NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bible lecturer Loren L. Johns will present a Bethel College convocation on "The Left Behind Series: A Vision of How God Acts and How Christians Act" at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 28 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center on the North Newton campus. Johns is academic dean and associate professor of New Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. Admission is free and open to the public. The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins has sold more than 50,000,000 copies, making it the best-selling series of Christian fiction in history. Johns describes the series and its vision of end times as "compelling for many Christians, but appalling to others." His assessment from the Mennonite theological tradition will offer an "appreciative critique of the ethical vision embodied in these 10 books."
Johns graduated from Goshen (Ind.) College and Goshen Biblical Seminary and completed his doctoral degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained pastor, he has edited "Apocalypticism and Millennialism: Shaping a Believers Church Eschatology for the Twenty-First Century (Pandora Press, 2000) and "Peace and Justice Shall Embrace: Power and Theopolitics in the Bible" (Pandora Press, 2000).
"Dr. Johns has read and studied every volume of the popular Left Behind series," says Dale Schrag, director of church relations at Bethel College. "His presentation will be thoughtful, balanced and informative for both fans and detractors of the series. It will be especially appropriate for congregational pastors, virtually all of whom will have faithful readers of the series in their congregations."
Pastors who would like to meet with Loren Johns during lunch on Feb. 28 should contact Dale Schrag at (316) 284-5356.