Presentations

 
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You are invited to access video or slide decks of presentations that I have already given by clicking on one of the images below (if you are looking at this page on a mobile device, you might try swiping to the right to advance the slides)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A RED101 Presentation

Presentation to Admitted Northwestern College Students

This slide deck outlines a number of the most significant features of the Northwestern College experience and education.  
 
 
 

Education, Grit and Hope

Presentation at the Northwest Iowa Cultural GRIT Conference, Friday March, 23, 2018

This address aimed to inspire persistence, creativity, and GRIT in young Northwest Iowa leaders who participated in this one-day Cultural GRIT conference.
 

The Gospel Mandate to Welcome and Celebrate your Latino Brothers and Sisters

An invited presentation to East Sioux Classis, March 14, 2018

This address points to the unique opportunity facing the Church to be an instrument of reconciliation and Gospel witness in the midst of an increasingly polarized U.S. society. It briefly surveys the biblical treatment of God's love for the nations, offers demographic information on "who is your Latino brother and sister?" and concludes with the Gospel mandate and radical call to deep and abiding relationship with our Latino bothers and sisters.
 
 
 

Christianity Rediscovered: Is Christianity a 'White Man's Religion'?"

A Ned Talk, Northwestern College, October 19, 2017

This brief lecture documents dramatic changes in the face of Christianity from 1910 to the present. Arguing that World Christianity is thriving, in part, due to its capacity (1) break from tribal gods; and (2) ground identity in the communal reality of the Church rather than in the kind of individualism so very dominant in Europe and North America.
 
 
 
 

A Theological Rationale for Commissioned Pastors at the Broader Assemblies

R.C.A. General Synod Presentation, June 9, 2017

This brief lecture displays the broad outlines of the paper I wrote for the R.C.A. as a member of the Commission on Theology. It was offered to delegates at the 2017 RCA General Synod sto that they could be well-prepared for the subsequent All-synod advisory committees at which they discussed the issue of commissioned pastors at broader assemblies.
 
 
 
 

Academic Life at Northwestern College

A Presentation to Incoming Freshmen

This slide deck was used during Freshmen orientation - to help them prepare for the academic endeavor of a Northwestern College education.
 
 
 

A New Academic Administrative Structure

Presentation to Northwestern College Faculty and Board of Trustees

 

 
 
 

The Challenge & Value Proposition of Christian Higher Education

A Strategic Response to Key Sociological Challenges

A presentation outlining a number of sociological and marketing challenges facing Christian Higher Education. This presentation offers a strategic response to current sociological and developmental issues among emerging adults.
 
 
 

College Governance, Faculty Committees, & Charting an Academic Career

Presentation to First-Year Faculty

This is a presentation given to first-year Northwestern College faculty. It constitutes an introduction to Northwestern College's expectations of faculty leading to tenure and promotion. Key elments of the Faculty Handbook are highlighted for consideration.
 
 
 
 

Education, Grit, Race, and Hope for a Better Place

Presentation at the inaugural Northwest Iowa Cultural GRIT Conference

This one-day Cultural GRIT conference for ELL students from Storm Lake brought middle- and high-school students to campus.