart of the 2011 CSC are the Panel, Generative and Peer Review sessions that convene academics for collaboration and dialogue during six 90 minute time slots.  The following 91 sessions were selected and convened in these venues and time slots:


Thursday, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, Convener: “Fascination and Fear of Technology in American Literature and Culture”   Venue: AC 286

  • Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, The Dynamo and the Virgin and Henry Adams: Symbolism and the Angst of Modernity”
  • Ronna Privett, Lubbock Christian University, "’Entropy’ as Extended Metaphor: Disorganization and Chaos in Thomas Pynchon's Short Story”
  • James A. Herrick, Hope College, “The Narrative Foundations of Techno-Religion”
  • John Dominic Smith, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Jonathan W. Camp, Abilene Christian University, and Laura Carroll, Abilene Christian University, Conveners: “Taste and See That the Lord Is Good: Exploring Agrarian Theologies”   Venue: RAC 178

  • Laura Carroll, Abilene Christian University: “This I Believe: Theologies of Eating Local”
  • Jonathan W. Camp, Abilene Christian University: “All Things Are NOT Clean: Purity Codes in the Discourse of the Locavore Movement”
  • Phillip McMillion, Harding University Graduate School of Religion: “The Old Testament and the Land: Implications for Modern Land Use?”
  • Dorothy Collins Andreas, Pepperdine University, Respondent

Craig Detweiler, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Playing God: Ethics and Theology in Science Fiction Films”   Venue: CAC 214

  • John K. Bucher, Jr., Los Angeles Film Studies Center, “Faith in the Flux Capacitor: Redemption through the cinematic narrative device of time travel”
  • James A. Herrick, Hope College, “Science Fiction Narratives and the Ethics of Transhumanism”
  • Sarah-Jane Murray, Baylor University, “Redefining Providence: Fate vs. Free Will in The Adjustment Bureau

Christopher J. Dowdy, Southern Methodist University, Convener: “After Apology: A Conversation with Royce Money on Apology, Race, and Christian Higher Education”  Venue: Plaza 191 

  • Royce Money, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Norma Burgess, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Candace Jones, UCLA, Panelist
  • Vic McCracken, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Jerry Taylor, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • William L. Turner, Vanderbilt University, Panelist

Chris Gonzalez, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Family Science Meets God: Metaphors, Rituals, and Stories” (I)   Venue: RAC 175

  • Mike Goodman, Brigham Young University, David C. Dollahite, Brigham Young University, Loren D. Marks, Louisiana State University, and Emily Layton, Brigham Young University,  “Faith in Marriage and Family”
  • Heidi Morris, Abilene Christian University, “The Use of Bedtime Rituals to Promote Faith Development in Young Children”
  • Jackie Halstead, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Richard Goode, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Prison Higher Education: Rethinking Justice”   Venue: RAC 170

  • Jody Lewen, Executive Director of the Prison University Project, Patten University at San Quentin
  • Christin Shatzer, Director of Serving and Learning Together (SALT), Lipscomb University
  • Richard Goode, Coordinator of the Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) Programs

Robert E. Hooper, Lipscomb University, Emeritus, Convener: “Inspired by Great Teachers: Students’ Contributions to Scientific Understanding.”  Honorees: David Johnston, Lipscomb University (deceased) and Don England, Harding University, Emeritus   Venue: Great Books Reading Room

  • George Parks, Imago Energy, LLC, FuelScience, LLC (student of David Johnston), “What Would Jesus Drive?: Personal Mobility at the Close of the Petroleum Age”
  • David E. Smith, Heart Clinic Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas (student of Don England), “’When Does Life Begin?’ Christian Scientists and Bioethicists Must Respond”
  • Don England, Professor of Chemistry, Harding University, Emeritus, Response

Christopher R. Hutson, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “New Testament Exegesis I” (A Peer Reviewed Session)   Venue: AC 270

  • Olugbenga Olagunju, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, “Reading Jesus’ Healing Miracles (Mark 6:13; 7:31-37; and 8:22-26) in African Context”
  • John Harrison, Oklahoma Christian University, “’Neither Married nor Given into Marriage’: A Jesus-Saying on the Resurrected Body”
  • Ira J. Jolivet, Jr., Pepperdine University, “The Motif of Fear in Hebrews in the Context of the Hellenistic Tradition of Emotional Therapy”

Danny Matthews, Harding University, Convener: “Old Testament Panel Review of The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder   Venue: Plaza 190

  • Chris Heard, Pepperdine University, Review: “The Cosmic Temple: Cosmogony according to Genesis 1:1-2:3” and “The Ground of Being: The Drama of Dirt in Genesis 2:4b-3:24)"
  • Dave Bland, Harding University Graduate School of Religion, Review: “Behemoth and the Beagle: Creation according to Job 38-41”“Wisdom’s World: Cosmos as Playhouse in Proverbs 8:22-31”; and “The Dying Cosmos: Qoheleth’s Misanthropic Principle”
  • Robert Foster, SMU, Review “The Passion of the Creator: The Manifold Nature of Nature in Psalm 104” and “The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Emergence of New Creation in ‘Second Isaiah’"
  • William P. Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary (author), Response
  • Open Discussion

Jeff McCormack, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Beyond Boyer: Discovery at the Christian University”   Venue: Plaza 188

  • Jon Lowrance, Lipscomb University
  • Darryl Tippens, Pepperdine University
  • Charles Mattis, Abilene Christian University
  • Skip Trudeau, Taylor University

Thomas H. Olbricht, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Major Review Session: Ben Witherington, New Testament Rhetoric: An Introduction Guide to the Art of Persuasion in and of the New Testament (Wipf & Stock, 2009)”   Venue: AC 263

  • Scott Bartchy, UCLA, "The Foundation of Persuasiveness of New Testament Writers: A Review of Ben Witherington's New Testament Rhetoric," Review
  • Gary Selby, Pepperdine University, "Spiritual Formation as Mimesis and Christian Living," Review
  • Troy W. Martin, Saint Xavier University, "Modes, Categories, and Organization in Ben Witherington's Textbook," Review
  • Ben Witherington, Asbury Theological Seminary (Author), Response

Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “Attitudes, Practices, and Gendered Roles in Religious Contexts”  Venue: AC 290

  • Garry Bailey & Lori Ann Shaw, Abilene Christian University, "Examining the Relationships among Church of Christ Women's Attitudes towards Women's Roles in Religious Contexts, Attachment to God, Church Attendance and Educational Attainment"
  • Stephen Johnson & Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, "Gender Inclusivity in Church of Christ Congregations: A Descriptive Analysis, Part II"
  • Suzanne Fournier Macaluso, Pepperdine University, Respondent

Robert Stephen Reid, University of Dubuque, Convener: “The Built to Change Missional Challenge for Built to Last Congregations”   Venue: AC 261

  • Juanie Walker, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Rich Little, University Church of Christ, Panelist
  • Rhonda Lowry, Lipscomb University, Panelist

Gregory Straughn, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “Science and Music: an Evolving Reception”   Venue: Kresge Reading Room

  • Gregory Straughn, Abilene Christian University, “The Early Nineteenth-Century Zeitgeist of Science Fiction Theme Songs”
  • Travis McGuire, Texas A&M Commerce, “This Was Called an I Pod: Experimentation, electronics, and music in the ‘Whoniverse’”
  • Melanie Shaeffer, Abilene Christian University, “John Adam’s opera, Dr. Atomic: Inspired by Science Fiction, Dealing with Science's Realities”

Douglas Swartzendruber, Pepperdine University, Convener: “BioLogos – From Beginning to Present”   Venue: Plaza 189

  • Darrel Falk, Point Loma Nazarene University, Panelist
  • Karl Giberson, Eastern Nazarene College, Panelist
  • Kathryn Applegate, BioLogos, Panelist



Thursday, Luncheon Session
Douglas Swartzendruber, Pepperdine University, Convener: “BioLogos – Looking Ahead” (Luncheon Session)   Venue: Thornton

  • Darrel Falk, Point Loma Nazarene University, BioLogos President, Panelist
  • Karl Giberson, Eastern Nazarene College, BioLogos Vice President, Panelist
  • Kathryn Applegate, BioLogos Program Director, Panelist



Thursday, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Leonard Allen, Abilene Christian University Press, Convener: “The Christian Scholar’s Review: Celebrating Forty Years”   Venue: RAC 170

  • Don King, Christian Scholar’s Review, Montreat College, Presentation
  • Jerry Pattengale, Christian Scholar’s Review, Indiana Wesleyan University, Presentation

Dave Bland, Harding University Graduate School of Religion, Convener: “Major Review Session: Ben Witherington, New Testament Rhetoric: An Introduction Guide to the Art of Persuasion in and of the New Testament (Wipf & Stock, 2009)”  Venue: AC 263

  • Roy Jeal, Booth University College, "A Full-Bodied Analysis of the New Testament's Own Rhetorical Discourse: A Review of Ben Witherington's New Testament Rhetoric," Review
  • Steve Lemley, Pepperdine University, "Bringing before the Eyes in Classical Rhetoric: A Review of Ben Witherington's New Testament Rhetoric," Review
  • David Frank, University of Oregon, "Jewish Rhetoric in the New Testament: Two Friendly Quarrels with Witherington," Review
  • Ben Witherington, Asbury Theological Seminary (Author), Response

Ron Bruner, Westview Boys’ Home, Convener: “Re-imagining an Ecology of Spiritual Formation for Children in Churches of Christ”   Venue: Kresge Reading Room

  • Holly Catterton Allen, John Brown University: “Intergenerational Spiritual Ecology: Learning Theory Support for Multigenerational Formative Benefits”
  • Dana Kennamer Hood, Abilene Christian University: “Integrating Meditative Practices into the Spiritual Ecology of a Cognitive Tradition”
  • Ron Bruner, Westview Boys’ Home: “Diversifying an Ecology of Prayer for Intergenerational Spiritual Formation within a Rational Tradition”

Phillip G. Camp, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Narrative and Synchronic Readings of the Old Testament” (A Peer Reviewed Session)   Venue: AC 270

  • Daniel Oden, New York University, “Buried Hopes: Huldah’s Oracle and the Deposition of the King’s Body as Narrative/Prophetic Critique in the DTRH”
  • Mark R. Sneed, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent
  • Cambry Pardee, Loyola University, Chicago, “Genesis 1-3: the Ecological Efficacy of a Synchronic Reading”
  • Christopher Heard, Pepperdine University, Respondent

Randall Chesnutt, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Major Book Review: James W. Thompson, Hebrews (Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament)”  Venue: AC 286

  • Ira Jolivet, Pepperdine University, "Faith in Hebrews in the Context of the Hellenistic Tradition of Emotional Therapy," Review
  • Scott Mackie, Fuller Theological Seminary, "Encouraged by a 'Word of Exhortation': An Appraisal of Hebrews' Hortatory Materials in James W. Thompson's Hebrews Commentary," Review
  • Thomas H. Olbricht, Pepperdine University, "The Consciousness of Sin in Hebrews," Review
  • James W. Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

Beth Conway, Lipscomb, University, Steve Davis, Pepperdine University, and Jay Brewster, Pepperdine University, Conveners: “Building Undergraduate Research Programs at Liberal Arts Universities”   Venue: Plaza 191

  • Tim Van Wagoner, Oklahoma Christian University, Panelist
  • Lee Kats, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Michele LeBlanc, California Lutheran University, Panelist
  • Michael Feltner, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Greg Powell, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Beth Conway, Lipscomb University, Panelist

James Gorman, Baylor University, Convener, “Science and Philosophy in Stone-Campbell Movement History”   Venue: Great Books Reading Room

  • Alden Bass, Saint Louis University, “The Paranoid Style of Christian Apologetics: Apologetics Press and the Role of Science in the Churches of Christ, 1980-2005”
  • Mark Wiebe, Southern Methodist University, “Alexander Campbell on Rationality and the Problem of Evil”
  • Russ Kuykendall, Ottawa, Ontario, “Christian Faith After the Wars of Religion: A Comparison of John Locke’s Letter on Toleration (1689) and Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address (1809)”
  • Jerry Hudson, Willamette University, Respondent

Joshua Heyza, Northwestern University, Convener: “The Monstrosity of Christian Difference: God, Nature, and the Love of Others”   Venue: AC 261

  • Tristin S. Hassell, University of Michigan, Flint, “Trinity and the Body of Christ: Being-Reconciled as the Redemption of Essential Difference”
  • Justin Klassen, Austin College, “Monstrous Hospitality: Subverting the Ideological Function of Bacon’s Epistemology”

Jesse Long, Lubbock Christian University, Convener: “Archeology and the Bible”  Venue: RAC 175

  • John Wilson, Pepperdine University, “Paneas/Caesarea Philippi and the World of the Gospels”
  • Robert Cargill, UCLA, “Qumran”
  • Mark Shipp, Austin Graduate School of Theology, and Craig Bowman, Rochester College, “The 10th Century B.C. Fortress at Tamar and the Debate about Solomon”

Ted Parks, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Documentary as Prophetic Practice: A Manifesto for Film Studies in a Faith-Based Context”   Venue: CAC 214

  • Craig Detweiler, Pepperdine University, Respondent
  • Daniel Birman, University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Respondent
  • John Bucher, Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Respondent
  • Jeanine Varner, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

Mac Sandlin, Harding University, Convener: “Ecumenical Dialogue on Natural Theology: Catholic, Evangelical, and Neo-Orthodox Approaches”   Venue: RAC 178

  • John Nugent, Great Lakes Christian College, “Natural Theology in Stanley Hauerwas’s With the Grain of the Universe”
  • Matt Tapie, The Catholic University of America, “Thomas Aquinas on the Limits of Natural Theology and the Necessity of the People of Israel”
  • Chris Shrock, Baylor University, “C.S. Lewis and the Limits of Human Conscience”
  • Keith Stanglin, Harding University, Respondent

Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “The Role of Narrative in Gender-Role Discussions”  Venue: AC 290

  • Stephen Johnson, Abilene Christian University, "Telling True Stories: New Media and the Narrative of Experience in Theological Reflection"
  • Lauren LemleyLynette Sharp Penya, & Jordan Ziemer, Abilene Christian University, "Conceptualizing Her Role: An Analysis of Women's Roles Narratives in Blog Posts"
  • Cherisse Flanagan & Olivia Hodges, Abilene Christian University, "She Is Formed: Girls' Narratives of Identity Formation in Religious Contexts"
  • Dorothy Collins Andreas, Pepperdine University, Respondent

Jennifer Thweatt-Bates, Independent Scholar, Convener: "Theology, Science, and the Hermeneutics of Interdisciplinary Reason"   Venue: Plaza 189

  • Kenneth Reynhout, Princeton Theological Seminary, “Theology, Science, and the Hermeneutics of Interdisciplinary Reason”
  • David Mahfood, Abilene Christian University, Respondent
  • Fred Aquino, Abilene Christian University, Respondent




Friday, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 

Frederick Aquino, Abilene Christian University, Convener: "New Waves in Epistemology and Theology"   Venue: Plaza 188

  • Paul Moser, Loyola University, Chicago: “Expecting God's Evidence”
  • Frederick Aquino, Abilene Christian University: “Toward an Epistemology of Theology”
  • William Abraham, Southern Methodist University: “Brain Battles: Divine Action and Neuroscience”

Kindalee Pfremmer DeLong, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Leaven Presents the Gospel of Luke: A Table for All People”   Venue: RAC 175

  • David Matson, Hope International University, “‘Eating and Drinking Whatever They Provide’: Jew-Gentile Table Relations in Luke-Acts”
  • S. Scott Bartchy, UCLA, Respondent
  • Julia Lambert Fogg, California Lutheran University, Respondent
  • Heather E. Holland, Emmanuel School of Religion, Respondent

Christopher D. Doran, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Major Book Review: Reconciling the Bible and Science: A Primer on the Two Books of God by Lynn Mitchell and Kirk Blackard”   Venue: RAC 170

  • Donna Nofziger Plank, Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • James Foster, Princeton Theology Seminary, Reviewer
  • David Mahfood, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer
  • Lynn Mitchell, University of Houston (author), Response

Laurie Doyle, Lubbock Christian University, Convener: “Science and the Arts: When the Artist Needs Healing”  Venue: Riatt Recital Hall

  • Hope A. Martin, Lubbock Christian University, “Common Non-Trauma Related Injuries Among Musicians”
  • Melanie Emelio, Pepperdine University and Sharon Radionoff, Sound Singing Institute, Houston, TX, “Response to the Greatest Fear Performing Artists Face: Artists and Scientists Collaborate”
  • Vocal Demonstration with the Kwong Vocal Arts Laboratory

Ken Dunham, Faulkner University, Convener: “Church Conflict, Mediation & Resolution”   Venue: AC 290

  • Matt Vega, Faulkner University:  “Mandating Christian Mediation”
  • Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Charles Siburt, Abilene Christian University, Respondent
  • Carlos Gupton, Harding Graduate School of Religion, Respondent
  • Tim Pownall, Pepperdine University, Respondent

Chris Flanders, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “Missional Theology: The Practice of Theology for Congregations in a New Missional Era”   Venue: AC 263

  • Spencer Bogle, Southern Methodist University, “The Possibility of Missional Theology: Finding Ourselves in a Globalized World”
  • Mark Love, Rochester College, “We Are Being Saved: Soteriological Practice and Missional Imagination”

Bradley W. Griffin and Carolyn Hunter, Pepperdine University, Conveners: “A Death Performed, a Life Observed: A Performance and Discussion of Scenes from Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play, Wit    Venue: Lindhurst Theatre

  • Darryl Tippens, Pepperdine University, Moderator
  • Caroline Cicero, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Martha Highfield, California State University Northridge, Panelist
  • James R. Nichols, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • David E. Smith, Harding University, Panelist

Kraig Martin, Baylor University, Convener: “Divine Foreknowledge and Human Free Will”   Venue: RAC 178

  • David Hunt, Whittier College, “Simple Foreknowledge”
  • Garrett Pendergraft, Pepperdine University, “Ockhamism: Hard and Soft Facts”
  • Ron Highfield, Pepperdine University, “Harmony of Divine Sovereignty, Human Freedom, and Divine Foreknowledge: Beyond Human Rationality”
  • Kraig Martin, Baylor University, Respondent
  • Mark Wiebe, Southern Methodist University, Respondent

Kathy J. Pulley, Missouri State University, Convener: “Major Book Review Session: From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Plain Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism, by Darren Dochuk (Norton, 2010)”   Venue: Plaza 191

  • W. David Baird, Pepperdine University, Emeritus, Reviewer
  • Joshua Fleer, Florida State University, Reviewer
  • Richard Flory, University of Southern California, Reviewer
  • Caleb J.D. Maskell, Princeton University, Reviewer
  • Darren Dochuk, Purdue University (author), Respondent

Thomas Robinson, Manhattan Church of Christ, Convener: "Major Book Review: The Fire That Consumes: A Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment"   Venue: AC 286

  • Thomas Robinson, Manhattan Church of Christ, Reviewer
  • Gordon L. Isaac, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Reviewer
  • Stanley Helton, Tammany Oaks Church of Christ, LA, Reviewer
  • Edward W. Fudge, (author) Respondent

Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “Exploring the Limitations of a Gendered Theology on Christian College Campuses”   Venue: Kresge Reading Room

  • Jackie Halstead, Lipscomb University, "Attraction and Retention of Women Faculty in Faith-Based Institutions of Higher Learning"
  • Laura Carroll & Susan Lewis, Abilene Christian University, "Students' Attitudes toward Gender in Societal and Religious Contexts"
  • Mimi Barnard, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  • Jeanine Varner, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

Matt Tapie, The Catholic University of America, and Alden Bass, St. Louis University, Conveners: “David Bentley Hart on the Intersections of Scripture and Theology.”  An Address to the Third Annual Meeting of the Church of Christ Theology Students.
Sponsored by Pepperdine University’s Religion Division, Lipscomb University’s Hazelip School of Theology, Abilene Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology, Lubbock Christian University’s Department of Bible, and Abilene Christian University Press. Open to all conference attendees.   Venue: Plaza 190

  • David Bentley Hart, Providence College, “The Second Naivete: Allegorical and Critical Readings of Scripture”
  • Leonard Allen, Abilene Christian University Press, Respondent
  • Jeffrey Peterson, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Respondent
  • Jeff Cary, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent

C. Michael Williams, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Beyond the Clockwork Universe: Exploring God’s Interaction with the World”   Venue: Plaza 189

  • L. Alan Bradshaw, Lipscomb University, “A Dice-Playing God of the Universe: How Quantum Physics Informs Belief” 
  • Dwayne D. Simmons, UCLA, “God Reflected through Biology and Evolution: A Personal Journey” 
  • C. Michael Williams, Lipscomb University, “Between Demythologizing and Recontextualizing: Finding Room for God at the Intersection of Science and Faith”

Tim Willis, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Proclaiming Creator and Creation: Four Church Leaders Respond to William P. Brown’s, The Seven Pillars of Creation   Venue: AC 270

  • Michael Mudgett, Malibu Presbyterian Church, Malibu, CA, “Proclaiming Creator and Creation from the OT: Before and After the Bible”
  • Jason Locke, College Church of Christ, Fresno, CA, “Proclaiming Creator and Creation from Genesis”
  • Tom Eggebeen, Westchester, CA, “Proclaiming Creator and Creation from the Wisdom Tradition”
  • Daniel Jolliff, Simi Valley Church of Christ, Simi Valley, CA, “Proclaiming Creator and Creation from Isaiah”
  • William P. Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary (author), Response

John Wilson, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Major Book Review: James W. Thompson, Hebrews (Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament)”   Venue: AC 261

  • Heather Gorman, Baylor University, "Explaining the Word that is 'Hard to Explain': An Evaluation of the Rhetorical Analysis in James W. Thompson's Hebrews," Review
  • Ronald Cox, Pepperdine University, "Shaking Heaven: Between Eschatology and Ontology in James Thompson's Hebrews," Review
  • Ken Schenck, Indiana Wesleyan University, "The Removal of the Cosmos: Evaluating a Problematic Interpretation," Review
  • James W. Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Respondent



Friday, Lunch Roundtable
Lynette Sharp Penya and Stephen Johnson, Abilene Christian University, will lead a roundtable lunch discussion, “Gender-Role Research in Religious Contexts: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed.” Please join us for an interdisciplinary, mixed methods brainstorming session as we discuss plans for future research on gender roles in religious contexts. All disciplines and methodological approaches are welcome.  Venue: Hahn Fireside




Friday, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM  

Clifford Barbarick, Pepperdine, Convener: “Nature and Nature’s God: An Inquiry into the Christian Faith of John Muir”   Venue: Plaza 189

  • Paul J. Willis, Westmont College: “’He Hath Builded the Mountains’: John Muir’s God of Glaciers”
  • Jeffrey Bilbro, Baylor University, “Preserving ‘God’s Wildness’ for Redemptive Baptism: John Muir and the Disciples of Christ”
  • Tom Olbricht, Pepperdine University, Respondent

Daniel K. Brannan, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “Evolution and Theology” (A Peer Reviewed Session)   Venue: RAC 170

  • Joel Daniels, Boston University, “The Doctrine of the Soul in a Scientific World”
  • Blaine Smith & Evan Jones, Abilene Christian University, “Behavioral Epigenetics and Pastoral Care”
  • Vadim V. Kochetkov, Abilene Christian University, “Evolution and Moral Ontology: An Augustinian Approach to Animal Ethics"

Michael D. Brown, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs CBOC, Huntsville, AL, Convener: “Introducing the Science for Ministry Institute”   Venue: AC 290

  • Kenneth Reynhout, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Jennifer Thweatt-Bates, Independent Scholar

Phillip G. Camp, Lipscomb University, Convener: “How Far Is Too Far? The Limits of Scholarship at a Confessional School”   Venue: AC 263

  • Todd Bouldin, Pepperdine University (Law), Panelist
  • Stephen Contakes, Westmont College (Chemistry), Panelist
  • Todd Lake, Belmont University (Administration), Panelist
  • Tremper Longman, Westmont College (Old Testament), Panelist
  • Linda Peek Schacht, Lipscomb University (Communication), Panelist
  • Justin Topp, North Park University (Biology), Panelist

Christopher D. Doran, Pepperdine University, Convener: “People, Planet, Profit: Reflections on Teaching Sustainability”   Venue: Plaza 190

  • Simran Sethi, University of Kansas, Panelist
  • Christopher D. Doran, Pepperdine University, Panelist

Chris Gonzalez, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Family Science Meets God: Metaphors, Rituals, and Stories” (II)   Venue: Plaza 191

  • Julie Zaloudek, Independent Researcher, “Are You My Mother? Evangelical Perceptions and Ambiguities on Maternal God Images”
  • Gwen Parker Ames, Nyack College, “The Beloved Community Mission”
  • Joy Samuels, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Jackie L. Halstead, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Measurement of Spirituality”  Venue: RAC 178

  • Marianne McInnes-Miller, Alliant University, “Assessing the Spirituality of ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Clients: A Qualitative Perspective”
  • Peter Jankowski, Bethel University, “Conceptualizing and Measuring Spirituality: A Differentiation-Based Relational Paradigm”
  • Ty Mansfield, Texas Tech University, “Positing Spirituality as a Measurable Capacity, Exploring the Possibilities”
  • Clarence Hibbs, Pepperdine University, Respondent
  • Kent Rhodes, Pepperdine University, Respondent
  • Bill Schwarz, Western Christian College (Saskatchewan), Respondent

John Harrison, Oklahoma Christian University, Convener: "New Testament Exegesis II: Ecclesiology"   Venue: AC 270

  • Curt Niccum, Abilene Christian University, “Heaven Can’t Wait: The Church in Ephesians”
  • Christopher R. Hutson, Abilene Christian University, “Church Leadership in the Pastoral Epistles”
  • Allen Black, Harding University Graduate School of Religion, “Called to Be Holy: Ecclesiology in 1 Peter”
  • JC Thomas, Jr., Reseda Blvd. Church of Christ, Reseda, CA, Respondent
  • Wendell Willis, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

Michael Lasley, Santa Clara University, Convener: “Crime Fiction, Science, and the Battle Between Good and Evil” (A Peer Reviewed Session)   Venue: AC 286

  • Jonathan Reinhardt, University of Chicago: “Child-Snatchers: The Pedophile as Criminal Archvillain and Fictions of Innocence in the Contemporary Narrative of Good and Evil”
  • Darlene Beaman, Lone Star Community College, “The Supernatural vs. the Laboratory: Can God exist in Modern Crime Fiction?”
  • Michael Lasley, Santa Clara University, Respondent

Mark Love, Rochester College, Convener: “Review Session: The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (2011)”   Venue: RAC 175

  • Mark Lau Branson, Fuller Theological Seminary, Reviewer
  • Chris Flanders, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer
  • Matti-Velli Karkkainen, Fuller Theological Seminary, Reviewer
  • Dwight Zscheile, Luther Seminary (author), Respondent

Nancy Magnusson Durham, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Christian University Presidents Reveal Their Strategies for Leading Influential Institutions of Higher Learning into the Next Decade”   Venue: Plaza 188

  • Tracey Hebert, Lipscomb University, “The Higher Education Mission and Maintenance of a Contract with Religious Constituency”
  • Andrew Benton, President, Pepperdine University, Respondent
  • Randy Lowry, President, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Richard Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary, Respondent
  • Mike O’Neal, President, Oklahoma Christian University, Respondent

Marcus Miller, The University of Alabama, Baritone, Convener: “Sacred Echoes: An Overview of Selected Western Sacred Vocal Music Genres”    Venue: Riatt Recital Hall

  • Jean Miller, Lipscomb University, Soprano, Respondent
  • J. Bradley Baker, The University of Alabama, Piano, Respondent
  • Sally Reid, Lipscomb University, Oboe, Respondent
  • Alan Suska, Lipscomb University, Trumpet, Respondent
  • Alan Cope, Asbury Theological Seminary, Respondent

Stacy L. Patty, Lubbock Christian University, and Greg Powell, Abilene Christian University, Conveners: “Honors College Undergraduate Research in the Sciences”  Venue: Great Books Reading Room

  • Stephanie Vander-Plas, Lubbock Christian University, “The FDA and NTDS: A Study of the Efficacy of Folic Acid Fortification on Pregnancy”
  • David Kempe, Abilene Christian University, “Microwave Chemistry: A Better Way to Make Potential Anti-Cancer Agents”
  • Rachel Saylor, Lipscomb University, “Targeting Metal-Based Cancer Drugs to Tumors”

Kathy J. Pulley, Missouri State University, Convener: “Including Women in Worship, Teaching, and Leadership Roles: Changing Times Among Some Churches of Christ”  Venue: Kresge Reading Room

  • John T. Willis, Abilene Christian University & Fifth and Highland Church of Christ, Abilene, TX, Panelist
  • Stuart L. Love, Pepperdine University & University Church of Christ, Malibu, CA, Panelist
  • Robert M. Randolph, MIT, & Brookline Church of Christ, Brookline, MA, Panelist
  • M. Patrick Graham, Emory University & Northlake Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA, Panelist
  • Ken Cukrowski, Abilene Christian University & Minter Lane Church of Christ, Abilene, TX, Respondent




Saturday, 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Leonard Allen, Abilene Christian University Press, Convener: “The Green Scholars Initiative—New Access to Our Ancient Heritage”   Venue: Kresge Reading Room

  • Scott Carroll, Green Collection, Presentation
  • Jerry Pattengale, Green Scholars Initiative, Indiana Wesleyan University, Presentation

Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Pepperdine University School of Law, Convener: "The Bible and the Law"   Venue: Plaza 191

  • David VanDrunen, Westminster Seminary California, “Creation, Fall, and the Patriarchs”
  • Tremper Longman, Westmont College, “The Mosaic Law”
  • Leslie Alford, Pepperdine University, “The Wisdom Literature and the Law”
  • Dallas Willard, University of Southern California, “Jesus and the Civil Law”

Craig Detweiler, Pepperdine University, Convener: "Cool It: Screening"   Venue: Lindhurst Theatre
Chris Doran, Pepperdine University, Convener: "The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder: Review, Conversation between William P. Brown and John Polkinghorne, and audience participation"   Venue: Plaza 189

  • John Polkinghorne, Reviewer and Conversation Partner
  • William P. Brown (author), Respondent

Jeremy Elliott, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “Christian Ecocriticism”   Venue: RAC 170

  • Jeremy Elliott, Abilene Christian University, “Ecocriticism, and How it Matters to Christian Scholars”
  • Perry Harrison, Abilene Christian University, “Ecocriticism and the Modernist Tradition”
  • Jan Harris, Lipscomb University, “An Ecocritical Look at Mary Oliver”

Chris Flanders
, Abilene Christian University and Mark Love, Rochester College, Conveners: “Learning from Leaders of Missional Congregations”   Venue: AC 270

  • Jason Locke, College Church of Christ, Fresno
  • Mark Mannassee, Culver Palms Church of Christ, Los Angeles/Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Nathan Pickard, New Market Church of Christ, Ontario, Canada, “Creating An Intellectual Space for the Reading Strategy, Dwelling in the Word”

Carl Holladay, Emory University, Convener: “Galen’s On the Avoidance of Distress: Discovery, Text, and Moral Therapy”   Venue: Plaza 188

  • Trevor Thompson, Abilene Christian University, and Clare Rothschild, Lewis University, “Galen’s On the Avoidance of Distress: Discovery and Text”
  • John Fitzgerald, University of Miami, "On the Avoidance of Distress and Greco-Roman Moral Philosophy"
  • Richard Wright, Oklahoma Christian University, "On the Avoidance of Distress and the New Testament"

Paul Howard, Oklahoma Christian University, Convener: “Teacher Beliefs about the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics: A Christian Perspective”   Venue: AC 261

  • Saeed Sarani, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, “Mathematical Beliefs and Teacher Effectiveness: A Study of Elementary Students Sustaining Conceptual Understanding of Doing Mathematics”
  • Robyn Miller, Oklahoma Christian University, Panelist
  • Paul Howard, Oklahoma Christian University, Panelist

John M. Jones, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator. In Honor of his 100th Birthday”   Venue: Plaza 190

  • Larry Bumgardner, Pepperdine University, “Ronald Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Study in Similarities”
  • Craig R. Smith, California State University at Long Beach, “Isocratean Exploration of the 1960s Transformation of Ronald Reagan: From Actor and Corporate Pitchman to Legitimate Contender as California Governor”
  • John M. Jones, Pepperdine University, “Reagan at Westminster: Foreshadowing the End of the Cold War”
  • Steven S. Lemley, Pepperdine University, Respondent

JoAnn D. Long, Lubbock Christian University, and Convener: “Using Technology for Dietary Measurement and Health Promotion”   Venue: Surf Room (Library)

  • Toby Rogers, Lubbock Christian University
  • Laurel Littlefield, Baylor University
  • Carol Boswell, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Odessa
  • Gina Kuenzi, Lubbock Christian University
  • Paul Watson, Cole Mill Road Church of Christ, Consumer Panel Respondent
  • Karl Mahan, Technology Panel Respondent
  • Mark Boswell, Technology/Consumer Panel Respondent

James E. Miller, Harding University, Convener: “Connected to Faith: A Generative Session that Explores Social Media Use and Spiritual Wellness Among Christian College Students”   Venue: RAC 178

  • James E. Miller, Harding University and Keith Cronk, Harding University, Presenters
  • Carlos Gupton, Johnson Bible College, Respondent
  • Rich Little, University Church of Christ, Respondent
  • Stephanie M. Eddlemann, Hardin University, Respondent

Donna Nofziger Plank, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Enhancing Science Education Through the Incorporation of Ethics”   Venue: AC 286

  • Jim Nichols, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Victor McCracken, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Donna Nofziger Plank, Pepperdine University, Panelist

Jack Reese, Abilene Christian University, and Todd Bouldin, Pepperdine University, Conveners: "Sexual and Domestic Abuse in the Churches of Christ: Theological and Clinical Perspectives"   Venue: AC 290

  • Pat Keifert, Luther Seminary, Panelist
  • Paul Watson, Cole Mill Road Church of Christ, Panelist
  • Janice Massey, Duke University, Panelist
  • Robbie Hutchens, Signet House, Smyrna, TN, Panelist
  • Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Panelist

Brad Reid, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Panel Discussion of Corporate Social Responsibility, the Role of Christian Behavior, and Environmental Change”   Venue: RAC 175

  • Monty Lynn, Abilene Christian University, Panelist 
  • Ben Hutchinson, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Dodd Galbreath, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Michael Sadler, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Brad Reid, Lipscomb University, Panelist

John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Poetry in the Modern Age of Science”   Venue: Great Books Reading Room

  • John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, “Poetry in the Modern Age of Science”
  • Jeffrey Schultz, Pepperdine University, “Our Daily Disaffirmation: Poetry and the Preservation of Negative Thinking”
  • Troy Jollimore, California State University - Chico, “Poetry, Science, and the Speechlessness of Things”

C. Michael Williams, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Living at the Intersection of Science and Faith: A Dialogue About Constructive Interaction”   Venue: AC 263

  • Frederick D. Aquino, Abilene Christian University (Theology)
  • Edward J. Larson, Pepperdine University (History of Science and Law)
  • J. Dominic Smith, Lipscomb University (Chemistry and Law)
  • C. Michael Williams, Lipscomb University (New Testament)




Saturday, 10:30 AM - Noon

Todd Bouldin, Pepperdine University, Convener: “A Review of James Davison Hunter’s To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World   Venue: AC 290

  • John Seel, nCore Media, Review
  • Todd Bouldin, Pepperdine University, Review
  • Lee Camp, Lipscomb University, Review
  • John York, Lipscomb University, Review
  • Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran, Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Review

Cathy Box, Lubbock Christian University, Convener: “Assessment in the K-12 Science Classroom: Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back"   Venue: AC 261

  • Cathy Box, Lubbock Christian University, “Assessment for Learning: Students, Teachers and Change”
  • Jan Chappuis, Pearson Assessment Training Institute, “Characteristics of Effective Feedback and Why They Matter to Learning”
  • Steve Chappuis, Pearson Assessment Training Institute, “Balanced Assessment Systems in the School and Classroom”
  • Dana Kennamer Hood, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

Randall Chesnutt, Pepperdine University, Convener: “How Can We Crave the Milk? Hermeneutical Reflections on a Petrine Metaphor”   Venue: AC 270

  • Karen H. Jobes, Wheaton College, “’Got Milk?’ 1 Peter 2:1–3 Revisited”
  • Kelly D. Liebengood, LeTourneau University, “Augustine con Leche: Reading 1 Peter 2:2 in light of Augustine’s Theology of Spiritual Formation”
  • Clifford A. Barbarick, Pepperdine University, “Craving the Milk in 1 Peter: The Pattern of Christ as Salvific Nourishment”
  • Ken Durham, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Craig Detweiler, Pepperdine University, Convener: "Cool It: Discussion with the Filmmaker"   Venue: Lindhurst Theatre

  • Terry Botwick, Cool It Producer

Kelly Elliott
, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “God in the Wilderness: Spiritual and Geographic Frontiers”   Venue: RAC 170

  • Heather Weidner, Abilene Christian University, “New Worlds, Old Texts: Disaster and Deliverance Narratives in the British Atlantic World”
  • Nate Wiewora, University of Delaware, “’A Religion Run into Madness by Zealots and Hypocrites’: Anti-Mormonism and the Construction of Antebellum Evangelical Identity”
  • Kelly Elliott, Abilene Christian University, “’Unconquered Realms of Paganism:’ Depictions of Difference in British Missionary Publications, 1800-1840”
  • Stewart Davenport, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

Richard Goode, Professor of History, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Academically Adrift: An Indictment of Irresponsibility”   Venue: RAC 178

  • Joshua Perry, (Business Law and Ethics), Indiana University
  • Darlene Rivas, (History and Latin American Studies), Pepperdine University
  • Christin Shatzer, (Service Learning), Lipscomb University
  • Richard Goode, (History), Lipscomb University

Jessica Hooten, University of Mary Hardin–Baylor, Convener: “Walker Percy: Science and Literature” (A Peer Reviewed Session)   Venue: RAC 175

  • Kyle Matthew Oliver, Virginia Theological Seminary: “’No End to the Mystery’: Scientist-as-Prince, Scientist-as-Scientist, and what One has to do with the Other in Lost in the Cosmos
  • Roger Stanley, Union University: “Tom More: Dystopian in Two Ages of Scientism”
  • Jennifer Harger, University of Texas: “Healing the Breach: Walker Percy, Jacques Maritain, and the ‘Two Cultures’”

Rick R. Marrs, Pepperdine University, Convener: Isaiah 1-39: A Commentary on First Isaiah (Hermeneia) – A Panel Discussion of the Forthcoming Commentary by J.J.M. Roberts”   Venue: Plaza 188

  • Timothy Willis, Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • Christopher Hays, Fuller Theological Seminary, Reviewer
  • Kindalee DeLong, Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • J. J. M. Roberts, Princeton Theological Seminary, Emeritus (author), Response

Vic McCracken, Abilene Christian University: Convener: “Science, Faith, and the New Atheism: A Dialogue”   Venue: Plaza 189

  • Frederick Aquino, Abilene Christian University (Summary paper)
  • John Polkinghorne, Respondent
  • David Bentley Hart, Respondent

Curt Niccum, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “The Use of Jewish Literature in Early Christianity: Incorporation, Interpretation, and Adaptation of the First Testament and ‘Intertestamental’ Literature by Christians in the First Three Centuries of the Common Era” (A Peer Reviewed Session)   Venue: AC 286

  • Ronald Cox, Pepperdine University, “Wisdom Christology? Why Jesus’ Role as Creator Should Give us Pause About a Well-worn Assumption”
  • Jeffrey Peterson, Austin Graduate School of Theology, “The Pre-Pauline Christological Catena in 1 Cor 15:3–4”
  • Peter Rice, Baylor University, “The Samuel Childhood Cycle in Luke 1-2”

Garrett Pendergraft, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Christian Epistemology: A Review of Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today”   Venue: Plaza 191

  • Darryl Tippens, Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • Mary Poplin, Claremont Graduate University, Reviewer
  • Dallas Willard, University of Southern California, Response

Gary S. Selby, Pepperdine University, Convener: “Darwin and The Sublime: A Point of Dialogue And Civic Action For Science, Engaged Citizens and Communities of Faith”  Venue: AC 263

  • John Angus Campbell, University of Washington, Emeritus, Presenter: “Darwin and The Sublime: A Point of Dialogue And Civic Action For Science, Engaged Citizens and Communities of Faith”
  • Rodney Honeycutt, Pepperdine University (Biology), Respondent
  • Jeff Cary, Lubbock Christian University (Theology), Respondent

Session Sponsor: Pepperdine University Center for Faith and Learning

Nancy W. Shankle, Abilene Christian University, Convener: “The Uncertainty Principle: A Panel Discussion on Teaching Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen”    Venue: Kresge Reading Room

  • Nancy W. Shankle, Abilene Christian University, Moderator
  • Lisa Siefker Bailey, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, Panelist
  • Matthew G. Hearn, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Heidi Gabrielle Nobles, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Kimberly Reed, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Dawne Swearingen, Abilene Christian University, Panelist

J. Richard Thompson, Lipscomb University, Convener: “Lethal Injection for Capital Punishment: Pharmacological, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives”   Venue: Plaza 190

  • J. Richard Thompson, Lipscomb University, “Discovery and Development of Sodium Thiopental: An Agent of Deliverance or Death?”
  • The Honorable James O. Browning, United States District Judge, Albuquerque, New Mexico, “Legal Perspectives on Capital Punishment: What is Cruel and Unusual?”
  • John Nugent, Great Lakes Christian College, "The End of Sacrifice: A Christian Ethicist's Perspective on Capital Punishment”