Summer Sunday Morning Speaker Series

Each Sunday this summer we’ll hear about an important topic that helps us to think faithfully about our current situation. We will take advantage of the virtual platform to bring speakers from across the country. All summer you will be able to join us online. Using Zoom, you may interact with our presenter; using YouTube Live, you may simply watch without interaction.


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As you may know, the City of DC is in the process of issuing revised guidelines for in-person gatherings. We do not know exactly what this means for National Presbyterian Church, and we do not know when any changes to our current limited attendance approach might change. In the event that in-person gathering restrictions are reduced or rescinded, we will seek ways to enable in-person attendance for our speaker series (even though the speakers will remain online).



Speaker Schedule

June 6: Dr. Erica Salkin, "Civil Discourse and Free Expression"

Dr. Erica Salkin, Associate Professor of Communication, Whitworth University
Civil Discourse and Free Expression

In the current moment, it’s easy to believe that civil discourse and free expression are opponents, not allies. To preserve one, some have suggested it is time to restrict the other, in the hopes that regulating what can be said may lead to discussion and debate rather than discord and disunity. And yet, if we truly wish to live into a call to love one another, we must create more space, not less, to both share and receive expression. As the imperfect children of a loving God, we will not always get it right, and that can cause one to hesitate. Freedom of expression carries risk -- Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas once called it a “hazardous freedom” -- and yet it is a risk worth taking.

Dr. Erica Salkin (BA and MA, Journalism & Mass Communication and PhD, Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin – Madison) is an associate professor of communication and Department Chair, Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Her research focuses on freedom of expression in academic settings, and she is the author of several articles and books on student media and student speech rights, including the recent Private Schools and Student Media: Supporting Mission, Students, and Community from Lexington Books. At Whitworth, she teaches courses in media writing, digital media, public relations and free speech as well as advises the student newspaper The Whitworthian. Whitworth University is a Presbyterian-Related Christian University affiliated with the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities.

June 13: James J. Ackerman, "Prison Reform and Race"

James J. Ackerman, President and CEO, Prison Fellowship
Prison Reform and Race

Prison Fellowship’s experience in prisons has brought them face to face with the racism that confronts our neighbors of color, and they have witnessed firsthand the stark racial disparities in the criminal justice system. As the data attest, people of color experience greater rates of arrest, greater use of force under apprehension and while in custody, higher occurrences of prosecution, and harsher sentences. Racial bias and injustice contribute directly to these trends, as do other pervasive upstream issues like instability in housing and family structures, unequal access to quality education, and poverty.

James J. Ackerman formally joined Prison Fellowship in 2016 as President and CEO. He has more than 20 years of experience as a highly effective executive with several media companies. In 2005 he founded Spinnaker Media to develop innovative entertainment and digital media companies. He also previously held roles at British Sky Broadcasting, A&E Television Networks, Hearst Entertainment, International Family Entertainment, and Grey Entertainment & Media.

A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, he has served on the boards of several companies and nonprofit organizations, including Saving Innocence, which provides social services to underage girls rescued from sex trafficking, the International Documentary Association, and Stockholm-based Accedo, a global pioneer in video applications.

Prior to joining Prison Fellowship, Ackerman volunteered in prisons, including as a counselor to a man on death row in California's San Quentin State Prison and as a pre-release instructor in Tennessee's Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. He has spent the past dozen years volunteering with Prison Fellowship, leveraging his business experience to teach prisoners important life skills, such as resume writing, job interviewing, household budgeting and personal planning. He also spent 10 years mentoring prisoners and former prisoners, including a man who, though convicted of murder, went on to start a successful business of his own following his release from prison; They still maintain a close friendship today.


June 20: Rev. John Molina-Moore, "Coming Back from Covid...Spiritually"

Rev. John Molina-Moore, General Presbyter, The National Capital Presbytery
Coming Back from Covid...Spiritually

As we begin the work of discerning what “church” will look and feel like in a post- pandemic world, it is an opportune occasion for a conversation about coming back to “a better normal.”  Data is now showing that most active church members are not excited to return to business as usual and picking up exactly where we left off a year and half ago. Rather, Christians are looking for a different emphasis. We want to discover ways to strengthen our spiritual lives, something many of us have been too “busy” for in the recent past. Together we’ll explore what a spiritual returning to church could look like through the unique lens of what it means to be Presbyterian Christians.

Rev. John Molina-Moore (BA, Sterling College; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary) is General Presbyter of the National Capital Presbytery, the regional organization that facilitates ministry among Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations. At Princeton Seminary he won the “The Gerald R. Johnson Award in Speech Communication in Ministry” award in preaching and communications. He also holds a Certificate in Advanced Executive Leadership for Ministers from Howard University.

Prior to accepting the call to his current position, John served pastorates at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church and Calvary Presbyterian Church, both located in Wilmington, Delaware. Most recently he has served Northminster Presbyterian Church, and Western Presbyterian Church in interim positions. He is an energetic, capable, inclusive and visionary leader.


June 27: Rev. Mark Labberton, "A Way Forward in a Polarized, ‘Post-Pandemic’ World"

Rev. Mark Labberton, PhD., President, Fuller Theological Seminary    
A Way Forward in a Polarized, ‘Post-Pandemic’ World

Description forthcoming

Rev. Mark Labberton (BA, Whitman College; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary; PhD, Cambridge University) was named the fifth president of Fuller Seminary in 2013, after four years as Fuller’s Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and director of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he served in pastoral roles for 30 years prior to coming to Fuller, most recently as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California, for 16 years. He also has served as cofounder of the Christian International Scholarship Foundation (now ScholarLeaders International), chair of John Stott Ministries, senior fellow of International Justice Mission, and in several other roles of service.

Labberton is committed to strengthening the intersection of the academy, church, and culture, and brings to his presidency a deep desire to enact justice, love, and grace on both a global and local level. A popular speaker at churches, conferences, educational institutions, and other contexts, he often uses these talks to reflect on what it means to act biblically in challenging, often divisive cultural times. On his podcast Conversing, he further explores a broad range of topics—civility, race, suffering, gender equality, storytelling, and many others—with a diversity of guests.

Books Labberton has written include Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus TodayThe Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus, and The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice. Most recently he served as editor for the book Still Evangelical? Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning, a collection of essays on the meaning of evangelicalism in a contentious era.

Serving as president during a time of significant upheaval in theological education, Labberton has worked to help Fuller shape new, fruitful ways of carrying out its mission of “forming global leaders for kingdom vocations.” Through such endeavors as the Fuller Leadership Platform, FULLER studio, innovative forms of online instruction, strengthening traditional degree programs, and a campus move, he is leading Fuller in a process that will design the path ahead for seminary education.


July 4: Dr. Alice George, "America’s Best: The Heroic Life of John Glenn"

Dr. Alice George, Historian and Author
America’s Best: The Heroic Life of John Glenn

On February 20, 1962. John Glenn became a national star. That morning at Cape Canaveral, the small-town boy from Ohio took his place atop a rocket and soared into space. He became celebrated in all corners of the world as not just the first American to orbit the Earth, but as the first space traveler to take the human race with him. Refusing to let the dramatic day define his life, he went on to become a four-term U.S. senator—and returned to space at the age of 77. Alice George’s acclaimed biography, The Last American Hero: The Remarkable Life of John Glenn, is a stunning examination of the layers that formed the man, a hero of the Cold War, a fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War, a veteran senator, a devoted husband and father, and much more. At a time when an increasingly cynical world needs heroes, John Glenn's aura burns brightly in American memory. John Glenn was a ruling elder at National Presbyterian Church

Alice George (BA, PhD Temple University) worked for twenty years as a journalist before receiving her PhD in history from Temple University in 2001. Now working as an independent historian in Philadelphia, she is the author of Awaiting Armageddon: How Americans Faced the Cuban Missile Crisis and Old City Philadelphia: The Cradle of American Democracy, both published in 2003. She also is the researcher/historian for Challenge and Change: History of the Jews in America, a three-book series aimed at students who are in the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. She authored Philadelphia: A Pictorial Celebration, published in 2006, and co-authored two volumes in Social History of the United States, released in October 2008. Her book, The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: Political Trauma and American Memory, takes a fresh look at one of the previous century's lingering mysteries. During her career as a journalist, Dr. George worked in a number of positions, including assistant to the managing editors at the Detroit Free Press and deputy managing editor at the Philadelphia Daily News.


July 11: Dr. Diana Glyer, "The Future of Friendship: Relationships After Pandemic and Civil Crisis"

Dr. Diana Glyer, Professor of English, Azusa Pacific University
The Future of Friendship: Relationships After Pandemic and Civil Crisis
Description forthcoming

Diana Pavlac Glyer (BS, English, Fine Arts, Bowling Green State University; MS, Education, Northern Illinois University; PhD, English, University of Illinois at Chicago) Is Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. She is an award-winning writer who has spent more than 40 years combing through archives and studying old manuscripts. She is a leading expert on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Her book The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community changed the way we talk about these writers.  BANDERSNATCH: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings teaches us how to follow in their footsteps. Diana’s scholarship, her teaching, and her work as an artist all circle back to one common theme: Creativity Thrives in Community.

July 18: Rev. Kerri Alexander, Title TBA

Rev. Kerri Alexander, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Inclusion Officer, Xavier University New Orleans
Title forthcoming

Description forthcoming

Kerri Lee Alexander (BS, Arts Administration, Wagner College; MA, Princeton Theological Seminary; PhD, History, Howard University) was recently named Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Inclusion Officer at Xavier University in New Orleans, LA. Previous she served as an Education and Public History Fellow for the National Women’s History Museum, conducting research and developing content for the Museum’s online platform. In addition to creating biographies, exhibits, and articles, Kerri assisted in the creation of public programming focused on the contributions of American women. While a PhD student in the History Department at Howard University, she served as a Teaching Associate and was an inaugural Graduate Student Mentor for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has several years of experience in nonprofit management, community organizing, and women’s history and cultural praxis. At Princeton Seminary she earned certificates in Black Church Studies and Theology and Women and Gender.

July 25: Dr. Lisa Sung, "Race, Racism and Biblical Christianity"

Dr. Lisa Sung, Scholar in Residence, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
Race, Racism and Biblical Christianity

Race and racism have given rise to—and continue to sustain—forms of societal inequality and division that are complex, deeply entrenched, and profoundly harmful.  Theologian Lisa Sung will help clarify the status of human “races”; trace the origins of racism and the establishment of racial inequality in the history of the United States and identify several chief forms that racism and racial inequality take today from a biblical and theological perspective., in light of (1) the biblical vision of humanity and its implications for “races” and ethnic groups; and (2) biblical teaching about the relation of justice, righteousness, mercy, and love to “seeking first God’s kingdom and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) as Jesus’ disciples, suggesting some practical, possible next steps to take, as individuals and in collaboration with others.

Elizabeth (Lisa) Sung (BA, Lebanon Valley College; MA, University of Michigan; MMus, University of Michigan; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is a systematic theologian and a spiritual director. She is Visiting Professor in Theology at Regent College (Vancouver, Canada); Visiting Professor at Northeastern Seminary (Rochester, NY); Visiting Researcher at The University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL); and Theologian-in-Residence at The InterVarsity Institute. In both academic and ministry contexts, she teaches theology to foster the lived reality of personal integrity and flourishing in Christ as the catalyst for missional living, in a framework that explicitly reconnects systematic theology to spiritual formation, moral transformation, and world service.

Her specializations include theological anthropology (especially personhood and identity; and race, ethnicity, and culture) and soteriology (sanctification, spiritual formation, and character development). Currently, she is writing two books: Race, Racism, and Christian Moral Identity; and the theological anthropology volume for the “Foundations of Evangelical Theology” series.

Lisa is the first Protestant scholar to hold the Chester & Mary Paluch Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the largest Catholic seminary in the U.S. Previously she taught for nine years as Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where she received the “Faculty of the Year” award, and pioneered student covenant groups singularly focused on spiritual formation. Her PhD dissertation is titled “‘Race’ and Ethnicity Discourse and the Christian Doctrine of Humanity: A Systematic Sociological and Theological Appraisal.”

Drawing on mentoring experience in vocational ministry, and as a spiritual director, she accompanies persons in discernment, teaches at conferences, and leads group retreats. Previously, she served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a theological consultant and as a campus minister with University of Chicago graduate students and the Michigan State University and Hillsdale College undergraduate chapters. She also served as the first Director of Contemporary Worship at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL.

Christianity Today magazine profiled her in Ten New or Lesser Known Female Theologians Worth Knowing. The Global Church Project named her among 18 Asian Female Theologians You Should Know About.Women in the Academy and Professions featured her in an interview: A Call to Unity in Christ: An Interview with Lisa Sung.


August 1: Rev. Brian Blount, Title TBA

Rev. Brian Blount, PhD., President, Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Title forthcoming

Description forthcoming

Brian K. Blount (BA, College of William and Mary, MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, PhD, Emory University) is the president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA, and Charlotte, NC. He was called to this position in 2007, after serving for 15 years as the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary. After graduating from Princeton Seminary with his MDiv, Brian became the pastor of the Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News, VA, from 1982-1988. He was William and Mary’s first African-American to receive membership in the Alpha Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He received his PhD in New Testament Studies from Emory University in 1992 and returned to teach at Princeton Seminary the same year. His primary work has been in the Gospel of Mark, the Book of Revelation and in the area of cultural studies and hermeneutics. He is the author of six books, his most recent being, Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection, which is based on his 2011 Beecher Lectures at Yale University. In 2010, his commentary on The Book of Revelation was voted the 2009 top reference work by the Academy of Parish Clergy. In addition, Brian has edited or co-authored numerous other volumes, including The Discipleship Study Bible. He is an associate editor of the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible and the General Editor for True To Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary. He preaches and leads adult education classes in local congregations.

Brian was with us last summer, speaking on the topic, “Protestantism, The Reformed Faith, Slavery, and Race.” He was also our preacher in worship that day.


August 8: Dr. Tremper Longman, "The Book of Job, Suffering and the Pandemic"

Dr. Tremper Longman Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, Westmont College
The Book of Job, Suffering and the Pandemic

In the past several months we have experienced a global pandemic, bitter partisan politics, insurrectionary violence, economic insecurity for many as well as our own personal struggles. What does the book of Job teach us about suffering and how to live in the presence of God in the midst of pain? A close look at the structure of the book of Job will reveal that while we don't get a definitive answer to why we suffer, we learn a lot about how faithful people should respond to suffering.

Tremper Longman (BA, Ohio Wesleyan; MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary; MPhil, PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies emeritus at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA. Prior to joining Westmont in 1998, he at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology as well as Ambrose University Seminary (Calgary). He has written over thirty books, including several biblical commentaries, as well as Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins with physicist Richard F. Carlson. He is an editor and contributor to the Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science. With John Walton he wrote, The Lost World of the Flood.

Tremper was with us last summer, speaking on the topic of a recent book, The Bible and the Ballot. Prior to that in October 2019 he was one of the speakers for our conference with the Biologos Foundation, dealing with the question “can you trust the Bible in a scientific age?” There is a video recording of that conference, including Dr. Longman’s perspective on the relationship between creation and evolution.

He has recently completed a commentary on The Book of Revelation.


August 15: Jenn Peterson, "Fighting Human Trafficking in a Pandemic World"

Jenn Peterson, Director of Church Mobilization for the Northeast, International Justice Mission
Fighting Human Trafficking in a Pandemic World

International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects people in poverty from violence, partnering with local authorities in 24 program offices in 14 countries to combat trafficking and slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power. They are a mission partner of National Presbyterian Church, and our special area of focus and designated funding is their work in the Dominican Republic. The difficulty and urgency of their work has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. We will learn more about their work, especially this past year, in this session.

Jenn Petersen (BA, Music, University of Northern Iowa; MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary) serves as Director of Church Mobilization in the Northeast for International Justice Mission, coming alongside churches as they seek to partner with God’s heart for biblical justice and join Him in the renewal of all things. Jenn has over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, serving in the areas of preaching and teaching, worship, missions, children’s ministry, and church planting. Jenn has led mission teams around the world and helped to launch an immigration center at Sent Church in the Dallas area. In 2015, Jenn and her family moved from Texas to New York City to plant and pastor Resurrection Life NYC. She is married to Branden and they have two children.


August 22: Rev. Patricia Hailes Fears and Ms. Kimberly Mazcyck “Now What? Responding to the Immediate Needs and Long-term Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Rev. Patricia Hailes Fears and Ms. Kimberly Mazcyck
“Now What? Responding to the immediate needs and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”        

As more people get vaccinated, many are looking forward to resuming a semblance of normal life again. However, the consequences of COVID will remain with us for some time, and for some more than others. The pandemic and the economic fallout exposed many structural issues within our society, with the health and economic toll falling especially heavy on low-income individuals and communities of color. Hear how we as Christians can effectively respond to the immediate and longer-term needs in our city brought on by COVID.

Rev. Patricia Hailes Fears (BA, English, Spelman College; MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary) serves as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Washington, DC., with a passion to serve the church and community. She has a background of community engagement, serving on numerous boards and committees, and speaking on issues of social justice. Patti is married to Ernest and they have three sons. 

Kimberly Mazcyck (BS, International Relations and Affairs, Georgetown University) is the senior manager of engagement and educational outreach at Catholic Charities USA, where she develops educational resources and advocates for justice. Kim previously served as the relationship manager for national partnerships at Catholic Relief Services. She has over 20 years of experience in community outreach and domestic and international advocacy. An advocate for justice in social structures, Kim addresses issues of hunger, poverty, homelessness, racial justice, and racial reconciliation, and invites those who have been left out to know and experience the abundant love of God.


August 29: Rev. Cheryl Sanders, Title TBA

Rev. Cheryl Sanders, PhD., Professor of Christian Ethics, Howard University Divinity School; Pastor, Third Street Church of God, Washington, DC
Title Forthcoming

Description forthcoming

Rev. Dr. Cheryl Sanders (Sidwell Friends School, BA Swarthmore College, MDiv, ThD, Howard University School of Divinity) is Professor of Christian Ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity, a position she has held since 1984. Since 1997 she has also been the Pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, DC.

Cheryl has ministered nationally and internationally for more than 30 years as a preacher for church services, camp meetings, conventions, conferences and revivals.

At the School of Divinity Cheryl teaches courses in Christian ethics, pastoral ethics and African American spirituality. Cheryl has held visiting professorships at Harvard Divinity School and High Point University, and taught as an exchange professor at Wesley Theological Seminary and the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg. She is an author of more than 100 articles and several books.

In 2002, she was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree by Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and in 2007 Anderson University also awarded her the same honorary degree.


Winter-Spring 2021 Adult Sunday School

This winter and spring four classes will meet online via the Zoom platform, beginning at 9:30 am and ending between 10:30 and 10:45 am, in time for livestream worship from our Sanctuary at 11:00 am.

Reading the Bible Without Privilege

Nancy Fox, Parish Associate, teacher


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Our culture and background are very different from those who wrote and first read our biblical texts, so we have to work to read and apply Scripture responsibly. In addition, we are part of a diverse and global body of Christ with whom we are called to embody our faith as a single family. How might we hear our biblical story and respond in fresh and more faithful ways by looking at it through the less privileged, less individualistic, non-Western perspectives of African American, Palestinian or lower-income brothers and sisters? Those who are closer to the experiences of the Hebrew slaves who groaned under slavery or the early converts who faced life-threatening persecution and those who have to literally trust God for their daily bread can open our eyes to new depths of understanding. Through our reading and Bible study, we will explore and discuss how these other perspectives may call us to deeper faithfulness in our current context of racial disparity, economic suffering, and global strife.


Our primary text will be Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope (InterVarsity Press, 2020), by Esau McCaulley, Asst. Prof. of New Testament at Wheaton College; those joining the class should purchase this (click on this link to buy online). We will also look at excerpts of Yohanna Katanacho’s Reading the Gospel of John Through Palestinian Eyes, along with other sources (not necessary to purchase).

Following Jesus Together with the First Christians

Quinn Fox, Associate Pastor for Discipleship, teacher


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Following an examination of the Scripture passage on which the Sunday sermon is based, we will discuss its importance for our individual lives and the life of the church in our call to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ together in God’s world. This year’s sermon series features the story of the first Christians and their leadership of the church in the initial decades following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. This winter we will study the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, the most important of his New Testament epistles.

Paul’s First Letter to the Church in Corinth (I Corinthians)

Currie Renwick, NPC Member, Teacher


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The church in the first century city of Corinth was active and energetic, just like the city itself!   Founded by the Apostle Paul in A.D. 50, this church was filled with powerful personalities with questionable practices to whom Paul wrote a forceful letter.  In this class, we will explore that letter, otherwise known as First Corinthians, to hear the message of Jesus that Paul shared with these lively and Spirit-filled Christians. In the process, we also will learn God’s message for us in our own active and energetic world.


We will be using N.T. Wright’s For Everyone Bible Study Guide 1 Corinthians as our guide.  It is available for purchase by clicking this link.


The 20th Century Church: A Global Faith in a Fragmented Age

R.V. Seep, NPC Member, teacher


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What a century! Colossal struggles between ideologies. A Cold War and an arms race that left humankind living under the shadow of nuclear annihilation. The launch of movements of international terrorism that transcended national borders or identities. The earth's population increased by four times during the course of the century, with its people increasingly fragmented by race, ethnicity, class, and creed. Scholars spoke of the clash of civilizations.


The Christian faith exploded in areas around the world far removed from its traditional centers even while decline and stagnation descended on those traditional centers. Christians were forced to suffer, to think, and to unite in new ways. Protestant denominations sought to find their feet in the shifting cultural sands. Roman Catholics struggled to update their Church. A “new” Christianity in the Global South seemed destined to remake the faith and to inflame Muslim voices, hearkening both danger and opportunity.


Come join us for the eighth and concluding course in our series on Church History: After the Apostles. This series is born of the deep conviction that history matters, that it is, and must ever continue to be, next to God's Word and Spirit, the richest foundation of wisdom and surest guide to successful practical activity. We, like our predecessors in prior eras, are solemnly called to follow the Lord Jesus in such an age as ours:


            The church of Christ in every age, beset by change, but Spirit led,

            Must claim and test its heritage, and keep on rising from the dead.

            Then let the servant church arise, a caring church that longs to be

            A partner in Christ’s sacrifice, and clothed with Christ’s humility

January Speaker Series


January 2021 Sunday Morning Speaker Series



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Speaker Schedule

Jan 3: Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, “Amazing Universe! What’s in the Stars for the Years Ahead”

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Modern telescopes and space probes are revealing an awe-inspiring universe of beauty, activity, mystery, and inspiration. This presentation will show how current and upcoming telescopes and probes are gearing up for a decade of incredible new discovery that can expand our sense of wonder, praise, and gratitude.


Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astrophysicist and speaker who studies star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, infrared, and optical telescopes.  She also directs the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  

Jan 10: Mark Denison, “COVID-19: What we didn’t know, have learned, and still need to know – and what does faith have to do with it?”

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2020 will be known as the year of the coronavirus. But for Dr. Mark Denison, coronaviruses have been his focus for more than 30 years. Dr. Denison was the first to discover the virus’ ability to “proofread” itself for mutations, a groundbreaking revelation for the field and his driving force to research antiviral treatments that could defeat it. His presentation will provide some essential background on the nature of coronaviruses as a basis for understanding how they develop and evolve, the origin of COVID-19, and an explanation on how mRNA vaccines—such as those by Pfizer and Moderna—work. There will be ample time for questions from those attending.  ​


Dr. Mark Denison is a world-renowned researcher of coronaviruses at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Denison Lab at Vanderbilt also conducted trials on the drug Remdesivir. He is a professor of pediatrics, and director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease, as well as a Presbyterian elder and member of Second Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN.

Jan 17: Ross Douthat, “Decadence or Revolution? America After Trump and the Pandemic”

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The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western world was in crisis. The frenzy of social media frenzy and reality television politics is only the surface. There is a deeper reality: one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. In his recent book, The Decadent Society Douthat explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think.


Ross Douthat is a columnist for the New York Times op-ed page. He is the author of To Change the ChurchBad Religion, and Privilege, and coauthor of Grand New Party. Before joining the New York Times, he was a senior editor for the Atlantic. He is the film critic for National Review, and he cohosts the New York Times’s weekly op-ed podcast, The Argument. He lives in New Haven with his wife and three children.

Jan 24: Margaret Kibben, “There is a Chaplain in the House!”

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Rev. Dr. Margaret Kibben is the new Chaplain to the House of Representatives. She is a dynamic spiritual leader and strategic-level consultant with more than thirty years of experience in enhancing the resiliency and well-being of the organizations she serves. Prior to this new position, Margaret served as Lecturer in the School of Engineering at The Catholic University of America.


As Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Navy, she served as a trusted advisor to senior military officers on leadership development, providing a unique, pragmatic perspective in how personal and professional value systems translate both within their command and throughout the world. She holds a deep belief that the integrity of each leader affects the health, welfare, and capability an organization and guides executives on instilling a culture in their organizations that supports enterprise goals.

Jan 31: Anne Zaki, “The Forgotten Church: The Cradle of our Faith”

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While the Middle East is often on the world’s mind, the Middle Eastern Church is not. Yet there has been a faithful community that has had an uninterrupted presence in Egypt since Pentecost.


Anne Emile Zaki is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary, Cairo Egypt. She is a graduate of Calvin College (BA, Psychology and Sociology), Calvin Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the American University in Cairo (MA, Sociology and Anthropology). She is currently a Ph.D. student in practical theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.




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Following Jesus
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Our preaching and teaching follows Jesus' life as told in the Gospel of Luke.