“On Creches, Crosses, and Commandments: The Challenges of Religious Symbols on Public Property”

December 9, 2011:  John Witte

Religious symbolism cases are serious business. It’s easy to be cynical about these cases — treating them as much ado about nothing, or as expensive hobbyhorses for cultural killjoys or public interest litigants to ride. But that view underestimates the extraordinary luxury we now enjoy in the West to be able to fight our cultural contests over religious symbols in our courts and academies, rather than on our streets and battlefields.

“I Beg to Differ: Speaking Truth and Love in Difficult Situations”

October 28, 2011:  Tim Muehlhoff

Have you ever started a conversation that ended badly?  Heading in, you hoped for the best, but feared the worst, only to have the worst happen.  In the wake of the conversation, you are left with nagging questions: How can I remain faithful to my convictions but communicate in a way that produces dialogue, not uncivil debate?  How can I balance truth and love when discussing difficult issues with people who disagree with me?  This lecture will discuss communication strategies for effective and God-honoring communication.

“Arab Spring or Christian Fall?”

September 16, 2011: Robert Reilly

The struggle within Islam over the status of reason and its relationship to revelation in the Quran and the knowledge of good and evil is one of the greatest intellectual dramas in history. The outcome of the struggle definitively shaped the future of Sunni Islam to this day. Without knowing of this conflict and its specific terms, one cannot understand what is and what is not taking place in the Middle East today, to include the prospects for the Arab Spring.

“Reasonable Religious Ideas that Sound Ridiculous in Modern Secular Settings”

July 8, 2011: Craig Hazen

This lecture will show how traditional “religious” ideas, such as the soul, miracles, life after death, and objective morality, are eminently reasonable, but sound so strange among the intellectual elite in our secular institutions. It will also show how traditional Judeo-Christian ideas have gained a foothold in key arenas of thought and how these ideas provide hope for our culture at large.

“Faith and the Law in the War Zones of Burma”

July 6, 2011:  David Eubank

Few people realize that Burma has the largest army of child soldiers in the world, that prisoners serve as human mine sweepers or that rape is used as a weapon of terror. Little is known about their sufferings, but the people of Burma are not forgotten. There is a living, loving and powerful God who is greater than these circumstances, and while the story of Burma is one of horrific and unimaginable atrocities, it is also one of hope in a God who saves.

“A Good God in a Lousy World”

June 24, 2011: Holly Burkhalter

We often wonder how God could exist in such a lousy world, but the reality is God knows the world is lousy — in fact he hates it — and wants us to do something about it.  Our faith calls and propels us to give a voice to those who aren’t always heard, whether through an organization like International Justice Mission or through public service.

“Rebuilding the Ramparts of Marriage”

May 6, 2011: Chuck Stetson

This lecture will discuss the importance of marriage for our society and show why, unless we strengthen marriage, there will be both economic and social consequences.  Although Congress has now hired an attorney to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, there is an urgent need to rebuild the ramparts of marriage and address the myths and misconceptions held by Americans.

“Not the Talk about Africa You’re Expecting”

April 15, 2011: John Walter

When you hear that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the world’s largest failed nation state, you know what’s coming next. If it was your society that was broken, what help would you ask for? We asked churches and NGOs in Congo what was missing and were surprised at the answer.  The result is the American Bible Society’s “She’s my Sister” initiative. Come hear what we’ve learned about Africa and how we’re responding.

Read a transcript of John Walter’s lecture.

“God and Evolution: Why Does It Matter?”

April 8, 2011:  John West

Why does Darwinian evolution continue to provoke so much conflict for people of faith? Is Francis Collins right that Christians need to make their peace with Darwin? And what are the broader implications for science and public policy of the Darwin debate? Come hear Discovery Institute’s Dr. John West will explore these questions and more.

“DOMA: Why the House Should Intervene to Protect Marriage, Democracy, and The Constitution”

March 4, 2011:  Maggie Gallagher

President Obama just announced that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is “legally indefensible.” He also unilaterally declared sexual orientation a protected class under our Constitution.  Maggie Gallagher, Chairman and Founder of the National Organization for Marriage will explain why a House vote to intervene to uphold DOMA is critical to the defense of marriage, and of democracy, and the Constitution.

“A Theology of Moral Preference: Why Some (Policy) Matters Are More Important Than Others”

February 25, 2011:  Rob Schwarzwalder

Christians are confronted by many issues of great moral urgency.  From abortion and human trafficking to environmental concerns and tax policy, believers in Jesus who also want to be conscientious citizens often are left wondering where they should expend their time and focus their energies.  Does God’s Word give a sense of moral priority?  Are some issues more important than others?  In his comments, Rob Schwarzwalder will discuss a theology a moral precedence, an interpretive grid through which serious Christians can evaluate what policy issues carry greater significance and urgency than others.

“God and the Bomb in the Post-9/11 World”

January 28, 2011:  Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

Nuclear weapons issues are hot again, from the New START agreement to the Nuclear Security Summit to breakout threats like Iran and North Korea. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson will explore the vital connection between Christian theology and worldview, especially the Just War tradition, and contemporary nuclear dangers.