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.
Scudder Lectures Spring 2019
Scudder Lectures Spring 2018
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. Past speakers include Denny Burk, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Bruce Ashford.