Throughout the year, various lectures and lecture series are offered at Servant.  Upcoming lectures are publicized on the Events page.  Details about the speakers and the audio presentations (if available) can be found below. 


Professor Stephen Gunter returned to ministry at Church of the Servant in September, 2017, as “Theologian in Residence” after more than 2 decades at Emory University and Duke Divinity School – where he served as Research Professor and Associate Dean for Methodist Studies. He has lectured and preached in more than 25 world areas, while remaining active in his annual conference as an ordained Methodist clergy. His most recent book, Arminius and His ‘Declaration of Sentiments’ (Baylor University Press) was translated into Portuguese. Check him out on Google under W. Stephen Gunter.

In his role as “Theologian in Residence”, Dr. Gunter will be presenting a number of lectures on various topics of interest to the congregation. Audio podcasts of these lectures are available at the links below.


BILLY GRAHAM:  An American Saint?

On February 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in Chapel of the Cross, Dr. Stephen Gunter (Theologian in Residence at Church of the Servant) will present: “Billy Graham: An American Saint?” The story of Billy Graham will be told in pictures and words, reflecting on the ministry of the evangelist who preached the Gospel to more people than any other man in history. No registration required. Invite your Sunday school class to join us!



Advent Lights Up Christmas

Two-Part Series Presented December 1st and 8th, 2019

Dr. Gunter explored how Advent can LIGHT UP YOUR CHRISTMAS for you in 2019.




We Are an Easter People

Presented April 7 and May 5, 2019

PART 1 – The Historical Jesus & Discerning Resurrection Truth. LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO

PART 2 – Living into Resurrection Truth:  Seeing and Recognizing Jesus Christ, The Risen Lord. LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO


Why Methodist? Why Servant?

Presented January 20, 27 and February 3, 2018

Dr. Stephen Gunter  describes his faith journey into Methodism (which started in 1992) up to his ministry at Church of the Servant.

PART 1 – Scripture: Can a Methodist be a Fundamentalist on the Bible? LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO

PART 2 – Tradition: Is Traditional a bad word? LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO

PART 3 – Experience: Does my experience trump your experience? LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO


Advent 2018! Are you ready for the arrival of Jesus?

Presented November 4, 11, and 18, 2018

Daily events and headlines increasingly numb our hearts and minds to the vertical dimension of what it means to be human. God has come to us “in the flesh” and Jesus is a reminder of what it means to be fully human. Our three-week journey into the significance of Advent will open us afresh to the Christian Truth that God was in Christ for us and for our salvation.





A LENTEN DUET:  Soul Mending in a Torn World

Presented February 18 & March 4, 2018

We live in a fractured society in which a sense of well-being is difficult to come by. Our spirits are worn and our souls are torn. Pious platitudes do not get it any more – if they ever did!, and there are reasons why. We have been conditioned to speak about “having a soul,” but our Jewish and Christian traditions are built on the premise that we ARE A SOUL. It is a fallacy to assume that body, soul, mind, and spirit are separate entities essentially unrelated to one another. Medical practitioners and counselors are catching up to the foundational biblical premise: “God breathed into us the breath of life, and we became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). The Apostle Paul admonishes us to not let the world squeeze us into its mold, but to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Rom. 12:12). How are mind and soul connected? Is it a selfish escapism to desire a deep sense of peace when our society is in such turmoil? How can we mend our souls? Can our own soul mending help heal our fracturing society? Would you be interested in exploring some answers to these and similar questions?

PART 1: Our World Seems to be Coming Apart – LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO

PART 2: A Faith That Can Heal and Mend – LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO

Dr. Michael G. Strauss

Dr. Strauss, an experimental particle physicist, has been a professor at the University of Oklahoma in Norman since 1995. According to Dr. Strauss, “I have a passion for the integration of science, reason, and faith. My conclusions about these subjects have been developed over many years of study and of living a life as a Christian and a scientist. I ultimately believe that the Christian faith is a rational belief based on evidence and that there is no conflict between scientific discoveries and biblical Christianity. I believe the creator of the universe is the God of the Bible.”

LECTURE: "Seeing God in the Universe from the Biggest to the Smallest"

Presented May 12, 2019