Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference


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”
  • Holly Catterton Allen, Lipscomb University, “Reshaping the Church into an Intergenerational Body”
  • Houston Heflin, Respondent, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas


“Archaeological Reports from the Front.”

John F. Wilson, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Jesse Long, Lubbock Christian University, “Khirbet Iskander”
  • R. Mark Shipp, Austin Graduate School of Theology, and Craig Bowman, Rochester College, “Tamar”
  • John F. Wilson, Pepperdine University, “Did Agrippa and Berenice Live Here?  Excavating a Palace at Caesarea Philippi”


“The Artist/Researcher/Teacher: Theory, Practice, and the Christian Art Educator.”

Michelle Kraft, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Mike Wiggins, Abilene Christian University, “Creating to Know: Building the Bridge As We Cross”
  • Hannah Celeste Dean, Texas Tech University, “Gesture: Sight-As-Being”
  • Michelle Kraft, Lubbock Christian University, “Integrating the Artistic Selves: The Role of Arts-based Research in Preparing Pre-service Art Educators”
  • Trey Shirley, Abilene Christian University, “Coping with Academic Multiple Identity Disorder: Integrating Art Educator Identities as Artist, Researcher, and Teacher through Design Thinking” 


“‘Can We Divide?’ Revisited.”

James L. McMillan, University of Illinois, Urbana, Convener

  • Wesley E. Dingman, Loyola University Chicago, “‘Can We Divide?’ Revisited: The Rhetoric of Moses Lard’s Treatise against Division”
  • Greg Demmitt, Pastor, Cornerstone, Gatesville, Texas, “John Thomas and the Christadelphians”
  • Stanley Helton, Minister, First Christian Church, Hammond, Louisiana, “Can We Divide? Jesse B. Ferguson: Alone, Neglected, but not Forgotten.”
  • James L. McMillan, University of Illinois, Urbana, “Reforming the Reformation: The W. S. Russell Defection”


“Faith, Reason, and Conflict: American History Peer-Reviewed Session.”

Joshua Fleer, Oakland University, Convener

  • Christopher A. Shrock, Oklahoma Christian University and Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, “Culpability and Conscience: A Philosophical Look at an Early Restoration Theme”
  • Daniel Overton, University of Kansas, “The Greatest Hero of the Great War: Alvin C. York and Religious Individualism in the First World War”
  • Paul A. Anthony, Abilene Christian University, “Was Evolution (at ACU) a Myth? One Man’s Crusade Against Two Biology Professors and a University’s Decision to Fight Him”
  • Kari Edwards, University of Mississippi, “‘Equal Space With Adam and Eve’: Tennessee’s Genesis Bill of 1973 and the 50th Anniversary of the Scopes Trial”


 “Four Short Scripts Concerning Poverty and Homelessness: Presentation & Critique.”

Laurie Doyle, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Norman Bert, Texas Tech University, “Four Short Scripts Concerning Poverty and Homelessness”
  • Rodney Plunkett, White Station Church of Christ, Memphis, Tennessee, Respondent
  • Kari Hatfield, Abilene Christian University, Respondent
  • Stan Denman, Baylor University, Respondent


Gender in the Christian Academy: Constraints on and Opportunities for Women.”

Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Julie A. Marshall & Jennifer Dabbs, Lubbock Christian University, “Childbearing Among Academic Women”
  • Elizabeth Watters & Suzanne Macaluso, Abilene Christian University, “Christian Female Faculty and Power in Church, Family, and Work Settings”
  • Stephanie Hamm & Rachel Slaymaker, Abilene Christian University, “Knowledge of Gender Equity in Faith-Based Institutions of Higher Education”
  • Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, “Mentoring Female Students on Christian Campuses” 
  • Gregory Straughn, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


“Gender Injustice: Exploring the Negative Effects of Gender-Based Discrimination in Religious Contexts on Individuals and Religious Communities.”

Suzanne Macaluso, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Gary S. Selby, Pepperdine University, “‘Unity’ as a Conversation-Stopper in the Dialog on Gender Roles in Churches of Christ: A Rhetorical Perspective”
  • Cherisse Flanagan, Abilene Christian University, “Discrepancies in Attitudes toward Gender in Church as Predictors of Psychological Distress, Disaffiliation, and Conflict in Church Members”
  • Jess Schell, SMU, Perkins School of Theology, “Androcentrism in the Churches of Christ: Hearing Our Daughter's Voices”
  • Jane Ann Kenney, Lipscomb University, “The Good, the Bad, and the Feminine: Female Imagery in the Minor Prophets”
  • Lynette Sharp Penya, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


“Implications of Aristotle’s Poetics for Preaching.”

Tim Sensing, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Lance Pape, Texas Christian University, “Ricoeur on Biblical Truth: History, Testimony, and ‘Letting Go’”
  •  Mason Lee, Boston University, “‘In Union and Distinction’: Barth, Ricoeur, and Spirit in Preaching”
  • Naomi Walters, Lipscomb University, Respondent


 “Intergenerational Tension as a Way of Understanding Multicultural Literature.”

Ronna Privett, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Carole Carroll, Lubbock Christian University, “Malcolm X and Ella: Intergenerational and Gender Tension in The Autobiography of Malcolm X and X: A Novel
  • Shenai Alonge, Lubbock Christian University, “From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: The Intergenerational Struggle for Freedom in One Crazy Summer
  • Darlene Beaman, Lone Star Community College Kingwood, “Breaking Barriers: The Role of Narratives in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novel One Amazing Thing


“Knowledge and Scripture in the Fourth Century.”

James Prather, Abilene Christian University, Convener (A Peer Review Session)

  • Ed Gallagher, Heritage Christian University, “The New Testament Canon in Rufinus of Aquileia’s Translations”
  • Jacob A. Lollar, Florida State University, “‘Do not renounce Moses and believe in the Messiah!’: Religious Authority and the Interpretation of Scripture in the Syriac History of Philip” 
  • Tera Harmon, Catholic University of America, “Garden and Fountain: Virtue and Knowledge in Gregory of Nyssa”


“Language Diversity Through Inter-institutional Collaboration: The Texas Language Consortium Project.”

Abraham Mata, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Rui Cao, Concordia University, Panelist
  • Josiah Simon, Schreiner University, Panelist
  • Abraham Mata, Lubbock Christian University, Panelist
  • Shawn Hughes, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent


Leaven Journal Presents: The Academy as a Source of Congregational Wisdom.”

David Lemley, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Cliff Barbarick, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Tera Harmon, Catholic University of America, Panelist
  • Cari Myers, Iliff School of Theology, Panelist


Magical Language in Literature.”

Gregory C. Jeffers, University of Texas at Arlington, Convener

  • Leslie Reed, Vanderbilt University, “The Reality of the Unreal: The Language of Fantasy in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”
  • Matthew Bardowell, St. Louis University, “The Practical Magic of Old Icelandic Poetic Diction: Transforming Experience Through Figurative Language”
  • Sarah Eason, Harding University, “Myth and Magic in The Lord of the Rings: The Power of Logos in Fantasy Literature”


“Major Book Review: Elizabeth H. Flowers, Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power Since World War II (North Carolina Press, 2012).

Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Convener

  • Douglas Foster, Abilene Christian University, Reviewer
  • Courtney Pace Lyons, Baylor University, Reviewer
  • Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Reviewer
  • Micki Pulleyking, Missouri State University, Reviewer
  • Elizabeth Flowers, Texas Christian University, Respondent


“Major Book Review: Randall Balmer, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter (Basic Books, 2014).”

Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University, Convener

  • Richard C. Goode, Lipscomb University, Reviewer
  • Richard T. Hughes, Messiah College, Reviewer
  • Robert E. Williams, Jr., Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • Randall Balmer, Dartmouth, Respondent 


“One World? The Academy from Babel to Pentecost.”

Kenny Jones, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Donald S. Frazier, McMurry University, “When Enlightenment and Scripture Collide:  The Curious Case of American Negro Slavery”
  • David W. Hester, Faulkner University, “And All Who Believed Were Together (Acts 2:44): A Global Strategic Plan for the Academy”
  • David P. McAnulty, Abilene Christian University, “Psychology Practice at the Boundaries of Professional Codes and Biblical Narrative: Towards an Incarnational Ethic”


“Reading From Two Perspectives”: Glenn Pemberton’s, Surely it is God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament. ACU Press, forthcoming summer 2015, Perspective #1: “Making Core Curriculum Core: When Faculty Read (and influence) Texts beyond their Departments.”

Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Scott Lamascus, Oklahoma Christian University (Language and Literature)
  • Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University (Management and Marketing)
  • Jennifer Shewmaker, Abilene Christian University (Psychology)
  • Glenn Pemberton, Abilene Christian University, Respondent


“Reading From Two Perspectives”: Glenn Pemberton’s, Surely it is God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament. ACU Press, forthcoming summer 2015, Perspective #2: “Reading inside the Department: When the Department considers (and influences) Core Texts.”

 Jason Fikes, ACU Press, Convener

  • Charles Stephenson, Lubbock Christian University (New Testament)
  • John Jackson, Milligan College (Bible)
  • Charles Rix, Oklahoma Christian University (Old Testament)
  • Glenn Pemberton, Professor of Old Testament, Abilene Christian University


“Reconceiving Patristic Views on Atonement and the Pursuit of God.”

David Kneip, Abilene Christian University

  • Peter Martens, Saint Louis University, “Reconsidering Gustaf Aulén's Christus Victor: Toward a New Account of the Patristic Doctrine of ‘Atonement’”
  • Frederick Aquino, Abilene Christian University, “Synthesis Without Confusion: Maximus the Confessor on the Role of Praktike and Theoria in the Epistemic Pursuit of God”


“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”


“Reflective Praxis for Congregations: Evidence from Exceptional DMin Research.”

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

  • Jason Bybee, Mayfair Church of Christ, Huntsville, AL, “Intentional Mentoring Toward Disciple Formation”
  • Wes Horn, Orient Street Church of Christ, Stamford, TX, “Communal Spiritual Formation:  Does the Practice of the Liturgical Christian Calendar Enhance Spiritual Growth?” 
  • Mark Johnson, Olympia Church of Christ, Olympia, WA, “Preaching to Shape a Holy People”
  • Ron Bruner, Executive Director of Westview Boys Home, Respondent


The Second Annual Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies.

 Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University and Trevor Thompson, Abilene Christian University, Conveners

  • Robert Louis Wilken, Distinguished Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and the William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity Emeritus, University of Virginia, “The Vocation of the Christian Scholar: Love of Learning and the Desire for God”


“‘Thou Readest Black, Where I Read White’: Understanding Biblical Interpretation Through Rosenblatt's Transactional Theory of Reading.”

Stephanie Talley, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Dawan Coombs, Brigham Young University, “‘Slightly in His Own Image’: Rosenblatt’s Literary Transaction”
  • Andrew P. Huddleston, Katlin Sehres, and Ashley Towe, Abilene Christian University “Are All Interpretations Equal? Validity, Community, and Education in Rosenblatt’s Transactional Theory of Reading”
  • Sheila Delony, Lubbock Independent School District, “Facts from a Poem: The Effect of Stance on Biblical Interpretation”
  • Steve Bonner, Lubbock Christian University, Discussant


“You Are What You Eat, A Food Fight, and What You Don't Know Might Kill You: The Effects of the Modern American Food System.”

Jennifer Rogers, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Stephen Baldridge, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Mark Rogers, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein, Trinity Christian College, Panelist
  • Beverly Meyer, Clinical and Holistic Nutritionist, Panelist