"You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit"
Guest Scholar: Dr. James K. A. Smith
Thursday, Feb. 25 @ 7:00 p.m. in Barrows Auditorium (Billy Graham Center)
"The Christian Vocation in Global Context"
Guest Scholar: Simon Chan
Monday, Feb. 16 @ 6:30 p.m. in Blanchard 339 Lecture Hall
"A Vision for Common Good Christianity: How Your Calling Fits within God's Work to Redeem All Things"
Guest Scholar: Skye Jethani
Thursday, Feb. 21, @ 7:30 p.m. in Barrows Auditorium (Billy Graham Center)
View Feb. 21 public session
"Teaching the Vices"
Guest Scholar: Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
(PhD, Univ. of Notre Dame) Dr. DeYoung is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College and author of Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies
View February 10 public session
"Evangelical Spirituality: Mining the Resources of Our Own Tradition"
Guest Scholar: Evan Howard
Founder and Director of the Spirituality Shoppe
Evan B. Howard (Ph. D., Graduate Theological Union) founded and directs the Spirituality Shoppe, an evangelical center for the study of Christian spirituality.This resource center is involved in research projects, offers classes, retreats, seminars and workshops, publishes a regular newsletter, and sponsors the annual meeting of the Evangelical Scholars in Christian Spirituality. Dr. Howard is a lecturer in philosophy and religion at Mesa State College in Montrose, Colorado. Evan and his wife, Cheri, live in rural Colorado where they experiment with semi-monastic living. He is the author of many articles and books, including Praying the Scriptures: A Field Guide for Your Spiritual Journey, Affirming the Touch of God: A Psychological and Philosophical Exploration of Christian Discernment, and The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality.
"Spiritual Formation as Practical Theology"
Guest Scholar: Richard Osmer
Princeton Theological Seminary
Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education
Department of Practical Theology
Richard Osmer is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education. He holds a M.Div. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Emory University. His interests include practical theology, the teaching ministry of congregations, and interdisciplinary thinking. His courses cover educational psychology and practical theology, children’s literature in Christian moral education, confirmation and catechism, and the social functions of religion, ethics, and education in theories of modernity and postmodernity. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he chairs the Committee to Write New Catechisms for the Presbyterian Church (USA). His major publications include A Teachable Spirit: Recovering the Teaching Office of the Church (Westminster John Knox Press, 1990); Confirmation: Presbyterian Practices in Ecumenical Perspective (Geneva Press, 1996); The Teaching Ministry of Congregations (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005), and Practical Theology: An Introduction (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008).
"Spiritual Formation and the Social Sciences"
Guest Scholars (left to right):
Dr. Kevin Lawson, Director, Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in Educational Studies
and Professor of Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Dr. Catherine Stonehouse, Dean of the School of Practical Theology
and Orlean Bullard Beeson Professor of Christian Discipleship at Asbury Theological Seminary
Rodney Clapp, Editorial Director, Brazos Press
Author of Peculiar People, Border Crossings, and Tortured Wonders