Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

[2013 Archive]

Session 1—Thursday, 9-10:30 AM


“Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry: Responses from a Stone-Campbell Perspective” Pt. I. - Ezell 138

Gary Holloway, World Convention of Churches of Christ, Convener

· Robert Welsh, Council on Christian Unity, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

· John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb University

· Mark Weedman, Crossroads College


“Beyond Defensiveness, Resignation, and Proof Texts: Preparing Christian Teacher Candidates to Think Deeply about Ethics in Professional Practice.” - Ezell 207

Dana Kennamer Pemberton, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Sheila Delony, Abilene Christian University, “Teacher Reflection as Faith-Informed Ethical Practice”

· Andrew Huddleston, Abilene Christian University, “Ethics in High-Stakes Testing”

· Ken Badley, George Fox University, “Teaching for Character in an Age of Celebrity”

· Candice McQueen, Lipscomb University, Respondent


“Civil Rights and the Churches of Christ.” - Ezell 107

Tanya Smith Brice, Baylor University, Convener

· Amanda Pittman, Duke University, “Catholics, Communists, and Civil Rights: Political Engagement and Churches of Christ in the Civil Rights Era”

· Lynn Mitchell, Jr., University of Houston, “Lower Rio Grande Valley Churches and Civil Rights”

· Freddie Lorick, Jr., Oklahoma Christian University, Respondent

· Robert Davis, Oklahoma Christian University, Respondent


“A Conversation on the Future of Christian Ethics with Charles Mathewes.” - Ezell 136

Shaun Casey, Wesley Theological Seminary, Convener

· Shaun Casey, Wesley Theological Seminary

· Charles Mathewes, University of Virginia


“Ethical Christian Interaction with Vulnerable Children.” - Ezell 238 (Missions Center)

Ron Bruner, Westview Boys’ Home, Convener

· Frank Lilley, Vanderbilt Divinity School, “Orphans and the Household of God: Oikonomia and International Adoption”

· Beth Robinson, Lubbock Christian University, “A Modern Call of James 1:27”

· Ron Bruner, Westview Boys’ Home, “Luke 15 Redux: Coping with Premature Departures”

· Denis' Thomas, Lipscomb University, Respondent 


“Generational Change, Business Organizations, and Business Ethics Education.” - Ezell 109

Richard Lytle, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Gary Skidmore, COO DachisGroup

· Jennifer Golden, Abilene Christian University, Marketing

· Andy Little, Abilene Christian University, Law 

· Richard Lytle, Abilene Christian University Marketing

· John Neill, Abilene Christian University, Accounting

· Scott Stovall, Abilene Christian University, Accounting


“The History and Practice of New Testament Interpretation.” - Ezell 155

John Harrison, Oklahoma Christian University, Convener

· Michael Strickland, Amridge University, “The Evangelical Scholar’s Ethical Dilemma, or When Critical Findings are at Odds with the Faith Community: The Trials of A.B. Bruce and Robert Gundry”

· Joe Gordon, Marquette University, “Deification by Ascent: Paul’s Ascent (2 Cor 12:1-10) in its Historical and Theological Contexts”


“Intersections of the Stone-Campbell and Mormon Restoration Movements.” - Ezell 205

Joshua Fleer, Florida State University, Convener

· Joel A. Brown, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, “The Peculiar Institution and the Stone-Campbell and Mormon Restoration Movements”

· Sean Patrick Webb, Texas Tech University, “The Kingdom of God against the State: Conflict with the Government in the Thought of Brigham Young and David Lipscomb”

· Nathaniel Wiewora, University of Delaware, “'Something New'?: Campbellites and the Book of Mormon”

· David Edwin Harrell, Auburn University, Emeritus, Respondent


“Introduction to the New Testament.” - Ezell 363

James Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Carl R. Holladay, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

· M. Eugene Boring, Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, Emeritus

· David A. Fiensy, Kentucky Christian University

· Kenneth Cukrowski, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer

· Jerry Sumney, Lexington Theological Seminary, Reviewer


“Law and the Bible: Justice, Mercy, and Legal Institutions.” - Burton 117

Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Pepperdine University, Convener

· Randy Beck, University of Georgia, “Creation, Fall, and the Patriarchs”

· William Brewbaker, University of Alabama, “The History of Israel”

· Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Pepperdine University, “Jesus”

· Jimmy McCarty, Emory University, “The Early Church”


“Modeling Intentional Community: Exploring the Alternatives.” - Ezell 232

Nathan Bills, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Kent Smith, Abilene Christian University, Panelist

· Brandon Young, Abilene Christian University, Panelist

· Alden Bass, Lotus House Community and St. Louis University, Panelist

· Jason Adkins, Casteneca Community, Nashville, TN, Panelist 

· Maria Russell Kenney, Communality, Lexington KY and Asbury Theological Seminary, Respondent 


“Power, Polis, and the People of God: Contemporary Appropriations of John Howard Yoder.” - Burton 184

John Nugent, Great Lakes Christian College, Convener

· John Nugent, Great Lakes Christian College, “Kingdom of Priests: An Underdeveloped Image of the Church”

· Branson Parler, Kuyper College, “Pioneering Culture: John Howard Yoder, the Church, and the Common Good”

· Ted Troxell, Central Michigan University, “The Politics of Practice: Postanarchism and Theology in Conversation”


“Teaching Evolution & Creationism: The Choices We Make that Impact Our Students.” - Burton 214

Donna Nofziger-Plank, Pepperdine University, Convener

· Kirt Martin, Lubbock Christian University

· Stephen Davis, Pepperdine University 


“Tobias Wolff and the Moral Story.” - Ezell Andrews

John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, Convener

· Forrest Anderson, Catawba College, “A Learned Sin:  Academic Integrity in the Fiction of Tobias Wolff”

· Allen Keller, Florida State University, “Humor and Brutality: How Tobias Wolff Uses Satire to Highlight Humanity’s Dark Side”

· Lisa Siefker Bailey, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, “Memory Has Its Own Story to Tell: Truth and Narrativity in Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life

· John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, “Tobias Wolff and the Moral Story”


“What is the Future of the Sermon?” - Ezell 263

Chris Altrock, Highland Church of Christ, Memphis, Tennessee and Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology, Co-Conveners

· Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ (Portland, Oregon) & George Fox Evangelical Seminary

· Bob Palmer, Sulphur Well Church of Christ, Springville, TN, Small Church

· Jerry Taylor, Abilene Christian University and Joshua Jackson, North Atlanta Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA, African American Church

· Chris Smith, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, Nashville, TN Suburban Church

· Todd Flowers, Inner City Church of Christ, Nashville, TN, Inner City Church


Session 2—Thursday, 1:45-3:15 PM


“Authors: Reading the Moral Story and Poem.” - Ezell 263

John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, Convener

· Ed Madden, University of South Carolina

· Allen Keller, Florida State University

· Forrest Anderson, Catawba College


“Capitalism Business Narratives.” - Ezell 138

Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Charles Frasier and Bill Ingram, Lipscomb University, “Social Consequences of Enhancing Shareholder Wealth”

· Brad Reid, Lipscomb University, “Development of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Harvard Business Review”


“Coming to Peace by Being Peaceable? Responding to Michael T. McRay’s Letters from ‘Apartheid Street’: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine.” - Ezell 109

Phyllis Hildreth, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Richard Hughes, Messiah College, Reviewer

· Richard Beck, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer

· Tamara Ambar Losel, Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Reviewer

· Michael McRay, Trinity College Dublin at Belfast, Respondent 


“Ethical Teaching in the Petrine Epistles.” - Ezell 155

Mark Black, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Cliff Barbarick, Abilene Christian University, “‘Following in His Steps’: Reclaiming a Petrine Metaphor from Legalistic Individualism”

· Brad East, Yale University, “Patiently Awaiting the Death and Resurrection of the Universe: Eschatological Memory and Ecological Ethics in 2 Peter 3:1-13”


“Ethics and the Law.” - Ezell 301

Mark Lanier, Lanier Law Firm, Convener

· Ken Starr, Baylor University, President

· Jeff Boyd, Texas Supreme Court Justice

· Ron Phillips, Pepperdine University School of Law, Dean Emeritus

· Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University,  President

· Mark Lanier, Lanier Law Firm


“Ethics in Constantinian Company: Recovering Theological Resources for Ethics in Imperial Times.” - Ezell 363

Christopher J. Dowdy, Southern Methodist University, Convener

· Charles Mathewes, University of Virginia

· Shaun Casey, Wesley Theological Seminary

· Vic McCracken, Abilene Christian University

· Julie Mavity Maddalena, Southern Methodist University

· Tanya Brice, Baylor University


“An Exploration of the Development of Ethics and Character.” - Burton 117

Candice McQueen, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Terrance Olson & Lloyd Newell, Brigham Young University, “A Moral Starting Point for Moral Education”

· Dan Shepherd, Indiana Wesleyan University, “Jesus’ Ethical Development of His Disciples: Foundations for Curriculum and Instruction in Character  Education”   

· Amanda Thorpe, Cornerstone University, “The Case for Christian Worldview Integration in Professional Education”

· Trace Hebert, Lipscomb University, Respondent 


“The Fierce Urgency of Now: Strategies for Social Change Within the Churches of Christ.” - Ezell 136

Jeffrey R. Baker, Pepperdine University School of Law, Convener

· James W. McCarty III, Emory University

· Jennifer Jeanine Thweatt-Bates, Theologian-at-Large

· Travis Stanley, First Christian Church, Abilene, Texas

· Natalie Magnusson, Rochester College, Panelist


“Major Book Review Session: Moral Formation according to Paul: The Context and Coherence of Pauline Ethics by James Thompson.” - Ezell 107

Trevor W. Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Carl R. Holladay, Emory University, Reviewer

· Gregory Sterling, Yale University Divinity School, Reviewer

· Raymond F. Collins, Brown University, Reviewer

· James W. Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


 “Old Testament Theology of Prayer.” - Ezell 207

Phillip Camp, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Elaine Phillips, Gordon College, “'The Prayer of the Upright': Confession, Accusation, and Intercession in Wisdom Literature Prayers”

· Timothy Willis, Pepperdine University, “Kings as Servants: Reading the Prayers of Israel’s Kings” 

· John T. Willis, Abilene Christian University, “Prayer in the Major Prophets” 


“The Power of Story and Storytelling I: The Influence of Tolkien’s Faërie in Twenty-First Century Culture.” - Ezell 205

Mikee Delony, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Elizabeth Bernhardt, Abilene Christian University, “The Ethics of the Borderlands”

· Brett Butler, Abilene Christian University, “The Domestication of Dragons in 21st Century Fantasy Literature”

· Gregory Jeffers, Abilene Christian University, “Resistance and Oppression: Socialist Theory and Christianity in The Lord of the Rings”

· Melissa Weaver, Abilene Christian University, “Galadriel and the Power of the Feminine Prophetic”


“Seeing the Unseen: Mimesis and Religious Experience in Early Christian Rhetoric and Contemporary Homiletics.” - Ezell 232

Robert S. Reid, Dubuque University, Convener

· Gary S. Selby, Pepperdine University, Presenter

· Joel Gregory, Baylor University, Respondent

· Robert S. Reid, Dubuque University, Respondent


“The Value of High School Research for Universities, Students, and Secondary Educators.” - Ezell Andrews

Christopher Shrock, Baylor University and the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Convener

· James Baird, Oklahoma Christian University

· Carrie Abood, Lipscomb University

· Edna Manning, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, President Emeritus


Session 3—Friday, 9-10:30 AM


“Augustinian Thoughts for the Twenty-First Century: A Panel on the Political Theology of Charles T. Mathewes.” - Burton 214

James W. McCarty III, Emory University, Convener

· Jeanine Thweatt-Bates, Theologian-at-Large, Evil and the Augustinian Tradition

· John Senior, Wake Forest School of Divinity, A Theology of Public Life

· Victor McCracken, Abilene Christian University, The Republic of Grace: Augustinian Thoughts for Dark Times

· Charles T. Mathewes, University of Virginia, Respondent


“Business Deans Speak Out: Teaching Ethics in Business Schools.” - Ezell 136

Bryan Burks, Harding University, Convener

· Bryan Burks, Dean, Harding University

· Turney Stevens, Dean, Lipscomb University

· Richard Lytle, Dean, Abilene Christian University

· David Khadanga, Dean, Faulkner University

· Mark Steiner, Dean, Freed-Hardeman University

· Phil Lewis, Dean, Oklahoma Christian University


“Church of Christ Graduate Students in Theology.” - Ezell 205

David Mahfood, Southern Methodist University, Convener. A peer reviewed session.

· Vadim Kochetkov, Abilene Christian University, “The Value of Autonomy in the Apocalyptic Thought of Barton Stone and David Lipscomb: Amending Richard Hughes’ Proposition”

· Joe Kauslick, Abilene Christian University, “Learning to Love: Public Engagement as Christian Practice”

· Jarrod Longbons, University of Nottingham, “You Can’t Have One Without the Other: Human Ecology and the Ecology of Nature”


“Churches of Christ and Racism: Engaging Two New Books (Shattering the Illusion & Unfinished Reconciliation).” - Ezell 107

Leonard Allen, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Dennis Dickerson, Vanderbilt University, Reviewer

· David Jones, Schrader Lane Church of Christ, Nashville, Reviewer

· Royce Money, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer

· Wes Crawford, Author, Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence, Respondent

· Gary Holloway, Editor, Unfinished Reconciliation: Justice, Racism, and Churches of Christ Revised and expanded edition, Respondent


“Disqualified for the Prize: Ethical Dilemmas in Pastoral Ministry.” - Ezell 238 (Missions Center)

Curtis D. McClane, Johnson University, Convener

· Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University, “Minister Transitions: Work Adjustment Theory and God’s Call”

· Stephen Carman, Capella University, “The Relationship Between Pastoral Leader Style and Ethical Dilemmas”

· Richard Humphrey, Oxford Graduate School, “Christlikeness: Ethics and the Pastoral Ministry”

· Curtis D. McClane, Johnson University, “The ‘Deep Pain’ of Forced Termination as a Catalyst for Leadership Development”


“Does the Holy Spirit really ‘Work?’: Spirit Aggression in the Gospel according to Luke.” - Burton 117

Paul Watson, Amridge University, Convener

· Stuart Love, Pepperdine Universtiy, “Does the Holy Spirit really ‘Work?’: Spirit Aggression in the Gospel according to Luke”

· Kindalee Pfremmer DeLong, Pepperdine University, Respondent

· Chris Hutson, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

· Mark Matson, Milligan College, Respondent


“John H. Miller and M. S. Mason:  A Pictorial Perspective.” - Ezell 211

Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University

· Arthur L. Shearin, “John H. Miller and M. S. Mason:  A Pictorial Perspective”

· Thomas H. Olbricht, Pepperdine University, Emeritus, Respondent

· Robert E. Hooper, Lipscomb University, Emeritus, Respondent


“Major Book Review Session: The God of Second Chances: Finding Hope Through the Prophets of Exile by Ron Clark.” - Ezell 207

John Siburt, City Square (Dallas, Texas), Convener

· Rodney Ashlock, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer

· Denis' Thomas, Lipscomb University, Reviewer

· Larry James, City Square (Dallas, Texas), Reviewer

· Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ (Portland Oregon) & George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Respondent 


 Oleanna: The Talk-back Session.” - Shamblin Theatre

Greg Greene, Blackbird Theater and Wes Driver, Blackbird Theater, Co-Conveners

· Mike Fernandez, Lipscomb University

· David Compton, Actor (John)

· Jennifer Richmond, Actor (Carol)

· Greg Greene, Blackbird Theater, Managing Director

· Wes Driver, Blackbird Theater, Artistic Director

· Larry Bridgesmith, Bone, McAllester & Norton Law, Nashville, TN


“The Power of Story and Storytelling II: Tolkien’s Faërie in Twenty-First Century Print and Visual Texts.” - Ezell, Swang Chapel

Mikee Delony, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Amelia Emery, Abilene Christian University, “Empowered by Story: Instruction Through Mythology in Armageddon’s Children”

· Christina Johnson, Abilene Christian University, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Examining the Disney Princesses’ Ethical Definitions of the Female Gender”

· Suzanne Shedd, Abilene Christian University, “‘This Whole Quest for Love’: The Ethics of Myth in The Bachelor"

· Darlene Beaman, Lone Star College, “Modern Day Depictions of Monsters in Grimm's Fairy Tales”                          


“Reading the Old Testament with John T. Willis: The Book of Psalms.” - Ezell 109

Timothy M. Willis, Pepperdine University and Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Co-Conveners

· James L. Crenshaw, Vanderbilt University, Emeritus, “With Eyes Lifted toward Heaven: John T. Willis as Interpreter of Psalms”

· William H. Bellinger, Jr., Baylor University, “On Pilgrimage with John T. Willis: The View from Psalm 133”

· Toni Craven, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, [Title Forthcoming]

· John T. Willis, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


“Reflections on Medical Ethics.” - Ezell 363

Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., Weill Cornell Medical College, Convener

· Joseph Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College, “What is the Role of the Medical Ethicist Today?”

· Jennifer Roberts, Boise, Idaho, “Psychiatry and Terminal Care”

· Mark Lanier, Lanier Theological Library, “Defensive Medicine and Threat of Litigation”

· Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., Weill Cornell Medical College, “Ethics in the Medical School Curriculum”


“Restoration History and Divine Command Theory.” - Ezell 232

Kraig Martin, Baylor University, Convener

· J. Caleb Clanton, Lipscomb University, “Excerpts from On Revelation, Divine Command, and Morality”

· Kraig Martin, Baylor University, “Alexander Campbell and Divine Command Theory”


“Screening, As Goes Janesville.” - Burton 184

Ted Parks, Lipscomb University, convener.

As Goes Janesville is presented by the HumanDocs Film Series, hosted by Lipscomb University's College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with ITVS Community Cinema, Nashville Public Television, and the Nashville Film Festival.


“Teaching Introduction to the New Testament.” - Ezell 138

James Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Carl R. Holladay, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

· M. Eugene Boring, Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, Emeritus

· David A. Fiensy, Kentucky Christian University


Session 4—Friday, 10:45-12:15 PM


“After Penn State: What Did We Learn, What have We Changed, How Now Shall We Lead? Conversations with the Board Chairs.” - Ezell 109

Trace Hebert, Lipscomb University, Convener.

· David Scobey, Chair, Board of Trustees, Lipscomb University

· John Simmons, Chair, Board of Trustees, Harding University

· Gail Hopkins, Chair, Board of Trustees, Ohio Valley University

· David Flow, Board of Trustees, Abilene Christian University


“Church Conflict Resolution: Honoring Charles Siburt’s Work and Looking to the Future.” - Ezell 136

Garry Bailey, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Steve Joiner, Lipscomb University, Panelist

· Royce Money, Abilene Christian University, Panelist

· Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University, Panelist

· Joey Cope, Abilene Christian University, Panelist

· Garry Bailey, Abilene Christian University, Panelist

· Roland Orr, Abilene Christian University, Panelist


· John Siburt, CitySquare, Dallas, Texas

· Ben Siburt, Highland Church of Christ, Abilene, Texas


“The Cultivation and Exportation of America’s Musical Resources.” - Burton 214

Sally Reid, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Megan MacDonald, Florida State University, “Never a Bed of Roses: Radie Britain’s Compositions and the Federal Music Project”

· Vernon L. Williams, Abilene Christian University, “Music as an Anglo-American Cultural Exchange Medium”

· Tracy M. Shilcutt, Abilene Christian University, “Pirate Radio and American Offshore Broadcasting, 1964-1967”


“Doing Theology and Ethics in Churches of Christ: Three Proposals.” - Ezell 155

Matthew Tapie, Catholic University of America, Convener

· Spencer Bogle, Southern Methodist Univerity, “Theology at the Margins in the Churches of Christ”

· James McCarty III, Emory University, “The Case for Christian Social Ethics in the Churches of Christ”

· David Mahfood, Southern Methodist University, “What Shall We Restore? Canonical Theism and Theology in Churches of Christ”


“Economic Theory and Ethics.” - Burton 184

Bill Ingram, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Kevin Brown, Anderson University, “The Moral Status of Preferences: A Framework for Evaluation”

· Russell Dabbs, Lubbock Christian University, "The Economic Supernaturalist”

· Samuel Seaman, Pepperdine University, “Determinants of a Socially Responsible Transaction: A Critical Analysis”


“Finding Practical Theology’s Location.” - Ezell 107

Tim Sensing, Abilene Christian University, Convener.

· Tim Sensing, Abilene Christian University, Presenter

· Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology, Respondent

· Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

· Gary Selby, Pepperdine University, Respondent


"Measurement of Spirituality: The Ethical Dilemma Addressed." - Ezell 263

Jackie L. Halstead, Lipscomb University, Convener

·  Marianne McInnes-Miller, Alliant University, “Measuring Spirituality in the Spiritual Issues in Supervision Scale: Ethical Implications”

·  Peter Jankowski, Bethel University, “Relational Spirituality and the Ethical Stance of Intercultural Competence”

·  Robert Stewart, Texas Tech University, “The Researcher’s Spirituality as an Ethical Factor in the Measurement of Spirituality”

·  David Roach, Texas Tech University

·  Scott McDowell, Lipscomb University, Respondent


“New Directions in Pauline Studies.” - Ezell 205

Christopher Hutson, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Trevor Thompson, University of Chicago/Abilene Christian University, “Beyond the Mourning Thessalonians: A Reconsideration of 1 Thessalonians 4:13” 

· Andrew Langford, University of Chicago, “Commending Tychicus and Forging the 'Letter from Laodicea': The Function of Onomastic Intertextuality in Eph. 6:21-22”

· Robert M. Calhoun, Independent Scholar (Chicago), “Are keeping the Law or doing the things of the Law the same as fulfilling the Law in Paul's theological ethics?”


“Reading the Old Testament with John T. Willis: The Prophets.” - Ezell 234

Timothy M. Willis, Pepperdine University and Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Co-Conveners

· Timothy M. Willis, Pepperdine University and Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, “A Survey of Studies by John T. Willis on Eighth Century Prophets”

· J. J. M. Roberts, Princeton Theological Seminary, Emeritus, “An Appreciative Critical Appraisal of John T. Willis’ Published Scholarship on Isaiah and Micah”

· Rick R. Marrs, Pepperdine University, “Isaiah and Micah (and John T. Willis) – Prophets for All Seasons”

· John T. Willis, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


“Reconceptualizing Gender-Roles in Religious Contexts: Research and Practice.” - Ezell 138

Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University

· Suzanne Macaluso, Abilene Christian University

· Brittany Taraba, Abilene Christian University

· Dylan Brugman, Abilene Christian University

· Amanda Rigby, Abilene Christian University

· Denis’ Thomas, Lipscomb University, Respondent

· Ken Cukrowski, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

· Claire Davidson Frederick, Woodmont Hills Church of Christ, Nashville, Respondent


“Safe, Efficacious, Equitable Health Care.” - Ezell 363

Jerry Collins, Chair, Ethics Committee, Biomedical Engineering Society and Lipscomb University

· Mitchell Edgeworth, Vanderbilt University Hospital Chief Operating Officer

· Jerry C. Collins, Chair, Ethics Committee, Biomedical Engineering Society and Lipscomb University, "US Health Care: Expensive and Ineffective"

· Elizabeth Heitman, Departments of Medicine and Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University, “Compassionate Health Care in a Modern Medical Center Environment"


"Seeking Justice: Diverse Concepts of a Vital Idea." - Burton 117

Jeffrey R. Baker, Pepperdine University School of Law, Convener

· Gwen Parker Ames, Nyack College, "Orienting the Map between Two Worlds: In Search of Peace and Social Justice at Christian Colleges"

· Vic McCracken, Abilene Christian University, "Rawlsian Liberalism: A Basic Introduction"

· Tess Varner, University of Georgia, "Justice for Nonhuman Nature:The Contested Environmental Voice and John Dewey’s Moral Imagination"


 “Teaching Business Ethics: Classroom Experiences.” - Ezell 232

Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Mike Kipp, Newport Board Group, “Teaching Leadership as a Spiritual Experience”

· Orneita Burton and Don Pope, Abilene Christian University, “Sustainability in Operations Management: A Christian Perspective”

· Dan Sorenson, Oklahoma Christian University, “An Accounting Ethics Intervention Based on the Moral Philosophy of Adam Smith”

· Allen Frazier, Harding University, "Value Added Factors in Leadership Seminars”


“Theopolitical Boundaries I: Anarchism and Christianity.” - Ezell 211

David Pritchett, Independent Scholar, Convener

· Nathan Dorris, The Open Door Community, “Counter-Liturgies of the UnKingdom: Rituals and Resistance to the State”

· Richard Beck, Abilene Christian University, “‘It Should Not Be So Among You’: Social Psychological Reflections on Anarchism and the Principalities and Powers”

· Justin Barringer Bronson, Independent Scholar,  “Subordination and Freedom: Tracing Anarchist Themes in 1 Peter”

· John Nugent, Great Lakes Christian College, Respondent


“Two Restorationist Traditions:  Mormons and Churches of Christ.” - Ezell 207

Richard Hughes, Messiah College, Convener

· Richard T. Hughes, Messiah College, “Two Restoration Traditions:  Mormons and Churches of Christ in the Nineteenth Century”

· Ruth Knight Bailey, East Tennessee State University and Journal of Mormon History,“Seeing Through a Glass Darkly – And Then Finding another Restoration Tradition Face-to-Face”

· Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Respondent


“What Are/Should Be the Theological Emphases of Churches of Christ?  A Conversation.” - Ezell Swang Chapel

Mark Powell, Harding School of Theology, Convener

· Mark Powell, Harding School of Theology, “Restore My Spirit: A Theological Vision for Churches of Christ.”

· John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb University, Panelist

· Greg McKenzie, Arequipa, Peru, Panelist

· Leonard Allen, Leafwood Publishing, Panelist


Session 5—Friday, 2:15-3:45 PM


“After Penn State: What Did We Learn, What have We Changed, How Now Shall We Lead? Conversations with the Presidents.” - Ezell 109

Trace Hebert, Lipscomb University, Convener.

· Randy Lowry, President, Lipscomb University

· Bruce McLarty, President, Harding University

· Tim Perin, President, Lubbock Christian University

· Phil Schubert, President, Abilene Christian University


“Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry: Responses from a Stone-Campbell Perspective” Pt. II. - Ezell 211

Gary Holloway, World Convention of Churches of Christ, Convener

· Robert Welsh, Council on Christian Unity, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

· John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb University

· Mark Weedman, Crossroads College


“Behind the Music: How Sound Influences Form and Faith.” - Ezell 207

Gregory Straughn, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Melanie Shaffer, University of Colorado at Boulder, “Openings and Closings: Post-Metaphysical Relationships in Music and Poetry”

· Michael R. Young, Faulkner University, “Ancient Christian Apps for Integrating Faith and Learning: Silence, Meditation, and Contemplation”

· Matt Roberson, Abilene Christian University, “Truth in Musical Design: Sonata Form in the Age of Enlightenment”


“Compounding Drug Practices: Promise and Danger.” - Ezell 136

Jerry Collins, Chair, Ethics Committee, Biomedical Engineering Society and Lipscomb University

· Mark Binkley, Health and Wellness Compounding Pharmacy, Nashville, TN, “Compounding Science: A Critical Component of Personalized Medicine”

· Mark Sullivan, Director of Pharmacy Operations, Vanderbilt University Hospital, “Practicing Compounding in a University Environment”

· John O. Belcher, Lassiter, Tidwell and Davis, PLLC, “Compounding Problems and How To Address Them”


“Dialogue and Dignity: A BizLabConversation about Partisan Polarization and Economic Progress in Light of As Goes Janesville.” - Ezell 234

Ted Parks, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Larry James, CitySquare, Dallas, Texas, Reviewer

· Matthew Tapie, Catholic University of America, Reviewer

“Doctor of Ministry Research Presentations: Reflective Praxis for Congregations.” - Ezell 205

Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology and Carson E. Reed, Abilene Christian University, Co-conveners

· Eric Magnusson, Spring Arbor University, “Extending Story Listening as a Practice of Communal Formation at the Lake Orion Church of Christ” 

· Matthew Morine, Castle Rock Church of Christ, Castle Rock, CO, “Assessing and Developing a Missional Climate in an Established Church”

· Mark Parker, Grand Central Church of Christ, Parkersburg, WV, “Transforming Leaders: Spiritual Formation Among Master of Divinity Students at Harding School of Theology” 

· Stephen Shaffer, Carbondale Church of Christ, Carbondale, IL, “The Initiation of Growth-Focused Relationships” 


“Drawing Children into Our Midst: Children and Worship.” - Ezell 155

Dana Kennamer Pemberton, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Nathan Pickard, Newmarket Church of Christ, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, “Children’s Participation in the Lord’s Supper”

· Ron Bruner, Westview Boys’ Home, Hollis, Oklahoma, “The Mouths of Babes: Children Recognizing God in the House of Praise”

· Chris Gonzalez, Lipscomb University, Respondent

· Dana Kennamer Pemberton, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


“Ethical Conduct in the Marketplace.” - Ezell 232

Brad Reid, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Dennis Marquardt, University of Texas at Arlington, “Religiosity and Ethical Conduct: Is Mentoring the Missing Link?”

· David Johnson, Faulkner University, “TOMS Shoes: The Challenges of Doing Good and Doing Well”

· Jess Weeden and Orneita Burton, Abilene Christian University, “The Ethics of Gender Neutral Work Environments”


“Faith in Public: A Conversation Between John Hare and Charles Mathewes on Religious Commitment, Christian Ethics, and Political Engagement.” - Ezell 363

Brad East, Yale University, Convener

· John Hare, Yale University

· Charles Mathewes, University of Virginia

· Brad East, Yale University


“‘Hey, That Seems Familiar’: Appropriation, Referencing, the Pastiche, and Ethics in the Creative Arts.” - Ezell 107

Daniel Adams, Harding University, Convener

· Daniel Adams, Harding University, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road (provenance unknown)”

· Kenny Jones, Abilene Christian University, “Truth and Art in the Age of Copy/Paste”

· Kate Powell, Independent Scholar, "Meditating on the Past: My Reimagining of Rilke’s Reimaginings"


“Major Book Review Session: God, Dignity, and Freedom by Ron Highfield.” - Ezell 138

Mark Powell, Harding School of Theology, Convener

· Mark Cullum, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer

· Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ (Portland, Oregon) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Reviewer

· Paul DeHart, Vanderbilt University, Reviewer

· Ron Highfield, Pepperdine University, Respondent


“Sports, Culture and Theological Reflection.” - Burton 117

Shaun Casey, Wesley Theological Seminary, Convener

· Adam Metz, Alum Creek Church of Christ, Lewis Center, OH, “The ‘Power’ of Sports: Theological Reflections on American Sports as Exousiai

· Steven Bonner, Lubbock Christian University, “Sports as Systemic Abandonment: The Commodification of Youth as Student Athlete”

· Shawn Duncan, FCS Urban Ministries, Atlanta, GA, “Sports and Compensatory Identity: Getting at One of the Roots of the Ethical Dilemmas in Sports”

· Joshua Fleer, Florida State University, Respondent


“Teaching Business Ethics to Contemporary University Students.” - Ezell 263

Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Glenn Metheny, Harding University, “Ethics and the Millennial”

· Ray Eldridge, Lipscomb University, “Ethical Leadership and Intentional Learning”

· Marguerite and Keith Cronk, Harding University, “The Influence of Technology on the Millennials’ Perception of Ethics”


“Theopolitical Boundaries II: Envisioning Bioregional Praxis.” - Ezell Andrews

Jonathan McRay, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Convener

· Kyle Holton, Independent Scholar, “Making Love with the Leviathan: Resisting Amnesia from Placeless Economies”

· David Pritchett, Independent Scholar, “Soil and Salvation: Place and the Dialectic of History in Isaiah’s Oracles of Hope”

· Jonathan McRay,Tangly Woods Homestead,  “The meek shall inherit the land: Jesus, the Galilee, and the Kingdom of God”

· Robert Turner, Harding School of Theology, Respondent


“Three Exercises in Analytic Theology.” - Burton 214

Mark Wiebe, Southern Methodist University, Convener

· Mark Wiebe, Southern Methodist University, “A Defense of Foreknowledge: Three Challenges Facing Open Theism”

· Kraig Martin, Baylor University, “Critique of Theistic Physicalism”

· David Mahfood, Southern Methodist University, “Cumulative Case Reasoning as Tradition-Neutral Rationality”


“What We Expect from Christian Higher Education: Eight Honors, First-Year Students from Four Christian Colleges Speak to that Issue.” - Burton 184

Richard T. Hughes, Messiah College, Convener

· Ashtyn Boland, Abilene Christian University

· Rachel Hurst, Abilene Christian University

· Stephen Johnson, Abilene Christian University, Faculty Sponsor

· Danielle Isbell, Belmont University

· Tom Dearduff, Belmont University

· Jonathan Thorndike, Belmont University, Faculty Sponsor

· Tahreem Fatima, Lipscomb University

· Nicole Marton, Lipscomb University

· Paul Prill, Lipscomb University, Faculty Sponsor

· Alicia Sims, Messiah College

· Addie Gingell, Messiah College

· Richard Hughes, Messiah College Faculty Sponsor


“With Friends Like These: Critical Engagements with the Release of Rachel Held Evans’s Year of Biblical Womanhood.” - Ezell Swang Chapel

Christopher J. Dowdy, Southern Methodist University, Convener

· Lauren Smelser White, Vanderbilt University, “Beyond the Scandal of (Female) Embodiment in Domains of Theological Discourse: A Response to Rachel Held Evans’s Respondents”

· Kate Roberts, Duke University, “Social Performance of Whiteness: Ordering Women’s Bodies”

· Jessica Goudeau, University of Texas, “The ‘Othered’ Woman: Imagined Boundaries in the Online Discourse about Rachel Held Evans’s A Year of Biblical Womanhood


Session 6—Saturday, 9-10:30 AM


“Ambiguous Ethics in Literature: Exploring the Value(s) of Anti-Heroes.” - Ezell 155

Kenneth Hawley, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

· Matthew R. Bardowell, Saint Louis University, “The Problem of Emotion: Legal Codes and the Medieval Icelandic Outlaw“

· Perry Neil Harrison, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, “Anti-Heroic Elements in the Early Robin Hood Ballads”

· Jon Singleton, Harding University, “Identifying with Saul and Sissera: Brontë’s Anti-heroine as a Case Study of the Ambiguous Ethics of Bringing up the Bible in Public”

· Francine L. Allen, Morehouse College, “The Lost Soul Hungering for Centeredness: Sherman Alexie’s Reservation Blues


“Bakhtinian Readings of Cain and Abel and other Narratives in Jewish and Christian Scriptures.” - Burton 117

Charles Rix and James Dvorak, Oklahoma Christian University, Co-Conveners

· Charles Rix, Oklahoma Christian University, “Who is Watching the Children? Ethics of Responsibility in the Story of Cain and Abel”

· James D. Dvorak, Oklahoma Christian University, “‘Not Like Cain’: Marking Moral Boundaries Through Vilification of the Other in 1 John 3:1–18”

· Mark A. Lackowski, Yale Divinity School, “Spoiled to Death: The Burden and Blessing of the Youngest Child in Genesis”

· David Skelton, Florida State University, “Parody As A Discourse of Resistance in Esther 6:1–14: A Bakhtinian Analysis"


“The Business of War: Assessing the Ethics of the Military-Industrial Complex and Faithful Christian Witness.” - Ezell Swang Chapel

Matt Tapie, The Catholic University of America and Justin Barringer, Independent Scholar, Co-Conveners

· Kara Slade, Duke University, “Dilbert Agonistes: War and the Business of Engineering Education”

· James W. McCarty III, Emory University, “‘They Got Money for Wars, but Can’t Feed the Poor’: Martin Luther King Jr. on the Interdependent Violence of Racism, Poverty, and Militarism”

· Logan Mehl-Laituri, Duke University, “Minding the Prophet Margin: Just War, Accountability, and the Private Military Contract”

· Justin Barringer, Independent Scholar, “‘I Ain’t No Fortunate One’: Christian Responses to the Business of War” 


Crises in Psychology: When People Researching People goes Wrong.” - Ezell Andrews

J. P. Gerber, Gordon College, Convener

· Tabitha Westbrook, Liberty University, INC Research, “The importance of a robust quality-control and quality assurance program in preventing scientific misconduct in psychological research”

· J. P. Gerber*, Gordon College, “Did Stapel’s research fraud lead to knowledge distortion or reputation reduction?”

· Adam Vogel, Gordon College, “Optional stopping in the interpersonal rejection literature: Using databases as detectors”

· J. P. Gerber, Gordon College, Respondent

* This paper replaces one that was withdrawn due to personal circumstances. As such, it is not peer-reviewed.


“The Effective Practice of Ministry.” - Ezell 232

Tim Sensing, Abilene Christian University, Convener

· Dan Bouchelle, Missions Resource Network

· Allen Burris, Mitchell Church of Christ, Mitchell, Indiana

· Jonathan Camp, Abilene Christian University

· John Knox, Granbury Church of Christ, Granbury, Texas

· Chris Smith, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, Brentwood, Tennessee


“The Ethics and Moral Education of Alexander Campbell.” - Ezell 136

Harold Hazelip, Lipscomb University, President Emeritus, Convener

· C. Leonard Allen, Abilene Christian University, “‘No Cross under Our Government’: Alexander Campbell, Ethics, and the Kingdom of God in America”

· J. Caleb Clanton, Lipscomb University, “Alexander Campbell’s Moral Epistemology”

· Thomas H. Olbricht. Pepperdine University, Emeritus, Respondent


“Fire and Dove: The Pursuit of God through Poetry, Prose, and Praise.” - Ezell 263

Jonathan Reinhart, University of Chicago, Convener

· Stephanie M. Eddleman, Harding University, “Jubilee: Words of Rest, Reflection, and Recovery”

· Michael Wright, Independent Scholar, “Still and Still Moving: Poetry and Human Connection”

· Sheila Vamplin, Rhodes Mastersingers Chorale, Memphis, Respondent

· Nita Andrews, Creative Lectio & Artist, Respondent


“Jesus Followers in an Order of Rivalry.” - Ezell 109

John Harris, Samford University, Emeritus, Convener

· John Harris, Samford University, Emeritus, Presenter

· Randy Harris, Abilene Christian University, Presenter

· John Barton, Rochester College, Respondent

· Victor McCracken, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


“John Hare and Three Arguments for the Dependence of Morality Upon Religion.” - Ezell 363

An Address to the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Church of Christ Theology Students

Brad East, Yale University and David Mahfood, Southern Methodist University, Co-Conveners

Sponsored by Lipscomb University’s Hazelip School of Theology, Pepperdine University, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Oklahoma Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology, Lubbock Christian University, and Abilene Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology.

· John Hare, Yale University Divinity School, “Three Arguments for the Dependence of Morality Upon Religion”

· Lauren Smelser White, Vanderbilt University, Respondent


Literary Proclamations of the Ethics of Emancipation.” - Ezell 234

Jocelyn Bailey, University of Arkansas and Kimberly Reed, Lipscomb University, Co-Conveners

· Abraham Mata, Lubbock Christian University, "Apostles, Conquerors, and Slaves: The Transforming Role of Sermons in the New World"

· Zack Rearick, Georgia State University, "Putting on 'The Brute': A (Christian) Reading of Savageness as Performance in the Abolition Poems of William Cowper"

· Olga Pahom, Texas Tech University, "Biblical Rhetoric in Louis May Alcott’s Civil War Stories"


“The Ministry of Litigation: The Virtue and Pedagogy of Dignity, Justice and Love in Professional Education.” - Ezell 107

Jeffrey R. Baker, Pepperdine University School of Law, Convener

· Tim Hall, President, Austin Peay State University

· Yoli Redero, Professor, Vanderbilt University Law School

· Al Sturgeon, Associate Dean, Pepperdine University School of Law


“Posthuman Ethics: Making Decisions about our Common Future.” - Ezell 205

Jeanine Thweatt-Bates, Theologian-at-Large, Convener

· Michael Potts, Methodist University, “A Thomistic Critique of Transhumanism”

· Amy Michelle DeBaets, Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioethics, “‘Better Living Through Science and Democracy,’ Feminism and the Discourses of Democratic Transhumanism”

· Steven Kraftchick, Emory University, “Bodies, Selves, and Human Identity: A Conversation between Transhumanism and the Apostle Paul”


“Richard Nixon and Communism: Ethical Dilemmas in History and Fiction.” - Ezell 138

Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

· Larry Bumgardner, Pepperdine University, “Nixon: A ‘Coat of Many Colors’ on the Danger of Communism”

· Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, “Nixon: Fictive Portrayals of Nixon’s Exploitation of Communism”

· David Lawrence, Lipscomb University, Emeritus, Respondent 


“Service Learning in Christian Higher Education.” - Ezell 211

A Beyond Boyer Series on Scholarship in Christian Higher Education 

Jeff McCormack, Lipscomb University, Convener

· Judy Hutchinson, Azusa Pacific University, Panelist

· Regan Harwell Schaffer, Pepperdine University, Panelist

· Christin Schatzer, Lipscomb University, Panelist


“Theatre and Ethics.” - Ezell 207

Laurie Doyle, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

· E. Don Williams, Lubbock Christian University, “Theatre and the ‘C’ Generation” 

· Barrett Huddleston, Oklahoma Christian University, “The First Condition: Censorship in Contemporary Value Based Production”


John Hare is Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale University, having previously taught at Calvin College and Lehigh University. He completed his undergraduate work at Oxford and his doctoral work in classical philosophy at Princeton. Hare worked as a staff member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U. S. House of Representatives, and as a philosopher in residence at a teaching hospital. He has written six books including Plato's EuthyphroEthics and International Affairs (with Carey B. Joynt), The Moral Gap, and God and Morality.  He has also written numerous articles, ranging in topic from arms control to atonement. In addition to writing, Hare served as the Stob Lecturer concurrently with being the Calvin Lecturer, later followed by his post as the Gifford Lecturer. His interests include Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Theology, Theological Aesthetics, Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy (especially Duns Scotus), Kant, Kierkegaard, Contemporary Ethical Theory, Biomedical Ethics and International Affairs, the influences of which are apparent in his own ethical theory. He is a published poet and a composer of church music.