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Seek. Serve. Grow.

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

Past Bible Lectures: 1980s


The Bible in Congregation and College

February 26–27

  • 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


Living in End Times: The Revelation of John

February 21–23

William Klassen, University of Toronto

  • 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)


Harbingers: Contemporary Images of Resurrection

February 22–24

LeRoy Friesen, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries

  • 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?


The Early Church and the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

February 23–25

Denns MacDonald, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado)

  • 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


Two Bodies, One Bible: Women, Men, and the Word of God

February 17–19

Gayle Gerber Koontz, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries

  • 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


Christian Hope in a Nuclear Age

February 19–21

Donald B. Kraybill, Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania

  • The Roots of Despair
  • The Varieties of Hope
  • The Scandal of Biblical Hope
  • The Promise of Christian Hope
  • The Agenda of Hopeful Living


Simplicity and Ambiguity: The Janus of Biblical Faith

February 20–22

Walter Klaassen, University of Waterloo

  • 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?


The Bible in Today’s World

February 14–16

Robert Bratcher, United Bible Societies

  • The Paradox of the Bible
  • Many Books, One Book
  • God’s Word, Human Words
  • In All Languages


Love Commands in the New Testament — Covenant, Community and Ethical Obligation

February 15–17

Pheme Perkins, Boston College

  • 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


The Bible Speaks

February 17–19

Willard M. Swartley, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries

  • 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