Biblical Studies Lectures
February 7-8, 2017
Lecturer: Dr. Ben Witherington, III - Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies Asbury Theological Seminary
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
11:00 a.m. Worship Service - Transfigured: A Vision of Worship - Revelation 4, Hodges Chapel
6:00 p.m., Lecture - A Singular Jesus in a Pluralistic Culture, Divinity Hall, N101
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m., Lecture - Intertextuality: The Use of the Psalms and Isaiah in the New Testament, Hodges Chapel
Dr. Ben Witherington joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in 1995 after teaching at Ashland Theological Seminary for more than a decade. He has also taught at High Point College, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
A prolific author, Dr. Witherington has written more than 40 books and six commentaries, including The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci (2004), The Problem With Evangelical Theory: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism (2005), and The New Testament Story (2004). One of his works, The Jesus Quest: The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth(InterVarsity Press, 1995), was selected as the top biblical studies book of 1995 by Christianity Today and the Academy of Parish Clergy. In The Jesus Quest, Dr. Witherington surveys the contemporary Christological landscape in New Testament scholarship, offering a helpful perspective on one of the most significant and controversial religious debates of the past decade. In 1999 he again won the Christianity Today book award, this time for The Paul Quest: The Renewed Search for the Jew of Tarsus. He was recently featured in the BBC and PBS special entitled ‘The Story of Jesus’.
Dr. Witherington, who has led numerous study tours through the lands of the Bible, is known for bringing the text to life through incisive historical and cultural analysis. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. Dr. Witherington has also spoken to many groups about his topics of expertise, and even had the opportunity to preach at the National Chapel in May of 2006. In his leisure time, Dr. Witherington appreciates both music and sports. It is hard to say which sound he prefers: the sophisticated sonance of jazz sensation Pat Metheny or the incessant tomahawk chant of the Atlanta Braves faithful. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he is a dedicated Tar Heels basketball and football fan.
He and his wife, Ann, have two children. Ann teaches biology at Asbury College.
About the Biblical Studies Lectures
Each Spring, Beeson Divinity School hosts the Biblical Studies Lectures, one of three annual lectureships, to enrich the spiritual life of our community and enhance the educational experience of our students. Guest speakers committed to the proclamation of the Holy Scripture are chosen because they pursue their study of the Bible with the utmost academic rigor and integrity. Their scholarship serves as an example of the faithful and diligent attention to the study of Scripture that we hope to instill in our students. We believe a strong foundation in basic theological disciplines is essential and is reflected in the curriculum. Nearly one-third of the requirements for the Master of Divinity program is devoted to the study of the Bible and the language in which it is written.
Each year, guest lecturers for the series alternate between Old and New Testament scholars. Past lecturers include Darrell Bock, Gordon Wenham, Robert P. Gordon, N. T. Wright, Gordon Fee, Walter Kaiser, D. A. Carson, J. Gordon McConville, Peter Stuhlmacher, Karen Jobes, Christopher Wright, and Richard Bauckham. Recordings of past lectures are available in the Beeson Media Center.
Services are open to the public free of charge.
Faith and Work Lectures
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Lecturer: Os Guinness
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11 a.m.
Worship Service – “Follow me - Two words that changed the world” - Matthew 25:14-30 - Hodges Chapel
Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.
Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for Truth, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, The Global Public Square, and Renaissance. His latest book is Fool’s Talk – The Recovery of Christian Persuasion, which was published by InterVarsity Press in June, 2015.
Before moving to the United States in 1984, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft “The Williamsburg Charter” and later “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. Os has spoken at dozens of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences on many issues, including religious freedom, across the world. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, though he still lives with his wife, Jenny, in the Washington, DC, area.
About the Faith and Work Lectures
Beeson Divinity School’s Faith and Work initiative, sponsored by a grant from the Kern Family Foundation, encourages and facilitates the training of pastors at the intersection faith, work and economics through conferences, chapel speakers, curricular development in required courses and the offering of elective courses dedicated to this significant but neglected Biblical teaching. These lectures are free and open to the public.
Reformation Heritage Lectures
The 29th Annual Reformation Heritage Lectures:
The Reformation as a Sensory Event
October 31-November 3, 2017
Lecturer: Dean Timothy F. George, Beeson Divinity School
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 11 a.m.
Community Worship - "Something to Hear and See: The Audible Word and the Printed Word," Hodges Chapel
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 11 a.m.
Lecture - "Something to Taste: Eucharistic Presence and Power," Hodges Chapel
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 11 a.m.
Lecture - "Something to Touch and Smell: Pastoral Care and Martyrdom," Hodges Chapel
About the Reformation Heritage Lectures
Each year, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University sponsors The Reformation Heritage Lectures during Reformation Week. The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century was a tremendous movement of spiritual and ecclesial renewal, which called the church back to its biblical and evangelical roots.
We desire to be not merely a church once and for all reformed, but a church reformed and always reforming: Ecclesia semper reformanda! We respect the warranted wisdom of the past, for only from it can we learn to be faithful shapers of the future under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
*Services are open to the public free of charge.
William E. Conger, Jr. Lectures on Biblical Preaching+
February 28-March 2, 2017
Lecturer: The Reverend Dr. Christian T. George, Curator of the Spurgeon Library, Professor of Historical Theology, Midwestern Theological Seminary, Kansas City; B.A., Samford University, M.Div., Beeson Divinity School, Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11 a.m., Worship Service, Hodges Chapel
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11 a.m., Lecture, Hodges Chapel
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 11 a.m., Lecture, Hodges Chapel
The Reverend Dr. Christian George serves as the curator of the C.H. Spurgeon Library and as assistant professor of historical theology. George previously served on the faculty of OBU in 2011 as the Jewell and Joe L. Huitt Assistant Professor of Religious Education. He received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he also served for three years as a doctoral tutor. George received his Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, and his bachelor's degree from Samford University.
George is the author of several books including Sex, Sushi, & Salvation, Godology, and Sacred Travels. He has contributed to the Journal of Theological Studies, Theology in Scotland, and Perichoresis Journal of Theology, and also to popular theological magazines such as Conversations and Modern Reformation. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and Preaching, and he has been interviewed on Moody Broadcasting Radio and other syndicated shows in the U.S. and throughout the world. He has served as a peer reviewer for InterVarsity Press and a consultant for Faith and Culture Books for Zondervan Publishing House. George has presented papers at conferences including the Society for the Study of Theology in Utrecht, The Netherlands; the History of Scotland Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland; the Interdisciplinarity in Theology and Religion conference in Durham, England; and the Sale di Lettura at the University of Rome, Italy. He preaches and speaks regularly throughout North America and Europe in churches, at spiritual retreats, at youth and college camps, and in university chapel services. George's passion for world evangelism has taken him to more than thirty countries for short-term mission work.
George has served his denomination as a messenger to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), as a member of the Teller's Committee of the SBC, and currently as a member of the Worship and Spirituality Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He has participated in BWA meetings in South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Canada, and England, and regularly writes Bible study curriculum for LifeWay Christian Resources. In his spare time, George enjoys ping pong, martial arts, jazz piano, golf, and racquetball.
About the Lectureship
Past guests include Earl Palmer, James Earl Massey, William Willimon, Bryan Chapell, Richard Bewes, and John Piper. Second in a series of three lectureships, the William E. Conger Lectures on Biblical Preaching are made possible through the generosity of the late Colonel William E. Conger, Jr. After distinguished military career, Colonel Conger served for many years as a close personal advisor to Ralph Waldo Beeson, the founding benefactor of Beeson Divinity School. Colonel Conger long shared Mr. Beeson's deep commitment to the pastoral ministry of preaching. In 1991, that commitment was expressed through the endowment of a lectureship to recapture the vision of preaching ministry, furthering the cause of Christ in today's world. Preaching is the central task of Christian ministry and mission. In the Conger lectures, we affirm our commitment to this biblical reformation mandate. These lectures are presented in the fervent prayer and hope that they shall enlighten the preacher's skill, but above all, stir the preacher's soul, so God Himself may shine "in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (1 Corinthians 4:6).