Scudder Lectures

The Scudder Lectures

The C. W. Scudder lectureship brings a guest speaker to the campus to explore the biblical basis for dealing with contemporary social challenges and ethical issues. The Center for Public Theology is currently searching out a lecturer for the 2017 Scudder Lectures.


Scudder Lectures Spring 2017

Scudder Lectures Fall 2016

Listen in as Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer lectures on the pastor theologian as a minister of the gospel. Dr. Vanhoozer gives portraits of the pastor in the economy of public works, as a minister of understanding, and as the minister of reality.

Join Drs. Kevin Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan as they discuss Dr. Vanhoozer’s first lecture and take questions from the audience at the inaugural Scudder Lectures.

Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer’s second lecture at the inaugural Scudder Lectures covers the how-to of the pastor theologian. Dr. Vanhoozer lectures on discipleship, doctrine, and the direction of the pastor as he places the local church at the center of the pastor’s acting out what is in Christ.


About the Lectures

In 1994, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary inaugurated the C.W. Scudder School of the Prophets Lectureship, the only annual lectureship at any of the six Southern Baptist seminaries to focus specifically on the area of Christian ethics. Honoring the memory of the late C.W. Scudder (1915-1991), the lectureship was established by Scudder’s widow, Lyle, and his daughter, Kathy. Dr. Scudder joined the seminary staff in 1975 as administrator of internal affairs, and in 1978, seminary trustees named him the institution’s first vice president for business and development. Scudder officially retired in 1981 and was named vice president emeritus by the board of trustees. However, he continued to serve beyond retirement as a consultant in planning and development, and for a short time as senior professor of Christian ethics.

Each year, the lectureship brings a guest speaker to the campus to explore the biblical basis for dealing with contemporary social challenges and ethical issues. For the delivery of this year’s Scudder Lectures, Midwestern Seminary is pleased to welcome Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Previously he was Blanchard Professor of Theology at the Wheaton College Graduate School (2009-2012) and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1990-98).

Dr. Vanhoozer is the author or editor of over twenty books, including The Pastor as Theologian (co-authored with our own Dr. Owen Strachan) and this year’s Pictures at a Theological Exhibition: Scenes of the Church’s Worship, Witness, and Wisdom. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Systematic Theology, The Journal for Theological Interpretation, and Pro Ecclesia and is the North American Consultant for the second edition of the New Dictionary of Theology (IVP). He has lectured on four continents, most recently in Brazil. In 1999 he appeared on the cover of Christianity Today as one of “the new theologians.” He was the 2003 Westmont College Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Vanhoozer is married and has two daughters (and seventeen doctoral students).

Join us for what promises to be an exciting and insightful Scudder lecture series on September 22 at 6 p.m., and September 23 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel banquet hall.