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Ministers Week Lecturers

The Martin Lecture
Healing in the Bible
with Frederick J. Gaiser
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, Minnesota

While at Luther Seminary Fred Gaiser was not only a leading scholar of Old Testament, but was a member of a core group of faculty that led Doctor of Ministry students in study of biblical preaching. Retiring after 40 years last year, he also served as editor of the school’s journal Word & World. Since then he has been teaching Genesis to undergraduates at Minneapolis’ Augsburg College. He is the author of Healing in the Bible: Theological Insight for Christian Ministry

The Barton Lecture
Reading from Edges:
Biblical Interpretation Latinamente

with Jean-Pierre Ruiz
Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Vincentian Center for Church and Society
St John’s University
Queens, New York

A past-president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, Jean-Pierre Ruiz is particularly interested in the Bible’s prophetic and apocalyptic literature and its contemporary relevance to the situation of immigrants and refugees. An authority on the Apocalypse of John, he was a contributor to the New Oxford Annotated Bible and recently published Readings from the Edges. He is also active in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and serves on the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group for the United States Department of State.  

The Jackson Lectures
Wrestling the Word: Submission and Resistance as Holy Hermeneutical Acts
"Be Strong and Resolute!" Reading Joshua in the Contemporary Church
with Carolyn Sharp
Professor of Hebrew Scriptures
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut 

Carolyn Sharp’s research explores aspects of the composition and theology of Hebrew Scripture texts. In recent articles, she has analyzed the rhetoric of Hosea with reference to the contemporary homiletical aesthetic of Jeremiah Wright and urged the creation of a multivocal Old Testament theology grounded in the notion of diaspora identity. Among her books are Prophecy and Ideology in Jeremiah, Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament Prophets for Today,and Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer. She recently edited Walter Brueggemann’s Disruptive Grace: Reflections on God, Scripture, and the Church, and is completing commentaries on Joshua and Jeremiah 26-52. An Episcopal priest, she serves two parishes in New Haven.

†Rev. Dr. Sharp’s lectures are also made possible in part by the Woman’s Lectureship Endowment.  

Robert Roberts Northwood Church Southlake TX Perkins School of Theology SMU Southern Methodist University Ministers Week 2014The Craven-Wilson Lecture
Being Evangelical in a Pluralistic World
with Robert Roberts
Senior Pastor
NorthWood Church of Southlake

Bob Roberts is the founder and Senior Pastor of NorthWood Church in Southlake, Texas. Through his leadership, NorthWood has planted 130 churches in the United States and provided international development projects including building schools, clinics and hospitals, micro-businesses, water systems and exchange student programs. Rev. Roberts speaks and teaches around the globe on church planting, church growth, church multiplication, community transformation and international development. He is a graduate of Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Seminary. 

Robert Hunt, Perkins School of Theology, SMUThe Fondren Lecture
The Bible and Diversity:
A Missiological Challenge

with Robert Hunt
Professor of Christian Mission and Interreligious Relations
Southern Methodist University 

Robert Hunt is a native of Dallas who has worked in mission throughout the globe. After serving churches in the Central Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church he moved to Kuala Lumpur, teaching at the Malaysia Theological Seminary, and at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Malaya, focusing on Christian missions to and relationship with Muslims in Southeast Asia. He later served as pastor of the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, and as an adjunct professor at Webster University there. Dr. Hunt is presently Director of Global Theological Education and the Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies at Perkins School of Theology.