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Past Staley Lectures: 1980s


Christian Commitment

Susan Muto, Epiphany Association, Pittsburgh

  • Living Commitments Faithfully in the Workplace
  • Forming Community in the Holy Spirit
  • Maturing in Christian Love
  • Spiritual Disciplines as Avenues to Committed Living


Lyle W. Dorsett, Wheaton (Ill.) College

  • C. S. Lewis (1898-1963): A Quarter-Century Evaluation
  • C. S. Lewis and the Life of Prayer
  • C. S. Lewis under Fire: A Look at His Critics
  • C. S. Lewis’s Advice to Students
  • C. S. Lewis: Some Keys to His Extraordinary Effectiveness


Authentic Christianity

John M. Perkins, Harambee Christian Family Center and the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, Pasadena, Calif.

  • Jesus Goes to the Land of the Shadow of Death
  • John Perkins: Cry Justice (new Perkins film)
  • My Own Pilgrimage
  • Community Development as a Calling
  • The Leader as Servant


Basic Issues for Christian Peacemakers

Dale W. Brown, Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook, Ill.

  • Faithfulness and Effectiveness
  • Redeemed People and Unredeemed Structures
  • Justice and Love
  • Despair and Hope


On the Threshold of God’s Future: Acquiring, Sustaining and Deepening a Radical Faith

John H. Westerhoff III, Duke University Divinity School

  • The Strangeness of Christian Faith
  • The Church as a Story Formed Community
  • Christian Life as a Pilgrimage
  • Ministry as Daily Life and Work


Living the Anabaptist Vision in the Late Twentieth Century

Ronald J. Sider, Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University (Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary), St. Davids, Pa.

  • Overcoming the Hypocrisy of the Mennonite Peace Witness
  • God’s Invitation to Shalom
  • Jesus’ Resurrection and the Search for Peace and Justice
  • New Ways to Be Peacemakers


Discipleship in the Global Village

Myron Augsburger, Washington (D.C.) Community Fellowship

  • Commitment of Faith
  • Practicing Love
  • Doing Justice
  • Modeling Peace


Prospects for an Evangelical Apologetics in the 1980s

Dallas Willard, University of Southern California, Pasadena

  • The Gospel Ministry of Apologetics: A Neglected Field of Christian Service
  • The Material World and the Rule of God: Matter or Physical Substance as Understood Today
  • The Powers of the Mind: Parapsychology and the Experiential Reality of God’s Kingdom
  • History and Personality: Why a Good God Permits Sin and Suffering


The Relevance of Christ in a World Like Ours

Mary Cosby, Church of the Savior, Washington, D.C.

  • Jesus and the Disinherited
  • Jesus and the Call to Prayer
  • Jesus and the Call to Peacemaking
  • Jesus and the Call to Suffering


Toward Getting It Together: Lifestyle for the '80s

Bernie Wiebe, editor, the Mennonite, Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Looking for My Self
  • Let the Stork Live!
  • Styles of Relationships
  • Spirituality for the 80s

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