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I am energized by the prospect of meeting new people and find tremendous satisfaction in being able to share what I have been privileged to learn about Christian Theology, Political Theology, World Christianity, and the mission of Christian higher education. 

 
 
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Invited Lectures and Presentations

"Strategic Differentiation" A State of the College Address to Faculty, September 6, 2018.

"Do You Want to Become Great? Mark 10:32-45, Convocation Address on the topic of servant-leadership,, Northwestern College, August 21, 2018 

"The Gospel and Culturally Generative Pedagogy," an invited presentation to the Northwestern College Faculty, Fall Faculty Workshop: Diversity Matters, August 16, 2018. 

“Are You Ready? — Hispanic Visit Day Presentation,” April 24, 2018.

“Navigating Turbulent Waters: Charting our Way in the Midst of Economic, Cultural, and Missional Challenges,” — An address to Faculty, March 22, 2018.

“The Gospel Mandate to Welcome and Celebrate your Latino Brothers & Sisters” East Sioux Classis, March 13, 2017.

Invited respondent to the acclaimed British one-man play, Mr. Darwin's Tree --  Scholarship & Christianity In Oxford (SCIO) production,  Dallas, Tx, January 30, 2018.

Martin Luther King Jr. Address: “Strength to Love: Midnight and the Call to Justice,” Northwestern College, January 15, 2018.

“What does Northwestern College offer the World? — The Value of Higher Education” A faculty address, November 2, 2017.

“Academic Program Development” President’s National Advisory Committee, October 20, 2017.

“Christianity Rediscovered: Is Christianity a `White Man’s Religion’?” Ned Talk, Northwestern College, October 19, 2017.

“Strength to Love: Midnight and the Call to Justice": a paper delivered at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, September 30, 2017.

“What Makes for a Great College Experience?” Address to the Board of Trustees, September 28, 2017.

“Advancing Faith, Intellect, and Beloved Community” A State of the College Address to Faculty, September 7, 2017. 

“Salt and Light: The Church for the World – Matthew 5: 1-2, 13-16,” Opening Convocation Address, August 22, 2017.

“The Academic Endeavor: How to Succeed at College” an Orientation Address to Incoming Freshmen, August 21, 2017.

“A Theological Rationale for Commissioned Pastors at the Broader Assemblies,” R.C.A. General Synod Presentation, June 9, 2017.

“The Challenge and Value Proposition of Christian Higher Education,” President’s National Advisory Committee, April 7, 2017.

“College Governance, Faculty Committees, and Charting an Academic Career,” Address to Tenure Track Faculty, March 23, 2017. 

“Northwestern College’s Distinct Mission in Higher Education: Presentation to the Board of Trustees” March 8, 2017.

“Contemporary Challenges and Need for a New Administrative Structure,” Faculty Address, December 8, 2016.

“Scientific Teaching and Learning: The Neuroscience of Active Learning,” Faculty Address, December 1, 2016.

“Nurturing ‘Holy Grit’: the Emmaus Scholars Program – an Innovative Experiential Model of Faith Formation,” Taylor University, 2014 Higher Education Symposium, October 16, 2014.

“Identity in Christ” Opening Convocation Address, August 24, 2016.

“Calling the State to 'Political Worship': the Political Witness of Karl Barth and David Gitari,” Calvin College, Faith and International Development Conference,  February 12, 2016.

“Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night” Hope College,  Last Lecture Series — National Mortar Board Society, February 21, 2012.

“A Reconsideration of ‘Fact/Value Dichotomy,’ and the Moral Space of Common Objects of Love,” Chicago, American Economics Association — Association of Christian Economists, January 6, 2012.

“Wealth, Lordless Powers, and the Rule of Christ,” North Park Seminary, International Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, September 28, 2011.

“Friendship, Knowledge and Love: What Emerging Adults Should Learn from Gandalf, Milosz, and Augustine,” Hope College, Veritas Forum: "True Communities, True Selves” January 13, 2011.

Response to Hans Boersma, “Saving Bodies Anagogical Transposition in St. Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary on the Song of Songs,” North Park Seminary, International Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, September 24, 2010.

“Justification and Justice: Barth on Political Worship and the State” The Karl Barth Society of North America, The Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, November 20, 2009.

“Water, Justice and Christ: When Water is Thicker than Blood,” Hope College, Critical Issues Symposium: At Water's Edge: Complacency, Thirst, Action, October 7, 2009.

“Singing Truth to Power: the Theo-politics of Bono and Bonhoeffer,” Durhum, N.C., U2: The Hype and the Feedback: A Conference exploring the music, work, and influence of U2, October 3, 2009.

“Resurrection, Ontology and Gender: Why Reconciliation is Disruptive,” St. Louis | CBE International Conference: “Are Women from Mars and Men from Venus?” | July 25, 2009.

“Verdi’s Requiem: A Theological and Musical Conversation,” Hope College, Holland Symphony, Holland Chorale and Hope Music Department (College Chorus and Chapel Choir), March 29, 2009.

“Evangelical Protestantism and Roman Catholicism: A Dialogue with Edward T. Oakes,” Wheaton College, February 2, 2009.

“The Trinity is Not our Social Program: Volf, Nyssa and Barth,” Wheaton College, Annual Theology Conference: Rediscovering the Trinity: Classic Doctrine and Contemporary Ministry, April 11, 2008.

“Is Christianity ‘True Religion’”? Karl Barth and Global Christianity,” Hope College, Searching the Sacred Lecture Series, January 30, 2007.

Response to Mark Noll, “Resources and Perspectives for an Evangelical Foreign Policy,” Wheaton College, Council on Faith & International Affairs: Institute for Global Engagement, April 19, 2006.

Response to Bernd Wannenwetsch (Lecturer in Theological Ethics at Oxford), Invitational Symposium on Political Worship: Ethics for Christian Citizens, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Stead Center for Ethics and Values, March 30, 2006.

“Barth on Mozart: An Allusive and Boundless Witness A 250th Birthday Celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,” Wheaton College, Wheaton College Conservatory, Music Faculty Recital Series, January 27, 2006.

“Let the Bishop Speak! — The Political Theology and Witness of Archbishop David Gitari,” Baylor University, Global Christianity: Challenging Modernity and the West — Pruit Memorial Symposium, November 12, 2005.

“Reconciliation as the Dogmatic Location of Humanity: `your life is hidden with Christ in God’ (Col. 3:3),” Wheaton College, Annual Theology Conference: Women, Ministry, and the Gospel, April 7, 2005.

“`Politics as the Art of Dying’— Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King Jr.,” San Antonio, American Academy of Religion, Christian Theological Research Fellowship, November 20, 2004.

Response (with George Marsden and Roger Lundin) to Mark Noll's America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln, Wheaton College, November 13, 2003

“Spirit and the ‘Use’ of Scripture: Hermeneutics and Divine Action,” Redeemer University College, The Open Book & Scholarship Conference, August 17, 2000.

“The Moral Life and the Story of Jesus: Charles Taylor, Hans Frei and Narrative Theology,” University of Toronto, Wycliffe Theology Colloquium, February 24, 1997.

 

 
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Selected Publications

"Nurturing Holy Grit: Hope College's Emmaus Scholars Program" A Faith for the Generations: How Collegiate Experience Impacts Faith, Timothy Herrmann, Kirsten D. Tenhaken, Hannah M. Adderly, and Morgan K. Morris eds., Abilene Christian University Press: Abilene, 2015.

“Theological Perspective on John 15:18-25,” “Theological Perspective on John 15:26a-16:4a” and “Theological Perspective on John 16:4b-15” in Feasting on the Gospels, Westminster John Knox Press, 2015.

“A Reconsideration of “Fact” and “Value” and the Moral Space within which Theologians and Economists may share Common Objects of Love.” Faith & Economics, Number 60, Fall, 2012.

“Calvin on the Revelation of God in Creation and Scripture: Modern Reception and Contemporary Possibilities” in Calvin’s Theology and Its Reception: Disputes, Developments, and New Possibilities, John Hesselink and Todd Billings, eds., (Westminster/John Knox Press), 2012.

“Wealth, Lordless Powers, and the Rule of Christ” Ex Auditu: An International Journal for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Volume 27, 2011.

“Is All Worship the Religion of Cain?” review essay, Perspectives, 24/7, (August/September, 2009), 20-23.
Ancient Faith for the Church’s Future. Mark Husbands and Jeffrey P. Greenman, eds. InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2008.

“Theological Essays on Genesis Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16” in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Lectionary Commentary, Year B, Volume 2, Lent through Eastertide, Westminster/John Knox Press, 2008. 

The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts. Mark Husbands, Roger Lundin and Dan Treier, eds., InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2007.

“Reconciliation as the Dogmatic Location of Humanity,” in Women, Ministry and the Gospel: Exploring New Paradigms, Mark Husbands and Timothy Larsen, eds., InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2007.

Women, Ministry and the Gospel: Exploring New Paradigms. Mark Husbands and Tim Larsen, eds. InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2007.

The Community of the Word: Toward an Evangelical Ecclesiology. Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier, eds., InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2005.

Justification: What’s at Stake in the Recent Debates. Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier, eds., InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2004.

Essays Catholic and Critical, Philip G. Ziegler and Mark Husbands, eds.,Heythrop Studies in Contemporary Philosophy, Religion and Theology. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing, 2003.

Theology and the End of Modernity: Essays in Conversation with Reginald Stackhouse. Mark Husbands, ed., Toronto: Wycliffe College. 1996.