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The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
Sarah Unruh ’12

1980s

1989 (Feb. 26-27)
The Bible in Congregation and College:
The Bible as Canon: God's Word and the Community's Book, Patricia Shelly
Anabaptists and the Bible: From Sola Scriptura to Solus Christus, Dale Schrag
The Daniel Explosion of 1916: Bethel's First Bible Crisis, James C. Juhnke
Biblical Authority: The Contemporary Theological Debate, Duane Friesen

1988 (Feb. 21-23): William Klassen, University of Toronto
Living in End Times: The Revelation of John:
Meeting the All-Powerful One - A Renewal of Perspective (Revelation 4)
The Lamb That Was Slain - An Invitation to Powerlessness (Revelation 5)
When Things Go Frightfully Wrong: The Vengeance of the Lamb - The Perspective of Justice (Revelation 6)
The Victory of Those Who Follow the Lamb (Revelation 12:10-12)
The Last War and the Purpose of History (Revelation 19:11-16; 21:1-8)

1987 (Feb. 22-24): LeRoy Friesen, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries
Harbingers: Contemporary Images of Resurrection:
Death/Resurrection: The Gestation of a Worldview
My Son! My Son! A Struggle for Easter at Home
Central America: The Stigmata of God
Vincent van Gogh: Starry Night through the Bars
The Church: Harbinger of God's Mended Creation?

1986 (Feb. 23-25): Denns MacDonald, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado)
The Early Church and the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles:
The Forgotten Novels of the Early Church
The Pastoral Epistles against Old Wives' Tales
St. Andrew and the Ant People
Andrew, the New Odysseus
The Apostles as Folkheroes

1985 (Feb. 17-19): Gayle Gerber Koontz, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries
Two Bodies, One Bible: Women, Men, and the Word of God:
A Whole New World: Gender and the Interpretation of the Bible
Men and Women as Strangers: The Bible as Mirror
Different Sins: Women, Men, and the Meaning of Conversion
Men and Women as Friends: The Bible as Window
Walking in the Light: The Power of God's Word in the Body of Christ

1984 (Feb. 19-21): Donald B. Kraybill, Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania
Christian Hope in a Nuclear Age:
The Roots of Despair
The Varieties of Hope
The Scandal of Biblical Hope
The Promise of Christian Hope
The Agenda of Hopeful Living

1983 (Feb. 20-22): Walter Klaassen, University of Waterloo
Simplicity and Ambiguity: The Janus of Biblical Faith
How Can Saul Be King When Yahweh is God?
How Can Yahweh Be King When Baal is God?
How Can Yahweh Be King When Babylon Rules the World?
How Can God be King When Jesus is Lord?

1982 (Feb. 14-16): Robert Bratcher, United Bible Societies
The Bible in Today's World:
The Paradox of the Bible
Many Books, One Book
God's Word, Human Words
In All Languages

1981 (Feb. 15-17): Pheme Perkins, Boston College
Love Commands in the New Testament - Covenant, Community and Ethical Obligation:
Jesus Loves Commands: Matthew 5:43-48 and Mark 12:28-34
Parables of Love: The Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son
Love and the Christ Conscience: 1 Corinthians 8:10
Love and Christ Freedom: Galatians, Romans, James, 1 Peter
God as Love: The Johannine Tradition

1980 (Feb. 17-19): Willard M. Swartley, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries
The Bible Speaks:
Inductive-Expository Use of the Bible: Mark 6:30-8:27
Using the Bible for Moral Issues: Case Analyses: Slavery and Role of Women
The Book Study Approach: The Gospel of Mark
The Thematic Sermonic Use of the Bible: Peacemaking
The Multi-Use of the Bible: The Love-Command