THE NEXT EVANGELICALISM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH
SOONG CHAN RAH is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, a multi-ethnic church living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. He has previously served on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners and the Christian Community Development Association.
He has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching. Soong-Chan has been a main stage speaker at the Urbana Student Missions Conference, the Congress on Urban Ministry, the Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, the CCDA National Conference, the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary National Preaching Conference, the Fuller Missiology Conference, the Justice Conference, and Verge, Catalyst, and Calvin Worship Conferences.
Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Robert Munger Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of The Next Evangelicalism; Many Colors, Prophetic Lament, ; co-author of Forgive Us, Return to Justice, and Unsettling Truths.
Soong-Chan received his B.A. from Columbia University; his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th.M. from Harvard University; his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Duke University.
A BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF RACIAL UNITY
MONDAY, MARCH 8TH
BRYAN LORITTS is the privileged husband of Korie, and the graced father of three sons--Quentin, Myles, and Jaden. He serves as a teaching pastor at The Summit Church in North Carolina. He is the award-winning author of seven books including Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves us From Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love, which was given the Christianity Today Award of Merit, and his latest release, The Dad Difference.
Dr. Loritts co-founded Fellowship Memphis in 2003, and later founded The Kainos Movement, an organization committed to seeing the multiethnic church become the new normal in our world, where he serves as president. In addition to his responsibilities as a pastor, Dr. Loritts travels extensively throughout the world preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ at conferences and events, as well as serving on the board of trustees for Biola University and Pine Cove Christian Camps.
HOW TO HANDLE CONTENTIOUS CONVERSATIONS
SATURDAY, MARCH 6TH
DARRELL L. BOCK is Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, as well as Executive Director of Cultural Engagement for the Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership there. Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books (including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus) and has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction.
He works in cultural engagement as a host of the seminary’s “The Table” podcast. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001 and was a consulting editor for Christianity Today for several years. His articles appear in leading publications and he is often an expert for the media on New Testament issues.
He currently serves on the boards of Wheaton College, Chosen People Ministries, Christians in Public Service (CIPS) and the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE). He is also an elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas.
GOD & RACE IN POLITICS
MONDAY, MARCH 15TH
MARK A NOLL is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. With teaching and research focused on the history of Christianity in North America, his recent books include God and Race in American Politics: A Short History (Princeton University Press, 2008), The Civil War as a Theological Crisis (North Carolina University Press, 2006), and In the Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783 (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Articles on related subjects have appeared recently in The Oxford History of the Bible in America, The Journal of the Civil War Era, American Political Thought, and U.S. Catholic Historian. Noll and his wife Maggie, a librarian, are the parents of three grown children and grandparents of seven; they are members of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Warrenville, IL.
RACIAL SOLIDARITY AND MUTUALITY
FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH
SANDRA VAN OPSTAL is a second-generation Latina and the Executive Director of Chasing Justice. She is a New York Times bestselling author, pastor, and activist reimagining the intersection of faith and justice. Her work centers chasing justice under the mentorship of the global church, for the mobilizing of the next generation of leaders.
Sandra has given leadership in global movements such as Lausanne, The Justice Conference, and Urbana Missions Conference. She has also had a strong domestic presence as an executive pastor at Grace and Peace Church and as an activist on the west-side of Chicago. Sandra serves as a board member for CCDA. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently pursuing doctoral work in Urban Leadership and Transformation. Her most recent books include The Next Worship and A Rhythm of Prayer.
Twitter: @sandravanopstal | Instagram: @sandravanopstal | Facebook: sandramariavanopstal | Org Website: chasingjustice.com
THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY: THEN AND NOW
FRIDAY, MARCH 19TH
MARK CHARLES is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he teaches with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation.
He is one of the leading authorities on the 15th-century’s Doctrine of Discovery and its influence on US history and its intersection with modern-day society. Mark co-authored, along with Soong-Chan Rah, the new book entitled “Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery ” (IVP, 2019).
Mark ran as an independent candidate for the US Presidency in the 2020 election.