“The Future of Christian Higher Education: The Most Critical Issues We Face in the Decade Ahead.”
Trace Hebert, Lipscomb University, Convener
- Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University, President
- John deSteiguer, Oklahoma Christian University, President
- Bruce McLarty, Harding University, President
This session will discuss the issues that presidents, administrators, and faculty leaders perceive to be the most critical issues facing Christian colleges and universities in the decade ahead. Items discussed will include responses of administrators and faculty leaders at Christian institutions when surveyed about challenges such as academic programming, faculty recruitment and retention, innovation, costs, finance, religious affiliation, recruitment, competition, regulatory issues, and more. The presidents will weigh in on the most pressing issues identified and provide a glimpse into the challenges that institutions of higher education will face in the years to come.
“How Can We Account for the Extraordinary Culture of Biblical and Religious Scholarship in Churches of Christ?: A Position Paper by Richard Hughes."
David Fleer, Lipscomb University, Convener
- Richard Hughes, Messiah College,“How Can We Account for the Extraordinary Culture of Biblical and Religious Scholarship in Churches of Christ?”
- David Edwin Harrell, Auburn University, Emeritus, Respondent
- Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Respondent
- Robert Randolph, MIT & Brookline Church of Christ, Respondent
- Richard Hughes, Reply
Especially in light of the anti-intellectual impulse in the Church of Christ, how might we account for the fact that this tradition has produced not just an Abraham Malherbe, but an entire corps of top-flight biblical and religious scholars far out of proportion to the size of the religious movement from which they come? In order to explore that question, this paper will examine the work of a number of scholars—Malherbe, his contemporaries, and their heirs—who, in order for their work to flourish, had to resist the forces opposed to scholarship and the life of the mind.
“Major Book Review: Marcan Priority Without Q, Jeffrey Peterson and John C. Poirier, Eds. (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014).”
Richard Wright, Oklahoma Christian University, Convener
- Jeffrey Peterson, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Précis
- Kenneth L. Cukrowski, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer
- Gregory Sterling, Yale Divinity School, Reviewer
- Mark Goodacre, Duke University, Respondent
- John C. Poirier, Kingswell Theological Seminary, Respondent
As Austin Farrer observed in 1955, the Two-Source theory of Synoptic relationships “wholly depends on the incredibility of St. Luke’s having read St. Matthew’s book.” The collection of essays reviewed in this session builds on the work of Farrer, Michael Goulder, John Drury, E. P. Sanders, Mark Goodacre, and others by exploring the possibilities for interpretation opened up by recognition of the evidence that in the composition of his Gospel Luke made use not only of the earliest bios of Jesus (Mark) but also of the first revision of Mark (Matthew), a theory that eliminates the need to postulate Q.
“Major Book Review: The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History, D. Newell Williams, Douglas A. Foster, and Paul M. Blowers, eds. (Chalice Press, 2013)”
James L. Gorman, Johnson University, Convener
- Lamin Sanneh, Yale Divinity School, Yale University, Reviewer
- Thomas H. Olbricht, Pepperdine University, Emeritus, Reviewer
- David Edwin Harrell, Auburn University, Emeritus, Reviewer
- Douglas A. Foster, Abilene Christian University, Editor, Response
- D. Newell Williams, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Editor, Response
Stone-Campbell historiography has developed extensively over the last fifty years, and two of the most important works come from a collaborative group of scholars responsible for the Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Eerdmans, 2004). These editors offer their second substantial contribution in The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History (Chalice, 2013), an unprecedented, collaborative, comprehensive, and global history. The reviewers will discuss this volume’s contributions to the story of the Stone-Campbell Movement in America and globally. Two of the book’s leading editors will offer responses to the reviewers.
James O. Browning, Federal Judge, United States District for the District of New Mexico
“Does Heeding the Call to Do Justice to the Alien Require the Nation to Make the Alien a Citizen?”
This paper will explore the calls for justice for the alien from a number of sources, including the Bible, other religions, and philosophers. Its conclusion is that, while there is call to do justice to the alien, there is little call to make the alien a citizen. The paper will discuss the implications of that distinction for the United States’ debate on immigration. The paper will explore whether granting legal status may be sufficient, without being greater than necessary, for the nation to do justice to the alien.
Stanley Helton, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Hammond, LA, “Solomon Northup among Baptists and Campbellites in Antebellum Louisiana”
Now a major motion picture, Solomon Northup’s autobiographical Twelve Years a Slave tells how he, a free man of color, was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. and transported to New Orleans. There he was sold as a slave to a Baptist minister and plantation owner named William Prince Ford. Influenced by Alexander Campbell and other Reforming Baptists, Ford and others separated from Beulah Baptist Church in Cheneyville, Louisiana, to form a Campbellite church in 1843. This paper utilizes Northup’s narrative to illuminate Baptist-Campbellite relations while also documenting an extensive network of Campbellite sympathizers among the Baptists in antebellum Louisiana.