Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

2020 Theme:

A Livable Planet: Partnerships in Creation, Wellness, Economy and Justice

Plenary Speakers, Lectures and Special Sessions

We are pleased to announce the following speakers for the 2020 CSC:

Plenary Speakers

Katharine Hayhoe

Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University, hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. The following link leads to a recent New York Times article that features Hayhoe:

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Ibram X. Kendi

Kendi, a historian and New York Times best-selling author, is Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is an Ideas Columnist at The Atlantic and in 2016, his book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the National Book award. The following link leads to an article recently published in the Washington Post that features Kendi:

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Ibram X. Kendi will deliver the Fred D. Gray Plenary Lecture.

James W. Thompson

James W. Thompson will deliver the 2020 Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary. Thompson is Scholar in Residence and professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University. Since 1993 he has been the editor of Restoration Quarterly. His research focus has been in the philosophical background of the Epistle to the Hebrews and in Pauline theology. He is the author of numerous books, including The Beginnings of Christian Philosophy: The Letter to the Hebrews, and Preaching like Paul.

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James W. Thompson will deliver the Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary. The title of his lecture is "The Groaning and Redemption of Creation: Does Paul Speak to the Environmental Crisis?"

2020 Lectures

Laura Nasrallah

Yale's Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Laura Nasrallah, will be delivering the 2020 Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies. Nasrallah's research and teaching bring together New Testament and early Christian literature with the archeological remains of the Mediterranean world, and often engage issues of colonialism, gender, race, status, and power. Her Archeology and the Letters of Paul (Oxford University Press, 2019) focuses on reconstructing the social, economic, and religious contexts of those to whom Paul wrote, focusing on case studies in specific cities and regions. Her first book, An Ecstasy of Folly: Prophecy and Authority in Early Christianity, focuses on 1 Corinthians and on materials from the second- and third-century controversies over prophecy and the nature of the soul.

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Laura Nasrallah will deliver the Everett Ferguson Lecture. The title of her lecture is "What Are You Selling? On Travel, Hospitality, and Christ-Followers"

Steven McKenzie

Steven L. McKenzie will present the J.J.M. Roberts lecture in Old Testament Studies at the 2020 CSC. McKenzie is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Religious Studies and the Spence L. Wilson Research Fellow at Rhodes College. He has authored and edited numerous books, commentary series, encyclopedias, and study Bibles, but is perhaps most widely known for King David: A Biography (2000). He co-founded the Deuteronomistic History Section at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting and has served on numerous editorial boards, including the Journal of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Quarterly and Vetus Testamentum.

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Steven McKenzie will deliver the J.J.M Roberts Lecture. The title of his lecture is "Four Questions from Jonah".

Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf will deliver the 2020 Landon Saunders Lecture on the Human Being: the Nexus of World and Faith. Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He has earned doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has written or edited more than 20 books and over 100 scholarly articles.

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Miroslav Volf will deliver the Landon Saunder Lecture. The title of his lecture is: "Meaning and Dimensions of Flourishing."

Jay Jakub

We are pleased to announce Jay Jakub as one of the 2020 CSC speakers. Jay is the Senior Director of External Research at Mars Incorporated / Catalyst, a multinational food company with a unique corporate think tank. He is a co-leader of a new breakthrough business model initiative, the Economics of Mutuality (EoM). Jay co-authored the book, Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World (2017) and regularly guest lectures on EoM at Oxford University, where he earned a doctorate in European History, and at other universities and conferences around the world.

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