Amazingly enough, I’ve been invited to speak at Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration, which is what they call their lectureship nowadays. It’ll be good to visit my alma mater and share a few ideas on grace. The topic is “What Really Is a Test of Fellowship?” I’ll be teaching a class on July 5, 2007, which is the first full day of the program. Class is at 9:45 in Room 110 of the Swang Building.
The PowerPoint outline used for the presentation is here: PowerPoint version.
Well, I’m back. Had a good time. Much to my surprise, they put me in a lecture hall that sat maybe 75 and it was nearly full.
Even more to my surprise, the message was well received. I wouldn’t pretend that everyone was convinced, but at least the reception was polite! Some were clearly thrilled that the lesson was taught. Others seemed puzzled by the lesson. I understand. It would have puzzled me not that many years ago.
I regret I didn’t have more time to cover the material and respond to objections. The full argument may be found here. This is a link to my book The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace. It’s still available at a few locations on the internet (cheap!) or for free by clicking on the link.
I was only able to cover the first half of the outline, and not the “hidden” slides. If you are familiar with PowerPoint, you can “unhide” several slides that provide additional support for the arguments made. I had to exclude these from the presentation to leave time for questions.
Question time is always fun. People were curious about my views on baptism. Those may be found here. Others asked about instrumental music. Click on the “Instrumental music” category to the right of this page and you’ll get a pretty full explanation of what I think.
Hopefully they’ll invite me back. Lipscomb has dramatically changed since I graduated in 1978! It’s really quite dramatic, and I wish I’d had more time to explore the new campus.