Spring Chapels to Feature Mix of Pop Culture and Intriguing Authors


Photos: Rachel Held Evans, Dr. Bruce Main, Father Richard Rohr, Dr. William Hulitt Gloer, Jim Henderson
Hardin-Simmons University’s line-up of spring chapel speakers feature an author, whose latest book details a year of biblical Christian womanhood; a Franciscan priest and founder of a world-renowned ecumenical ministry; the visionary founder of Urban Promise, featured in an ABC 20/20 news special; a seminary professor, author, and member of the Society for Biblical Literature; and the musical duo of Christian and atheist in the popular Matt and Casper Show.
March 4, 2014

Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans is the author of Biblical Womanhood, a book about her experiences of following the role of women in Christian society. Evans spent a year scouring the Bible for all its rules and regulations for women, following them to the letter.

March 18, 2014

Dr. Bruce Main

The founder and president of Urban Promise, Main established his first summer camp in the city of Camden, New Jersey, in 1988.

Selected by Christianity Today as one of the country's 50 Up-and-Coming Leaders Under 40, Main speaks nationally and internationally and has been highlighted on Diane Sawyer's 20/20 special, “Waiting on the World to Change.” The ministry helps children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership.

March 25, 2014

Father Richard Rohr

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is the home of the Rohr Institute and its Living School for Action and Contemplation. As founder of the CAC and Academic Dean of the Living School, Father Richard Rohr’s teachings provide the basis for educational materials, events, and curriculum that bear witness to the Christian tradition of contemplative practice and compassionate action. Rohr will be speaking to the students via Skype.

April 1, 2014

Dr. William Hulitt Gloer

The David E. Garland Professor of Preaching and Christian Scriptures, Dr. William Hulitt Gloer, is the 2014 featured speaker for HSU’s Maston Lecture Series. Gloer is a professor at Truett Theological Seminary and holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association, and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

April 15, 2014

The Jim and Casper Show

Musical duo and authors of Jim and Casper Go to Church, famously debate Christianity and atheism in the stage show, “Why We Need to Change the Conversion Conversation.” When minister, Jim Henderson, wanted to know what atheists think about church, he recruited non-believer, Matt Casper, and the two visited churches across the country. This spiritual odd couple documents experiences and reactions during the nationwide journey.

HSU chapel is open to the public and the community is invited to come and hear these world-changing speakers.
HSU chapel events are on Tuesday’s at 9:30 a.m. in Behrens Auditorium.
In addition to the chapel opportunity, HSU will also host the "Jim and Casper Show" on Monday, April 14, 7 p.m., in Behrens Auditorium, which is also free and open to the community.


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