Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

Schedule of Events

Christian Scholars Conference

June 3-5, 2015

Abilene Christian University

Updated May 28, 2015

Wednesday, June 3

1:15 – 2:45 PM            PAPER & PANEL SESSION I

  • (Biblical Studies Building [BSB], multiple locations)

3:00 – 4:30 PM            PAPER & PANEL SESSION II

  • (BSB, multiple locations)

4:45 – 6:00 PM            Welcome and PLENARY I: Phillip Jenkins, “Families, Populations, and the Reshaping of Global Faith” 

  • Hunter Welcome Center

6:30 – 8:30                  Gala Dinner

  • Teague Special Events Center 
  • Jazz Trio


Thursday, June 4

7:15 – 8:10 AM           Breakfast – come/go

  • BSB,“Hall of Servants”

8:15 – 8:45                  Worship

  • Chapel on the Hill (BSB)

9:00 – 10:30 AM         PAPER & PANEL SESSION III

  • (BSB, multiple locations)

10:45 – Noon               PLENARY II: Christian Wiman, “Hammer is the Prayer:  Radical Doubt, Realistic Faith”

  • Hunter Welcome Center

12:15 –1:45 PM           Lunch options

  • Teague Center – general attendance, Round Table Conversations
    • “Business, Computing and Engineering Birds of a Feather” led by Andy Borchers, Lipscomb
    • "Undergrad Research in the Sciences" led by Jay Brewster, Pepperdine
  • J. J. M. Roberts Luncheon--Williams Performing Arts Center North Lobby
  • Luncheon for Board of Trustees at Church of Christ Colleges and Universities: Sponsored by the Christian Chronicle--Hunter Welcome Center, Alumni Conference Room, 2nd Floor

2:00 – 3:30 PM            PAPER & PANEL SESSION IV

  • (BSB, multiple locations)

3:45 – 5:00 PM            PLENARY III: Randall Balmer, “The Quest for a Moral Presidency: Jimmy Carter, Progressive Evangelicalism, and the Religious Right”

Hunter Welcome Center

5:00 -- 6:30 PM  Busses run from campus to downtown Abilene for Tokens Show ticket holders. The purchase of a Tokens Show ticket includes dinner from a variety of gourmet food trucks. If you do not purchase a Tokens Show ticket dinner will be on your own.

7:30 – 9:50                  TOKENS Radio Show

  • Paramount Theatre (downtown)

9:50 PM                      Busses run from downtown Abilene to campus


Friday, June 5

7:15 – 8:10 AM           Breakfast – come/go

  • BSB, “Hall of Servants”

8:15 – 8:45                  Worship

  • Chapel on the Hill (BSB)

9:00 – 10:30 AM         PAPER & PANEL SESSION V

  • (BSB, multiple locations)

10:45 – Noon               PLENARY IV: Tavis Smiley, "Poverty: The Greatest Threat to American Democracy?"

  • Hunter Welcome Center
  • Closing Comments: Back to Nashville in 2016

Sessions Schedule

Tuesday Evening

“Pre-Conference Screening: Selma.” BSB Room 100 Hart Auditorium

Ted Parks, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • The viewing will be at 6 pm Tuesday evening on the eve of the conference in conjunction with the Racial Unity Leadership Summit. 


Session I

American Religious History

“Major Book Review: Elizabeth H. Flowers, Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power Since World War II (North Carolina Press, 2012)." BSB Room 121

Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Convener

  • Douglas Foster, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer
  • Gary Selby, Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Reviewer
  • Micki Pulleyking, Missouri State University, Reviewer
  • Elizabeth Flowers, Texas Christian University, Respondent



“The Artist/Researcher/Teacher: Theory, Practice, and the Christian Art Educator.” BSB Room 103

Michelle Kraft, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Mike Wiggins, Abilene Christian University, “Creating to Know: Building the Bridge As We Cross”
  • Hannah Celeste Dean, Texas Tech University, “Gesture: Sight-As-Being”
  • Michelle Kraft, Lubbock Christian University, “Integrating the Artistic Selves: The Role of Arts-based Research in Preparing Pre-service Art Educators”
  • Trey Shirley, Abilene Christian University, “Coping with Academic Multiple Identity Disorder: Integrating Art Educator Identities as Artist, Researcher, and Teacher through Design Thinking” 


Business and Engineering

“Classroom and Educational Practices I.” BSB Room 127

Ray Eldridge, Lipscomb University Convener

  • Kerry Patterson, Lipscomb University and Kristopher Hatchell, Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., “Humanitarian Engineering”
  • Rich Brown, Harding University “Putting the Golden Rule in Marketing Practice by Putting it in the Marketing Classroom”


Civil Rights

Selma: Cinematic Past and Social Present Tense.” BSB Room 129

Ted Parks, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Jerry Taylor, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Phyllis Hildreth, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Garry Bailey, Abilene Christian University, panelist
  • Chris Dowdy, Paul Quinn College, panelist
  • Gary Jones, Oklahoma Christian University, panelist


Creative Writing

“Explorations in Counter-Unity: Creative Works in the Depth of Culture and Faith.” BSB Room 128

Brett Butler, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Brett Butler, Abilene Christian University, “Resident Strangers”
  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University, “Breakers on the Eve of Keith Richards”
  • Debbie Jay Williams, Abilene Christian University, “Clear Dances in the Sight of Heaven: Praying for Death”


Gender Studies

“Gender in the Christian Academy: Constraints on and Opportunities for Women.” BSB Room 112

Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Julie A. Marshall & Jennifer Dabbs, Lubbock Christian University, “Childbearing Among Academic Women”
  • Elizabeth Watters & Suzanne Macaluso, Abilene Christian University, “Christian Female Faculty and Power in Church, Family, and Work Settings”
  • Stephanie Hamm & Rachel Slaymaker, Abilene Christian University, “Knowledge of Gender Equity in Faith-Based Institutions of Higher Education”
  • Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, “Mentoring Female Students on Christian Campuses” 
  • Gregory Straughn, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


New Testament

“Archaeological Reports from the Front.” BSB Room 219

John F. Wilson, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Jesse Long, Lubbock Christian University, “Khirbet Iskander”
  • R. Mark Shipp, Austin Graduate School of Theology, and Craig Bowman, Rochester College, “Tamar”
  • John F. Wilson, Pepperdine University, “Did Agrippa and Berenice Live Here?  Excavating a Palace at Caesarea Philippi”


Old Testament

“The Bible, Justice and Law I.” BSB Room 115

Kilnam Cha, Abilene Christian University and Andy Little, Abilene Christian University, Co-conveners

  • Tim Willis, Pepperdine University, “The Pursuit of Righteousness: A Biblical Perspective on the Goal of Adjudication” 
  • Kilnam Cha, Abilene Christian University, “The Litmus Test of Covenant Obedience: The Jerusalem Relief Fund in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 and Its Old Testament Background”
  • Mindi Thompson, Abilene Christian University, “Promised to Whom?  The Land, Identity, and Justice in Ezra/Nehemiah” 
  • Jared Poole, University of Utah, Respondent



The Second Annual Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies. BSB Room 130

 Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University and Trevor Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Conveners

  • Robert Louis Wilken, Distinguished Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and the William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity Emeritus, University of Virginia, “The Vocation of the Christian Scholar: Love of Learning and the Desire for God”


Popular Culture

“The Bent World: Power and Environment in Tolkien's Works.”

Bill Carroll, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • E. Everett Reed, Northeast Alabama Community College, “The Wisdom of Speaking Slowly: Ecopoetics and the Ents”
  • Mikee Delony, Abilene Christian University, “Space and Power in Tolkien's Perilous Land of Faërie”
  • Susan Jeffers, Independent Scholar, “The (Anti)-Quest: The Heroic Journeys of Hurin and Frodo”



“High Impact Practices in the Sciences.” BSB Room 120

Stephen Davis, Pepperdine University, Tom Lee, Abilene Christian University, and Jeff McCormack, Oklahoma Christian University

  • Caleb R. Robinson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Houston, Alumnus Abilene Christian University, “Drosophila melanogaster as an Emerging Model in Pain Research”
  • Anjel M. Helms, Ph.D. Candidate, Pennsylvania State University, Alumna Pepperdine University, “Eavesdropping Plants: Plants Perceive and Respond to Olfactory Cues”
  • Younghwa “Henry” Shin, Ph. D. Candidate, University of Oklahoma HSC, Alumnus Oklahoma Christian University, “Cell Culture Techniques to Fight Blindness: Finding Molecular Mechanisms(s) of a Mutant Protein Affecting Vision in Humans”


Spiritual Formation

“Spiritual Formation and Minister Formation.” BSB Room 104

Brady Bryce, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Brady Bryce, Abilene Christian University, “Attentive to God, Self and Others: A Description of Contextual Education in the Graduate School of Theology at ACU”
  • Landon Saunders, Heartbeat and Lipscomb University, Ministry Response
  • Heidi Morris, Abilene Christian University, Marriage and Family Services Response
  • Monty Lynn, Abilene Christian University, Business and Administration Response
  • Jonathan Camp, Abilene Christian University, Communication Response
  • Patricia B. Hernandez, Abilene Christian University, Biology Response



“Aging and Hope: Challenges and Good News Anticipating the Future (Session 1).” BSB Room 117

Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Dan Blazer, Duke University Medical Center, “Why Survive? The Good in Growing Old”
  • William L. Turner, Vanderbilt University, “The H.O.P.E. Project:  Hallmarks of Psychosocial Efficacy in Families and Communities”
  • Rubel Shelley, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Dick Cowart, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Nashville, Respondent
  • Tanya Brice, Benedict College, Respondent


Leaven Journal Presents: The Academy as a Source of Congregational Wisdom.” BSB Room 113

David Lemley, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Cliff Barbarick, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Tera Harmon, Catholic University of America, Panelist
  • Cari Myers, Iliff School of Theology, Panelist


Session II

American Religious History

“‘Can We Divide?’ Revisited.” BSB Room 121

James L. McMillan, University of Illinois, Urbana, Convener

  • Wesley E. Dingman, Loyola University Chicago, “‘Can We Divide?’ Revisited: The Rhetoric of Moses Lard’s Treatise against Division”
  • Greg Demmitt, Pastor, Cornerstone, Gatesville, Texas, “John Thomas and the Christadelphians”
  • Stanley Helton, Minister, First Christian Church, Hammond, Louisiana, “Can We Divide? Jesse B. Ferguson: Alone, Neglected, but not Forgotten.”
  • James L. McMillan, University of Illinois, Urbana, “Reforming the Reformation: The W. S. Russell Defection”



“Reflected Light: Art Photography.” BSB Room 103

Larry E. Fink, Hardin-Simmons University, Convener

  • Carrie Isaacson, Hardin-Simmons University, “Conceptual Realism”
  • Nil Santana, Abilene Christian University, “Seascapes and Cityscapes”
  • Roger W. Jones, Ranger College, “Collecting Fine Art Photography”
  • Larry E. Fink, Hardin-Simmons University, “Traditional Street Photographs”


Business and Engineering

“Classroom and Educational Practices II.” BSB Room 127

Ray Eldridge, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Mike Kendrick, Lipscomb University, “Global Mindset”
  • Christopher Davis, Harding University “Emotional Intelligence and Faith Based Institutions”


Civil Rights

“For Such a Time as This:  Churches of Christ and Social Justice in the 1960s and 1970s.” BSB Room 129

Richard Hughes, Messiah College, Convener

  • Harold Straughn, St. Francis of Assisi Christian Church, Utah Women’s Prison, Draper, UT, “Churches of Christ and Social Justice: My Experience in the 1960s and 1970s”
  • Victor Hunter, Disciples Center for Human Wholeness, “Churches of Christ and Social Justice: My Experience in the 1960s and 1970s”
  • Robert Randolph, MIT, Respondent


Creative Writing

“Re-Mapping Identity: Creative Works on Fractured Identities.” BSB Room 128

John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Chara Watson, Oklahoma Christian University, “An Exploration of Binding False Narratives and Their Effects on Compassion and Spirituality”
  • Forrest Anderson, Catawba College, “The Motor Court”
  • John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, “Re-Mapping Poetry: A Reading”



New Testament

“A Consideration of Shelly Matthews’ Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity (Oxford University Press, 2010).” BSB Room 120

John Harrison, Oklahoma Christian University, Convener

  • Shelly Matthews, Brite Divinity School, “Reflections Since the Publication of Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity
  • Trevor Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Respondent 


Old Testament

“Reading From Two Perspectives”: Glenn Pemberton’s, Surely it is God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament. ACU Press, forthcoming summer 2015, Perspective #1: “Making Core Curriculum Core: When Faculty Read (and influence) Texts beyond their Departments.” BSB Room 249

Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Scott Lamascus, Oklahoma Christian University (Language and Literature)
  • Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University (Management and Marketing)
  • Jennifer Shewmaker, Abilene Christian University (Psychology)
  • Glenn Pemberton, Abilene Christian University, Respondent



“Reconceiving Patristic Views on Atonement and the Pursuit of God.” BSB Room 130

David Kneip, Abilene Christian University

  • Peter Martens, Saint Louis University, “Reconsidering Gustaf Aulén's Christus Victor: Toward a New Account of the Patristic Doctrine of ‘Atonement’”
  • Frederick Aquino, Abilene Christian University, “Synthesis Without Confusion: Maximus the Confessor on the Role of Praktike and Theoria in the Epistemic Pursuit of God”


Popular Culture

“Christian Worship and Hip Hop: Music, Imagination, Faith.” BSB Room 250

Mikee Delony, Abilene Christian University and Steven Moore, Abilene Christian University, Co-conveners

  • Darren Hagood, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • John Delony, Texas Tech University, Panelist



“Aging and Hope: Challenges and Good News Anticipating the Future (Session 2).” BSB Room 117

Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Dan Blazer, Duke University Medical Center, “Why Survive? The Good in Growing Old”
  • William L. Turner, Vanderbilt University, “The H.O.P.E. Project:  Hallmarks of Psychosocial Efficacy in Families and Communities”
  • Rubel Shelley, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Dick Cowart, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Nashville, Respondent
  • Tanya Brice, Benedict College, Respondent


“Building Thoreau's Cabin in West Texas.” BSB Room 104

Jeremy Elliott, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Jeremy Elliott, Abilene Christian University, Language & Literature, Panelist
  • Brandon Young, Abilene Christian University, Art & Design, Panelist
  • Krista Cukrowski, Abilene Christian University, Student, Panelist
  • Blake Smith,  Taproot Studio, Dallas, Texas, Architect, Respondent
  • Christopher Hutson, Abilene Christian University, Missions & Ministry, Respondent


“Honors Students at Faith-Based Colleges and Universities: How Do We Respond to Injustice?” BSB Room 112

Michael Harbour, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Corinna Carney, Abilene Christian University, “Faith and a Verb Leading Toward Justice”
  • Grace McNair, Abilene Christian University, “AmeriCorps and the Incarnational Move”
  • Sarah Ellis, Belmont University, “Social Justice, Faith, and Serving Community Needs”
  • Samantha Potts, Belmont University Honors Program, “Education, Faith, and Public Policy in Disadvantaged Communities”
  • Corbett Hall, Harding University, “Christian Faith and Medical Science in Appalachia”
  • Kaitlin Plachy, Harding University, “Zambia, Togo, & the Navajo Nation: Becoming a Global Scholar, Citizen, & Christian”
  • Caleb Russell, Harding University, “How Do Justice and Mercy Intersect in World Civilizations and Christian Society?”
  • Tori Willis, Harding University, “The Transformative Love of Christ in Health Care”


“Into the Public Sphere: The University as Documentary Venue.” BSB Room 219

Ted Parks, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Norma Burgess, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Garry Bailey, Abilene Christian University, Respondent
  • Prentice Ashford, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


“Living at the Intersection of Ministry and Theology.” BSB Room 122

Paul Watson, Cole Mill Road Church of Christ, Durham, NC, Convener

  • Kate Blakely, Duke Divinity School, Panelist
  • Patrick Messer, Cole Mill Road Church of Christ, Durham, NC, Convener, Panelist
  • Amanda Pittman, Duke Divinity School, Panelist
  • Landon Saunders, Heartbeat and Lipscomb University, Response
  • Greg Sterling, Yale Divinity School, Response


“One World? The Academy from Babel to Pentecost.” BSB Room 126

Kenny Jones, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Donald S. Frazier, McMurry University, “When Enlightenment and Scripture Collide:  The Curious Case of American Negro Slavery”
  • David W. Hester, Faulkner University, “And All Who Believed Were Together (Acts 2:44): A Global Strategic Plan for the Academy”
  • David P. McAnulty, Abilene Christian University, “Psychology Practice at the Boundaries of Professional Codes and Biblical Narrative: Towards an Incarnational Ethic”


“The Traumatized Church: Reflections on Trauma, Theodicy, Redemption and the Church’s Witness in a Broken World.” BSB Room 113

Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ/George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Convener

  • Michael Hanegan, Independent Scholar, “Trauma – Informed Ecclesiology:
    The Embodied Life and Practices of the Church in the Midst of Trauma and Human Suffering”
  • Charles Rix, Oklahoma Christian University, “Trauma and ‘Narrative Wreckage’ in the Story of Hagar (Genesis 16:21, ‘Return to your mistress, and submit to her’)” 
  • Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ/George Fox Evangelical Seminary, “In Those Days There Was No King in Israel . . . . What Do We Do With Sexual Violence, Survivors, and the Sacred Texts?”
  • “Film Clips and Discussion: Deliver Us From Evil and Not in My Church”


Session III

American Religious History

“Writing Religious Biography: A Roundtable Discussion with Randall Balmer, Ed Harrell, and Bill Martin.” BSB Room 121

Scott Billingsley, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, Convener

  • Randall Balmer, Dartmouth College (Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter), panelist
  • David Edwin Harrell Jr., Auburn University, Emeritus (Oral Roberts: An American Life), panelist
  • William Martin, Rice University (A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story), panelist


Business and Engineering

“Computing Topics.” BSB Room 127

Fortune Mhlanga, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Ryan Jessup and Don Pope, Abilene Christian University, “Google and Sports: Forecasting Outcomes of Sporting Events via the PageRank Algorithm”
  • Bryan Black, Freed Hardeman University, “Adoption of Healthcare Information Systems in Georgia Nursing Homes”
  • Andrew Borchers, Lipscomb University “Enterprise Systems and Analytics – a 2015 answer to MIS course offerings in BBA/MBA Programs?”


Civil Rights

“Biblical Scholars in Churches of Christ and Questions of Social Justice.” BSB Room 129

Richard Hughes, Messiah College and Pepperdine University, Emeritus, Convener

  • Richard Hughes, Messiah College and Pepperdine University, Emeritus, “Biblical Scholars in Churches of Christ and Questions of Social Justice”
  • Harold Straughn, St. Francis of Assisi Christian Church, Utah Women’s Prison, Draper, UT, Respondent
  • Victor Hunter, Disciples Center for Human Wholeness, Respondent
  • Robert M. Randolph, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Respondent
  • Alisha R. Winn, African American Research Library and Cultural Center of Palm Beach County, Inc., “A Walking Message: Jesus, Social Justice, and Scholarship”
  • Raymond Carr, Pepperdine University, “Toward a Theology of Spiritual Freedom”


“Bloody Tears of the Oppressed: Liberating Black and Hispanic Rage.” BSB Room 128

Steven T. Moore, Convener

  • Steven T. Moore, Abilene Christian University, “Lifelessly Walking: Black Rage in a Post-Racial America”
  • Gabriel Prado, Abilene Christian University, “Vacancies/Evictions: The Black Spaces and Mute Cries of Brown Rage”
  • Will Powell, Duquesne University, “Outrageous Liberation: Holiday’s Strange Fruit as Hip Hop Christology”
  • Luis Balmore Rivas, Metropolitan State University


Doctoral Students in Theology

“Negotiating Scripture and Culture.” BSB Room 112

Brad East, Yale University, Convener

  • Joseph K. Gordon, Marquette University, “Scripture, the Historicity of Culture, and Divine Pedagogy and Revelation”
  • Jared Poole, University of Utah “Greeks and Other ‘Invisible’ Persons: A Search for a Christian Vision of Race in Management Research and Higher Education”
  • Paavo Tucker, Asbury Theological Seminary, “The Agrarian Rhetoric of the Sages: Farmers and Their Markets in Proverbs”
  • Ken Cukrowski, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


Engaging Philip Jenkins

“The Next NEXT CHRISTENDOM: The Fourth Edition?” BSB Room 115

Monte Cox, Harding University, Convener

  • Monte Cox, Harding University, “The Secularization Thesis: Recent Evidence, Different Prognosis’”
  • Stan Granberg, Kairos Church Planting “Landslides, Landscape, and The Next Christendom: Cultural Implications as North Meets South”
  • Keith Huey, Rochester College, “The Next Crusade, Reconsidered”        
  • Philip Jenkins, Baylor University, Respondent


Faith and Literature

“Intergenerational Tension as a Way of Understanding Multicultural Literature.” BSB Room 103

Ronna Privett, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Carole Carroll, Lubbock Christian University, “Malcolm X and Ella: Intergenerational and Gender Tension in The Autobiography of Malcolm X and X: A Novel
  • Shenai Alonge, Lubbock Christian University, “From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: The Intergenerational Struggle for Freedom in One Crazy Summer
  • Darlene Beaman, Lone Star Community College Kingwood, “Breaking Barriers: The Role of Narratives in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novel One Amazing Thing


The Future of Higher Education

“Re-envisioning Christian Higher Education for the Next Century.” BSB Room 117

Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Stephen Johnson, Abilene Christian University, Horizon and Promise: Hope for the Future of Christian Higher Education
  • Trace Hebert, Lipscomb University, “Enrollment Trends in Church of Christ Affiliated Colleges and Universities”
  • Bruce McLarty, President, Harding University
  • Phil Shubert, President, Abilene Christian University
  • Tim Perrin, President, Lubbock Christian University
  • John deSteiguer, President, Oklahoma Christian University
  • Don Millican, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Oklahoma Christian University
  • Ed Biggers, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Pepperdine University
  • David Scobey, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Lipscomb University



“Implications of Aristotle’s Poetics for Preaching.” BSB Room 249

Tim Sensing, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Lance Pape, Texas Christian University, “Ricoeur on Biblical Truth: History, Testimony, and ‘Letting Go’”
  •  Mason Lee, Boston University, “‘In Union and Distinction’: Barth, Ricoeur, and Spirit in Preaching”
  • Naomi Walters, Lipscomb University, Respondent


New Testament

“Major Book Review: The Church According to Paul: Rediscovering the Community Conformed to Christ (Baker Academic, 2014).” BSB Room 120

Richard Wright, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • James Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Precís
  • Greg Sterling, Yale Divinity School, Reviewer
  • David Lemley, Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • Eddie Sharp, University Church of Christ, Austin, TX, Reviewer
  • James Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Reply 


Old Testament

“The First Annual J. J. M. Roberts Lecture in Old Testament  Studies.” BSB Room 130

Rick R. Marrs, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Leong Seow, Princeton Theological Seminary, “The Book of Job in its Cultural Milieu”


Popular Culture

“Rhetoric, Aristotle, and Batman: Pop Culture as a Site of Discovery in the First-Year Composition Classroom.” BSB Room 104

William Carroll, Abilene Christian University and Susan Jeffers, Independent Scholar, Co-conveners

  • Shanna Early, Emory University, “Graphic Composition: Comics in Classroom”
  • Daniel Archer, Abilene Christian University, “Movies, Comic Books, and More: Introducing Popular Culture into the Freshman Composition Classroom”
  • William Carroll, Abilene Christian University, “To Gamify or Not to Gamify:  Brueggemann’s Sabbath as Resistance and the Theology of Gamification”



“Scientific Breakthroughs: A CSC Mini-Review Series.” BSB Room 250

Jay Brewster, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • P. Matthew Joyner, Pepperdine University, “Medicines from Nature: A Return to Microbes in the Search for New Antibiotics”
  • Paul Morris, Abilene Christian University, “Quantum Reality and Entanglement”
  • Julie Marshall, Lubbock Christian University, “Uncovering the role of resveratrol in cell stress repair mechanisms”
  • Amanda Williams, Lipscomb University, “microRNAs: New Discoveries and Potential Therapeutic Interventions”


Spiritual Formation

Along the Way: A CSC Generative Conversation Becomes a Book.” BSB Room 113

Ron Bruner, Westview Boys’ Home, Convener

  • Dana Kennamer Pemberton, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, “Holy Hospitality: Following the Call of Jesus to Welcome ALL Children”
  • Steven Bonner, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas, “Understanding Childhood Spirituality”
  • Holly Catterton Allen, Lipscomb University, “Where did the Children Go?”
  • Houston Heflin, Respondent, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas



“Christian Boundary-Making along Gendered, Racial, and Baselines.” BSB Room 219

Joshua Fleer, Oakland University, convener

  • Nate Wiewora, Harding University, “‘Head Man in the Big Family’: Antebellum Evangelicals and Mormon Social Practices”
  • Kelly Elliott, Abilene Christian University, “Christianity and the Rejection of Britishness in Colonial Bengal, 1800-1850”
  • Joshua Fleer, Oakland University, “‘Bewhiskered Beauties’: Stalwart Men and the Embodying of the Immortal Bride of Christ in the House of David Colony”


Thursday Lunch

“Charting a Course for the Future of Christian Higher EducationA Three Year Conversation for Governing Boards.” 

Hunter Welcome Center, Alumni Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Rick Marrs, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Andrew Benton, Pepperdine University, “A White Paper Presentation”


Session IV

American Religious History

"History of Churches of Christ in Oklahoma.” BSB Room 122

Frank V. Bellizzi, Texas Tech University, Convener

  • Gary Lindsey, Oklahoma Christian University, “East to West: Christian Missionaries in the Twin Territories”
  • Frank V. Bellizzi, Texas Tech University, “An Oasis in a Desert: Meta Chestnutt and Her College at Minco, I.T.”
  • Stephen V. Crowder, Sandia National Labs, “The Oklahoma Roots of George Stuart Benson and Sallie Ellis (Hockaday) Benson”
  • W. David Baird, Pepperdine University, “Churches of Christ in Oklahoma in the 1930s”


“Major Book Review: Randall Balmer, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter (Basic Books, 2014).” BSB Room 121

Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Convener

  • Richard C. Goode, Lipscomb University, Reviewer
  • Richard T. Hughes, Messiah College, Reviewer
  • Robert E. Williams, Jr., Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • Randall Balmer, Dartmouth, Respondent 


Business and Engineering

“Global Business Practices.” BSB Room 127

Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Joshua Watson, Oklahoma Christian University, “A Case Study of CVS Health’s Social Responsibility About-Face”
  • Brad Reid, Lipscomb University, “International Legal Standards Required to Address Enemy Combatants, Terrorists, and Confidential Informants—The Historic Case of Sampson and Delilah”  


Civil Rights

“Theology and History: Young Scholars and an African-American Vantage.” BSB Room 129

Tanya Brice, Benedict College, Phyllis Hildreth, Lipscomb University, and Jerry Taylor, Abilene Christian University, Conveners

  • Stanley Talbert, Union Theological Seminary, NY, “Toward a Theology and Praxis of Liberation”
  • Lawrence Rodgers, School of Divinity, Howard University, “Interpreting Stone-Campbell history from a 21st century Black progressive perspective”


Doctoral Students

“Protestant Engagements with Aquinas.” BSB Room 112

David Mahfood, Southern Methodist University, Convener

  • William L. Glass, Southern Methodist University, “Tom, Thomas, and Tomorrow: N.T. Wright, Thomas Aquinas, and the Future of New Testament Studies”
  • T. Adam Van Wart, Southern Methodist University, “Aquinas, Causation, and the Unknowability of God”
  • Daniel Houck, Southern Methodist University, “Calvin and Aquinas on Nature’s Need for Grace”
  • Fred Aquino, Abilene Christian University, Faculty Respondent
  • Bruce Marshall, Southern Methodist University, Faculty Respondent


Faith and Literature

“Christian Wiman’s My Bright Abyss: Reflections on One Writer’s Spiritual Journey.” BSB Room 115

Darryl Tippens, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Matt Byars, Lubbock Christian University, panelist
  • Nancy Magnusson Durham, Lipscomb University, panelist
  • Jeremy Elliott, Abilene Christian University, panelist
  • Susan Pigott, Hardin-Simmons University, panelist
  • Christian Wiman, Respondent


The Future of Higher Education

“What Matters Most: Rediscovering the Heart of the Mission – (Self Awareness).” 

Hunter Welcome Center, Alumni Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Royce Money, Abilene Christian University and Rick Gibson, Pepperdine University, Co-Conveners


Gender Studies

“Reflections on the MIT Report: 2014 Community Attitudes on Sexual Assault and a Literature Review on the Ways Alcohol/Drugs are Assessed and Implications for Church Related Schools.”

BSB Room 103

Robert M. Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute, MIT, convener

  • Robert M. Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute, MIT, panelist
  • Theresa Patton Pope, Harvard Extension School, Panelist
  • Jennifer W. Shewmaker, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


Old Testament

“Generative Session in OT: Papers Honoring J. J. M. Roberts.” BSB Room 120

Rick Marrs, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Craig D. Bowman, Rochester College, “Fifty Years of Scholarly Debate over the Prophetic Use of Hôy: Appreciating the Distinguished Work of J. J. M. Roberts”
  • Mark Shipp, Austin Graduate School of Theology, “‘[He] Was Covered with Every Precious Gem’ . . . and It Was Extremely Confusing!; Another Look at the Gem Lists of the Bible”
  • Melody D. Knowles, Virginia Theological Seminary, “What Psalm 132:8-10 Sanctions”
  • J. J. M. Roberts, Princeton Theological Seminary, Respondent


“The Bible, Justice and Law II.” BSB Room 219

Kilnam Cha, Abilene Christian University and Andy Little, Abilene Christian University, Co-conveners

  • William Kooi, Oklahoma Christian University, “Gospel as Justice as Gospel: A Christian Grammar of Justice” 
  • Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ/George Fox Evangelical Seminary, “In Those Days There Was No King in Israel… What Do We Do With Sexual Violence, Survivors, and the Sacred Texts?”
  • Monty Lynn, Abilene Christian University and David Perkins, Abilene Christian University, “Advocacy: Why and How Engage?”
  • Andy Little, Abilene Christian University, Respondent



“Knowledge and Scripture in the Fourth Century.” BSB Room 122

James Prather, Abilene Christian University, Convener (A Peer Review Session)

  • Ed Gallagher, Heritage Christian University, “The New Testament Canon in Rufinus of Aquileia’s Translations”
  • Jacob A. Lollar, Florida State University, “‘Do not renounce Moses and believe in the Messiah!’: Religious Authority and the Interpretation of Scripture in the Syriac History of Philip” 
  • Tera Harmon, Catholic University of America, “Garden and Fountain: Virtue and Knowledge in Gregory of Nyssa”



“Deep Human Ancestry at the Intersection of Science and Belief.” BSB Room 104

Jonathan W. Camp, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Jonathan W. Camp and Trevor Thompson, Abilene Christian University, “Just Plain Vanilla? Diversity Envy after Taking a DNA Test”
  • Alisha Winn, Independent Scholar, “Classifying and Constructing Race: History, Belief, and Power”
  • Rick W. A. Smith, University of Texas at Austin, “Renegotiating the Human: The Biopolitics of Identity in Contemporary Genomics” 


Spiritual Formation

“‘Are we moving the needle?’ Stability and Change in Spirituality of Students Attending a Christian University.” BSB Room 113

Scott McDowell, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Chris Gonzalez, Lipscomb University, “Longitudinal Studies in Spirituality Among Christian Millennials”
  • Randall Dement, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent
  • Greg Brooks, Abilene Christian University, Respondent
  • Jan Meyer, Abilene Christian University, Respondent



“The Better Understanding Project: Building Dialog, Relationship, and Reconciliation in the Face of Disagreement.” BSB Room 117

Joe L. Cope, Abilene Christian University, Co-Convener and Phyllis D. Hildreth, Lipscomb University, Co-Convener

  • Phyllis D. Hildreth, Lipscomb University, “Matters of Justice: Accountability in Faith Relationships”
  • Betty Gilmore, Southern Methodist University, “Identity Issues: Sustaining Self in the Context of Community”
  • Garry P. Bailey, Abilene Christian University, “United by Faith-in-Action: From a Peace Dialectic to Diverse, Faith-Based Dialogic Relationships”
  • Joe L. Cope, Abilene Christian University, “The Better Understanding Project: Building Understanding Through Conflictual Conversation”


“Language Diversity Through Inter-institutional Collaboration: The Texas Language Consortium Project.” BSB Room 249

Abraham Mata, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Rui Cao, Concordia University, Panelist
  • Josiah Simon, Schreiner University, Panelist
  • Abraham Mata, Lubbock Christian University, Panelist
  • Shawn Hughes, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent


“Reflective Praxis for Congregations: Evidence from Exceptional DMin Research.” BSB Room 250

Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology, Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University and John York, Lipscomb University, conveners

  • Jason Bybee, Mayfair Church of Christ, Huntsville, AL, “Intentional Mentoring Toward Disciple Formation”
  • Wes Horn, Orient Street Church of Christ, Stamford, TX, “Communal Spiritual Formation:  Does the Practice of the Liturgical Christian Calendar Enhance Spiritual Growth?” 
  • Mark Johnson, Olympia Church of Christ, Olympia, WA, “Preaching to Shape a Holy People”
  • Ron Bruner, Executive Director of Westview Boys Home, Respondent


“‘Thou Readest Black, Where I Read White’: Understanding Biblical Interpretation Through Rosenblatt's Transactional Theory of Reading.” BSB Room 128

Stephanie Talley, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Dawan Coombs, Brigham Young University, “‘Slightly in His Own Image’: Rosenblatt’s Literary Transaction”
  • Andrew P. Huddleston, Katlin Sehres, and Ashley Towe, Abilene Christian University “Are All Interpretations Equal? Validity, Community, and Education in Rosenblatt’s Transactional Theory of Reading”
  • Sheila Delony, Lubbock Independent School District, “Facts from a Poem: The Effect of Stance on Biblical Interpretation”
  • Steve Bonner, Lubbock Christian University, Discussant


Session V

American Religious History

“Faith, Reason, and Conflict: American History Peer-Reviewed Session.” BSB Room 121

Joshua Fleer, Oakland University, Convener

  • Christopher A. Shrock, Oklahoma Christian University and Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, “Culpability and Conscience: A Philosophical Look at an Early Restoration Theme”
  • Daniel Overton, University of Kansas, “The Greatest Hero of the Great War: Alvin C. York and Religious Individualism in the First World War”
  • Paul A. Anthony, Abilene Christian University, “Was Evolution (at ACU) a Myth? One Man’s Crusade Against Two Biology Professors and a University’s Decision to Fight Him”
  • Kari Edwards, University of Mississippi, “‘Equal Space With Adam and Eve’: Tennessee’s Genesis Bill of 1973 and the 50th Anniversary of the Scopes Trial”


Civil Rights

“Theological Reflections in Slavery, Estrangement and Music: Studies in Civil Rights.” BSB Room 129

Tanya Brice, Benedict College, Phyllis Hildreth, Lipscomb University, and Jerry Taylor, Abilene Christian University, Conveners

  • Stanley N. Helton, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Hammond, LA, “The Gods of Slavery: The Theologizing of Solomon Northup”
  • Darrell Wesley, U. S. Marine Supervisory Chaplain, Miramar, CA, “From Celebration to Liberation: An Analysis of the Pragmatism of African-American Sacred Music”


Engaging Philip Jenkins

“Philip Jenkins’ History of Christendom.” BSB Room 112

Jeff Peterson, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Convener

  • Jeff Peterson, Austin Graduate School of Theology, “Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way
  • C. Leonard Allen, Lipscomb University, "Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years" 
  • Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University, “The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia—and How It Died
  • Dyron B. Daughrity, Pepperdine University, “The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade
  • Philip Jenkins, Baylor University, Author and Respondent


Faith and Literature

“Christian Faith and Practice in Medieval Literature.” BSB Room 103

Perry Neil Harrison, Baylor University, Convener

  • Perry Neil Harrison, Baylor University, “Divine Power in the Old Saxon Heliand
  • Adam Bryant Marshall, Baylor University, “‘The Talking of the Tod’: Sin and Nature in the Fox Triad of Henryson’s Morall Fabillis”
  • David Eugene Clark, Baylor University, “The Role of Hermits and Holy Men in the Morte Darthur’s Spiritual Community”
  • Kenneth Hawley, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent


Gender Studies

“Gender Injustice: Exploring the Negative Effects of Gender-Based Discrimination in Religious Contexts on Individuals and Religious Communities.” BSB Room 120

Suzanne Macaluso, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Gary S. Selby, Pepperdine University, “‘Unity’ as a Conversation-Stopper in the Dialog on Gender Roles in Churches of Christ: A Rhetorical Perspective”
  • Cherisse Flanagan, Abilene Christian University, “Discrepancies in Attitudes toward Gender in Church as Predictors of Psychological Distress, Disaffiliation, and Conflict in Church Members”
  • Jess Schell, SMU, Perkins School of Theology, “Androcentrism in the Churches of Christ: Hearing Our Daughter's Voices”
  • Jane Ann Kenney, Lipscomb University, “The Good, the Bad, and the Feminine: Female Imagery in the Minor Prophets”
  • Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


Old Testament

“Reading From Two Perspectives”: Glenn Pemberton’s, Surely it is God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament. ACU Press, forthcoming summer 2015, Perspective #2: “Reading inside the Department: When the Department considers (and influences) Core Texts.” BSB Room 249

Jason Fikes, ACU Press, Convener

  • Charles Stephenson, Lubbock Christian University (New Testament)
  • John Jackson, Milligan College (Bible)
  • Charles Rix, Oklahoma Christian University (Old Testament)
  • Glenn Pemberton, Professor of Old Testament, Abilene Christian University


“The Bible, Justice and Law III.” BSB Room 219

Andy Little, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ/George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Panelist
  • William Kooi, Oklahoma Christian university, Panelist
  • Stephanie Hamm, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Monty Lynn, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • David Perkins, Abilene Christian UniversityPanelist
  • Jared Poole, University of Utah, Panelist
  • Mindi Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Tim Willis, Pepperdine University, Panelist



“Philo of Alexandria Session.” BSB Room 130

Ronald Cox, Pepperdine University, Organizer; Thomas H. Olbricht, Pepperdine University Emeritus, Convener

  • Ronald Cox, Pepperdine University, “‘Come, let us confuse’: Heavenly Powers, Unembodied Souls, and Divine Dirty Work in Philo’s On the Confusion of Languages
  • Zane McGee, Emory University, “Slave to the Servant: The Allegorical Interpretation of Hagar and Sarah by Philo and Paul”
  • Gregory E. Sterling, Yale Divinity School, “A Law to Themselves’: Limited Universalism in Paul and Philo of Alexandria”
  • Justin Rogers, Freed-Hardeman University, “Origen in the Likeness of Philo: Eusebius of Caesarea’s Portrait of the Model Scholar”


Popular Culture

“Magical Language in Literature.” BSB Room 117

Gregory C. Jeffers, University of Texas at Arlington, Convener

  • Leslie Reed, Vanderbilt University, “The Reality of the Unreal: The Language of Fantasy in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”
  • Matthew Bardowell, St. Louis University, “The Practical Magic of Old Icelandic Poetic Diction: Transforming Experience Through Figurative Language”
  • Sarah Eason, Harding University, “Myth and Magic in The Lord of the Rings: The Power of Logos in Fantasy Literature”



“You Are What You Eat, A Food Fight, and What You Don't Know Might Kill You: The Effects of the Modern American Food System.” BSB Room 115

Jennifer Rogers, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Stephen Baldridge, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Mark Rogers, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein, Trinity Christian College, Panelist
  • Beverly Meyer, Clinical and Holistic Nutritionist, Panelist



“Four Short Scripts Concerning Poverty and Homelessness: Presentation & Critique.” BSB Room 250

Laurie Doyle, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Norman Bert, Texas Tech University, “Four Short Scripts Concerning Poverty and Homelessness”
  • Rodney Plunkett, White Station Church of Christ, Memphis, Tennessee, Respondent
  • Kari Hatfield, Abilene Christian University, Respondent
  • Stan Denman, Baylor University, Respondent



“Poster Session for Behavioral Sciences: Using Research to Remap Relationships.” BSB Room 200, Chapel on the Hill (Foyer)

Beth Robinson, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Dorothy Collins Andreas, Pepperdine University, “Ethics of Safety: Remapping the Boundaries of Safety and a Christian Worldview in the Context of Crisis Management”
  • Jonna Byars and Christopher Hennington, Lubbock Christian University, “The Effectiveness of a Group Exercise Program on the Symptoms of Depression, Loneliness & Stress in Postpartum Women”
  • M. Liann Gallagher, Texas Tech University, “The Impact of Natural Resource Deposits On Border Settlement”
  • Christopher Hennington, Shauna Frisbie, and Beth Robinson, Lubbock Christian University, “Personality as a Gate-Keeping Tool for Counselor Education: A Pilot Study”
  • Kathryn A. Wolfe, Florida Atlantic University, “The Impact of Christian Campus Culture: A Need to Explore Students’ Perceptions of Christian Higher Education”