LECTURES

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. 

DR. W. STEPHEN GUNTER

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.

GUNTER LECTURES

Advent Lights Up Christmas

Two-Part Series Coming December 1st and 8th

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

The series will be presented in the Chapel of the Cross at 11:00 a.m. 

PART 1 – LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO


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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


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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


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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.

WEEK 1: LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO

WEEK 2: LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO

WEEK 3: LECTURE NOTES / AUDIO


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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


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Harvey!, Irma!, and a Loving God? 

How Do Christians Discuss Faith and Natural Disasters?

Presented October 8 and 15, 2017

Do recent storms and other natural disasters leave you wondering about your faith in God? Are insurance companies right to call these “acts of God”? What does it mean when well-meaning Christians assert “God is in control!”? How can our Creator be a loving God and let all these bad things happen? If these and other related questions are of interest to you, then this pair of lectures may pique your interest.

Part 1: Harvey!, Irma!, and a Loving God? – Audio

Part 2: Harvey!, Irma!, and a Loving God? – 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


LECTURE NOTESAUDIO