Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

Sessions 2016

Updated 11 February 2016

Third Annual Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies

Session 1

Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University, Trevor Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Tera Harmon, Abilene Christian University, and Ron Heine, Northwest Christian University, Conveners

  • Sidney Griffith, Professor of Syriac Patristics and Christian Arabic, Catholic University of America, "Christians at Home in the 'World of Islam': The Legacy of Christian Theology in Arabic."

The J. J. M. Roberts Lecture in Old Testament Studies

Session 1

Rick Marrs, Pepperdine University, and Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Conveners

  • F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp, Princeton Theological Seminary: "Isaiah's Love Song: A Reading of Isa 5:1-7."


"Doctor of Ministry Research Presentations: Reflective Praxis for Congregations." 

Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology, Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University, John York, Lipscomb University, Conveners

Each year the Doctor of Ministry programs at Harding School of Theology, Lipscomb University and Abilene Christian University graduate practitioner-scholars.  As practitioner-scholars they have developed great facility in contextual theology, ministry skills, and in theological reflection.  This session offers a sample of the research done by recent graduates of all three programs, demonstrating the vitality of congregational and ministerial contexts for research and learning.  The session will also create a context for further development of their research for use by scholars, ministers, and congregational leaders.
  • Daniel McGraw, Abilene Christian University, “Formulating an Intentional Curriculum for Spiritual Leadership Development at the West University Church of Christ”
  • Devin Swindle, Harding School of Theology, “The Kerusso Experience: A Resource for Calling Teenaged Students to the Ministry of Preaching.”
  • Patricia H. Brock, Lipscomb University, “The Long-term Effects of Racism on Reconciliation”  


“72143: Studying Community Poverty Through the Interdisciplinary Avenues of Food, Housing, and Education”

Andrew Baker, Harding University, Convener

  • Heath Carpenter, Harding University, Panelist
  • Jim Miller, Harding University, Panelist
  • Kathy Helpenstill, Harding University, Panelist
  • Terry Davis, Compassion 21, Montgomery Alabama, Panelist
  • Mike Williams, Faulkner University, Panelist


“Domestic Violence in the American Christian Church: Current Trends & Effective Resources”

Tanya Asim Cooper, Pepperdine University School of Law, convener 

  • Tanya Asim Cooper, Pepperdine University School of Law, Panelist
  • Roslyn M. Satchel, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Laura Clark, Domestic Violence Survivor/Educator, Domestic Violence Awareness in the Church, Panelist
  • Teresa Fry Brown, Emory University Candler School of Theology; Associate Pastor of New Bethel AME Church, Lithonia, GA, Panelist
  • Charlie Clay Clark, Daystar Family Church; Domestic Violence Awareness in the Church, Respondent



“History and Theology of Race,” Section I 

Robert Foster, University of Georgia, Convener

  • Doug Foster, Abilene Christian University, “How the White Church Created and Embedded Racism into the American Psyche”
  • Sandy Martin, University of Georgia, “Black Churches and Racial Identity:  The Formation and Perseverance of Black Peoplehood”
  • Philip Wingeier-Rayo, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, “Now that Hispanic/Latinos are the largest ethnic minority in the U.S., what can be learned from African Americans?”


“‘Justice’ in World Literature: International Contexts, Contrasts, and Conflicts”

Darryl Tippens, Abilene Christian University: Convener

  • Jeanine B. Varner, Abilene Christian University: “The Language of Justice in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart”
  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University: “J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace: Jurisprudential Gulfs and Continental Drift”
  • Beatriz Alem-Walker, Abilene Christian University: “Theater as the Voice of Justice: Benedetti's Paradigm in Pedro y el Capitán”
  • Carole Carroll, Lubbock Christian University: Respondent


“Justice in the Novels of Toni Morrison:  Reading Morrison in Light of the Black Lives Matter Movement”

Susan Blassingame, Convener 
  • Ronna Privett, Lubbock Christian University, “The [In]Justice of Sethe’s Punishment in Toni Morrison’s Beloved”
  • Steven T. Moore, Abilene Christian University, “The Death of Unarmed Black Men: The Prophetic Voice of Toni Morrison in The Bluest Eye"
  • Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, “Justice and the Seven Days: Racism and Retribution in Morrison’s Song of Solomon”
  • Norma J Burgess, Lipscomb University, Respondent


“Major Book Review: Dyron B. Daughrity, To Whom Does Christianity Belong?: Critical Issues in World Christianity” 

Yukikazu Obata, Convener

  • Yukikazu Obata, Fuller Theological Seminary, Reviewer
  • Gary Holloway, World Convention, Reviewer
  • Jeremy Hegi, Boston University, Reviewer
  • Dyron DaughrityPepperdine University, Respondent


“Making the Missional Turn among Churches of Christ in North America” 

Greg McKinzie, Convener

  • Kelly Carter, Alberta Bible College,? “Trinity and Missionality for Churches of Christ”
  • Mark Love, Rochester College,? “Practices as Participation in the Life of God”
  • Greg McKinzie, Fuller Theological Seminary,? “Doing Justice to the Text: A Missional Hermeneutic of Embodied Participation”
  • ??Phil Kenneson, Milligan College, ?Respondent


“Religious Culture and American Politics” 

Scott Billingsley, University of North Carolina, Pembrooke, Convener

  • John D. Wilsey, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, “‘Come Roam with Me Columbia’s Forests Through’: American Exceptionalism and the Environment”
  • Daniel K. Williams, University of West Georgia, “Theological Divisions in the Pro-Life Movement: The Differences between Catholic and Evangelical Approaches to Abortion in the 1970s"
  • K. Scott Culpepper, Dordt College, “Beat the System: The Role of Contemporary Christian Music in Grooming Christian Youth for Cultural Conflict in the 1980s and 90s”
  • David Edwin Harrell, Auburn University, Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar in the Humanities Emeritus, Respondent


“The Resources Preachers Use: Survey Results of Church of Christ Preachers”

Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology, Convener

  • Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology
  • Bob Turner, Harding School of Theology
  • Steven Hovater, Cedar Lane Church of Christ, Tullahoma, TN, Respondent 
  • Steve Rouse, Pepperdine University, Respondent
  • Kevin Owen, College Hills Church of Christ, Lebanon, TN


“Rethinking the Roots of Environmental Ethics: A Biblical Perspective”

Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology, Convener
  • Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology, “Creation, Character, and Wisdom”
  • Nathan Myers, Harding School of Theology, “Pentateuchal Law and the Question of Animal Ethics”
  • Bobby Valentine, Palo Verde Church of Christ, Tucson, Arizona, “Earth, Animals, People, Do not Fear: The Hope of Israel in Joel’s Liturgy”
  • Christopher Doran, Pepperdine University, “Hope in an Age of Climate Change: Creation Care this Side of the Resurrection”


“What Money Can’t Buy:  The Moral Limits of the Market: A Review and Discussion”

James G. Shelton, Harding University, Convener 
  • Rolland Pack, Freed-Hardeman University, Emeritus, Education Panelist
  • Layne Keele, Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, Law Panelist
  • David Johnson, Faulkner University, Finance Panelist
  • Allen Frazier, Harding University, Business Panelist
  • Peter Rice, Harding University, Bible Panelist 







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