ECC has hosted top-notch professors from schools like Wheaton College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Beeson Divinity School, Covenant Theological Seminary, Southern Seminary, and Indiana University. Check the Seminars page for what’s coming up next!
Life, the Multiverse, and God
Over the last forty years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the Universe had been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it – and life as we can imagine it – would be impossible. In February of 2017, astrophysicist Luke Barnes (Ph.D. Cambridge) came to talk to us about the fine-tuning of the universe. Read more.
Genesis Through Ancient Eyes
In April of 2013, Dr. John Walton of Wheaton College and Graduate School presented his unique interpretation of the early chapters of Genesis at a seminar hosted by ECC. Dr. Walton’s work in both the biblical text and other ancient Near Eastern texts has led him to conclude that Genesis 1 is not an account of the material origins of the cosmos, but the functional origins. It’s the story of God turning the house into a home – a home for his image bearers and a home for himself. It is a temple story. Dr. Walton has authored many books, including The Lost World of Genesis One and Genesis One as Ancient Cosmology (see complete list on Dr. Walton’s Amazon Page).
In April 2012, three presenters offered different perspectives on Christian spirituality. Dr. Candy Brown, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, presented an overview of charismatic spirituality, emphasizing the belief in the ongoing presence of God to heal as the true hallmark of the charismatic movement. Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger, Ph.D. candidate in English and Religious studies presented on the mystical approach to Christianity. Dan Waugh, Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries, presented on the churchly & sacramental approach to spirituality, using a little known figure from American history, John Williamson Nevin, as a window into this form of spirituality.
Evangelicalism – Finding, Evaluating, and Celebrating our Roots
In October of 2011, Dr. Mike Honeycutt led a seminar on Evangelicalism, specifically focused on how evangelicals have been actively engaged in cultural/societal reform since the beginnings of the evangelical movement. Dr. Honeycutt also preached on Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2011.
Required Reading: McGrath, Alister. Evangelicalism and the Future of Christianity, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1995. Accessible and encouraging read. New and used copies available at Amazon.com. Copy also available in the ECC Library.
Recommended Reading: Wolffe, John, The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Wilberforce, More, Chalmers and Finney. Downers Grove: IVP, 2007.
The Doctrine of the Trinity
Dr. Steven C. Roy from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School led the seminar on the doctrine of the Trinity. Dr. Roy explored the biblical and historical foundations of the Trinity as well as seven implications/applications of this doctrine to our life and ministry. If you haven’t finished the reading for the seminar, we highly recommend you do so.
Required Reading: Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service, by Stephen Seamands (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2005), 175 pgs., available at Amazon.com.
Recommended Reading: Who’s Tampering with the Trinity? An Assessment of the Subordination Debate, by Millard J. Erickson (Grand Rapids, Kregel Academic, 2009), 250 pgs., available at Amazon.com.
Taught by Dr. Doug Webster, professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching at Beeson Divinity School, and author of more than a dozen books, including Soundtrack for the Soul.
New Testament Seminar
John Erickson led the NT Seminar. The seminar was concerned with the “big picture” and especially how we deal with the ancient text. The notes, recommended reading, and audio are all below.
Here are the fairly comprehensive notes for the seminar.
Here is the Recommended Reading List.