Category Archives: Christian Colleges

Hillsdale College’s Darryl G. Hart Named President of Mencken Society

HILLSDALE, Mich., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hillsdale College announced today that Darryl G. Hart, distinguished associate professor of history at Hillsdale College will be installed as president of the Mencken Society and deliver the 2017 Mencken Memorial Lecture at 2 p.m. on September 9, 2017, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Mencken Day 2017 celebration.

Darryl G. Hart, distinguished associate professor of history at Hillsdale College
“It’s an honor to be chosen to take the helm of the Mencken Society and to speak at this year’s Mencken Day activities,” Hart said. “I’m looking forward to the chance to discuss the fascinating character of H. L. Mencken with others interested in the legacy he’s left behind.”
Titled “When America Was Great and Baltimore Knew Better,” Hart’s lecture is the centerpiece of the library’s event which honors the works and legacy of the “Sage of Baltimore,” Henry Louis Mencken. The speech will explore material from Hart’s recently published book, Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken, which explores how Christianity framed Mencken’s skepticism and concerted criticisms of American culture.
As the speaker for the 2017 Mencken Memorial Lecture, Hart joins the ranks of esteemed previous lecturers including author Christopher Hitchens, long-time editor of The American Scholar Joseph Epstein and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley.
Mencken Day 2017 will also feature several exhibits on Mencken, open to the public throughout the day. Other activities will be hosted at the Maryland Historical Society. The society’s France Hall will open its doors for the Mencken Society’s annual meeting, featuring an address by Baltimore lawyer George W. Liebmann, followed by Hart’s lecture. For a full schedule of Mencken Day 2017 events, visit http://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/menckenday.
About Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 3.6 million. More information is available at hillsdale.edu.

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Reformed Theological Seminary Launches Online Journal

ORLANDO, Fla., June 7, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — The inaugural issue of Reformed Faith & Practice: The Journal of Reformed Theological Seminary was launched on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 and can be accessed at journal.rts.edu.

This is a major milestone for the seminary as this year it celebrates its 50th anniversary.  For years RTS has published a popular magazine, Ministry and Leadership.  This is the first time in RTS history that it has produced a theological journal.

The new journal will be published three times a year and distributed electronically without charge. Each issue will contain articles, interviews, book reviews, and occasional tastes of campus community life – excerpts from lectures, chapel presentations, and other seminary conversations that may be on interest to the broader community.  The journal’s editorial board will be made up of the academic deans at the various RTS campuses.

The RF&P will encourage theological reflection with a particular view toward the well-being of evangelical and Reformed churches. The journal will reflect the academic excellence of the RTS faculty, while aiming to help those in pastoral ministry.  It will present articles that are biblical and theological, thus providing ministry resources for leaders of the church. It will also aim to serve the alumni of Reformed Theological Seminary as an on-going source of continuing education.  You may subscribe to receive an email notification of each issue by signing up at www.rts.edu/subscription/publications.aspx.

Reformed Theological Seminary has campuses in Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Jackson, Memphis, New York City, Orlando, Washington, D.C., and Global.  John R. Muether, Dean of Libraries and Professor of Church History at the Orlando campus, is the editor of RF&P. Queries about the journal can be sent to him at editor@journal.rts.edu.

The London School of Theology (LST) Appoints Professor Graham Twelftree

LONDON, Jan. 7, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — The London School of Theology (LST) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Graham Twelftree to the role of Academic Dean.

Dr. Twelftree is currently the Charles L. Holman Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Regent University, Virginia Beach. He brings a wealth of academic and pastoral experience, having previously worked at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, and as a Vineyard Pastor in Australia. He was educated at the universities of Adelaide, Oxford and Nottingham.

Krish Kandiah, President of LST welcomed the appointment:

“This is an exciting and bold appointment for LST. Dr. Twelftree brings further distinguished academic New Testament theological thought and leadership to the largest interdenominational evangelical theological college in Europe. Graham will take up a key position in the leadership of LST, bring new PhD study options for students and add to the dynamic learning environment here in London.”

Dr. Twelftree said:

“LST is one of the world’s great theological institutions with a long and respected reputation. I feel immensely privileged to have the opportunity to be part of this remarkable institution at a time that is both exciting and challenging for theological education. I look forward to continuing research, working with students and joining the leadership team of LST.”

Dr. Jason Clark, LST Alumnus, Senior Pastor of Sutton Vineyard Church, and London Area leader for Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland said:

“So thrilled to hear of the appointment of Graham. I have had the privilege of hearing Graham speak both from his pastoral experience and his academic perspective. He brings an outstanding academic ability into contact with a care and love of the church. It will be exciting to see all that he brings to LST.”

Dr. Twelftree is expecting to begin early in 2016, and will replace LST’s Dr. Marvin Oxenham who will continue to lead LST’s MA in Theological Education which has a world-wide cohort.

In his spare time Dr. Twelftree enjoys classical music, reading and travelling with his wife. He feels called to be more like Jesus in his family, as a student of the New Testament and as a member of the faculty. Dr. Twelftree longs to see students pursue academic integrity, spiritual vitality, and to be able to do the works of Jesus.

Biola University Launches Historic $180 Million Comprehensive Campaign

LA MIRADA, Calif., May 11, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — On Saturday, May 9, Biola University publicly launched the most ambitious fundraising effort in its history, a $180 million comprehensive campaign titled, “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University.”

“This is the largest, most ambitious fundraising campaign in Biola’s history — by a long shot — because our dreams for Biola’s future are big,” said Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “We dream of a more affordable and more globally accessible Biola, a university with the reach and capacity to provide biblically centered education on a scale we have never seen before in our history.”

The historic fundraising effort — the first comprehensive campaign in Biola’s history — seeks to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning.

In total, $152 million has been given or pledged to the campaign to date, including the largest donation in Biola’s 107-year history, a $12 million gift from Alton Lim of Long Beach.

The highest campaign priority is addressing the challenges of college affordability, with $85 million — nearly half of the overall campaign goal — slated for student scholarships. Another $74 million will go to build facilities that inspire learning, the largest of which is the $63 million Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health.

The campaign’s goals also include $13 million to influence the world of ideas, largely through new academic centers, and $8 million to extend Biola’s global reach through international partnerships and the expansion of online programs.

The university announced the public launch of the campaign on May 9 at a black-tie “Conviction and Courage Gala” at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, just a few blocks away from where Biola was founded in 1908. The Ace Hotel is the current home to one of Biola’s original 7-foot red neon “Jesus Saves” signs, shining brightly today as it did in 1935 when it was first installed atop Biola’s north dormitory at Sixth and Hope streets.

Eric Metaxas, author of The New York Times No. 1 bestseller “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” and recently released, “Miracles,” was the keynote speaker for the May 9 event. Metaxas also just launched “The Eric Metaxas Show,” — a new nationally syndicated radio program — on April 20, 2015.

The announcement moves the five-year campaign from its private phase, which began in January 2012, into its public phase, which is projected to conclude at the end of 2016.

“Over and over again, we have felt such confirmation from God that we are pursuing the things that he wants us to pursue,” said Adam Morris, vice president for advancement. “This isn’t just about big gifts. We recognize every donation, no matter the size, as a sacrifice and act of faithfulness to the Lord. Every gift moves us closer to the finish line — and closer to where we believe God is leading us as a biblically grounded, major national university that desires to make a global impact for Christ.”

For more information about The Campaign for Biola University, visit biola.edu/campaign. Read more on Alton Lim’s donation here: now.biola.edu/news/article/2015/may/09/biola-university-receives-historic-12-million-gift.