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Faith Matters Lecture Series
Faith Matters, a free lecture series designed for church leaders and the general public, is slated for Monday nights at Southern Hills Christian Church. Beginning February 15, 2010 and ending on March 8, all presentations will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Southern Hills Christian Church located at 3207 S. Boulevard in Edmond.  

Sponsored by Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, “These presentations are especially intended for lay leaders desiring to engage central issues of contemporary Christian faith and practice,” said Don A. Pittman, dean of the seminary. “PTS faculty will discuss a variety of topics ranging from the interaction of religion and public life in the U.S. to the Book of Revelation.”

Faith Matters begins on February 15 with What is Sacred?: The Religion of the USA. Taught by Gary E. Peluso-Verdend, PTS president and Associate Professor of Practical Theology, this presentation will discuss what scholars term as “civil religion” – a faith in the U.S. itself. Peluso-Verdend will explain the symbols, beliefs, and practices of this faith in the United States of America.

The February 22 presentation features Nancy Claire Pittman, Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. She will speak about the book of Revelation in Three Women and a Little Lamb: Ecclesiology and Christology in the Book of Revelation. Dr. Pittman will examine the interaction in Revelation of the portrayals of the Persecuted Mother, the Whore of Babylon, the Bride of Christ, and Jesus Christ in this mysterious last book of the Bible.

John. L. Thomas, Jr., Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Associate Dean for Contextual Education and Church Relations, will speak on March 1. Voices in the Wilderness: An Historical and Theological Survey of Black Preaching in the United States will explore the historical and theological development of preaching in the Black Church from slavery to the present. Dr. Thomas will offer examples of the various ways Black Preaching has often addressed the social, political, and religious concerns of African-American people.

The last session on March 8 will focus on the book of Ruth – Reading Ruth with New Eyes. Susanna Weslie Southard, Instructor of Hebrew Bible, will guide you through a close reading of Ruth, highlighting the familiar chapter 1 and the provocative chapter 3.

Registration is not required for any program in this special series. For more information please contact Southern Hills Christian Church at 405-341-0766.


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