Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

Abstracts

Along the Way: A CSC Generative Conversation Becomes a Book.”

Ron Bruner, Westview Boys’ Home, Convener
  • Suzetta Nutt, Highland Church of Christ, Abilene, Texas, “Practicing Spiritual Disciplines with Children”
  • Dana Kennamer Pemberton, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, “Holy Hospitality: Following the Call of Jesus to Welcome ALL Children”
  • Steven Bonner, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas, “Understanding Childhood Spirituality”
  • Houston Heflin, Respondent, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas

Many churches are providing increased resources for children’s ministries. However, these efforts are often not informed by serious theological reflection. The result is that practices with children often do not align with the beliefs of the faith community. Flowing out of the CSC Generative session process, we have brought together a group of scholars and practitioners from the Churches of Christ to write a book designed to engage churches in theologically informed conversations about children. This session will include a brief chronicle of the process involved in writing the book as well as author presentations of selected chapters.

“Reflected Light: Art Photography.”

Larry E. Fink, Hardin-Simmons University, Convener

  • Carrie Isaacson, Hardin-Simmons University, “Conceptual Realism”
  • Nil Santana, Abilene Christian University, “Seascapes and Cityscapes”
  • Roger W. Jones, Ranger College, “Collecting Fine Art Photography”
  • Larry E. Fink, Hardin-Simmons University, “Traditional Street Photographs”

Three art photographers will show examples of their current work and discuss the challenges posed by philosopher Jacques Maritain in his book Art and Scholasticism.  An art collector will reflect on the aesthetic appeals of the fine art photograph. "By the words 'Christian art' I do not mean Church art, art specified by an object, an end, and determined rules....  Everything belongs to it, the sacred as well as the profane. It is at home wherever the ingenuity and the joy of man extend....  Christianity does not make art easy" (Maritain).