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Sessions

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
  • Interdisciplinary
  • J.J.M. Roberts' Lecture in Old Testament Studies
  • Mission and World Christianity
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament Studies
  • Patristics
  • Philosophy
  • Plenary
  • Political Engagement
  • Practical Theology
  • Practical Theology: DMin Projects
  • Practical Theology: Religious Education Track
  • Special Sessions
  • Teaching, Learning and Technology
  • Theology and Philosophy
  • Theopoetics
Speakers
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Pack Plenary Session: Healthcare Challenges, Opportunities and Transformation in a Modern Day Plague

Plenary
When: June 9, 2021, 10:00 am - Wednesday
Where: Collins Auditorium
Speakers
Suzanne Olbricht, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Convener
  • Kevin Fickenscher, President of CREO Strategic Solutions, Participant
  • Lisa Piercey, 14th Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health, Participant

Malherbe Plenary Debate: Biblical Studies: Asset or Liability for People of Faith?

Plenary
When: June 9, 2021, 4:30 pm - Wednesday
Where: Collins Auditorium
Speakers
Greg Sterling, Yale Divinity School, Moderator
  • Richard T. Hughes, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • Raymond C. Carr, Independent Scholar, Participant
  • Carl Holladay, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Participant
  • Amanda Jo Pittman, Abilene Christian University, Participant

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

Plenary
When: June 10, 2021, 10:45 am - Thursday
Where: Collins Auditorium
Speakers
  • Randall Balmer, Darmouth College, Panelist
  • John Fea, Messiah College, Panelist
  • Molly Worthen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Panelist

Robert E. and Bonnie Cone Hooper Plenary: Tokens Show

Plenary
When: June 10, 2021, 7:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Collins Auditorium
Speakers
Lee Camp, Lipscomb University, Host

Fred D. Gray Plenary in Human and Civil Rights

Plenary
When: June 11, 2021, 10:45 am - Friday
Where: Collins Auditorium
Speakers
Ibram X. Kendi, Boston University, Lecturer
  • Tanya Smith Brice, Vice President of Education at The Council on Social Work Education, Panelist
  • Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Panelist
  • David Fleer, Lipscomb University, Panelist

Female Leadership in Churches of Christ

American Religion
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 138
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
  • Kindalee Pfremmer De Long, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Katie Link, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Respondent

A Christian College Education—What it Costs and Costs and Costs

Business and Economics
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 205
Speakers
Clyde D. Neff, Lubbock Christian University, Convener
  • Lamar Reinsch, Lubbock Christian University, Panelist
  • Clyde D. Neff, Lubbock Christian University, Panelist
  • Tiffany Summers, Lipscomb University, Panelist

Environment, Economics and Public Health

Business and Economics
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 207
Speakers
Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Mark Jobe, Tim Creel, and Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, “Christian Business Leaders and Climate Change”
  • Cliff Anderson, Vanderbilt University, “Plant Patents: Boom or Bust for Sustainable Farming?”
  • Brian Starr, Lubbock Christian University, “Texas vs. California – A Comparison of Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • David Bosch, Boyce: The College at Southern, “Before and During the Pandemic: A Comparison of Attitudes on Work and the Gig Economy”

Wendell Berry’s Livable World

Christianity, Literature, and Language
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 211
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”

University Stories of Their Racist Histories

Civil Rights
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 232
Speakers
Joel E. Anderson, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Chancellor Emeritus, Convener
  • Timothy Bench, Abilene, Texas, “Carl Spain and the 1960 Abilene Christian College Lectureships”
  • Jason Fikes, Abilene Christian University Press, “President Sewell, White Supremacy and the Formative Years of Abilene Christian College”
  • Patrice Preston Grimes, University of Virginia, Emerita, “Remembrance and the Power of Place: Reframing the Narrative on Race at the University of Virginia”
  • Gary Jones, Oklahoma Christian University, “Power to the People (Well Not “Those” People): Race & Religion at Oklahoma Christian University”
  • William Lofton Turner, Lipscomb University, “Evolving and Contrasting Racial Narratives in Four Nashville Universities: Lipscomb University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Trevecca Nazarene University”

New Testament Studies: Contemporary Methodologies at Work and Seasoned Scholars in Reply

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 234
Speakers
Zane McGee, Emory University, Convener
  • Jon Carman, Baylor University, “Asleep on the Job? Mark 4:35–41 as a Case of Christological Humor”
  • Amy Smith Carman, Texas Christian University, “The First Samaritan Convert as Woman and Slave: A Feminist Analysis of John 4:1-42”
  • Carl Holladay, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Respondent
  • Jeffrey Peterson, Lipscomb University, Austin Center, Respondent

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Trends, Strategies and Tools

Health Sciences
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Swang 100
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

Science Beyond Materialism: Cosmology, Astrobiology, Consciousness

Health Sciences
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Swang 238
Speakers
Joseph E. Deweese, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Michael Egnor, Stony Brook University, “How Neuroscience Challenges Materialism”
  • Jay Richards, The Catholic University of America, “How Physics and Astronomy Challenges Materialism”
  • Jonathan Witt, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture, “Methodological Materialism and the Rhetorical Landscape of Origins Science”

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

J.J.M. Roberts' Lecture in Old Testament Studies
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Shamblin Theater
Speakers
  • Steven McKenzie, Rhodes College, Lecturer
  • Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Convener

Case Studies in African Holistic Mission

Mission and World Christianity
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Swang 242
Speakers
Nathan Bills, Heritage Christian College, Convener
  • 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

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

Practical Theology
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Swang 230
Speakers
Naomi Walters, Rochester University, Convener
  • Arthur Sutherland, Loyola University, Reviewer
  • Shawna Songer Gaines, Trevecca 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
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Swang 232
Speakers
Ron Bruner, Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry, Editor, 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

Reflections on the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility

Theology and Philosophy
When: June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 107
Speakers
David Mahfood, Johnson University Florida, Convener
  • John R. Kern, Boston College, “Divine Impassibility Begets Created Impassibility: A Thomistic Approach to the Question of God's Suffering”
  • Zachary Casey, Abilene Christian University, “Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?: A Historical Attempt”

Engaging ‘Publics’ in the Churches of Christ and the Disciples of Christ in the Twentieth Century – A Peer Reviewed Session

American Religion
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 138
Speakers
Todd Brenneman and Joshua Fleer, Faulkner University and Lipscomb University, Conveners
  • John Young, Amridge University, “Disciples of Christ and the University of Alabama School of Religion that Wasn’t, 1920-1935”
  • David W. Hester, Faulkner University, “Addressing the Legacy of Mission Journal: A Call for Careful Accuracy”
  • Paul A. Anthony, Florida State University, “The Long, Hot Summer: King, Keeble, and the Collapse of Consensus among Churches of Christ”
  • Douglas A. Foster, Abilene Christian University (Emeritus), Respondent

Christian Business Issues

Business and Economics
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 205
Speakers
Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Wes Mckinzie, Oklahoma Christian University, “Career Supports and Barriers for African American Leaders in Sports”
  • Brad Lemler, Howard Payne University, “A Biblical Perspective on Creating and Accumulating Wealth”
  • Lauren Pinkston, Lipscomb University, “The God of Mission and Business: How the World’s Unreached People Groups are Engaging the Gospel Through Organic Relationships with Strategically Located Christian Businesspeople”
  • Dutch Kendall, Indiana Wesleyan University, “Navigating Employment Law for ‘Christian Owned and Operated’ Businesses”

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

Church and Academy
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 207
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, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Respondent

Reactions to Racism: Listening to Voices from Churches of Christ

Civil Rights
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 232
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”
  • Loretta Hunnicutt, Pepperdine University, “‘The Task of Women’: Race and Gender in the Churches of Christ through the eyes of Thelma M. Holt”

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

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 211
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

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

Faith and Learning
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 234
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
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Shamblin Theater
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

Navigating a Pandemic: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Health Sciences
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Swang 242
Speakers
Joseph E. Deweese, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Jason Brashier, Freed-Hardeman University, Participant
  • Kevin Eidson, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • Jeff McCormack, Oklahoma Christian University, Participant
  • Brian Starr, Lubbock Christian University, Participant
  • Marcia Straughn, Abilene Christian University, Participant

Christian Social Thought and Criminal Justice Reform

Interdisciplinary
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Swang 100
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"

Mission in Context

Mission and World Christianity
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Swang 238
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

Philosophy in the Stone-Campbell Movement

Philosophy
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Ezell 107
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

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

Practical Theology: DMin Projects
When: June 9, 2021, 2:45 pm - Wednesday
Where: Swang 232
Speakers
Ron Bruner, Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry, Editor, 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

How Christian Faith Can Inform the Practice of Business

Business and Economics
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Swang 112
Speakers
Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Hannah Stolze, Lipscomb University, “Wisdom-Based Business: Applying Biblical Principles and Evidence-Based Research for a Purposeful and Profitable Business”
  • Williams Abayaawien Atuilik, Heritage Christian College, “Christian Entrepreneurial Training in Developing Countries: Heritage Christian College’s Strategy to Fill a Gap”

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

Civil Rights
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Ezell 207
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, Vice President of Education at The Council on Social Work Education, Respondent

Congregational Science: Imagining Stability and Change in Churches

Congregational Science
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Ezell 211
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”

Pursuing A Livable World: A Poetry Reading

Creative Writing
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Ezell 232
Speakers
Nancy Posey, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Christopher Snook, University of King's College, Participant
  • Heather Hoover, Milligan College, Participant
  • Allison Boyd Justus, Iowa State University, Participant
  • Nancy Posey, Lipscomb University, Participant

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

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Swang 100
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

Understanding the Mind and Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness

Health Sciences
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Ezell 234
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

Mission in the Academy

Mission and World Christianity
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Swang 242
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
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Swang 110
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”

Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square

Political Engagement
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Shamblin Theater
Speakers
Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University, President
  • Bill Haslam, Governor, State of Tennessee, 2011 - 2019, Participant

Current Trends in Homiletics: Conversations in Theory and Practice

Practical Theology
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Ezell 138
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

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

Special Sessions
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Swang 238
Speakers
Ken Berry, Bible League International, Convener
  • John Fitzgerald, University of Notre Dame, Panelist
  • Kindalee Pfremmer De Long, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Ron Cox, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Panelist

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

Teaching, Learning and Technology
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Swang 232
Speakers
Melinda (Mindi) 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
  • Melissa Atkinson, Abilene Christian University, Participant

Theopoetics: Icons of the South

Theopoetics
When: June 10, 2021, 9:00 am - Thursday
Where: Swang 230
Speakers
Micki Pulleyking, Missouri State University, Convener
  • Heath Carpenter, Harding University, “T Bone Burnett and ‘Country’ Music's Contested Theology”
  • Vinson (Lee) Edwards, Harding University, “Jesus, Popular Culture, and the Politics of the Margins: A Theomusicological Analysis of the Drive-By Truckers”
  • Vic Hunter, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Retired, “Will Campbell: Theopoetic Preacher, and Profane Priest”

Lunch for Business and Economics Participants: Lunch Talk – Hannah Stolze

Business and Economics
When: June 10, 2021, 12:15 pm - Thursday
Where: Burton Lower Level Flex Space
Speakers
Hannah Stolze, Lipscomb University, Speaker

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

American Religion
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Shamblin Theater
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

Ethics and Social Policy

Business and Economics
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 138
Speakers
Lamar Reinsch, Lubbock Christian University, Convener
  • Robert C. Tatum, University of North Carolina, Asheville, “To What End for Theology-Oriented Economic Policymaking?”
  • Sarah Easter, Abilene Christian University, “Negotiating Meaning Systems in Cross Sector Partnerships to Tackle Grand Challenges: The Case of Homelessness”
  • Lamar Reinsch, Vanda Pauwels, and Clyde D. Neff, Lubbock Christian University, “The Ethical Lifestyle Model: A Progress Report”

Teaching and Education – Part 1

Business and Economics
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 205
Speakers
Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Michael Williams and Dave Smith, Pepperdine University, “Measuring Fidelity to Mission: How Christian Colleges and Universities Market their Residential Undergraduate and Online MBA Programs”
  • Donita Brown and Nina Morel, Lipscomb University, “Self-Care for Healthcare Graduate Students: Preliminary Findings from a Text-based Virtual Coaching Pilot Project”
  • Kevin Cabe, Indiana Wesleyan University, “How Old is This Textbook?”

Pedagogical Innovations and the Future Ready Graduate

Centers for Faith and Learning
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 232
Speakers
Cathy Box, Lubbock Christian University, Convener
  • Christopher Heard, Pepperdine University, Participant
  • Hope Nordstrom, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • Jennifer W. Shewmaker, Abilene Christian University, Participant

Nothing to Fear from the Night: An examination of the Prose and Theology of Hospitality of Margaret Renkl

Christianity, Literature, and Language
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 232
Speakers
Kimberly Reed, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Scott Lamascus, Oklahoma Christian University, Panelist
  • Saralee Woods, BookManBookWoman, Nashville, TN, Panelist
  • Nancy Posey, Lipscomb University, Panelist

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

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 211
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 (Mindi) Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Respondent
  • Clay Smith, Baylor University, Respondent

Research Updates in the Basic and Biomedical Sciences, Part I

Health Sciences
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 100
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”

Mission in North America

Mission and World Christianity
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 242
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

Major Book Review: Mark Hamilton, A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Old Testament Studies
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 230
Speakers
Tim Willis, Pepperdine University, Convener
  • Kevin Youngblood, Harding University, on the Pentateuch, Reviewer
  • Naomi Walters, Rochester University, on the Books of History, Reviewer
  • Mark Sneed, Lubbock Christian University, on Books of Wisdom, Reviewer
  • Tim Willis, Pepperdine University, on Prophetic Books, Reviewer
  • Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Author, Reply

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
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 207
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

Theology’s Handmaid: Philosophy for the Church

Philosophy
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 234
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”

COVID: The Traumatic Challenge to the Mission and Psyche of the University

Special Sessions
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 108
Speakers
Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University, Facilitator
  • Trace Hebert, Lipscomb University, Opening Comments
  • Royce Money, Abilene Christian University, President Emeritus
  • Scott McDowell, Lubbock Christian University, President
  • John de Steiger, Oklahoma Christian University, President
  • Brian Stogner, Rochester University, President
  • Joel E. Anderson University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Chancellor Emeritus
  • Michael Ross, Ohio Valley University, President

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

Special Sessions
When: June 10, 2021, 1:45 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 238
Speakers
Ken Berry, Bible League International, Convener
  • Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Participant
  • Carl Holladay, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Participant
  • Douglas A. Foster, Abilene Christian University (Emeritus), Participant

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

American Religion
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 205
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

Teaching and Education – Part 2

Business and Economics
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 232
Speakers
Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Frank Zeng, Indiana Wesleyan University, “Research on Integration of Critical Skills Development into Database, Statistics, and Computer Programming Courses for the Success of Future Data Analysts Problem-Based Learning: Improving Learning Outcomes through Student Directed Learning”
  • Sandra Metzger and Jeff Boyce, Indiana Wesleyan University, “Problem-Based Learning: Improving Learning Outcomes through Student Directed Learning”
  • Christopher Davis and Debbie Philpott, Indiana Wesleyan University, “Faith-Integrated Problem-Based Learning (FI-PBL) In the Doctoral Classroom”
  • Orneita Burton, Abilene Christian University, “Virtuous Virtual Learning Spaces”

Toward an Anti-Racist Faculty Development (Roundtable)

Centers for Faith and Learning
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 100
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

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

Church and Academy
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 211
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

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

Civil Rights
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 110
Speakers
Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Convener
  • Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Participant
  • Nibs Stroupe, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Participant
  • Cookye Rutledge, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Participant
  • Jan Schroeder, Episcopal Diocese of PA, Participant
  • Nontombi Naomi Tutu, All Saints' Episcopal Church, Participant
  • David Fleer, Lipscomb University, Participant

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

Civil Rights
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 238
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

Understanding and Caring for Earth and its Creatures

Health Sciences
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 230
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 Seminary, “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

Hermeneutics and Unity in and after Scripture 2021: Genesis 1-2

Hermeneutics
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 232
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

Mission as African Experience

Mission and World Christianity
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 112
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

Christian Formation for A Livable Planet

Practical Theology: Religious Education Track
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Ezell 234
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”

Praying with Our Feet: Ministry Outside the Walls

Special Sessions
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 242
Speakers
Richard Goode, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Lindsey Krinks, Open Table Nashville, author of "Praying with Our Feet: Pursuing Justice and Healing on the Streets", Participant
  • Rob McRay, The Journey Home, Murfreesboro, TN, Participant
  • John Grant, Compassionate Hands, Wilson County, TN, Participant

Current Scholarship in Teaching/Learning and Technology

Teaching, Learning and Technology
When: June 10, 2021, 3:30 pm - Thursday
Where: Swang 108
Speakers
Melinda (Mindi) 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 (Mindi) Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

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

Centers for Faith and Learning
When: June 11, 2021, 9:00 am - Friday
Where: Shamblin Theater
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
  • Emily Medlock, Lipscomb University, Participant

Building Partnerships through Interdisciplinary Studies in Linguistics

Christianity, Literature, and Language
When: June 11, 2021, 9:00 am - Friday
Where: Ezell 207
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”

Civil Rights Roundtable: The Essentials to a Recovery of Hope

Civil Rights
When: June 11, 2021, 9:00 am - Friday
Where: Ezell 211
Speakers
William Lofton Turner, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Joel E. Anderson, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Chancellor Emeritus, Participant
  • Prentice Ashford, Lipscomb University, Participant
  • Doug Mendenhall, Abilene Christian University, Participant
  • Michelle Steele, Lipscomb University, Participant

Theology and the Environment

Early Career Scholars in the Theological Disciplines
When: June 11, 2021, 9:00 am - Friday
Where: Ezell 232
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

Women in Public Worship and the Feminine Form

Gender Studies
When: June 11, 2021, 9:00 am - Friday
Where: Ezell 234
Speakers
Tiffany Dahlman, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Shannon Clarkson Rains, Jennifer Dabbs, and Kaley Ihfe, Lubbock Christian University and Independent Scholar, “The Meanings Women Assign to Inclusion in Public Worship Roles at Broadway Church of Christ”
  • Andrea Thornton, St. Louis University, “Gender Performance Technology and the Containment of Biological Sex: An Essay in Post-phenomenology and Feminist Theory”

Growing Beyond Your Discipline: Interprofessional Education for Healthcare Professionals

Health Sciences
When: June 11, 2021, 9:00 am - Friday
Where: Swang 110
Speakers
Autumn Marshall, Lipscomb University, Convener
  • Abbie Burka and Melanie Morris, Lipscomb University, “Interprofessional Grand Rounds: Exploring the Interface of Healthcare Professionals”
  • Allison D. Provine, Lipscomb University, “Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning: Uniting Students for Positive Outcomes”

Research Updates in the Basic and Biomedical Sciences, Part II

Health Sciences
When: June 11, 2021, 9:00 am - Friday
Where: Swang 100
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”

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

Mission and World Christianity
When: June 11, 2021, 9:00 am - Friday
Where: Swang 238
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”
  • Melinda (Mindi) Thompson, Abilene Christian University, “Online Theological Higher Education: Reflections on Past Practices for Future Endeavors”
  • Leonard Allen, Lipscomb University, Respondent

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

Practical Theology
When: June 11, 2021, 9:00 am - Friday
Where: Shinn Center
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

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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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David Brooks engaging conferees during breakfast at the CSC

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