Dr. Molly Marshall, president and professor of theology and spiritual formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas, will be the speaker for the 2013 T.B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics, an event held annually at Hardin-Simmons University.
Marshall will explore the theme Participating in the Life of God: A Theology of the Spirit during the two-day event April 8-9. Her first lecture, "Transformational Reading of Scripture: Minding the Spirit" will be presented at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 8, in HSU’s Logsdon Chapel. Marshall’s second lecture, “Discerning Reading of Scripture: Winnowing the Harvest" will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in HSU’s Behrens Auditorium. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
With a passion for preparing women and men for ministry excellence, Marshall has served in theological education for more than 30 years. During her tenure as president at Central, the seminary has moved the campus to a new location, opened two extension sites, and constructed a partnership with Myanmar Institute of Theology.
A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Marshall earned her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed additional graduate study at Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, Israel; Cambridge University, Cambridge, England; and Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, where she was a visiting scholar (1990-91), and resident scholar at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research (2000).
An accomplished writer, Marshall’s works include What it Means to Be Human; Joining the Dance: a Theology of the Spirit; and No Salvation Outside the Church? She has presented papers before the Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the conference on Baptist Distinctives at Green Lake, Wisconsin, and authored numerous book chapters, dictionary and journal articles, and Bible study curricula.
In addition to her work as a respected academician and notable author, Marshall has previously served as president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and as editor of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion Dissertation Series. She is on the editorial board of the American Baptist Quarterly, and is an internationally recognized lecturer at colleges, universities, and seminaries.
Prior to her appointment as president at Central, she served as the seminary’s acting academic dean. Marshall previously served as associate professor of theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as providing congregational leadership in number of ministry roles in churches across Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Kentucky.
About the Lecture Series:
The T. B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics, presented by Logsdon Seminary and The Logsdon School of Theology of HSU, seek to honor the legacy of Dr. T.B. Maston, a longtime professor of Christian ethics and pioneering Baptist ethicist, known for his writing and teaching in the areas of biblical ethics, race relations, family life, church and state, and character formation.
Maston taught Christian ethics at Southwestern Seminary for over 40 years. He is known for his pioneering teachings and writings regarding application of the Christian faith to life.
The Maston Lecture Series is one of many events presented by Logsdon throughout the year designed to be a resource for ministers, churches, students, and the community.
Schedule of Lectures:
Participating in the Life of God: A Theology of the Spirit
Monday, April 8
7 p.m., Logsdon Chapel
Tuesday, April 9
9:30 a.m., Behrens Auditorium
The lectures are free and open to the public.
2001 Dr. Stanley Hauerwas
2002 Dr. Stanley Grenz, The Christian Moral Task Beyond the Postmodern Turn
2003 Dr. Foy Valentine, Defining Ethics
2004 Dr. Carolyn Gordon, Ethical Dilemmas in Communicating
2005 Dr. Millard Fuller
2006 Dr. J. Brent Walker, Religious Liberty
2007 Dr. Alan Verhey, Caring at the End of Life
2008 Dr. Melissa Rogers, The Church and Politics
2009 Dr. Emmanuel McCall, The Church and Race
2010 Dr. Joel Gregory, The Power of Narrative in Christian Formation
2011 Dr. William M. Pinson, Jr., T.B. Maston: An Ethical Life
2012 Dr. Neville Callam, Community and Exclusion: The Ethics of Ethnicity and Communion