People who love scholarly lectures are in for a treat, with three coming up within the next few days.

Jason Byassee

Jason Byassee

One speaker, Jason Byassee, will do double duty, speaking at the Festival of Faith at First Central Presbyterian Church and during the 2019 Summit at Abilene Christian University. Hardin-Simmons University also will hold its annual Cornerstone Lecture Series Tuesday through Thursday. The public is invited to all three events. Events are free unless they include a meal.

The annual event is one of the largest of the year on the ACU campus and in Abilene. Several thousand visitors annually take in the classes, lectures or “conversations” as they’re now called, vendor displays, fellowship meals, and entertainment, including a film festival. Theme is “Sorrow, Hope And Joy: Life in the Mountains and Valleys of the Psalms.” Byassee will speak on “Christ Prays the Psalms, They Pray Him Back: In Defense of Christological Reading of the Old Testament.” His talk will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 114 of the Biblical Studies Building. 

A special event during Summit will be the Friends of ACU Library luncheon in ACU’s Brown Library. The luncheon, 12-1:30 p.m., will honor Lynn Anderson, who was preaching minister at Highland Church of Christ 1971-1990. Guest speakers will help celebrate the inauguration of the Lynn Anderson Collection in the Barry and Diane Packer Forum on the third floor of the library. Reservation deadline has passed. Contact Molly Scherer, mas16e@acu.edu or 674-2340 for ticket availability.  For a complete schedule go to www.acusummit.org

Byassee, a religion professor at Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, B.C., will speak on, “Surprised by Jesus Again” Sunday and Monday at First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange St. He will speak at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services on “God in Particular.” Byassee also will speak at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday. A popular tradition of the Festival of Faith is the Monday luncheon, which will feature Byassee “unplugged!” A box lunch will be available for $6. A session for all clergy in the area will follow the  luncheon. Childcare will be available for all sessions.

Byassee holds the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology. He is the author of 13 books. His books and lectures cover a range of topics, such as theology, church history, politics, liturgy, popular culture, and spiritual practices. Cliff Stewart, pastor of First Central Presbyterian, invites all Abilenians to hear Byassee speak.

“We consider this an event meant to enrich the faith community of Abilene and surrounding communities,” Stewart said in a news release.

Eric Hernandez, apologetics lead and millenial specialist for Texas Baptists, will be on the Hardin-Simmons campus Tuesday through Thursday for the annual Cornerstone Lecture Series. In biblical studies, the word “apologetics” refers to the defense of the truth of Christianity. 

According to the Texas Baptists website, texasbaptists.org, Hernandez’ job includes “planning conferences and weekend seminars, training for small groups, helping churches to start apologetic Bible studies and raising leaders in their churches to effective evangelism.”

Overall theme of the lecture series will be apologetics. All lectures will be in Behrens Auditorium. They are free and the public is invited. Hernandez will speak at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a luncheon at noon, which is open to the public, in the Johnson multipurpose building. Ticket deadline has passed, but anyone interested can call 670-1256 for ticket availability. Hernandez will participate in a Q&A session during the luncheon.

On Wednesday, Hernandez will speak at 9:40 a.m., which is 10 minutes later than the regular chapel service time due to class schedules. Hernandez’ last talk will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. 

Hernandez holds an associate’s degree from San Jacinto College, a bachelor’s degree from Next Level Institute and is currently enrolled in a joint master’s and doctorate program at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He is also a licensed minister, a certified formation therapist and has a certificate of apologetics from Biola University.

Photo at top credit “HQ4A2639” by gmacfadyen is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

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