Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

SESSIONS

American Religion Section

“History of Stone-Campbell Higher Education in Texas”

Frank V. Bellizzi, Amarillo College, Convener

  • Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Abilene Christian University, “‘Read and Forget Us Not’: The History of Lockney Christian College, 1894-1918”
  • David Langford, Quaker Avenue Church of Christ, Lubbock, TX“A Tale of Two Colleges: Reflections on the Beginning and Ending of the Gunter/Littlefield Bible Colleges”
  • Frank V. Bellizzi, Amarillo College, “‘Athens of the Panhandle’: A Brief History of Hereford College, 1902-1911”
  • Steven S. Lemley, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent

“Major Book Review: The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education, John Schmalzbauer and Kathleen A. Mahoney, (Baylor University Press 2018)”

Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Convener

  • Connie Horton, Pepperdine University
  • Richard Hughes, Lipscomb University
  • Robert Randolph, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emeritus
  • John Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University, Respondent

“Major Book Review: Richard T. Hughes, The Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories that Give Us Meaning, 2d ed. (University of Illinois Press, 2018)

Todd M. Brenneman, Faulkner University, Convener

  • Raymond C. Carr, Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • Doug Foster, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer
  • Angela Sims, St. Paul School of Theology, Reviewer
  • Richard T. Hughes, Lipscomb University, Respondent

“The Radical Kingdom Vision of Barton Stone, James A. Harding, and David Lipscomb Still Lives Today”

Richard T. HughesLipscomb University, Convener

  • Lee Camp, Lipscomb University
  • Leonard Allen, Lipscomb University
  • Catherine Meeks, Executive Director, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, Atlanta
  • John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb University
  • Robin Meyers, Senior Minister, Mayflower United Church of Christ, Oklahoma City
  • Raymond Carr, Pepperdine University, Respondent

Biblical Interpretations Section

“Major Book Review: Keith Stanglin, The Letter and Spirit of Biblical Interpretation: From the Early Church to Modern Practice (Baker Academic, 2018)”

Brad East, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Kelli Gibson, Abilene Christian University
  • Joseph Gordon, Johnson University
  • John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb University
  • Keith Stanglin, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Respondent

Church & Academy Section

“Schools of Wisdom: Formation Toward Wisdom in the Church and the Academy”

Brandon Pierce, Stamford Church of Christ, Stamford CT, and Paul Watson, Cole Mill Road Church of Christ, Durham NC, Co-Conveners

  • Sarah Dannemiller, Abilene Christian University, “Spiritual Formation as Empowerment for Women in the Church and Academy”
  • Robert Jackson, Jr., Lipscomb University, “Frenemies: Can Seminary and the Local Church Coexist as Schools of Wisdom?”
  • Brady Bryce, Abilene Christian University, “Comparing the Academy and Church's Expectations of What a Minister Should Know”
  • Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

Higher Education Section

“Major Book Review: The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education, John Schmalzbauer and Kathleen A. Mahoney, (Baylor University Press 2018)”

Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Convener

  • Connie Horton, Pepperdine University
  • Richard Hughes, Lipscomb University
  • Robert Randolph, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emeritus
  • John Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University, Respondent

“Spiritual Formation in Higher Education”

John Boyles, Suzie Macaluso, Amanda PittmanAbilene Christian UniversityCo-Conveners

  • John Boyles, Suzie Macaluso, Amanda Pittman, Abilene Christian University, “Results from a Two Year Study of the Spiritual Lives of First Year College Students”
  • Eric Wilson, Pepperdine University, “Research Results on Spiritual Formation and Social Action Among Pepperdine Students”
  • Gary Selby, Emmanuel Seminary at Milligan College
  • Heather Gorman, Johnson University, Respondent

Interdisciplinary Section

“Apprenticeship In Art – Two Writers”

David Fleer, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • John R. Erickson, Mentor, Author of the Hank the Cowdog series
  • Nathan (S.J.) Dahlstrom, Mentee, Author of the Wilder Good series

Journalism Section

“Evangelicals, Truth and the News”

Christina Littlefield, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Todd M. Brenneman, Faulkner University, “Puff Graham?: Contemporary Evangelicalism and the News”
  • Doug Mendenhall, Abilene Christian University, “Seeking Truth: Journalism History and Ethics”
  • Brian Calfano, University of Cincinnati, “Let Expedience Be Your Guide: The Secular Sea Change of American Evangelicals”

Practical Theology Section 

“Current Trends in Homiletics: Conversations in Theory and Practice”

Tim SensingAbilene Christian University Graduate School of Theology, and Mason LeePrinceton Theological Seminary, Co-Conveners

  • Ronald Allen, Christian Theological Seminary, “Invitation: Preaching from the Perspective of Process Theology”
  • Mason Lee, Princeton Theological Seminary, “Prophets and Sour Grapes: Wrestling with Tradition in Homiletical Theology”
  • Amy McLaughin-Sheasby, Boston University School of Theology, “Witnessing Wounds: Toward a Trauma-Informed Homiletic”
  • Bryan Nash, Eastview Church of Christ, Salem, IN, Respondent
  • Ian Nickerson, Minda Street Church of Christ, Abilene, TX, Respondent
  • Jarrod Robinson, Southern Hills Church of Christ, Abilene, TX, Respondent

“The Living Pulpit: A Stone-Campbell Dialog about Preaching”

Tim Sensing, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Ron Allen, Christian Theological Seminary, Introduction to The Living Pulpit
  • Newell Williams, Brite Divinity School, History of The Living Pulpit (4 vols)
  • Micki Pulleyking, Missouri State University, Response from Multiple Perspectives
  • Doug Skinner, Dallas TX, Response from Disciples of Christ
  • Josh Haynes, Raintree Christian Church, Lubbock TX, Response from Churches of Christ/Christian Church
  • Barry Stephens, Monterey Church of Christ, Lubbock TX, Response from Churches of Christ

“Major Book Review: Gary S. Selby, Pursuing an Earthy Spirituality: C. S. Lewis and Incarnational Faith (InterVarsity Academic, 2019)”

Rhonda Lowry, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Jana Anderson, Lubbock Christian University
  • Jeff Cary, Lubbock Christian University
  • Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University
  • Lauren Leatherberry, Pepperdine University
  • Gary S. Selby, Respondent

“Media, Art, and Liturgy: Exploring the Influence of Visual Art and Media Technology on Worship in Churches with Stone-Campbell Ties”

Trey Shirley, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Carisse Berryhill, Abilene Christian University, “Here is Water: Allegory and Acceptance of Baptistery Murals in Mid-20th Century Churches of Christ”
  • Shawn Hughes, Lubbock Christian University, “Worship Media in a Changing Environment: An Examination of the Use of Media in the Church of Christ”
  • Matt Pinson, Highland Church of Christ, Abilene, TX, “Envisioning a Pathway to Discipleship at Highland Church of Christ”
  • Trey Shirley, Abilene Christian University, Convener, “Projecting a Vision: A Case Study on the Relationship Between Environmental Projection and Liturgy at Oak Hills Church”

Perspective Criticism for Biblical Interpretation and Preaching”

Jesse LongLubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Gary Yamasaki, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, “Perspective Criticism”
  • Rachel Gould, Vanderbilt University, “Perspective Criticism: A Literary Response”
  • Jesse Long, Lubbock Christian University, “Perspective Criticism in Biblical Interpretation
  • Bryan Nash, Eastview Church of Christ, Salem, IN, Perspective Criticism in Homiletics

Spiritual Formation in Higher Education”

John Boyles, Suzie Macaluso, Amanda PittmanAbilene Christian UniversityCo-Conveners

  • John Boyles, Suzie Macaluso, Amanda Pittman, Abilene Christian University, “Results from a Two Year Study of the Spiritual Lives of First Year College Students”
  • Eric Wilson, Pepperdine University, “Research Results on Spiritual Formation and Social Action Among Pepperdine Students”
  • Gary Selby, Emmanuel Seminary at Milligan College
  • Heather Gorman, Johnson University, Respondent

Science Section

“The Wisdom of Sustainability in Climate Change”

Stacy Patty, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Katharine Hayhoe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University
  • Daniel Gordon, Professor of Faith and Science, Lipscomb University
  • Kendra Jernigan, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Abilene Christian University
  • Luke Morgan, Doctoral Student in Ecocriticism and Environmental Literature, Texas Tech University

Theology Section

“Major Book Review: Joseph Gordon, Divine Scripture in Human Understanding: A Systematic Theology of the Christian Bible (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019)”

Brad East, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Fred Aquino, Abilene Christian University
  • Keith Stanglin, Austin Graduate School of Theology
  • Brad East, Abilene Christian University
  • Joseph Gordon, Johnson University, Respondent

“On Divine Simplicity: Its Relevance for Contemporary Theology,” A Working Group 

Frederick D. Aquino, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • John Kern, Boston College, Presenter
  • Chance Juliano, Abilene Christian University, Presenter
  • Mark Wiebe, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent

“On Wisdom: The Intersection of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty,” A Working Group

Frederick D. AquinoAbilene Christian University, Convener

  • David Mahfood, Johnson University, “Wisdom: A Thomistic Sketch”
  • Paul Morris, Cambridge, MA, “Thoughts on Wisdom and Natural Beauty in an Age of High Technology”
  • Frederick D. AquinoAbilene Christian University, “An Integrative Habit of Mind”

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