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MidWinter Lectures

February 2-4, 2015


2015 MidWinters Schedule

MidWinters 2015 Photo Gallery

Reunion Events for the Classes of

1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005, and 2006-2014

Currie Lecturer

Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa

Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Baylor University

Beverly Gaventa is Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Baylor University, as well as Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary.  In addition to numerous articles, reviews, and lectionary resources, Gaventa has written Our Mother Saint Paul (Westminster John Knox, 2007), The Acts of the Apostles (Abingdon, 2003), I and II Thessalonians (Westminster John Knox, 1998), and Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus (University of South Carolina, 1995; Fortress, 1999). She has also edited many volumes, the most recent of which are Apocalyptic Paul (Baylor University Press, 2013), The New Interpreter’s Bible One Volume Commentary (with David Peterson; Abingdon, 2010) and, with Professor Cynthia Rigby, Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary (WJK, 2002). Her current project is a commentary for the New Testament Library on Paul’s letter to the Romans. 

Currie Lectures

When in Romans . . .

Contemporary interpreters of Romans offer up a host of sound bites about justification, empire, covenant faithfulness, and justice. But Paul's most powerful letter defeats our sound bites and invites us to hear the gospel's vastness and consider its implications for ministry in the 21st century.

Lecture 1:  When In Romans ... Watch the Horizon

Lecture 2:   When In Romans ... Consider Abraham

Lecture 3    When In Romans ... Sing Glory to God 

Westervelt Lecturer

The Reverend Dr. Jack Haberer

Pastor of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Naples, Florida

Jack Haberer was recently called to serve as Pastor of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida.  For the previous nine years he served as editor of The Presbyterian Outlook, after having served two other pastorates of 10 and 12 years. He is author of GodViews: The Convictions That Drive Us and Divide Us, and of Living the Presence of the Spirit. He earned a DMin at Columbia Theological Seminary and MDiv at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Westervelt Lectures

Modi Apostolandi:  How Jesus’ First Followers Discerned God’s Will

Christians look to the Bible to help discern God’s will for their decision-making, but that search has often yielded more confusion than clarity.  In this study, which introduces a forthcoming Westminster John Knox book (due out in the spring of 2016), Jack Haberer suggests that the confusion comes from Jesus and apostles themselves, who interpreted biblical moral teachings not as absolutes but as aspirations and benchmarks that create space for approximations and adaptations.  In reality, he claims, all believers approximate and adapt intuitively; they just don’t acknowledge that they do.  This study will provide language by which we all can better preach what we practice.

Lecture 1: Modi Apostolandi: An Overview of New Testament Decision-Making

Lecture 2:  Eros and Thanatos: Modi Apostolandi in Sex and Death

Jones Lecturer

Dr. Kimberly Bracken Long

Associate Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia

Kimberly Long is interested in the formation of ministers for liturgical leadership in the church, with a particular emphasis on the sacramental and eschatological dimensions of worship.  In addition to working in the area of liturgical language, she is currently researching the theology and history of marriage.

Jones Lectures

From This Day Forward: Christians, Marriage, and the 21st Century Church

Lecture 1:  What's Love Got to Do With It? The Surprising Story of Marriage

For centuries people married for land, labor, and in-laws‹but not for love. A look at the evolution of marriage through the centuries sheds light on the state of marriage in our time and raises new questions about its future.      

Lecture 2: Of Pomegranates and Promises: Rethinking Christian Marriage

In many ways, the church continues to echo antiquated ideas about marriage that have little to do with the way Christians live in the world today. How can the contemporary church construct a biblical understanding of marriage that speaks to the realities of 21st century life?


The Reverend Paul Roberts

Dean and President, Johnson C. Smith Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia

Paul T. Roberts Sr. is the President/Dean of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (JCSTS) in Atlanta, Georgia, a position he has held since the spring of 2010. Roberts graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and African-American Studies. After working for eight years in advertising in New York City, he went to Atlanta and earned his Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in New Testament Studies at Johnson C. Smith Seminary. Paul Roberts is an Academic Fellow of the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Switzerland. From 1997 until 2010 Roberts was the pastor of Church of the Master (PCUSA), a church founded in 1965 as an intentionally interracial congregation. He is a contributing writer to Pastoral Care: A Case Study Approach by Orbis Books in 1998, and to Feasting on the Gospels by Westminster/John Knox Press released in December 2013.  

Monday, February 2 Sermon

"Twice Baked"
Malachi 3:1-4, Hebrews 2:14-18

Tuesday, Feb 3 Sermon

“But, How?” 
Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14


Ministry & Practice Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Karl A. Slaikeu

Psychologist, mediator, and author

Karl A. Slaikeu, Ph.D., an internationally recognized psychologist, mediator, and author, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the State University of New York at Buffalo (MA, PhD). He is the author of When Push Comes to Shove: A Practical Guide to Mediating Disputes (Jossey-Bass), five other books, and he has extensive experience in mediating family, organizational, and faith-based disputes.

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