John Collins (Yale) at HBU: 10/13, 7:30pm

A.O. Collins Lectures

Featured Guest: John J. Collins (Yale Divinity School)

Thursday, October 13 7:30pm; Belin Chapel

Title: Outside the Canon. The Literature of Second Temple Judaism, and Why It Matters: The Apocalyptic Genre

The School of Christian Thought is pleased to announce that John J. Collins will deliver the A. O. Collins lectures for fall 2016.

A native of Ireland, Professor Collins is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at john_collinsYale Divinity School. He previously taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Including among his many books are the commentary on Daniel in the Hermeneia series; The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature; Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls; Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age; The Apocalyptic Imagination; Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora; Introduction to the Hebrew Bible with CD-ROM; He holds an honorary D.Litt. from University College Dublin, and an honorary Th. D. from the University of Zurich.

Please join us for this lecture.

It is an important event for our campus and community.  Should you have questions, please contact the chair of the Department of Theology, Dr. Jason Maston.

See also our upcoming lectures at our Annual Theology Conference: hbu.edu/TheologyConference.

Houston Church Planting Network Lunch

The Department of Theology is co-hosting this month’s Houston Church Planting Network lunch. It’s May 25th at 11:30 in McNair Hall. See the RSVP details below.

May HCPN Gathering

Our next HCPN gathering will be Wednesday, May 25th from 11:30a-1:30p.

Please make sure and RSVP if you plan to attend.

NOTE: Each person attending must RSVP separately.

We will be hearing from Daniel Im. Daniel is the Director of Church Multiplication for New Churches and LifeWay Christian Resources, while also serving as a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville, TN. Recently he wrote Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd ed.)with Ed Stetzer.

Our host this month is Houston Baptist University. The address is 7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77074. Click here for directions.

Lunch will be provided but we need an accurate count by May 20th so please RSVP in plenty of time to get them the correct number.

Our Guest Speaker: Daniel Im, Director of Church Multiplication at LifeWay Christian Resources

Call for Papers: Ad Fontes, Ad Futura: Erasmus’ Bible and the Impact of Scripture

In celebration of upcoming 500th anniversary of Erasmus’ Greek text and the Reformation, the Department of Theology at HBU, in conjunction with the Dunham Bible Museum, is pleased to host the conference Ad Fontes, Ad Futura: Erasmus’ Bible and the Impact of Scripture. The conference will be hold at HBU on February 25-27, 2016.

We will consider the textual and historical issues surrounding the development of the Bible, the Bible’s impact on human society across the centuries, and the future of Biblical translation and interpretation in the future. Our keynote speakers include Craig Evans (Houston Baptist University), Timothy George (Beeson Divinity School, Samford University), Herman Selderhuis (Theological University Apeldoorn) and Daniel Wallace (Dallas Theological Seminary). The plenary talks are free and open to the public.

We also invite proposals for short papers from scholars and graduate students from a wide array of disciplines and topics, including:

  • The historical context, and textual tradition, of the Biblical canon;
  • The history of the Greek text of the Bible;
  • The social and/or cultural impact of the Bible in any historical period or location;
  • The Bible and the history of the book;
  • Modern Bible translations and translation practice;
  • Textual and cultural issues concerning the Bible in the Digital Age.

Anyone who is interested should submit a 300 word abstract on any relevant topic by December 18, 2015. Papers should be 20 minutes long, and decisions will be announced in early January. Send proposals to Jason Maston at jmaston@hbu.edu.

You can get further information and register here:  www.hbu.edu/theologyconference.

A.O. Collins: Nick Perrin on the Gospels (Thurs, Oct 29)

The Department of Theology and the School of Christian Thought invite you to join us for the annual A.O. Collins Lecture series. Our lecture this week will be by:

Nicholas Perrin (Wheaton College)

“From Stories to Scriptures: When Did the Gospels Become Authoritative?”

Thursday, October 29, 2015 7:30 pm; Belin Chapel (Morris Cultural Arts Center)

For more details see: christianthought.hbu.edu/collinslectures

Mark your calendars for the Annual HBU Theology Conference (February 25-27, 2016): Ad Fontes, Ad Futura: Erasmus’ Bible and the Impact of Scripture” hbu.edu/theologyconference.

Should We Give to the Poor?

Should we give to the poor? Doesn’t it just reinforce their dependence upon others rather than becoming independent contributors to society? John Barclay gives a riveting explanation of why the early church gave, and gave so sacrificially:

In our Annual Theology Conference (hbu.edu/theologyconference) last spring, we had a number of lively speakers and papers about The Church in Early Christianity. One of our plenary speakers was John Barclay, an eminent NT scholar from Durham University. His lecture reveals the highest level of scholarship which is also accessible to non-specialists.

As explained last week, our next Theology Conference (hbu.edu/theologyconference) will be in February. Definitely plan to attend and to bring others.

Do also come hear our annual A.O. Collins lecture on Thursday, October 29:
Dr. Nicholas Perrin, “From Stories to Scriptures: When Did the Gospels Become Authoritative?”
Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm, Belin Chapel

Theology Conference on the Church – April 16-18

The Department of Theology  here at Houston Baptist University is hosting a conference next week on “The Church and Early Christianity” on April 16-18, 2015, and we want to invite you to attend. You can find out more details at hbu.edu/theologyconference.

In addition to a number of short papers, which you can see at the Conference Schedule, our plenary speakers are

  • Thursday (7:30p): John Barclay (Durham University) – “‘The Poor You Will Always Have with You’: Why It Mattered to the Church to Give to the Poor”
  • Friday (7:30p): Ben Witherington (Asbury Theological Seminary) – “The Social Identity of the Earliest Christians”
  • Saturday (9:00a): Everett Ferguson(Abilene Christian University) – “Images of the Church in Early Christian Literature”

Admission to the plenary lectures is free of charge, and each will be offered in Belin Chapel (in the Morris Cultural Arts Center).

The cost to attend the whole conference is $40. We would love to see you there, so please come out to hear these great scholars and invite others to come with you.

CFP: 2015 Theology Conference about the Church

The Department of Theology at Houston Baptist University is pleased to host a conference on “The Church and Early Christianity” on April 16-18, 2015. Our keynote speakers are John Barclay (Durham University), Everett Ferguson (Abilene Christian University), Ben Witherington (Asbury Theological Seminary). You can find out more details at hbu.edu/theologyconference.

Call for Papers: We are inviting papers representing a variety of approaches from scholars and graduate students in this area of study.  We are particularly interested in the development of early Christian communities within their wider theological and cultural contexts in the first two centuries. This includes theological reflections about ecclesiology as well as social relationships with Second Temple Jewish practices and institutions, relationships within early Christian communities, and the relationship of early Christian communities with the wider Greco-Roman culture. Participants will have 25-30 minutes to present papers (inclusive of Q&A). Please submit a 200-300 word abstract to Dr. Ben C. Blackwell at bblackwell@hbu.edu by February 15, 2015.

Mark Lanier: Christianity on Trial TOMORROW (Nov 6)

You’ll definitely want to mark your calendars because our good friend Mark Lanier will be giving the A.O. Collins Lecture for this fall. He will address his recently published book Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith.

This free lecture will take place on November 6 at Belin Chapel here on HBU’s campus (in the Morris Cultural Arts Center).

His lecture will begin at 7:00 pm and there will be snacks and a book signing afterwards.

We hope to see you there!

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Mark Lanier: Christianity on Trial (Nov 6)

You’ll definitely want to mark your calendars because our good friend Mark Lanier will be giving the A.O. Collins Lecture for this fall. He will address his recently published book Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith.

This free lecture will take place on November 6 at Belin Chapel here on HBU’s campus (in the Morris Cultural Arts Center).

His lecture will begin at 7:00 pm and there will be snacks and a book signing afterwards.

We hope to see you there!

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A Conversation with Ron Blue

Ron BlueWe here at the School of Christian Thought would like to make you aware of an upcoming luncheon with an important Christian business man. The HBU School of Business and the Center for Christianity in Business is hosting a  CCB Networking Luncheon for all Business Professionals with Ron Blue:

A Conversation with Ron Blue

Wednesday, September 24, 2014: Noon – 2:00 p.m.

(RSVP by September 17, 2014)

Featuring

Ron Blue
Founding Director,
Kingdom Advisors

with

Joseph C. Sleeth, Jr.
Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP.
(Moderator)

About the Speaker

Ron Blue is the Founding Director of Kingdom Advisors, a ministry that empowers Christian financial advisors who seek to integrate a biblical worldview into their advice and counsel. In 1979, he founded Ronald Blue & Company, the largest Christian financial planning firm in the country.  He has authored eighteen books, including Master Your Money, The Complete Guide to Faith Based Family Finances, and Surviving Financial Meltdown. Ron holds a BS and an MBA from Indiana University.  Ron is married to Judy and they have five grown children and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Atlanta, GA.

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