Recorded messages from our monthly community dinner series
Wait: Thoughts and Practice in Waiting on God
September 4, 2019 • Rebecca Stevenson
Waiting might be the most common experience of human existence, but some waits are worse than others. Some are longer; and for some, the stakes seem frighteningly high. Whatever you’re waiting for, chances are you’re not enjoying the wait itself. The whole idea of waiting, after all, means to endure in the hope that things will get better. Meanwhile, we might glean something from our protracted dissatisfaction, and this work of creative non-fiction explores some possibilities. Initially, I drew from my own family’s very long wait, but soon I was including the experiences of friends as well as stories of waiting in scripture and studies of some art and poetry. The book takes a careful look at different aspects of waiting, offering a perspective that might make your own wait something you are actually grateful for.
A Biblical Perspective on Immigration
May 1, 2019 • Matthew Soerens
Unfortunately, we failed to record audio/video of Matthew Soeren's talk on immigration on Wednesday, May 1st. Instead, we are providing a recording of a similar talk he did for an ESL conference in Illinois in 2018. Immigration is one of the most complex issues facing our community and our nation today. Issues of refugees and immigration are more than just political or economic issues, however: they’re also themes that the Bible speaks to frequently. In this seminar, author Matthew Soerens explores the biblical principles that inform how Christians interact both with their immigrant neighbors and with systemic issues of immigration, addressing common concerns and suggesting practical ways to respond. Matthew Soerens serves as the U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief and as the National Coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical organizations of which World Relief is a founding member. Matthew is the co-author of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (Moody Publishers, 2016) and Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2018). He has also written for various print and online publications, including Christianity Today, The New York Times, USA TODAY, FoxNews.com, Sojourners and The Gospel Coalition. He has been honored for his advocacy on behalf of immigrant communities by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and the White House. Matthew earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College (IL), where he also currently serves as an adjunct faculty member. He also earned a Master’s degree from DePaul University’s School of Public Service. Originally from Neenah, Wisconsin, he now lives in Aurora, Illinois with his wife Diana and their three children.
Loving the Lord with All of Your Mind
How to Think Like a Christian • November 7, 2018 • Duane Litfin
Duane Litfin (DPhil, Oxford University; PhD, Purdue University) is president emeritus of Wheaton College where he served for seventeen years. He previously served as senior pastor of First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and as an associate professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also taught at Purdue University and Indiana University. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including most recently Conceiving the Christian College and Word vs. Deed: Resetting the Scales to a Biblical Balance. He and his wife, Sherri, have three married children (of which one is Rebecca Thomas) and nine grandchildren.
Hospitality: The Gospel Comes with a House Key
October 3, 2018 • Rosaria Butterfield
Rosaria is a tenured professor of English at Syracuse University and well-published author. She spoke at our community dinner on the subject of her latest book: “The Gospel Comes With a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World.”
Adoption/Foster Care: Theology & Practice
February 7, 2018
A discussion around adoption and foster care with a panel of participants including: - Matt Smith (Adoption parent) - Roddy Dinsmore (Adoption parent) - Tracy Trask (Orange County Social Services) - Deborah Cousins (Durham County Social Services) - Dennis and Lisa Baker (Director of the China program for Small World Adoption Agency) - Melissa Love (Durham GAL Supervisor) - "Guardian Ad Litem;" appointed by the court to investigate what solutions would be in the “best interests of a child.") - Megan and Jeff McArthur (Foster Care parents)