Thurber Lecture Archives

John Huffman – Thurber Thursday – 31 March

A Profile of the Church That Will Not Just Survive But Flourish in the 21st Century.

John Huffman

Our guest speaker will be Dr. John A. Huffman, Jr., a leading figure in national and international Evangelical circles.

Dinner served at 19h00; Presentation 19h45-21h15.

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

After forty-seven years of active local church ministry, in November of 2009 Dr. John A. Huffman, Jr. was honorably retired by the Los Ranchos Presbytery and elected “Pastor Emeritus” by the congregation of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. He has now re-emerged as a “Minister at Large.”

Born in Boston, Dr. Huffman earned his B.A. in history from Wheaton College and holds several advanced or honorary degrees, including a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. As a Princeton student, he served as an assistant to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale at New York’s Marble Collegiate Church.

As a Princeton graduate student he served as an assistant to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale at New York’s Marble Collegiate Church and to Dr. Bryant M. Kirkland at New York’s Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, where he was ordained. From 1965-1968, he was the associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 1968-1973, he was pastor of the Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church in Florida. From 1973-1978, he served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1978 John Huffman became the pastor of the 4000-member St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California.

Dr. Huffman has written nine books, including “The Family You Want” and “Forgive Us Our Prayers” by Christian Focus Publications, and the “Joshua” volume of The Communicator's Commentary published by Thomas Nelson.

He has extensive radio and television talk show experience on secular stations in Miami, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. He currently serves as an authoritative resource for various networks, newspapers and magazines on contemporary matters of faith and life.

Dr. Huffman has held many leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He attended, as an Elected Accredited Visitor, the World Council of Churches Seventh Assembly in Canberra, Australia in 1991 and served on the General Board of the National Board of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., chairing the Presbyterian delegation for two terms.

He has been involved in professional sports chaplaincies, including the Miami Dolphins (1969-1973), the visiting NFL teams (1973-1978) and served as the backup chaplain on the PGA Senior Golf Tour (1973-1978).

Christopher Hays – Thurber Thursdays – 7 & 14 April

7 April – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?: Five Biblical Answers

14 April – In the Beginning Were the Words: The Origins of Writing and the Alphabet

Christopher Hays

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Christopher B. Hays, D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dinner served at 19h00; Presentation 19h45-21h15.

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Christopher Hays joined the Fuller faculty in 2008, as occupant of the D. Wilson Moore Chair of Ancient Near Eastern Studies. In 2013, he was one of ten scholars around the world to receive the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Emory University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Notre Dame Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. He has participated in archaeological research in Israel and conducts study trips there.

 

Hays is the author of Hidden Riches: A Textbook for the Comparative Study of the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East (Westminster John Knox, 2014) and Death in the Iron Age II and in First Isaiah (Forschungen zum Alten Testament 79; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011). He is working on the Isaiah commentary for the Old Testament Library series, having translated the book for the Common English Bible and written the entry on Isaiah for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible.

Hays has published articles on diverse topics in journals such as the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Biblica, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Ugarit-Forschungen, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, and the Journal of Theological Interpretation. He has also contributed essays to various edited volumes.

Hays teaches courses in Old Testament and directs the master’s program in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the School of Theology. His languages include Hebrew, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. Hays is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

7 April – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?: Five Biblical Answers

14 April – In the Beginning Were the Words: The Origins of Writing and the Alphabet

James Alison — Thurber Thursday 19 March 18h30

What does Micah 6:8 look like through the eyes of a Christian...who happens to be Gay?"

James Alison

Our guest speaker will be James Alison, a Catholic theologian, priest and author. He has studied, lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the United States as well as his native England. A systematic theologian by training, James has developed Jesus the Forgiving Victim, a program of induction into the Christian Faith for adults, following on from the insight into desire associated with René Girard. He has taught the course, either as a whole or in portions, to small groups around the world over the last fourteen years, and its form and content has been shaped by those experiences.

James earned his doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is the author of Knowing Jesus (London: SPCK 1992,8; Springfield: Templegate 1993); Raising Abel New York: Crossroad 1996 (2nd edition, updated, London: SPCK 2010) The Joy of Being Wrong (Crossroad 1998); Faith beyond resentment: fragments catholic and gay (London: Darton Longman & Todd 2001; Crossroad 2001) On being liked (DLT 2003 and Crossroad 2004). Undergoing God (DLT (London) and Continuum (New York) 2006) and Broken Hearts and New Creations: intimations of a great reversal (DLT (London) and Continuum (New York) 2010. Editions of some of James’ books exist in Spanish, Italian, Dutch, French, Russian and Portuguese. Some of his more recent writings can be found in a variety of languages on his U.K. website. www.jamesalison.co.uk

Having lived with the Dominican Order between 1981 and 1995, James works as an itinerant preacher, lecturer and retreat giver. He is currently a Fellow, and the chair of the Education Committee, of Imitatio. He accompanies a wide variety of publics, through academic lectures, undergraduate, postgraduate and professors’ seminars, adult catechesis courses, retreats for priests, parish groups, and Catholic and ecumenical gay and lesbian retreats. James’ 2014 schedule includes engagements in Capetown, South Africa. When not on the road, James lives in São Paulo, Brazil.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

 

Scott Cormode — Thurber Thursday 12 Feb 18h30

Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King as Speakers for Change

Scott Cormode

Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King delivered the most famous speeches in American History. And their words changed the world. What can religious leaders learn from how Lincoln and King changed the story of a people and in so doing changed the people themselves?

Our guest speaker will be Scott Cormode, Academic Dean and Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Scott Cormode was named academic dean in Fall 2013, after serving on the faculty at Fuller since 2006 as the Hugh De Pree Associate Professor of Leadership Development. Cormode brought significant leadership and teaching experience to this position, as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who served for the previous decade as George Butler Associate Professor of Church Administration and Finance at Claremont School of Theology. Cormode also served at Claremont as associate dean for institutional research, chair of the Curriculum Committee, chair of the Accreditation Team, and principal writer of the Long Range Planning Committee.

Functioning as a leader of leaders, Cormode founded in 1998 the Academy of Religious Leadership, an organization for professors who teach leadership in seminaries, and created the Journal of Religious Leadership, for which he also acts as editor, in 2001. His articles on leadership, organization, and technology have appeared as well in Christian Century, Theological Education, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His most recent book, Making Spiritual Sense: Theological Interpretation as Christian Leadership, was published by Abingdon Press in 2006. He has served as convener for numerous leadership conferences, presented dozens of papers, chaired various boards, and led training events. He maintains a series of case studies and other resources on christianleaders.org, a website for developing Christian leaders. fuller.edu/faculty/scormode/

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

 

Dr. Linda Stratford — Thurber Thursday 20 Nov 18h30

Modern Art and Christian Pilgrimage

Dr. Linda Stratford

Was Pop Artist Andy Warhol really a deeply religious man? Was the paint-flinging Jackson Pollock actually seeking representation of spiritual rebirth? Could many of today’s so-called “heretical” artists be representing Christian sensibilities; or asking theologically poignant questions?

Our guest speaker, Dr. Linda Stratford, traces the dialogue between art and religion with interest in the possibility that in the process of stating why it can’t be (in regard to religion), we have failed to recognize where it in fact is. Images will be provided to support discussion.

Dr. Stratford is director of Paris Semester, a semester of credits offered in Paris by Asbury University each fall (open to non-Asbury applicants). She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook with an emphasis on Art and Society in France.

As a historian of art and society Dr. Stratford's interests include the means by which artistic initiatives come to be viewed as belonging, or not belonging within the framework of a community. The dynamics of inclusion and exclusion have led her to question the largely secular methodologies in art history and criticism today. 

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.