Evening Public Lectures
The Seminars @ Calvin Summer Lecture Series events are free and open to the public. All lectures will be held at 7:30pm in the Gezon Auditorium. Please see below for more information about speakers, general topics, and descriptions.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Latino Evangelicals and the Future Growth of the Church in the United States
Juan Francisco Martínez (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Latino evangelicals are changing the face of evangelicalism in the US. This lecture will show how and why this change is happening. It will address the growth of Pentecostalism in Latin America, the re-centering of Christianity in the global South, the massive migration of the world’s people from South to North, and the unique relationship between the US and Latin America.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Treasures and Trials of Eastern Orthodoxy
William Abraham (Southern Methodist University)
Exposure to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the West over the last several generations has revealed a host of treasures for the church as a whole which are a joy to be hold. Many can bear witness to the intellectually and spiritually creative power of these treasures. Yet there are also challenges that Orthodoxy needs to face and questions that the West rightly asks. Any well-rounded assessment of the presence of Eastern Orthodoxy must come to terms, therefore, with both the treasures and trials of this great tradition.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Great Writers
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. (Calvin College)
Preachers derive lots of benefits from a program of general reading. Mainly, they derive wisdom, which they need to navigate through the life and death topics that arise in preaching. But reading great writers also tunes the preacher's ear for language, which is his or her first tool. This talk will explore just how the tuning process goes. This talk is for those who want to preach great sermons and for those who like to listen to them.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Seven Myths about the Reformation Debate over the Lord's Supper
Amy Nelson Burnett (University of Nebraska)
The standard account of the Eucharistic controversy amongst Protestant reformers focuses on the disagreement between Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, and it presents Jean Calvin as Zwingli's heir and successor. This approach overlooks the contributions of many other reformers to the debate and it distorts our understanding of the controversy's origins and development. This talk will address several myths about this key debate that divided Protestantism, highlighting the contribution of other figures to the discussion and providing a new perspective on the controversy.
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