Fall 2008 Speakers
Theme: "Worship & the Arts: Bridging Faith and Creativity"
Theme Verse: "Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth." Psalm 96:8-9 (NIV)
The opening pages of Scripture declare "In the beginning, God created…"(Genesis 1:1). The Scriptures also tell us that when God created humanity, he made us in his own image (Genesis 1:26). As image-bearers of the Creator, then, we too are to lead creative lives, reflecting the glory of God through what we make with our own hands, compose with our fingers and ears, express through choreography, and a myriad of other creative endeavors.
This semester we will see how creativity can shape the life of worship God has called us to lead. Through chapel services and specially selected speakers, we will discover new ways to engage head, heart, and hand and to pursue God together.
Rod Reed (September 2)
We welcome Rod Reed to John Brown! As the new University Chaplain, Rod will lead the JBU Office of Christian Formation. He comes to Arkansas from Fresno Pacific University where he served as campus pastor for eleven years. He and his wife Michelle have four children.
Brennan Manning (September 9-11, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Staley Guest Lecturer)
Brennan Manning has spent the past 40 years helping others experience the reality of God's love and grace. It's at the heart of everything he's written and done. Brennan is perhaps best known as the author of the contemporary classics, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child, and Ruthless Trust. Brennan's latest book is The Importance of Being Foolish. He comes to JBU through a grant from the Staley Foundation.
Robbie Castleman (September 23)
Robbie Castleman serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at JBU. She is a published writer and in '02-'03 was voted "Rookie of the Year," a teaching award given by the Honors Program for a faculty person that has taught less than four years at JBU. Dr. Castleman is married to the Reverend D. Breck Castleman, and they have two grown sons. When not teaching, Robbie likes to take walks with a beagle named Chesterton and is an avid reader of good fiction.
Ken Myers (September 30)
Ken Myers is the founder and host of Mars Hill Audio. The mission statement of Mars Hill Audio commits the organization "to produce creative audio resources that encourage Christians to grow in obedient wisdom concerning the cultural consequences of our duty to love God and neighbor." Ken lives and works on a large wooded lot in the rolling countryside of central Virginia, just north of Charlottesville. When he is not preparing for interviews or writing and editing an issue of the Journal, he fills the time by singing in his church choir, watching old movies, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and keeping his bird-feeders filled (a local resident black bear makes that job more interesting).
Keith Phillips (October 14, Missions Fair)
Keith Phillips is President of World Impact, a Christian missions organization dedicated to ministering God's love to the inner cities of America. He is the author of a number of books, including Out of Ashes, which chronicles the history of the urban poor in America and explores their present needs and future hope. Keith lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Katie.
Roger Lundin (October 23)
Roger Lundin is the Blanchard Professor of English at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. His research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, the relationship of Christianity to literature, and modern intellectual history, with a particular interest in philosophy and theology. Dr. Lundin is the author of numerous books and articles, and is a contributing author to the recent publication, The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts (InterVarsity Press).
Doug Rosenau (October 28 and 30, CRE Relationships Week)
Doug Rosenau is a licensed psychologist and Christian sex therapist with the Intimacy Counseling Center in Duluth, Georgia. His recent book, written with Michael Todd Wilson, is Soul Virgins: Redefining Single Sexuality. Dr. Rosenau comes as a guest of the Center for Relationship Enrichment and is our Relationships Week speaker.
Lauren Winner (November 4)
Lauren Winner is the author of three books, Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, and Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity. Winner has degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, and holds a Ph.D. in history. The former book editor for Beliefnet, Lauren teaches at Duke Divinity School, and lives in Durham, North Carolina. When she's home, you can usually find her curled up on her couch or screen porch with a good novel. This is Lauren's third visit to JBU.
Preston Jones (November 11)
Preston Jones serves as Assistant Professor of History at JBU. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant?: A Professor And a Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, Naturalism & Christianity. Dr. Jones is married to Annemarie; they have two young children. As a hobby, he runs marathons.
Dayton Castleman (November 18)
Dayton Castleman received a BA in Art from Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi, and an MFA in sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His large-scale work includes a permanent installation at the former Chambers-Wylie Memorial Presbyterian Church across from the Kimmel Center in Center City Philadelphia. This fall Dayton began his tenure as an Assistant Professor of Art at Trinity Christian College near Chicago. Dayton, his wife Karen, and daughter Anna live in Oak Park, Illinois. Dayton is the son of Dr. Robbie and Rev. Breck Castleman.