Speakers and Topics

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These were the 2018 presenters and topics:

Mark Lanier, Defending Paul

Even with his storied career, practicing law is just a day job for Lanier. His lifelong commitment to Christianity and his undergraduate education in biblical languages have nurtured his passion for developing his faith and sharing it with others. In 2010, he founded the Lanier Theological Library, one of the nation's largest private theological collections, which houses over 70,000 books, biblical artifacts, and museum-quality reproductions of ancient documents.

An ordained minister, Lanier teaches a weekly 750-member Sunday school class at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and also founded the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, a network of principled attorneys who minister to others through civic-minded endeavors. Above all, Lanier possesses the legal expertise and a passion for justice and truth that the headlines can't begin to capture.

Lanier earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and is an ordained minister. He studied biblical languages at Lipscomb University.

Dale Manor, Preaching from Joshua

Dr. Dale W. Manor is Professor of Archaeology and Bible at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Since 2000 he has been the Field Director of the Tel Beth-Shemesh Excavation Project in Israel. In addition, he served on the staff of the Tel Miqne/Ekron and Tel Rehov Projects in Israel. Dr. Manor was the Kress Fellow at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem from 1988 to 1989, and he has read papers at regional and national meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Manor served as an Assistant to the Editor of the Anchor Bible Dictionary in which he has several articles. He is also published in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible and the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible.
Furthermore, he organizes and chairs the annual section on “Hebrew Bible, History and Archaeology” for the meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Manor holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Arizona. In his teaching responsibilities at Harding University his areas of expertise are archaeology, Old Testament, ministry, Syro-Palestinian archaeology, and Hebrew history.

Rubel Shelly, Preaching from James

Rubel Shelly preached for the Family of God at Woodmont Hills in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1978 to 2005. During that time, he also taught at David Lipscomb University, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Tennessee State University. He has filled adjunct positions at Pepperdine University, Abilene Christian University, Emmanuel Seminary, and Kentucky Christian College. He became Visiting Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Rochester College, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in 2005, and began full-time duties there in June of 2006.

He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books, including several which have been translated into languages such as Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, French, and Russian. He has published widely in religious journals.

Shelly has done short-term work in such places as Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Brazil, Honduras, Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

He holds degrees from Harding University (B.A.), Harding Graduate School of Religion (M.A., M.Th.), and Vanderbilt University (M.A., Ph.D.).

Keith Stanglin, Engaging Calvinism

Keith Stanglin teaches Scripture and historical theology at Austin Graduate School of Theology. He received his education at Oklahoma Christian University (B.A.), Harding School of Theology (M.Div.), and Calvin Theological Seminary (Ph.D.).

While doing doctoral work at Calvin, Stanglin came to the conclusion that he should be an educator—whether in a university classroom or a congregational setting—aiding people in trying to better understand the Bible and the Christian faith. It was also there that he developed an interest in the life and writings of the early Protestant figure Jacob Arminius, whom he has continued to research to this day.

Following seven productive years teaching at Harding University, Stanglin joined the Austin Grad faculty as an associate professor in 2012, where he specializes in church history, biblical interpretation, and comparative Christian theology. He has written and edited seven books and many scholarly and popular articles, mostly in the field of historical theology. Along with his course load, writing, and research, he is the coordinator of the MATS Program as well as a Student Advisor. He is also the editor of the journal Christian Studies, and of the faculty blog.

Robert Oglesby, How to Prepare For and Manage Unavoidable Conflict
Robert recently retired as the pulpit minister following a 52-year tenure at Waterview Church of Christ. He currently serves part-time focusing on developing young ministers and training preachers in survival tactics for ministry as well as continuing his leadership of the Oglesby Foundation which provides scholarships to preachers in training.
He has both bachelor and graduate degrees from Abilene Christian University and was awarded an honorary doctorate from York College. Robert has served on the Board of Trustees of Abilene Christian University and serves on the board of The Christian Chronicle.

DeAnn Stuart, Sexuality in Scripture and Science

DeAnn Barta Stuart 
earned her B.A. and M.Hum. from the University of Dallas and her Ph.D. from Baylor University. Over the years, she has received various teaching awards at the middle school, high school, and college levels, including Campus Teacher of the Year on two campuses, District Teacher of the Year, and Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor. Currently, she works as Associate Director of Outreach at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture, where she spends her hours finding and translating good social science research - primarily on marriage, family, and sexuality - into a format friendly to non-specialists. Her most recent project was to translate research on sexuality and gender issues for pastors and church leaders.

Jeff Peterson, Sexuality in Scripture and Science

Jeff Peterson is the Jack C. and Ruth Wright Professor of New Testament at Austin Graduate School of Theology, where he has taught since 1993; he has also taught Biblical Greek and New Testament at Abilene Christian University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Seminary of the Southwest. He grew up in Galena Park (near Houston) and earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees from Abilene Christian University, the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Yale University. In addition to authoring numerous articles and co-editing two collections of scholarly essays, Peterson coauthored the popular book Things That Matter: A Guide to Christian Faith and contributed to a volume on the Lord’s Prayer, Lord, Teach Us to Pray. He has spoken at the Pepperdine University Bible Lectures, the ACU Bible Lectureship, the Ministers’ Sermon Seminar in Austin, and many churches, serving several as an interim pulpit minister. Peterson has three children — Benjamin (29), Laura (26), and Brian (24) — and is a member of the University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin.