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Christian Scholars' Conference

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2017 Christian Scholars' Conference Sessions

Updated April 3, 2017

Session 1: Wednesday 1pm - 2:30pm

"Memoir and Vision for the Church, Session I," Gayle Crowe, World Christian Broadcasting, Convener

  • Andrew J. Hairston, Minister, Simpson St. Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA.  Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory.  In Liberia, founded the Wells-Hariston Elementary/High School System.  Retired Chief Judge of the City Court of Atlanta, Panelist
  • Thomas H. Olbricht.  Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion at Pepperdine University.  Educated at Northern Illinois, Iowa, and Harvard Divinity School.  Written and/or edited twenty five books.  Started preaching almost 70 years ago. Founder of the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Panelist
  • Robert Randolph. Retired in 2016 after 37 years at MIT serving as Dean in Residence, Senior Associate Dean for Student Life, and Chaplain to the Institute. He and Jan have been active in the Brookline Church of Christ for nearly 50 years,  Panelist
  • Jason Fikes, Director, ACU Press, Respondent

"Atrocious Racism: The Problem of Evil and Transmuted Goods," Edward Carson, Brooks School, Boston, MA, Convener

  • Jill Hernandez, University of Texas at San Antonio, "Atrocious Racism: The Problem of Evil and Transmuted Goods," Presentation
  • Joshua Graves, Otter Creek Church of Christ, Nashville, TN, Respondent
  • Derrick Jackson, First Baptist Church, Gallatin, TN, Respondent

"How We Remember and How We Forget: The Neuroscience of Memory and Some Applications," Nicholas J. Zola, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Stuart M. Zola, Emory University (Interim Provost, former director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center), Presenter
  • Rafael Rodriguez, Johnson University (New Testament), Respondent
  • William Lofton Turner, Lipscomb University (Leadership and Public Service), Respondent
  • Stella Erbes, Pepperdine University (Teacher Education), Respondent

"'Major Book Review: Reading Acts in the Twenty-First Century: A Panel Review of Carl R. Holladay’s Acts: A Commentary,” Gregory E. Sterling, Yale University, Convener

  • John T. Fitzgerald, University of Notre Dame, Panelist
  • Dale Pauls, Stamford Church of Christ, Panelist
  • Margaret Mitchell, University of Chicago, Panelist
  • Carl R. Holladay, Emory University, Respondent

The Third Annual J. J. M. Roberts Lecture in Old Testament Studies:

"Making Moral Agents in Biblical Israel: Alternative Strategies for Alternative Visions," Carol Newsom, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

“Faculty Hiring in the 21st Century:  Trends and Perspectives from the Front Lines,” Gregory Straughn, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Susan Blassingame, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education, Lubbock Christian University
  • Scott LaMascus, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Oklahoma Christian University
  • Rick Marrs, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Pepperdine University
  • Fortune Mhlanga, Director of School of Computing and Informatics, Lipscomb University
  • Kathy Pulley, Professor of Religious Studies, Missouri State University
  • Gregory Straughn, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Abilene Christian University
  • Marty Spears, Provost, Harding University

“Beyond The 13th: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration to American Exceptionalism,” Joi Carr, Pepperdine University, Covener

  • Angela Sims, St. Paul School of Theology, “Freedom: A Perennial Question”
  • Joi Carr, Pepperdine University, “(De)Mythologization of Black Criminality: From Birth of A Nation to Boyz n the Hood”

“Making Something Out of the Pieces,” Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Heath Carpenter, Harding University, “Defining Heritage: Symbolism, Identity, and the Fight for Cultural Power”
  • Jeremy Elliott, Abilene Christian University, “Making Something Out of the Pieces: Terry Tempest Williams’ productive ecological vision in Finding Beauty in a Broken World”
  • Tiffany Yecke Brooks, Independent Scholar, “A Bastard, an Orphan, the Son of a Whore and a Scotsman: Hamilton, Macheath, and the Voice of the Subaltern”

“Doctoral Student Socialization in an Online Christian University,” Jaime Goff, Abilene Christian University

  • Kristin Koetting, Abilene Christian University
  • Leah Wickersham Fish, Abilene Christian University
  • Wade Fish, Abilene Christian University

"Film and Memory in American Cinema,” Ted Parks, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Macy Skipworth, Texas Tech University, “Reclaiming Western Nostalgia: High Noon, Rio Bravo, and the Demarginalizing Western”
  • Luke Morgan, Texas Tech University, “Harvesting Documentary Tropes: Relation to Landscape from The Plow to The Garden”

“The Virtuous Reader:  The Role of the Arts in Curating a Faithful History,” Bill Carroll, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Bill Carroll, Abilene Christian University, “The Virtuous Reader:  The Role of the Arts in Curating a Faithful History Curating, Cultivating, or Contaminating:  William Bennett’s The Moral Compass”
  • Shanna Early, Emory University, “‘Each Slow Turn’: Righting History in Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide
  • Julie Jarnefeldt, Chattanooga State Community College, “The Silence This Time: James Baldwin’s Works as a Call to Action and Remembrance”
  • Kalyn Prince, Abilene Christian University, “‘Oceans Rise, Empires Fall’: Negotiating Discursive Ideological Traditions in Hamilton: An American Musical”
  • Steven Prewitt, Lipscomb University, Respondent

"Contemporary Educational Perspectives,” Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Chuck Capps, Lipscomb University, Rob Touchstone, Lipscomb University, Ray Eldridge Lipscomb University, Andy Borchers, Lipscomb University, “Redeeming Business Schools”
  • Brad Reid, Lipscomb University, “Legal issues Concerning K-12 Social Media Bullying”
  • Kevin Brown, Asbury University, “The Asbury Project”
  • Christopher Davis, Harding University, “Academic Freedom, Offense, Christianity and Culture”

“Application of Computer Science and Mathematics to Biological Systems,” Joseph E. Deweese, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Eric Nichols, Computer Technology Solutions, Robbie Nichols, Independent Scholar, Joseph E. Deweese, Lipscomb University, Kenan Casey, Freed-Hardeman University, “Overview of the Layered Model as a Means for Describing Complex Cellular Processes”
  • Timothy L. Wallace, Lipscomb University, “Investigation of Binary Tree Model for Random Mutation Sequences”

“Current Trends in Homiletics: Conversations in Theory and Practice,” Tim Sensing, Abilene Christian University, and Mason Lee, Princeton Theological Seminary, Co-Conveners

  • David Schnasa Jacobsen, Boston University School of Theology, “The Practice of Homiletical Theology in a Confessional Mode:  Preaching as a Theological Act”
  • Yohan Go, Boston University School of Theology, “Homiletics as a New Trajectory for Ecclesiology”
  • Samantha Gilmore, Princeton Theological Seminary, “Preaching that is Fully Human”
  • Wilson McCoy, College Hills Church of Christ, Nashville, TN, Respondent
  • Eric Gentry, Highland Church of Christ, Memphis, TN, Respondent
  • Mallory Wyckoff, Nashville, TN, Respondent

“Despite Division, a Living Connection Remained: Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in Western Canada,” Shelley L. Jacobs, Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Convener

  • Lane Scruggs, University of Toronto, “The Division in Canada: Imported or Indigenous?”
  • Shelley L. Jacobs, Disciples of Christ Historical Society, “Canada’s Best Kept Secret: Silent Cooperation Between Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in Western Canada”
  • Kelly Carter, Calgary Church of Christ and Alberta Bible College, “Beyond ‘Extended Family’: The Future of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in Western Canada”                              

Session 2: Wednesday 2:45pm - 4:15pm

"Women Beyond Ministry: Celebrating the Vocational Journeys of Women in Higher Education,” Cari Myers, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Anessa Westbrook, Harding University
  • Micki PulleyKing, Missouri State University
  • Shannon Clarke Raines, Lubbock Christian University
  • Jeanene Reese, Abilene Christian University
  • Amanda Pittman, Abilene Christian University

“Memoir and Vision for the Church, Session II,” Gayle Crowe, World Christian Broadcasting, Convener

  • Lynn Anderson. Retired in San Antonio. Founded Hope Network Ministries. Author of thirteen books, Panelist
  • Richard Hughes. Professor Emeritus at both Pepperdine University and Messiah College.  Currently Scholar in Residence in the College of Bible and Ministry at Lipscomb University. Author, co-author, or editor of seventeen books, Panelist
  • Gail Hopkins. After a 14-year career in professional baseball (White Sox, Royals, Dodgers and in Japan), Gail completed a Ph.D. at the Illinois Institute of Technology, an M.D. in orthopedics from Rush Medical College, and an M.Div. from the United Theological Seminary, Panelist
  • Jason Fikes. Director, ACU Press, Respondent

"Towards a Comprehensive Church Health Assessment: Development, Implementation, and Usability,” Suzie Macaluso, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Carley Dood, Abilene Christian University
  • Suzie Macaluso, Abilene Christian University
  • Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University
  • Candace Nichols, Minter Lane Church of Christ

“Telling Our Story: Searching for Our Souls,” Sandra Parham, Lipscomb University

  • Catherine Meeks, Distinguished Professor, Wesleyan College, Emerita and Chair, Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
  • Lesley Walker, Lipscomb University

“Genetics, Genomics, and Information Systems: Recent Findings in the Genome,” Joseph E. Deweese, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Salvador Cordoba, FMS Foundation, “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Memory Devices in DNA/Chromatin Complexes”
  • Kirt Martin, Lubbock Christian University, “Our 3-Dimensional DNA: An Engineering Marvel”
  • Nathaniel T. Jeanson, Answers in Genesis, “Is Speciation an Engineered Process?”
  • Jeff McCormack, Dean, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Oklahoma Christian University, Discussant
  • Jon Lowrance, Professor, Department of Biology, Lipscomb University, Discussant

"Growing a Diverse Faculty:  Experiences of Faculty Members from Diverse Christian Backgrounds Who Have Not Previously Worked in Christian Higher Education,” Peter Williams, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Linnea Rademaker, Abilene Christian University
  • Leah Fish, Abilene Christian University
  • Wade Fish,  Abilene Christian University
  • Kristin Koetting, Abilene Christian University

"Film and Tradition in World Cinema,” Carole Carroll, Lubbock Christian University, Convener.

  • Blaine Grimes, Oklahoma State University, “Norwegian Slow TV: A Phenomenological and Liturgical Analysis”
  • Leslie Reed, Abilene Christian University, “R.W. Fassbinder’s Subversive Gaze: Power Shifts in 1970s New German Cinema”

“Between Antioch and Cappadocia: Exegesis in Support of Orthodoxy,” A Peer Reviewed Session, Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University,

  • Becky Walker, St. Louis University, “The Different Aims of Origen’s Epinoiai and Ephrem’s Divine Names”
  • Samuel Pomeroy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, “Iuxta Syriacus: Eusebius of Emesa, Translation Theory, and the Sources of Antiochene Exegesis of Genesis”
  • Nathan Howard, University of Tennessee at Martin, “Basil of Caesarea and Sacred Virility”

“Moral Leadership Issues in the Marketplace,” James Sennett, Brenau University, Convener

  • Dennis Marquardt, Abilene Christian University “The Ethical Leadership and Follower Performance Link:  Analyzing How and Why”
  • Kevin Brown, Asbury University “What are the Moral Limits to Markets?”
  • David Bosch, Boyce College, “Do Values Matter? Their Impact on Entrepreneurial Intentions”
  • David Johnson, Faulkner University, “What Do I Owe My Competitor?”
  • James Sennett, Brenau University, “Business Ethics Without Borders”

“Presidents’ Session: The Intersection of Race and Christian Higher Education: Our Legacy and Our Responsibility,” Trace Hebert, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Joel Anderson, Chancellor, Emeritus, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Randy Lowry, President, Lipscomb University
  • Tim Perrin, President, Lubbock Christian University
  • Mike Williams, President, Faulkner University
  • Steven Eckman, President, York College
  • Brian Stogner, President, Rochester College

“Remembering Jesus: Memory, Texts and Baptism,” Richard Wright, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • John Harrison, Oklahoma Christian University, “The Synoptics as Evidence of Jesus Remembered by Eyewitnesses”
  • Rafael Rodriguez, Johnson University, “Swimming in the Past: Baptism as a Commemorative Site and Rite”
  • Heather Gorman, Johnson University, Respondent

"The Book of Job in Its World and Ours: A Dialogue," Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Carol Newsom, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Panelist
  • Choon-leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Panelist
  • James L. Crenshaw, Duke Divinity School, Emeritus, Panelist

“Major Book Review: W. David Baird, Quest for Distinction: Pepperdine University in the 20th Century, Pepperdine University Press, 2016,” Scott Billingsley, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Convener

  • George Marsden, University of Notre Dame, Emeritus, Reviewer
  • Loretta Hunnicutt, Pepperdine University, Reviewer
  • Jack Scott, Claremont Graduate School, Reviewer
  • W. David Baird, Pepperdine University, Respondent

"The Restorationists Go Global: The Stone-Campbell Movement as a World Christian Tradition," Christopher Flanders, Abilene Christian University and Jeremy Hegi, Boston University, Conveners

  • Paul Chimhungwe, African Christian College, "Early 20th Century Unity among Stone-Campbell Movement Congregations in Southern Africa: Emphasizing the Gospel over Ecclesiastical Traditions"
  • Janine Paden Morgan, Abilene Christian University, "Pan-Handle Preachers and the Pope: A Cross-Cultural Dialectic and Missionary Identity Formation of the Churches of Christ in Post-War Italy"
  • Yukikazu Obata, Fuller Theological Seminary, "Building an Intercutural Church in Imperial Japan: Yunosuke Hiratsuka and the Utilization of the Church of Christ and National Identities, 1897-1945"
  • Gary Holloway, World Convention, Respondent

"Memphis Massacre, Memphis Now, Memphis Tomorrow," Rodney Plunkett, White Station Church of Christ, Convener

  • Rodney Plunkett, White Station Church of Christ
  • David Jordan, Agape Child and Family Services
  • Tiffany Day, Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner's Office

"Privileged Repentance in Prophetic Preaching: John A. Scott's Response to the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.," Tanya Smith Brice, Benedict College, Convener

  • Steven Tramel Gaines, University of Memphis & Cordova Community Church of Christ, Memphis, "Privileged Repentance in Prophetic Preaching: John A. Scott's Response to the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.," Presentation
  • Rubel Shelly, Lipscomb University, Respondent

Session 3: Thursday 9am - 10:30am

The Fourth Annual Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies:

“John Chrysostom on Love, Marriage and Magic: Assessing the Evidence of a Previously Untranslated Homily (hom. in 1 Cor 7:2),” Margaret M. Mitchell, University of Chicago

  • Trevor Thompson, University of Chicago, Convener
  • Jeff Childers, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Tera Harmon, Abilene Christian University, Convener
  • Ron Heine, Northwest Christian University, Convener

“Scripture (alone) and Schism: Is there a Better Way?: Sola scriptura et multa ecclesiarum ... Est melius?” Daniel Oden, Harding University and Kevin Youngblood, Harding University, Co-Conveners

  • Keith Stanglin, Austin Graduate School of Theology, “The Restoration Movement, the Habit of Schism and a Proposal for Unity: A Proposal from an Historical Theologian”
  • Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Respondent as Biblical Theologian
  • Ron Highfield, Pepperdine University, Respondent as Systematic Theologian
  • Mark Powell, Harding School of Theology, Respondent as Canonical Theist
  • J. David Stark, Faulkner University, Respondent

"Enemies of the People: The Role of Journalism in the Era of Trump,” Michael A. Anastasi, The Tennessean Vice President of News and Regional Editor/Tennessee for the USA Today Network

  • Jerry Mitchell, Jackson Clarion-Ledger
  • Michael A. Anastasi, The Tennessean
  • Sandra Dawson Long Weaver, The Tennessee Tribune

“Fresh Consideration of Significant Questions: An Interdisciplinary Conversation,” Andrew Krinks, Vanderbilt University, Convener

  • Joshua Ward Jeffery, University of Tennessee, “Criminals in the Church: Federal Persecution of War Resisters in Churches of Christ during World War I.”
  • Sarah Dannemiller, Abilene Christian University, “The American Way of Life: An Analysis of the American Studies Program and the New Religious Right at Abilene Christian College, 1958-1968”
  • Zane McGee, Emory University, “Ho Nyn Kairos: The Significance of Time in Pauline Messianism”
  • Chris Hutson, Abilene Christian University, Faculty Respondent

“On Memory and Tradition: A Reading by CSC Authors,” John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Susan Finch, Belmont University
  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University
  • Gary McDowell, Belmont University
  • John Struloeff, Pepperdine University

“A Collage of Missional Entrepreneurship and Humanitarian Engineering Efforts,” Presentation and Poster Session, Rob Touchstone, Lipscomb University, Convener, held in Swang Lobby

“An Introduction to Women in STEM,” Amanda J. Nichols, Oklahoma Christian University, Convener

  • Amanda L. Boston, Lubbock Christian University, “Efficacy of Gender Segregated STEM Programs”
  • Alice Mankin, Family Medicine Physician, Mercy Clinic, Edmond, OK, “Establishing Inter-institutional Networks of Christian Faculty”
  • Amanda J. Nichols, Oklahoma Christian University, “Women in STEM: Learning From Each Other"

“Dissent and Tradition in American Christianity,” Corey Markum, Freed-Hardeman University, Convener

  • Elaine Lechtreck, Independent Scholar, “White Clergy Dissenters in the Mid-Twentieth Century Segregated South”
  • Corey Markum, Freed-Hardeman University, “A Campbellite in King Asbury's Court: The Church Trial of William Anderson Roberts”
  • Andy Wood, Independent Scholar, “‘Ecclesiastical Bossism’ vs. Tennessee ‘Conference Rights’: The 1890s Polity Dissent in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South"
  • Steven Hoskins, Trevecca Nazarene University, Respondent

“Philosophical Engagements with the Stone-Campbell Tradition, Part I,” J. Caleb Clanton, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Chris Shrock, Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics and Oklahoma Christian University, "Biblicism as Hermeneutical Justice"
  • Blake McAllister, Hillsdale College, "A Return to Common Sense: Restorationism and Common Sense Epistemology"
  • Anna Brinkerhoff, Brown University, "Perspicuity and Peer Disagreement: What to Think when Someone Disagrees with Us about Scripture"

"Memory, Tradition & the Future of Distance Learning,” Scott E. Hamm, Hardin-Simmons University, Convener

  • Jerry Sumney, Lexington Theological Seminary, “Some Best Practices in Online Teaching: Things We Have Learned at Lexington”
  • Mindi Thompson, Abilene Christian University, “Culture Counts: Online Learning for International Students”
  • Timothy Paul Westbrook, Harding University, Jordan McDonald, Harding University and Morgan Miller,  Harding University, “An Investigation into the Implications of Dewey's "Learning Situation" for Online Education"

"The Bible, Justice, and Law (Session I)," Kilnam Cha, Abilene Christian University, Andrew Little, Abilene Christian University, and William "Chip" Kooi, Oklahoma Christian University, Co-Conveners

  • Stuart Platt, Abilene Christian University, and Jason Jones, Abilene Christian University and Portland State University, "Federal Pattern or Practice Methods in Law Enforcement: Are They Beneficial or Harmful to Citizens and Police Legitimacy?"
  • Ken Swindle, JD, Swindle Law Firm, Rogers, AR, "Christianity and the Economic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System"
  • Andrew Little, Abilene Christian University, "Sweatshops, Uber, and Health Insurance: Justice and Law in Work Relationships"
  • Randy Spivey, Lipscomb University, Respondent

"Bridging the Divide: Addressing the Gap between the Church and the Academy," Brandon Pierce, Stamford Church of Christ, Stamford, CT and Paul Watson, Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC, Conveners

  • Jeff Peterson, Austin Graduate School of Theology, "Politics, the Professor, and the Person in the Pew"
  • David Mahfood, Southern Methodist University, "Is the Mind of Christ Divided from His Body? A Theological Assessment of the Church-Academy Divide"
  • Amy Bost Heneger, Manhattan Church of Christ, NY, "The Glass Pulpit: How Women Navigate the Dichotomy Between Academy and Congregation"
  • Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

“Missional Theology and the Future of the US Church,” Greg McKinzie, Fuller Theological Seminary, Convener

  • Spencer Bogle, Independent Scholar, “Missional Theology as Economic Enterprise”
  • Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ/Portland Seminary, “Agape: Creating Missional Partnerships to Lead Community Shalom, Justice, and Healing”
  • Steven Hovater, The Church of Christ at Cedar Lane, Tullahoma, TN, “Youth Outreach and Missional Ecclesiology: Listening to Those at the Church’s Boundary”

"Race, Reconciliation, and Public Memory: Papers in Conversation with James Cone," Gary S. Selby, Convener

  • Christopher J. Dowdy, Paul Quinn College, "A History of Burnings: Ida B. Wells, White Supremacy, and Horror's Place among the Moral Emotions"
  • Gary S. Selby, Emmanuel School of Religion, Milligan College, "'All Lives Matter?': Frederick Douglass and the Challenge of Moral Blindness"
  • Tanya Smith Brice, Benedict College, "Called Out of Darkness: Church Memory in Black and White"
  • James H. Cone, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, Respondent

Session 4: Thursday 2pm - 3:30pm

"Lecture and Discussion with Margaret M. Mitchell, Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago Divinity School,” Trevor W. Thompson, University of Chicago, Convener

  • Margaret M. Mitchell, University of Chicago Divinity School, “Tiny Text, Great Advantage: John Chrysostom on Rom 16:3 and the Defense of the Trivial in Scripture"

“Major Book Review: Chris Doran, Hope in the Age of Climate Change: Creation Care this Side of the Resurrection, Wipf & Stock, 2017," G. Dodd Galbreath, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Emily Stutzman Jones, Lipscomb University, Reviewer
  • Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology, Reviewer
  • Heather Bennett, Blessed Earth, Reviewer
  • Chris Doran, Pepperdine University, Respondent

"Beyond Rage and Nostalgia: Divine and Human Memory in Christian Political Thought: A Plenary Talk Back with Shaun Casey,” Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Shaun Casey, Berkley Center, Georgetown University, Panelist
  • Randy Spivey, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Mark Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Elizabeth Bounds, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Panelist

“Political Debates and Beyond: Examining the Role of Emotion in Politics and a Research Vision for Christian Scholars,” Alan Griggs, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Shawn R. Hughes, Lubbock Christian University and Paul Bolls, Texas Tech University, “Critical Incidents in the 2016 Debates between Trump and Clinton,” Presentation
  • Mary Vaughn, Belmont University, Power in Interpersonal Relationships, Respondent
  • Jason Stahl, Belmont University, Speech and Debate, Respondent
  • Doug Mendenhall, Abilene Christian University, Journalism, Respondent

"Constraint and Calling: How Women Have Been Constrained and Called by Science and Religion,” Suzie Macaluso, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Jennifer Paxton, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, “Ether and the Serpent: The Morality of Anesthesia in Childbirth in 19th Century America”
  • Steven Tramel Gaines, University of Memphis, “Daring to Prophesy: The First Sermon by a Woman in the Churches of Christ”
  • Lindsay Marolf, Abilene Christian University, “Uncharted Territory: The Path to Board Certification for Female Chaplains within the Churches of Christ”
  • Dave Bland, Harding School of Theology, Respondent
  • Lauren Smelser White, Vanderbilt University, Respondent
  • Jennifer Jeanine Thweatt, Theologian at Large, Respondent

“A Theological Rationale for Christian Online Higher Education,” Stephen Johnson, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Stephen Johnson, Abilene Christian University, Academic Affairs
  • Ben Ries, Abilene Christian University, Vocational Formation
  • Tera Harmon, Abilene Christian University, Faculty
  • Chris Dowdy, Paul Quinn College, Institutional Effectiveness and Research

"Major Book Review: Marie Howe’s Magdalene,” John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, Convener

  • Steve Weathers, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • Gary McDowell, Belmont University, Panelist
  • John Struloeff, Pepperdine University, Panelist

"A Christian Perspective on Secrecy, Privacy and Change," Brad Reid, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Clifford Anderson, Vanderbilt University, “On Patents, Trade Secrets, and Open Source Business Models: A Theological Reflection”
  • Brad Reid, Lipscomb University, “Forgetfulness and Privacy in the Internet Age”
  • Stephen Collings, Lipscomb University, “Designing Elections using Engineering Design Principles”
  • Orneita Burton, Abilene Christian University, “Tradition and the Future of Faith: Using Network Theory to Re-Engineer Organizational and Social Change"

“Philosophical Engagements with the Stone-Campbell Tradition, Part II,” Chris Shrock, Oklahoma Christian University and Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics, Co-Conveners

  • James F. Sennett, Brenau Univesity, "Ethics, Faith, and Testimony: Alexander Campbell and Direct Moral Knowledge"
  • Kraig Martin, Harding University, and Nathan Guy, Harding University, "Rationality in the Restoration Movement: Is Atheism a Failure of Rationality?"
  • Tess Varner, Concordia College, "Environmental Axiology in the Stone-Campbell Movement"

"Greater Things for God: History of Mission in the Stone-Campbell Movement," Christopher Flanders, Abilene Christian University and Jeremy Hegi, Boston University, Conveners

  • Brady Kal Cox, Abilene Christian University, "A Failed Attempt at a Contextualized Preacher Training School: Dr. William Douglass Gunselman and the Philippine Bible College of Quezon City"
  • Christopher Flanders, Abilene Christian University, "The First Church of Christ Mission Training Program: George A. Lineman and W. W. Freeman at Abilene Christian College--1918 to 1925"
  • C. Philip Slate, Harding School of Theology, "Greene Lawrence Wharton: Pioneer in Disciple MIssions to the 'Heathen' and a Window into 19th Century Disciple Mission Understanding"
  • Douglas Foster, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

"The Bible, Justice, and Law (Session II)," Kilnam Cha, Abilene Christian University, Convener, Andrew Little, Abilene Christian University, and William "Chip" Kooi, Oklahoma Christian University, Co-Conveners

  • William "Chip" Kooi, Oklahoma Christian University, "[Re]conciling Identity Politics: The Gift that Can be Given"
  • Kilnam Cha, Abilene Christian University, "Empires, Then and Now: Who Are We and What Are We to Do?"
  • Charles Rix, Oklahoma Christian University, "Rip Currents, Identifying Unseen Forces in the Enactment of Gender Equality within Our Churches"
  • Andrew Little, Abilene Christian University, Respondent

"Comparing Christian and Islamic Views of Jesus," Garry Bailey, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Garry Bailey, Abilene Christian University, Panelist
  • John Barton, Pepperdine University, Panelist
  • Josh Graves, Otter Creek Church of Christ, Nashville, TN, Panelist
  • Keith Huey, Rochester College, Panelist
  • Daoud Abudiab, Faith and Culture Center of Nashville, Panelist
  • Nahed Artoul Zehr, Western Kentucky University, Panelist

 "Reading David Lipscomb in a Time of Trump,” Richard Goode, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Susan Haynes, Lipscomb University
  • Joshua Jeffery, University of Tennessee
  • Jack Scott, Claremont Graduate University
  • William Lofton Turner, Lipscomb University

"Integration of Faith, Learning and Clinical Practice in Health Science Programs,” Leah I. Fullman, Faulkner University, Convener

  • Roger Davis, College of Pharmacy, Lipscomb University, Panelist
  • Susan Kehl, Carr College of Nursing, Harding University, Panelist
  • Jennifer Gray, College of Natural and Health Science, Oklahoma Christian University, Panelist
  • Leah I. Fullman, Speech Language Pathology, Faulkner University

“Scripture and Practical Theology: The Convergence of Text and Practice,” Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University and Amanda J. Pittman, Abilene Christian University, Co-Conveners

  • Amanda J. Pittman, Abilene Christian University
  • Carson Reed, Abilene Christian University
  • Nathan Bills, Independent Scholar
  • Greg Sterling, Yale Divinity School, Respondent

"Hearing Sonny's Blues: Responding to Imaginative Opportunities within the Purview of Church Tradition," Raymond Carr, Convener

  • Raymond Carr, Pepperdine University, "When 'Whiteness' Redeems Itself: Hearing the Blues in a Tone-Deaf Exceptional Nation"
  • Richard Hughes, Lipscomb University, "The Myth of White Supremacy in American Life"
  • Angela Sims, St. Paul School of Theology, "Whose Cross--Whose Tree: Religious Imagery and Women's Positionality"
  • Stanley Talbert, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, "Lessons from Sonny's Pain: Hearing the Youth as a Way to Embrace the Future"
  • James Cone, Respondent

Session 5: Friday 9am - 10:30am

“Of Limits and Demands of Christian Historiography,” Richard Goode, Lipscomb University, Convener

  •  Todd M. Brenneman, Faulkner University
  • Jay Green, Covenant College
  • George Marsden, University of Notre Dame
  • Darlene Rivas, Pepperdine University
  • Nathaniel Wiewora, Harding University

“A Theology of Transgender,” Ken Cukrowski, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Dan Brannan, Abilene Christian University (Biology), Panelist
  • Chris Doran, Pepperdine University (Theology), Panelist
  • Chris Riley, Abilene Christian University (Student Life; Law), Panelist
  • Sara Blakeslee Salkil, Abilene Christian University (Marriage and Family), Panelist
  • Ken Cukrowski, Abilene Christian University (Scripture), Panelist

The Second Annual Landon Saunders Lecture:

"The Human Being the Nexus of World and Faith," James Walters, School of Theology, Boston University, Convener

  • Landon Saunders, Heartbeat, “Toward a Relevant Theology in/for Public Spaces”
  • Lee Camp, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Lauren Smelser White, Vanderbilt University, Respondent

"Best Practices in Online Christian Higher Education,” Jaime Goff, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Peter Williams, Abilene Christian University, Wade Fish, Abilene Christian University, Natalie Wall, Abilene Christian University, “Social Support for First Generation Doctoral Students”
  • Nina Morel, Lipscomb University, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Professional Studies and
  • Hope Nordstrom, Lipscomb University, “A Process for Developing Outcomes and Assessments for Online Competency Based Courses”
  • Brian Cole, Ph.D., Abilene Christian University, “Using Student Development Approaches in Online Student Services”
  • Sara Salkil, Abilene Christian University and Linnea Rademaker, Abilene Christian University, “Creating Hospitable Spaces in a Virtual World

"Theology and the Arts,” Charles M. Rix, Oklahoma Christian University, Convener

  • Sally Reid, Lipscomb University
  • Travis Montgomery, Oklahoma Christian University
  • Charles M. Rix, Oklahoma Christian University

“Faith in Public: A Round Table Discussion with Shaun Casey,” Amanda J. Pittman, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Shaun Casey, Georgetown University
  • David Mahfood, Southern Methodist University
  • Justin Bronson Barringer, Southern Methodist University
  • Brian Michael Smith, Yale Divinity School

"Uncovering the Inner Lives of Electrons,” George D. Parks, FuelScience LLC, Convener

  • Paul W. Ayers, McMaster University, “Uncovering the Inner Lives of Electrons”
  • George D. Parks, FuelScience LLC, Convener, Respondent
  • Austin Privett, Lipscomb University, Respondent

"Women of Valor:  A Chamber Oratorio by Andrea Clearfield,” Jean Miller, Lipscomb University School of Music, Convener

  • Sara Crigger, Nashville Symphony, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Mezzo-soprano
  • Jeff Burnham, Lipscomb University, Belmont University, Nashville Symphony, Pianist
  • Jean Miller, Lipscomb University School of Music, Soprano
  • Claire Frederick, Lipscomb University College of Bible and Ministry, Respondent
  • Mark Sneed, Lubbock Christian University, Respondent

"'God's Household Manager' (Titus 1:7): Would You Ordain Philodemus?" John Harrison, Oklahoma Christian University, Convener

  • Christopher Hutson, Abilene Christian University, Presenter
  • Trevor W. Thompson, University of Chicago, Respondent
  • Jerry Sumney, Lexington Theological Seminary, Respondent

"Thinking Through the Freshman Seminar at the Christian University,” Kristina Campos-Davis, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Ross Cochran, Harding University
  • April D. Marshall, Pepperdine University
  • Christin Shatzer, Lipscomb University
  • Trey Shirley, Abilene Christian University

“C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings,” Jonathan Thorndike, Belmont University, Convener

  • Kenneth C. Hawley, Lubbock Christian University, “Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and the Consolation of a Happy Ending”
  • Ann Coble, Belmont University, “Dorothy L. Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey”
  • Robbie Pinter, Belmont University, “Fantasy Worlds in C. S. Lewis’s Narnia and George MacDonald’s Lilith: Thresholds, Portals, and Crossovers”
  • Don Cusic, Belmont University, “Johnny Cash and C. S. Lewis”

"The Stories of Mission Journal," Greg McKinzie, Fuller Theological Seminary, Convener

  • Dwain Evans, Bering Drive Church of Christ, Houston TX
  • Vic Hunter, First Christian Church, New Martinsville, WV
  • Richard Hughes, Lipscomb University

“Scripture and Preaching in Augustine and Chrysostom,” A Peer Reviewed Session, Tera Harmon, Abilene Christian University, Convener

  • Michael Strickland, Amridge University, “Construct a Fortress Against the Devil: John Chrysostom’s Plea to Build Churches"
  • Sister Mary Dominic Pitts, O.P., Aquinas College, Nashville, TN, "Many Shall Come from the East and the West: Style, Context and Unexpected Parallels in the Preaching of Augustine and John Chrysostom"
  • Mark Weedman, Johnson University, “Augustine on the Productive Capacity of Scripture”

“Memory and Tradition as Revealed Truth in Literature,” Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, Convener

  • Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University, “Mothers/Friends and Daughters: Telling Truth as Preservation of Legacy”
  • Ronna Privett, Lubbock Christian University, “Memory as Legacy and Confession in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead”
  • Nancy Shankle Jordan, Texas A&M University – Texarkana, “Memory, Guilt, and Truth in E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars”

"The Lord Gave Me This: Reconsidering the Educational Needs of Urban Leaders and How Seminaries and Denominations Can Help Fulfill Those Needs," Phyllis Hildreth, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Terrell Carter, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, "The Lord Gave Me This: Reconsidering the Educational Needs of Urban Leaders and How Seminaries and Denominations Can Help Fulfill Those Needs," Presenter
  • Robert Jackson, Lipscomb University, Respondent
  • Joshua Jackson, North Atlanta Church of Christ, Respondent 

“‘The Role and Opportunity for Communities of Faith in Leading Social Justice’: Strategies Students for Progressing in Local Settings the National Conversation on Racial Healing,” John York, Lipscomb University, Convener

  • Kevin L. Huddleston, Johnson Street Church of Christ, San Angelo, TX, “The Cross as Wall and Door: Embracing the Two Hands of Justice”
  • Dan Knight, Overland Park Church of Christ, Overland Park, KS, “‘It’s Time!’ A Course of Study on Civil Rights for a Suburban Church”
  • Kent Rhodes, Pepperdine University, “Leading Through Social Justice: A Course to Develop Community Leaders”
  • Derrick Jackson, First Baptist Church, Gallatin, TN, Respondent
  • Catherine Meeks, Wesleyan College, Emerita & Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Respondent

Click here to see the 2016 Sessions Archive.