2016 Smyth Lectures with Dr. Mark Allan Powell

10/11/2016 - 10/13/2016

The 2016 Smyth Lectures with take place October 11-13. Our lecturer this year is Dr. Mark Allan Powell, the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and an internationally known biblical scholar. Dr. Powell is editor of the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary and author of more than 30 books on the Bible and religion, including the widely used textbooks, Introducing the New Testament (Baker Academic) and Jesus as a Figure in History (Westminster John Knox). He has also written in the areas of spiritual formation (Loving Jesus), stewardship (Giving To God), and homiletics (What Do They Hear?: Bridging the Gap between Pulpit and Pew). An ecumenical, global scholar, Powell has served for many years on the Executive Committee of the Catholic Biblical Association, and he has taught at seminaries in Estonia, Russia, and Tanzania. Powell is New Testament Editor for the Society of Biblical Literature’s Bible Odyssey website and has served for fifteen years as Chair of the SBL Historical Jesus Section. Lectures will be given in the Harrington Center Chapel.

Update! The Smyth Lectures will be available on LIVESTREAM at livestream.com/ctsnet/2016smyth.

Continued studies into the historical figure of Jesus have brought surprising new insights into his take on politics and ethics. In three separate studies, we will consider a) the function of his Beatitudes as offering a new paradigm for justice in a culture that no longer trusts God; b) the specific instance of social injustice that prompted Jesus to re-think his own moral vision and priorities; and, c) the conflict Jesus experienced when he realized “doing God’s will” might mean not obeying the Bible. Together, the three talks will serve to highlight guiding principles for Christians struggling to be faithful to Jesus’ vision of justice and the reign of God in the 21st century.

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