Join us for the fourth annual Ralph D. Winter Lectureship on April 25th and 26th in Pasadena, California.
Gregory A. "Greg" Boyd is a theologian, pastor, and author. He is Senior Pastor of the Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood, MN and adjunct Professor of Theology at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN). Boyd has authored or co-authored 18 books, including The Jesus Legend, Letters from a Skeptic and God at War. Boyd is President of Reknew.org and noted for his writings on the relationship between Christianity and politics, including his best-selling book The Myth of a Christian Nation, which led to the New York Times publishing a front-page article on Boyd. In 2010, Boyd was listed as one of the twenty most influential Christian scholars alive today.1
Theme: Is God to Blame?: Moving Beyond Simple Answers to the Problem of Evil
God gets blamed for a lot of the evil in the world. To paraphrase Dr. Ralph Winter, in regard to disease, suffering, violence in nature, etc., we have become so used to these things that we have drifted into supposing that this is the way God created things. And, a God who created violence, cruelty and suffering, is not so appealing to the people we’re trying to win to Christ, his son. This dilemma explains the rationale for this year’s lectureship. Our aim: confirming and restoring the truth and fullness of God’s reputation.
The perspective we will explore in regard to this aim is the warfare worldview. In Greg Boyd’s words, “the warfare worldview is the conviction that the good and evil, fortunate or unfortunate, aspects of life are to be interpreted largely as a result of good and evil, friendly or hostile spirits warring against each other and against us.”2
Attendees will walk away having grappled with how the warfare worldview affects their lives, their picture of God, their prayers and their ministry.
Panel Discussion Participants
- Bob Blincoe, U.S. Director of Frontiers
- Brad Cole, Neurologist and Assistant Professor Basic Sciences Division of Anatomy, Loma Linda University
- Richard Gunasekera, Distinguished Professor & Director Biological Sciences, Graduate Studies & Laboratories, University of Houston System in Sugar Land, University of Houston-Victoria
- Stan Guthrie, editor at large for Christianity Today magazine
- Charles Kraft, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Intercultural Communication, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
- Brian Lowther, Director, Roberta Winter Institute
- Dennis Okholm, Professor of Theology, Department of Theology and Philosophy, Azusa Pacific University
- Gerald Winslow, Professor of Christian Ethics, VP for Spiritual Life, Loma Linda University
- Allen Yeh, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and Missiology, Biola University
- 6:30pm - Registration & Exhibitors
- 7:00pm - Welcome & Introduction
- 7:05pm - Greg Boyd shares his pilgrimage, an amazing life story not to be missed
- 9:10am - Welcome & Introduction
- 9:15am - Lecture #1
- 10:15am - Break & Exhibitors
- 10:30am - Panel Discussion
- 11:15am - Q&A
- 12:00pm - Lunch in cafeteria or off campus
- 2:00pm - Lecture #2
- 3:15pm - Break & Exhibitors
- 3:30pm - Panel Discussion
- 4:30pm - Q&A
- 5:30pm Dinner in cafeteria or off campus
- 7:00pm - Lecture #3
- 8:00pm - Panel Discussion
- 8:45pm - Q&A
- 9:15pm - Close and Call to Action
Roberta Winter Institute
- Within Christianity, current thinking blames God for much of the disease and evil in our world. Who will rectify this?
- Within Christianity, current efforts do very little to address the roots of disease. Who will inspire new action?
The vision of the Roberta Winter Institute is to help rectify problem number one and inspire faith-based initiatives to address problem number two. Toward this vision, we publish resources, sponsor gatherings and pursue relationships that will help a large, general audience connect with our mission and make it their own.