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Engaging Theology

Randy Hatchett (left); Ben Blackwell (right)

Ben Blackwell, Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at HBU, and Randy Hatchett, Professor of Theology and Philosophy, also of HBU, have written a new book: Engaging Theology: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Introduction  (Zondervan, 2019).  The book demonstrates the relevance of “engaging” theology rather than just thinking about God, the world and humanity in an ivory tower setting.  The authors, while seasoned, do a great job of making theology understandable to students, pastors, and lay people. They focus on the story of scripture, doctrinal exposition, theological relevance (and reflection), and finally spiritual relevance.  Recently, a film crew from Zondervan Academic filmed Ben and Randy talking about their new book in the scholar’s cottage.  Look for those videos in spring or fall 2021.

To hear the podcast we did together on The Stone Chapel click here.

The Stone Chapel is a podcast of the friends and staff of the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas.  It is hosted by Dr. David Capes, Senior Research Fellow at the library and former faculty member at Houston Baptist University and Wheaton College.  The purpose of the podcast is to bring to our audience great conversations from the world’s leading experts in theology, biblical studies, archaeology, Church history, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ethics, ministry, and a host of other topics close to the mission of the library.

The Lanier Theological Library is a magnet for scholars, church leaders and influencers.  For the last ten years, it has welcomed hundreds of academics and church leaders from across the globe for public lectures, study, panel discussions, consultations, and encouragement.

These podcasts as well as the Lanier library and the Stone Chapel are generously underwritten by Mark and Becky Lanier and the Lanier Theological Library Foundation.  If you have questions or comments, please be in touch: Email david.capes@lanierlibrary.org

Theology Conference at HBU

Houston Baptist University is sponsoring a theology conference April 16-18, 2015.  The theme of the conference is “The Church and Early Christianity.”  Our keynote speakers include Dr. Ben Witherington (Asbury Theological Seminary), Dr. John Barclay (University of Durham), and Dr. Everett Ferguson (Abilene Christian University).  If you would like to attend, please follow the link here and plan to join us.

If this link fail, please copy and past the following into your web browser:

http://www.hbu.edu/Choosing-HBU/Academics/Colleges-Schools/School-of-Christian-Thought/ConferencesandEvents/HBU-Theology-Conference.aspx

Papers and Abstracts
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 relationship of early Christian communities within their wider theological and cultural contexts. This includes theological developments related to ecclesiology as well as the social relationships with Second Temple Jewish practices and institutions (e.g., the Synagogue), the relationships within early Christian communities, and the relationship of early Christian communities with the wider Greco-Roman society. 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, with notification of acceptance by March 2.  Registration by March 23 is required for those who will present at the conference.

Professor N. T. Wright to Lecture at HBU–March 19-20, 2014

Tom WrightProfessor N. T. Wright has agreed to give two lectures at Houston Baptist University March 19-20, 2014 as part of a conference entitled “Paul and Judaism.”  Professors Beverly Gaventa (Baylor University) and Ross Wagner (Duke University) will be presenting major addresses as well.  The university will issue a call for papers soon to allow scholars an opportunity to join us for this two day event.  For more information contact Dr. Ben Blackwell at 281.649.3000.

Professor Wright will also be on hand Friday, March 21, 2014,  to lecture for the Lanier Theological Library in Houston. 

Professor Wright has recently completed a new book entitled Paul and the Faithfulness of God.  All of his lectures during this series will deal with Paul.

Recently Professor Michael Bird sat down with Wright to discuss his new book (approximately 25 minutes).   This interview offers a good summary of Wright’s approach.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2013/09/interview-with-n-t-wright-on-paul-and-the-faithfulness-of-god/

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