Faculty Value Lecture Topics

October 31, 2012, 9:56 am

Dr. Kevin Timpe (Transformation) Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Christian reflection on the moral life has consistently emphasized the need for inner transformation into Christlikeness. This same focus on the inner nature of the actor is also found in classical virtue ethics. In this talk, I briefly outline classical virtue ethics as found in Plato and Aristotle. I then show how their emphasis on virtue was incorporated and expanded upon in the history of the Church. I conclude by showing how the NNU value of transformation is intricately related to the other three NNU values: our transformation into virtuous and Christlike persons necessitates that we care about truth, community, and service to others. The four NNU virtues are thus inseparable.

Read a transcript of Dr. Timpe’s lecture: Dr. Kevin Timpe Faculty Award Lecture

Dr. Pete Crabb (Truth) Tuesday, February 26, 2013
In Arthur Holmes book The Idea of a Christian College we learn that Christian colleges are distinct from other institutions of higher education because Christian scholars actively integrate not only faith and learning, but also “faith and culture.” In this lecture I present how my Christian faith influences my study and teaching of economics, and how it affects my interaction with our culture. A Christian libertarian economist is a scholar who has not only integrated their faith with learning, but has also explored how faith impacts everyday economic decisions and political choices. Many would see these three positions in conflict, but a Christian can be an economist, an economist can be a libertarian, and a libertarian can be a Christian. The lecture has three parts: a review of the literature on Christian economics, an outline of the three main political philosophies, including libertarianism, which influence economic choices and policies, and the importance of integrating these studies at a Christian university of the liberal arts.

Read a transcript of Dr. Crabb’s lecture: Dr. Peter Crabb Faculty Award Lecture

Dr. Joe Gorman (Service) Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The goal of this lecture is to show that a Christian liberal arts university in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, such as Northwest Nazarene University, is uniquely situated to partner with God in working for the holistic transformation of the world in Christ. Because of NNU’s commitment to a Wesleyan theological vision of the world and its liberal arts orientation, we see the world through the lens of God’s graciousness. Wesleyans take seriously Isaiah’s vision of God filling the temple, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3, TNIV). For us this world is a place of significant activity for time and eternity. Prevenient grace and the incarnation affirm to us as Wesleyans that this world, even in all its brokenness and violence, is to be taken seriously as the venue in which God’s reconciliation of all things in Christ “plays in ten thousand places.” True holistic transformation in Christ will be a multidisciplinary task, requiring the best that a Christian liberal arts university can offer in terms of its entire curriculum.

Read a transcript of Dr. Gorman’s lecture: Dr. Joe Gorman Faculty Award Lecture

Dr. Julie Straight (Community) Thursday, September 26, 2013
Where should Christians focus their attention as they seek to love their neighbors as themselves? Several English and American writers of the last two hundred years have emphasized that we must not neglect our immediate community in favor of far-off concerns; at the same time, other writers have pointed out that we must not let loyalty to our own families or nations blind us to the needs and rights of communities beyond our immediate circle. In this talk, I will first present a literary case for serving our immediate neighbors rather than focusing far away; I will then summarize works pointing out our obligations to more distant neighbors as well. I will conclude by raising questions and making suggestions as to how we might live faithfully today in the tensions between these responsibilities.

Read a transcript of Dr. Straight’s lecture: Dr. Julie Straight Faculty Award Lecture