The speaker for this year’s Faith and Learning Luncheon will be John W. Wright. Dr. Wright received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently professor of Theology and Christian Scripture at Point Loma Nazarene University and a pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Mic-City, San Diego, California. He also serves the Society of Biblical Literature as the Co-chair for the “Literature and History of the Persian Period Group.”
Dr. Wright's most resent book is Telling God’s Story (InterVarsity Press, 2007). This book examines the tendency within American homiletics to emphasize “personal salvation” and the “mission of the nation-state.” He proposes that perhaps God’s complete narrative has been usurped by this type of emphasis, and he presents a preaching model that immerses the congregation in Biblical texts so that they can become the living embodiment of the Gospel in the world. Dr. Wright is also the co-editor (with Michael L. Budde) of Conflicting Allegiances: The Church-Based University in a Liberal Democratic Society (Brazos Press, 2004).
Previous speakers for the Faith & Learning Luncheon include John Wilson of Books and Culture, Arthur F. Holmes of Wheaton College, and Mark R. Schwehn of Valparaiso University.
The luncheon is open to all IWU faculty, staff, and students. Both the lecture and lunch are complimentary. Because seating is limited, however, attendance at the luncheon requires a reservation. In order to reserve a seat at the luncheon, please contact the Honors College Office no later than Friday, March 28, 2008 by e-mailing email@example.com.