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Peer-reviewed and generative sessions cover a wide range of academic disciplines. Between 85 and 100 interactive paper, panel, poster, round table, and town hall sessions are scheduled in six 90-minute time slots and framed by five plenary events.

Sessions will be slotted prior to the conference.

SESSIONS

Session Slot
  • Plenary
  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 4
  • Session 5
  • Session 6
Section
  • American Religion
  • Business and Economics
  • Centers for Faith and Learning
  • Christianity, Literature, and Language
  • Church and Academy
  • Civil Rights
  • Congregational Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
  • Faith and Learning
  • Fifth Annual Landon Saunders' Lecture
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Hermeneutics
  • Interdisciplinary
  • J.J.M. Roberts' Lecture in Old Testament Studies
  • Mission and World Christianity
  • Patristics
  • Philosophy
  • Plenary
  • Practical Theology
  • Practical Theology: DMin Projects
  • Practical Theology: Religious Education Track
  • Special Sessions
  • Teaching, Learning and Technology
Speakers
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Biblical Studies: Asset or Liability for People of Faith?

Plenary
When: June 10, 2021, 11:00 am - Thursday
Speakers
Greg Sterling, Yale Divinity School, Moderator
  • Richard T. Hughes, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • Raymond C. Carr, Independent Scholar, Participant
  • Carl Holladay, Emory University, Participant
  • Amanda Jo Pittman, Abilene Christian University, Participant

White Evangelical Alignment with Political Forces of our Time: New Ways of Understanding

Plenary
Speakers
  • Randall Balmer, Darmouth College, Panelist
  • John Fea, Messiah College, Panelist
  • Molly Worthen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Panelist

Evangelicals and Political Forces of Our Time: Extending the Conversation Begun by Randall Balmer, John Fea, and Molly Worthen

American Religion
Speakers
Richard T. Hughes, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Amy Artman, Missouri State University, Panelist
  • Stephen Mansfield, Speaker and Author, Panelist
  • Edward J. Robinson, Texas College, Panelist
  • John Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University, Panelist

Female Leadership in Churches of Christ

American Religion
Speakers
Scott Billingsley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Convener
  • Annette McRay, Nashville, Tennessee, Panelist
  • Jan Hughes, Nashville, Tennessee, Panelist
  • Candace Nicolds, Brookline Church of Christ, Panelist
  • Kindy Pfremmer De Long, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Katie Link, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Respondent

Major Book Review: Douglas A. Foster, A Life of Alexander Campbell (Eerdmans, 2020)

American Religion
Speakers
Corey J. Markum, Freed-Hardeman University, Convener
  • James L. Gorman, Johnson University, Reviewer
  • Edward J. Robinson, Texas College, Reviewer
  • D. Newell Williams, Brite Divinity School, Reviewer
  • Douglas A. Foster, Abilene Christian University (Emeritus), Author Respondent

Pedagogical Innovations and the Future Ready Graduate

Centers for Faith and Learning
Speakers
Cathy Box, Lubbock Christian University, Convener
  • Christopher Heard, Pepperdine University, Participant
  • Hope Nordstrom, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • Jennifer W. Shewmaker, Abilene Christian University, Participant

Toward an Anti-Racist Faculty Development (Roundtable)

Centers for Faith and Learning
Speakers
Laura Carroll, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Stephanie Hamm, Abilene Christian University, Introduction and discussion of current campus climate
  • Laura Carroll, Abilene Christian University, Overview of Adams Center: Centrality of anti-racist work to the center's mission
  • Amy Boone, Abilene Christian University, White allyship group, including the date behind it, other examples, process, and challenges
  • Cliff A. Barbarick, Abilene Christian University, Cultivating anti-racist practices in the classroom

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Student- and Self-Care in Times of Crisis

Centers for Faith and Learning
Speakers
Hope Nordstrom, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Cliff A. Barbarick, Abilene Christian University, Participant
  • Hope Nordstrom, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • Holly Rowsey, Freed-Hardeman University, Participant
  • Cathy Box, Lubbock Christian University, Participant

Building Partnerships through Interdisciplinary Studies in Linguistics

Christianity, Literature, and Language
Speakers
Olga Pahom, Lubbock Christian University, Convener
  • Katrina J. Olson, Vanderbilt University, “Coming Together: How Language Shapes Worship’s Collective Imagination”
  • Olga Pahom, Lubbock Christian University, “Establishing Connections through Storytelling: A Conversation Analysis Approach to Bilingual Couples’ Interaction”
  • Abraham Mata, Lubbock Christian University, “Rethinking Language Teaching Practices in the Hybrid L2 Classroom: Lessons from Beginning and Intermediate Spanish Courses in the Texas Learning Consortium”
  • Carole Carroll, Lubbock Christian University, “The Best of Both Worlds: Online Curriculum in an Onsite Course”

Wendell Berry’s Livable World

Christianity, Literature, and Language
Speakers
Bill Carroll, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Bill Carroll, Abilene Christian University, “Wendell Berry’s Mad Farmer Sequence: Refashioning the Pastoral as an Antidote to the Dis-ease of Consumer Culture”
  • Rachel B. Griffis, Sterling College, “Wendell Berry’s The Unsettling of America Disavows Settler Colonialism”
  • Cliff A. Barbarick, Abilene Christian University, “The Tie that Binds: Death in the Membership”

Retrospective on Jack Lewis’s ‘The Ministry of Study’

Church and Academy
Speakers
Brandon Pierce, Independent Scholar, Convener
  • Naomi Walters, Rochester University, Panelist
  • Kenneth Gilmore, Southwestern Christian College, Panelist
  • Jeremy Hegi, Lubbock Christian University, Panelist
  • Allen Black, Harding School of Theology, Respondent

Whose Church? Which Academy? Contested Definitions and Boundaries in Christian Scholarly Identity

Church and Academy
Speakers
Brandon Pierce, Independent Scholar, Convener
  • Rafael Rodriguez, Johnson University, “The Rebel Embrace: Resisting the Fragmentation of Church and Academy”
  • Mark Wiebe, Lubbock Christian University, “Metaphysics and the Pursuit of the Truth: The Bond of Reason, Revelation, and res from Aquinas, to Newman, to Gilson”
  • Samjung Kang-Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, “Gender and Race at the Crossroads”
  • Carl Holladay, Emory University, Respondent

Apples that Fell Far from the Tree: The Protest Stream Flowing from Nashville Christian Institute

Civil Rights
Speakers
Wes Crawford, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Diarron Morrison, Abilene Christian University, “Transitioning: The Spiritual Life and Work of Molefi Asante”
  • Edward J. Robinson, Texas College, “Dismantling Segregation: The Religion and Politics of Fred D. Gray”
  • Tanya Smith Brice, Council on Social Work Education, Respondent

Ida B. Wells Working Group: Genuine Relationships as the Crucial Component Enabling the Prophetic Voice to Matter

Civil Rights
Speakers
Catherine Meeks, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, Convener
  • Catherine Meeks, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, Participant
  • Nibs Stroupe, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Participant
  • Cookye Rutledge, Young Scholars Academy, Participant
  • Jan Schroeder, Episcopal Diocese of PA, Participant
  • Thomas Brackett, Episcopal Church Planting and Ministry Redevelopment, Participant
  • Nontombi Naomi Tutu, All Saints' Episcopal Church, Participant
  • Richard T. Hughes, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • David Fleer, Lipscomb University, Participant

Major Book Review: “DeWayne R. Stallworth, Existential Togetherness: Toward a Common Black Religious Heritage”

Civil Rights
Speakers
Richard T. Hughes, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Raymond C. Carr, Independent Scholar, Reviewer
  • Gary Selby, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan University, Reviewer
  • David Holmes, Lipscomb University, Reviewer
  • DeWayne R. Stallworth, American Baptist College and Author, Respondent

The Media Fight Against Othering, Degrading, and Erasing Black Individuals and Communities: Black Twitter’s Role in Covering Diverse Communities

Civil Rights
Speakers
William Lofton Turner, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Meredith Clark, University of Virginia, Participant
  • Michael Anastasi, The Tennessean, Participant
  • Tanya Smith Brice, Council on Social Work Education, Participant
  • Doug Mendenhall, Abilene Christian University, Participant
  • Ibram X. Kendi, Boston University, (tentative)

Reactions to Racism: Listening to Voices from Churches of Christ

Civil Rights
Speakers
Wes Crawford, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Raymond C. Carr, Independent Scholar, “The Powers that Be: Franklin Florence and the Political Dimensions of Biblical Faith”
  • Wes Crawford, Abilene Christian University, “James Fowler’s Silent Voice in the Civil Rights Movement”
  • Dyron Daughrity, Pepperdine University, “Carl Spain’s Waves: How a Sermon Ended Segregation in Churches of Christ Colleges”

Congregational Science: Imagining Stability and Change in Churches

Congregational Science
Speakers
Chris Gonzalez, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Dave Morgan, Lipscomb University, “Church of Origin”
  • Jackie Halstead, Abilene Christian University & Selah Center for Spiritual Formation, “Externalizing the Congregational Problem-Saturated Narrative”
  • Marsha Vaughn, Adler University, “The Stories We Don’t Tell: Or, What Exactly is ‘Our History’?”
  • Chris Gonzalez, Lipscomb University, “Shared Obliviousness in Congregations”

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines: Old Testament Colloquium, Part 1

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
Speakers
Clay Smith, Baylor University, Convener
  • Noemí Palomares, Pepperdine University, “זכר + ל and The Treatment of Deeds as Meritorious in the Hebrew Bible.”
  • Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Respondent
  • Charles Rix, Oklahoma Christian University, Respondent
  • Kipp Swinney, Baylor University, Respondent

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines: Old Testament Colloquium, Part 2

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
Speakers
Kipp Swinney, Baylor University, Convener
  • Ryan Replogle, Hebrew Union College, "The Perception of Divine Retribution in the Hebrew Bible"
  • Daniel Oden, Harding University, Respondent
  • Melinda Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Respondent
  • Clay Smith, Baylor University, Respondent

Roundtable Conversation: “The Mixed Legacy of Historical Criticism in Churches of Christ”

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
Speakers
Laura Locke Estes, St. Louis University, Convener
  • Darren Hagood, Long Beach Church of Christ, Participant
  • Richard T. Hughes, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • Cari Myers, Pepperdine University, Participant
  • Noemí Palomares, Pepperdine University, Participant
  • Shelly Tilton, University of Virginia, Participant

Theology and the Environment

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
Speakers
Hannah Sutton-Adams, Boston College, Convener
  • Andrew Gertner Belfield, Boston College, “Restoring Rectitudo: Anselm of Canterbury, Ecological Sin, and Cosmic Salvation”
  • Matthew Hale, The Catholic University of America, “Grace and Institutions: Towards a Theological Historiography of Ecological Recovery”
  • Darren Hagood, Long Beach Church of Christ, Respondent

The Meaning of Christian Discipleship: Finding Purpose and Vocation through Suffering, Tragedy, and Death

Faith and Learning
Speakers
Richard T. Hughes, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Jason Mahn, Augustana College, “Purpose and Meaning in a Time of Crisis”
  • Deanna A. Thompson, St. Olaf College, “Beyond Deep Gladness: Coming to Terms with Vocations We Don’t Choose”
  • Deron Smith, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Fifth Annual Landon Saunders’ Lecture, The Human Being: The Nexus of the World and Faith, “Meanings and Dimensions of Flourishing: A Programmatic Sketch”

Fifth Annual Landon Saunders' Lecture
Speakers
  • Miroslav Volf, Yale Divinity School, Lecturer
  • Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Convener
  • John Barton, Pepperdine University, Respondent
  • Arthur Sutherland, Loyola University, Respondent
  • Miroslav Volf, Yale Divinity School, Reply

Growing Beyond Your Discipline: Interprofessional Education for Healthcare Professionals

Health Sciences
Speakers
Autumn Marshall, Lipscomb University, Convener

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Trends, Strategies and Tools

Health Sciences
Speakers
Susan L. Mercer, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Lindsey N. Miller, Lipscomb University, “Mental Health Statistics in the University Population and Healthcare Providers”
  • Susan L. Mercer, Lipscomb University, “Creation of a Wellbeing Committee: Recommendations, Implementations and Challenges”
  • Susan L. Mercer and Lindsey N. Miller, Lipscomb University, “Overview of Wellbeing and Burnout Assessment Tools”
  • Terrice Hooks, Lipscomb University (student), Respondent
  • Samantha Randlett, Lipscomb University (student), Respondent

Research Updates in the Basic and Biomedical Sciences, Part I

Health Sciences
Speakers
Joseph E. Deweese, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Caleb Kersey* and C. Korsi Dumenyo, Freed-Hardeman University; Tennessee State University, “Unwrapping the Complexity of Genetic Regulation in a Hypervirulent Mutant of the Soft Rot Bacterium Pectobacterium Carotovorum”
  • William E. Luttrell, Oklahoma Christian University, “Effects of a Series of Ketone Compounds on Liver Microsomal Glucuronyltransferase Activity in Mice—Implications for Ketone-Drug Interactions”
  • Joseph E. Deweese*, Judy N. Trac, J. Myles Keck, Ashley C. Daugherty, and Miriam G. Hawaz, Lipscomb University, “Mapping the Functional Domains of the C-terminal Domain of Topoisomerase IIα”

Research Updates in the Basic and Biomedical Sciences, Part II

Health Sciences
Speakers
Joseph E. Deweese, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Beth Conway*, Reed Haga, Purva Patel, Caleb Obregon, and Jazmine Stubblefield, Lipscomb University, “Neprilysin: a potential regulator of PI3K signaling in Triple Negative Breast Cancers”
  • G. Caroline Schwab*, Hannah Shaver, Lindsey J. Long, Laura Reed, and the Genomics Education Partnership, Oklahoma Christian University; University of Alabama, “Understanding Gene Evolution of the Insulin Pathway through Synteny”
  • Joseph E. Deweese*, Thomas T. Townsley, Timothy L. Wallace, Salvador Cordova, and Kirk Durston, Lipscomb University; FMS Foundation; Digital Strategies, “PSICalc: Development of a Software Tool for Exploring Protein Sequence Interdependencies”

Understanding and Caring for Earth and its Creatures

Health Sciences
Speakers
Jonathan Witt, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture, Convener
  • Wayne Rossiter, University of Rio Grande, “Industrial and Technological Progress: Is the Invisible Hand Friend or Foe?”
  • Joe R. Miller, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminar, “Ethics & Climate Change: Setting the Stage for Dialogue Between Science and Faith”
  • Jeff McCormack, Oklahoma Christian University, “Emerging Infectious Diseases: Implications on Wellness and the Economy”
  • Dodd Galbreath, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Sarah Collier, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Understanding the Mind and Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness

Health Sciences
Speakers
Joseph E. Deweese, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Michael Egnor, Stony Brook University, “What Can Neuroscience Help us Understand about the Soul?”
  • Robert F. Shedinger, Luther College, “Broken Brain or Fractured Soul? The Medicalization of Mental Illness and the Rise of Mental Health Stigma”
  • Lindsey N. Miller, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Hunter Stanfield, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Hermeneutics and Unity in and after Scripture: Genesis 1-2

Hermeneutics
Speakers
Daniel Oden, Harding University, Convener
  • Chris Jones, Faulkner University, "John's Use of Creational Themes in Interpreting the Crucifixion, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus"
  • Joseph K. Gordon, Johnson University, "Irenaeus on Genesis: The Unity of First and Last Things in the Economic Work of God"
  • Todd Brenneman, Faulkner University, "The Balancing Act of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation and Genesis 1-2"
  • John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Hermeneutics and Unity in and after Scripture 2021: Genesis 3

Hermeneutics
Speakers
David Stark, Faulkner University, Convener
  • Kevin Youngblood, Harding University, "The Seven Faces of Eve: A Reception History of the Creation and Vocation of the Archetypal Woman"
  • Justin Rogers, Freed-Hardeman University, "Biblical Mythology, Minimalism, and the Serpent of Genesis 3: Inner-Jewish Apologetics in Philo of Alexandria"
  • Alden Bass, Oklahoma Christian University, "Refractive Disorder: A Re-visionist Reading of Augustine's Teaching on the Edenic Curse"
  • Laura Locke Estes, St. Louis University, Respondent

Christian Social Thought and Criminal Justice Reform

Interdisciplinary
Speakers
Ben Peterson, Texas A&M University, Convener
  • Andrew Skotnicki, Manhattan College, "The Anthropology of Abolition"
  • Carola Binder, Haverford College, "Criminal Justice and Hope from an Economics Perspective"
  • Andrew Krinks, American Friends Service Committee, "Christianity and the Abolition of Captivity"
  • Micah Watson and Samuel Poortenga, Calvin University; University of Michigan Law School, "Rehabilitative Retribution: Human Dignity & Respect in Criminal Justice"

J. J. M. Roberts’ Lecture in Old Testament Studies, “Four Questions From Jonah”

J.J.M. Roberts' Lecture in Old Testament Studies
Speakers
  • Steven McKenzie, Rhodes College, Lecturer
  • Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Convener

A Plenty for Supply (2 Cor 8:12–15): Theological Higher Education and the Majority World

Mission and World Christianity
Speakers
Nathan Bills, Heritage Christian College, Convener
  • Samuel Twumasi-Ankrah, Heritage Christian College, “Why (Much of) Africa Does Not Need Any More Preaching Training Schools but rather Institutions of Higher Education”
  • Daniel Salinas, Theological Education Initiative, United World Mission, “Recruiting, Deploying, Mentoring, and Developing Missional Scholars: The Theological Education Initiative”
  • Mindi Thompson, Abilene Christian University, “Online Theological Higher Education: Reflections on Past Practices for Future Endeavors”
  • Leonard Allen, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Case Studies in African Holistic Mission

Mission and World Christianity
Speakers
Nathan Bills, Heritage Christian College, Convener
  • Conrad Kakraba, Heritage Christian College, “‘Advancing the Kingdom of Christ and National Development’: The Missional Role of HCC’s Truth TV in a Hurting African Continent”
  • Evans Lartey, Heritage Christian College, “African Ecological Beliefs and Theological Creation Care”
  • Alan Howell, Harding University, “Swapping Drinking Songs for Spiritual Songs: Skolia and Possession in Ephesians 5 and Mozambique”
  • Paul Chimhungwe, African Christian College, Respondent

Mission as African Experience

Mission and World Christianity
Speakers
Chris Flanders and Greg McKinzie, Abilene Christian University; Lipscomb University, Conveners
  • Paul Chimhungwe, African Christian College, “The Conversion Process in the Stone-Campbell Movement Churches in Southern Africa (1914– 1927): An Historical Analysis”
  • Anthony Parker, Pioneer Bible Translators, “Van Rheenen’s Incarnational Model for Tribal Africa and Watson’s Church Planting Movement Model: How Different Are They?”
  • Linda Whitmer, Johnson University, “They Call Him Father: The Metaphoric Image of God as Father among Modern Shona in Zimbabwe”
  • Shawn Tyler, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent

Mission in Context

Mission and World Christianity
Speakers
Chris Flanders, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Ron Clark, Kairos Church Planting, “Living Missionally Among the ‘Humiliated’ in a Post-#MeToo World: A Missional Reading of Paul’s Challenge To the Roman Christians in Romans 12:1–16”
  • Gailyn Van Rheenen, Mission Alive, “How is God Working during the Pandemic to Create Ideal Settings for Church Planting?”
  • Matthew Nance, Christian HolyLand Foundation, “The Paradox of Missional Calling”
  • Martin Rodriguez, Azusa Pacific University, Respondent

Mission in North America

Mission and World Christianity
Speakers
Chris Flanders and Greg McKinzie, Abilene Christian University; Lipscomb University, Conveners
  • Kent Smith, Abilene Christian University, “Love, Joy and Grace: Formation Together in the Life of God”
  • Tod Vogt and Charles Kiser, Mission Alive, “Contemplative Mission: The Interplay Between Spirituality and Missional Practice in Mission Alive Church Planters”
  • Jared Looney, Global City Mission Initiative, “The Impact of Diaspora Mission and the Shift to a Mission Paradigm in the North American Church”
  • Aaron Wheeler, Ozark Christian College, Respondent

Mission in the Academy

Mission and World Christianity
Speakers
Chris Flanders and Greg McKinzie, Abilene Christian University; Lipscomb University, Conveners
  • Earl Lavender, Lipscomb University, “From Missions to Missional: Preparing a Royal Priesthood”
  • Dan Rodriguez, Pepperdine University, “Let My People Go! Exodus-Shaped Diaspora Mission in the North American Context”
  • J. Omar Palafox, Abilene Christian University, “Understanding by Movement: Seeking Sensible Interdependence for Missionaries in Latin America”
  • Kate Kissling Blakely, Great Lakes Christian College, Respondent

Early Christian Bodies: Gendered, Suffering, and Political (Peer Reviewed)

Patristics
Speakers
Trevor Thompson, Eerdmans Publishing, Convener
  • Michelle Weedman, Maryville College, “Mary’s Fertility and the Renewal of all Creation in Ephrem the Syrian”
  • Ethan Laster, St. Louis University, “The Divine Body and Ascetic Bodies: Theopaschism and Suffering Saints in John of Ephesus”
  • Andrew Sutherland, Baylor University, “The Humbly Obedient Elements: An Integrative Reading of 1 Clement 2”
  • Joas Adiprasetya, Jakarta Theological Seminary, “Protreptic Imagination: Oikopoetic Readings of Acts 7 and the Epistle to Diognetus”

Early Christian Studies Lecture, Fr. Columba Stewart, “Making Whole Again: Reuniting Cultural Heritage through Large-scale Digitization of Previously Unknown Manuscripts in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.”

Patristics
Speakers
  • Fr. Columba Stewart, Saint John's School of Theology, Lecturer
  • Trevor Thompson, Eerdmans Publishing, Co-Convener
  • James E. Walters, Rochester University, Co-Convener
  • Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University, Co-Convener

Philosophy in the Stone-Campbell Movement

Philosophy
Speakers
John Mark Hicks and Derek Estes, Lipscomb University; St. Louis University, Conveners
  • David Mahfood, Johnson University Florida, Panelist
  • Garrett Pendergraft, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Derek Estes, St. Louis University, Panelist

Theology’s Handmaid: Philosophy for the Church

Philosophy
Speakers
Derek Estes, St. Louis University, Convener
  • Chris Shrock, University of Sioux Falls, “Giving up the Sects, Saving the Bacon”
  • Chance Juliano, Southern Methodist University, “Marginalized Persons as Epistemic Authorities on Perceiving Systemic Injustices”
  • Austin McCoy, Baylor University, “Hopeful Universalism: A Reply to Michael Rea”

Current Trends in Homiletics: Conversations in Theory and Practice

Practical Theology
Speakers
Tim Sensing, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Mason Lee, Abilene Christian University Graduate School of Theology, “God is More Interesting than Sin: Barth’s Doctrine of Sin as Homiletical Strategy”
  • Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby, Boston University, “A Word for the End of the World: Preaching Wisdom in an Age of Apocalypse”
  • Melanie Bockmann, Vanderbilt University, “Preaching Doubt: Toward a Metamodern Homiletic in the Wake of Deconstruction”
  • Sara Barton, Pepperdine University, Respondent

Justice, Isaiah, Practical Theology, and Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 57, ‘The Appassionata’

Practical Theology
Speakers
Gary Selby, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan University, Convener
  • Charles Rix, Oklahoma Christian University, Remarks and Performance
  • Kellie Brown, Milligan University, Music History, Respondent
  • Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Old Testament, Respondent

Major Book Review: “David Artman, Grace Saves All: The Necessity of Christian Universalism”

Practical Theology
Speakers
Naomi Walters, Rochester University, Convener
  • Arthur Sutherland, Loyola University, Reviewer
  • Shawna Songer Gaines, Trevecca Christian Community Church, Reviewer
  • Greg McKinzie, Lipscomb University, Reviewer
  • David Artman, First Christian Church, Respondent

Doctor of Ministry Projects in Practical Theology, Session One: Connecting Rhetoric and Ethics within Practical Theology

Practical Theology: DMin Projects
Speakers
Ron Bruner, Westview Boys' Home, Convener
  • Rosanna Anderson, Austin Presbyterian, “Preaching for Generosity: A Textual Analysis of Stewardship Sermons.”
  • Adam Daniels, Abilene Christian University, “Developing a Guiding Document for Youth Ministry at the Cookeville First United Methodist Church.”
  • Mason Lee, Abilene Christian University Graduate School of Theology, Respondent

Doctor of Ministry Projects in Practical Theology, Session Two: Finding a Path We Can Walk Together

Practical Theology: DMin Projects
Speakers
Ron Bruner, Westview Boys' Home, Convener
  • Nicole Hunt, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan University, “Determined Hope: Building Racial Unity between Two Local Churches.”
  • Scott Laird, Harding School of Theology, “An Adaptive Change Project in Developing Leaders.”
  • Jordan Tatum, Bethel Seminary, “Best Practices for a Multi-Ethnic Merger in Churches of Christ.”
  • Michael Sweeney, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan University, Respondent

Christian Formation for A Livable Planet

Practical Theology: Religious Education Track
Speakers
Samjung Kang-Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Chess Cavitt, Arlington (VA) Church of Christ, “Discerning Issues”
  • Jennifer Ayres, Emory University, “Loving Creation”
  • Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, “Forming a Culture for Climate Justice”
  • Lauren Calvin Cooke, Emory University, “Educating Christian Community/Contexts for a Livable Planet”

The Continuing Influence of E. L. Jorgenson’s Great Songs of the Church at its Centennial and Beyond

Special Sessions
Speakers
D.J. Bulls, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Gilmer Church of Christ, Convener
  • McGarvey Ice, Abilene Christian University, “‘The Gospel Is For All’: the Story of One of E. L. Jorgenson’s Great Songs of the Church”
  • John Wakefield, Milligan College, Emeritus, “The Influence of Great Songs of the Church Among Christian Churches”
  • J.S. Wolfgang, Downers Grove Church of Christ, "The Influence of Great Songs of the Church on Subsequent Hymnals: The Case of ‘Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs’" (2012)
  • D.J. Bulls, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Gilmer Church of Christ, “A Brief Bibliographic History of Great Songs and its Influence on American Hymnody”
  • John Wiegand, Editor of Praise for the Lord, Respondent
  • Jerry Rushford, Pepperdine University, Emeritus, Respondent

In Memoriam Part I: Thomas H. Olbricht as Biblical Scholar

Special Sessions
Speakers
Ken Berry, Bible League International, Convener
  • John Fitzgerald, University of Notre Dame, Panelist
  • Kindalee DeLong, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Ron Cox, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Panelist

In Memoriam Part II: Thomas H. Olbricht as Theologian and Historian for the Church’s Sake

Special Sessions
Speakers
Ken Berry, Bible League International, Convener
  • Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Participant
  • Carl Holladay, Emory University, Participant
  • Douglas A. Foster, Abilene Christian University (Emeritus), Participant

Current Scholarship in Teaching/Learning and Technology

Teaching, Learning and Technology
Speakers
Melinda Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Wilhemina Odarkor Ofori, Heritage Christian College, “An Unstable Terrain: The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Academic Libraries in Africa”
  • Nathan Bills, Heritage Christian College, “Genesis 1 as Pedagogy”
  • Stephen D. Lowe, Liberty University, “Preparing Students for Ministry in the Digital Age”
  • Jan Cohu, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Tim Westbrook, Harding University, Respondent
  • Melinda Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

What We’ve Learned: Recovering Hope for Christian Universities (Roundtable)

Teaching, Learning and Technology
Speakers
Melinda Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Cliff A. Barbarick, Abilene Christian University, Participant
  • Mary Lowe, Liberty University, Participant
  • Stephen D. Lowe, Liberty University, Participant
  • Jennifer W. Shewmaker, Abilene Christian University, Participant
  • Marty Spears, Harding University, Participant
  • Tim Westbrook, Harding University, Participant

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James Cone with conferee at the CSC in 2017

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Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson delivering the CSC plenary address

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Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), delivering the CSC plenary address.

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US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivering the CSC plenary address

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