Dr. Steve W. Lemke

Dr. Steve W. LemkeProvost
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics

Office: Frost Building,
Office Phone: 1-800-NOBTS-01; or (504) 282-4455
Fax: (504) 816-8428
Home Phone:
E-Mail: slemke@nobts.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1985)
  • M.A.R.E., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1978)
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ( 1976)
  • B.A., Louisiana Tech University (1972)
  • Additional study at Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and in the M.A. in Philosophy program at Texas A&M University

Teaching Experience

  • Provost, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1997-present)
  • Associate Professor in Philosophy of Religion, and Convener of the Philosophy of Religion Department, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1990-1997)
  • Guest professor at Oradea Bible Institute in Oradea, Romania (1995); Bucharest Theological Seminary in Bucharest, Romania (1991, 1995); St. Petersburg Theological Seminary in St. Petersburg, Russia (1993), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2003), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2005,2009), and the Advance International/NOBTS certificate program in Grand Cayman Island (2010)
  • Chairman, Department of Religion and Philosophy, and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Williams Baptist College (1984-1988)
  • Instructor in Philosophy, Blinn College (1988-1989)
  • Instructor in Philosophy and Ethics, Weatherford College (1981-1983)
  • Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology Departments, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1978-1982)
  • Instructor in Philosophy, Tarrant County Junior College (1979-1980)

Teaching Specializations

  • Christian philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Anthropology
  • Aesthetics
  • Hermeneutics
  • Literature
  • World Religions
  • Historical Theology
  • Soteriology
  • Eschatology

Ministry Experience

Experience in Church Ministry

  • Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Bryan, Texas (1988-1990)
  • Pastor, First Baptist Church, Santo, Texas (1979-1984)
  • Youth Ministry Intern, University Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas (1978)
  • Associate Pastor, Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1977)
  • Youth Associate, Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas (1976)
  • Youth and Activities Director, Thomas Avenue Baptist Church, Pasadena, Texas (1975)
  • Youth Minister, First Baptist Church, Eagle Lake, Texas (1973)
  • Supply preacher in over 200 churches
  • Revival evangelist for over a dozen revival meetings
  • Speaker for over a dozen seminars in churches
  • Preacher in over a dozen Bible conferences
  • Delivered sermons in numerous associational meetings and college/seminary chapel services
  • Participated in eight mission trips in four states and three foreign countries
  • Interim pastor for 13 churches:
    *  Riverside Church, River Ridge, Louisiana (2012)
    *  Suburban Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana (2002-2003)
    *  First Baptist Church, Avondale, Louisiana (2000-2001)
    *  Barrataria Baptist Church, Lafitte, Louisiana (2000)
    *  Rio Vista Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana (1998)
    *  Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, Beaumont, Texas (1997)
    *  First Baptist Church, The Colony, Texas (1995-96)
    *  Ryanwood Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas (1992)
    *  Hillcrest Baptist Church, Bryan, Texas (1990)
    *  Immanuel Baptist Church, Newport, Arkansas (1987)
    *  First Baptist Church, Myrtle, Missouri (1986)
    *  First Baptist Church, Pocahontas, Arkansas (1985-1986)
    *  Witts Chapel Baptist Church, Maynard, Arkansas (1984-85, 1987)

Denominational Service

  • Chairman, SBC Resolutions Committee, Houston convention (2013)
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Calvinism for the SBC (2012-2013)
  • Member, SBC Consultation on Intercultural Ministerial Education (2013)
  • Director of the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2006-2013)
  • Founding Fellow of the Research Institute of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC (2000-present)
  • Member, SBC Racial Reconciliation Task Force (1999)
  • Member, Council of Seminary Deans of the SBC (1997-present)
  • Seminary Extension Committee Chairman, Creath-Brazos Association, Texas (1989)
  • Area Committee Member, Parker-Palo Pinto Baptist Area, Texas (1980-1984)
  • Moderator, Palo Pinto Association, Texas (1980-1982)
  • Field Specialist in Rural/Urban Change, Baptist General Convention of Texas (1982-1984)
  • Board Member, Camp Copass, Denton, Texas (1979-1982)
  • Board Member, Louisiana Tech Baptist Student Union Alumni Association (1974-1975)

Experience in Bioethics, Chaplaincy, and Governmental Ethics

  • Appointed by the Governor of Louisiana and confirmed by the Louisiana legislature to the Louisiana Board of Ethics and the Committee on Campaign Finance (2012-2015)
  • Bioethics Committee, Memorial Hospital System (Baptist and Mercy campuses), New Orleans, Louisiana (1998-2005)
  • Member, Commission on Christian Ethics, and Academic and Theological Education Workgroup of the Baptist World Alliance (2000-2004)
  • Institutional Ethics Committee, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas (1993-1997)
  • Chaplain, Clinical Pastoral Education at Baylor University Medical Center (1991)
  • Volunteer Chaplain, Humana Hospital Brazos Valley, College Station, Texas (1989-90)
  • Spiritual Life Committee, HCA Greenleaf Hospital, College Station, Texas (1989-90)
  • Volunteer Chaplain, Palo Pinto County Hospital, Mineral Wells, Texas (1980-84)

Experience in Academic and Scholarly Guilds

  • Elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (2014-present)
  • Member and chair of various visiting committees for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and for the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Theological Schools (2004-present)
  • Member, Evangelical Seminary Deans' Council (2014-present)
  • Member and rotating facilitator, Council of Seminary Deans of the Southern Baptist Convention (1997-present)
  • Peer evaluator for papers submitted to the Evangelical Theological Society, and for articles submitted to the Hope's Reasons Journal of Apologetics.
  • Presentation on “New Models for New Times: Managing Educational Change,” at the annual Chief Academic Officer Society of ATS meeting in Chicago (March 2015).
  • Led two workshop sessions on "Preparing for Disasters and Pandemics," presenting "Disasters and Institutions:  How We Survived Katrina and How We Plan to Survive the Next Disaster," (with Dr. Mary Currier, Deputy State Health Officer for Medicine and Science at the Mississippi Public Department of Health, who presented "2009 H1N1 Influenza:  Or How We Are Putting Pigs at Risk"), for the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities 76th annual meeting at Mississippi College (October 2009).
  • Facilitator of a Theological Institutions discussion group at the SACS meeting in San Antonio, Texas (November 2008).
  • Member and chairman, Lilly Faculty Grants Committee for the Association of Theological Schools (2003-2007)
  • President of the Southwest Regional group of the Evangelical Theological Society (1995-96)
  • Over 50 scholarly presentations at professional scholarly meetings (1987-present, see detailed list below)

Publications

Books

Articles in Books

  • "God's Love for Believers: Romans 8:28-39," in Evangelism, Traditionalism, and the Book of Romans: Essays in Honor of Harold F. Hunter, ed. Johnathan Pritchett and Braxton Hunter (Newburgh, IN: Trinity Academic Press, forthcoming 2016).
  • "Biblical Authority: What Is the Nature of Biblical Authority?" with John Walton and Kenneth Samples; and "The Anthropological Evidence: How Does Behavioral Anthropology Inform Your Positions?" with Jeff Schloss and Fuz Rana, in Creation and Evolution: A Conversation between BioLogos and Reasons to Believe, ed. Ken Keathley (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, forthcoming 2016)
  • "Preface: The Life of Gray Allison . . .” in Festschrift for Gray Allison, ed. Archie England and Roger Duke (Memphis: BorderStone Press, forthcoming 2016).
  • "A Biblical Assessment of Abortion,"in Worldview Study Bible, ed. David Dockery and Jeremy Royal (Nashville: B&H, forthcoming). 
  • "Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, and Sola Scriptura," in The Popular Encyclopedia of Church History, ed. Ed Hindson and Dan Mitchell (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2013), 310-313. 
  • "A Theology of Expository Preaching,” in Preach the Word: Essays on Biblical Preaching in Honor of Jerry Vines, ed. David Allen and Peter Lumpkins (Carrollton, GA: Free Church Press, 2013), 101-115.
  • "Editors' Introduction," in The Return of Christ: A Premillennial Perspective. Reflections from the Acts 1:11 Conference. (Nashville, B & H Academic, 2011), 1-7.
  • "A Biblical and Theological Critique of the Doctrine of Irresistible Grace," in Whosoever Will:  A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five Point Calvinism.  Reflections from the John 3:16 Conference, ed. David Allen and Steve Lemke  (Nashville:  Broadman and Holman, 2010).
  • "Editorial Introduction," with David Allen, in Whosoever Will:  A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five Point Calvinism.  Reflections from the John  3:16 Conference, ed. David Allen and Steve Lemke  (Nashville:  Broadman and
      Holman, 2010).
  • "Article XII:  Education," in The Baptist Faith and Message 2000:  Critical Issues in America's Largest Protestant Denomination, ed. Douglas Blount and Joseph Woodell  (Lanham:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2007), 121-135.
  • "Does the Bible Affirm that Animals Have Rights?" and "Does the Bible Teach the Abuse of Nature?" in The Apologetics Study Bible, ed. Paul Copan, Ted Cabal, and Chad Brand (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2007).
  • Foreword to Athanasius' Concept of Eternal Sonship as Revealed in Contra Arianos, by Marvin Jones (Lewiston:  Mellen Press, 2006), i-ii.
  •  "The Academic Use of the Harmony of the Gospels," in Harmony of the Gospels (Holman Christian Standard Bible), ed. Steven Cox and Kenneth Easley  (Nashville:  Broadman and Holman, 2007), 18-21.
  • "The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture," in Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Guide to Interpreting Scripture, ed. Bruce Corley, Steve Lemke, and Grant Lovejoy, rev. ed. (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2002).
  • Seven articles ("Authority," "Hellenism," "Logos," "Preparation Day,""Seven Words from the Cross,""Suffering," and "Time, meaning of,") in The Holman Bible Dictionary, rev. ed., ed. Chad Brand, Archie England, and Charles Draper (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2003), 145-146, 746-748, 1044-1045, 1326, 1467-1469, 1539-1540, 1595-1597; and two articles ("Preparation Day" and "Seven Last Words from the Cross,") in the original version of Holman Bible Dictionary, ed. Trent Butler (Nashville: Holman, 1991), 1135-1136, 1250.
  • "Who Will I Be in the Next Life?" in Fake Answers, ed. Jon Brooks and Karen Jones, pp. 75-82 (Nashville: Convention Press, 1995).

Articles in Scholarly Journals

  • “History or Revisionist History? How Calvinistic Were the Overwhelming Majority of Baptists and Their Confessions in the South until the Twentieth Century?  Southwest Journal of Theology 57, no. 2 (Spring 2015), 227-254.
  • “The Articles of Religions Belief: The Confession Authored by the Founders of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary,” Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 11. No. 1 (Spring 2014), 78-99, available online at http://baptistcenter.net/journals/JBTM_11-1_Spring_2014.pdf#page=81
  • "A More Detailed Analysis of the Five Points of Calvinism,” a white paper posted on the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry web pages, available online for a free download at http://baptistcenter.net/papers/Lemke_Five_Points_Methodology.pdf.
  • "Worship Wars: Theological Perspectives on Hymnody among Early Evangelical Christians," Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society vol. 27, no. 52 (Spring 2014): 57-79.
  • “Commentary on Article 7: The Sovereignty of God,” Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, 10.1 (Spring 2013), 7-18; posted on http://www.baptistcenter.net/journals/JBTM_10-1_Spring_2013.pdf#page=10. A version of this article was also published on the SBC Today blog on March 24, 2014.
  • “Five Theological Models Relating Determinism, Divine Sovereignty, and Human Freedom,” Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry 10.1 (Spring 2013): 57-63; http://baptistcenter.net/journals/JBTM_10-1_Spring_2013.pdf#page=60. A version of this article was also posted on the SBC Today blog on April 2, 2014.
  • "Evolution and the Problem of Evil,” posted in the “Southern Baptist Voices” series of dialogues in the BioLogos Forum between SBC scholars and the Christian scholars from the BioLogos organization, which favors theistic evolution.
  • "Salvation and Sovereignty:  A Review Essay,” in Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 2010):73-78.
  • "What Is a Baptist?  Nine Marks that Separate Baptists and Presbyterians," Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 5, no. 2 (Fall 2008), 10-39.
  • "Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?JBTM, vol. 4 (Katrina anniversary special edition), 24-34
  • Published the following editorial introductions as editor of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry (2006-2013)--
    *  "In Honor of Dan Holcomb," JBTM, vol. 8, no. 2 (Fall 2011), 6-9.
    *  "Calvinist, Arminian, and Baptist Perspectives on Salvation," JBTM, vol. 8, no. 1 (Spring 2011), 1-4.
    *  "The Bible and Theology," JBTM, vol. 7, no. 2 (Fall 2010):1-2.
    *  "Baptists and the Doctrine of Salvation,” JBTM, vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 2010):3-7.
    *  "The Proclamation of the Gospel," JBTM, vol. 6, no. 1 (Fall 2009), 5-8.
    *  "Foundations for Baptist Doctrines and Distinctives," JBTM, vol. 5, no. 3 (Spring 2009), 3-5.
    *  "Baptist Theology and Polity," JBTM, vol. 5, no. 2 (Fall 2008), 3-7.
    *  "Baptists Ministering in the Midst of Disaster," JBTM, vol. 4 (Katrina anniversary special edition), 4-7
  • "Good Hermeneutics:  Rightly Dividing the Word of God," Areopagus Journal,  vol 6. no. 1 (January-February 2006):7-13
  • "Pluralism and Relativism in Richard Rorty's Liberal Utopia," Midwestern Journal of Theology, vol. 3, no. 2 (Spring 2005):49-58
  • "God's Relation to the World: Terrance Tiessen Proposal on Providence and Prayer," Criswell Theological Review n.s. vol. 1, no. 2 (Spring 2004):205-213
  • "Evangelical Theology in the Twenty-First Century,"Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 2003):58-77.
  • Articles in the Biblical Illustrator -- *  "The Mount of Olives," 13, no. 2 (Winter 1987), 42-49.
    *  "The Law and the Prophets," 14, no. 3 (Spring 1988), 23-25; reprinted in Winter 2013-14 edition also.
    *  "Angels and the Angel," 16, no. 3 (Spring 1990), 20-23.
    *  "Mount Carmel," 17, no. 4 (Summer 1991), 2-3, 7-9.
    *  "The Elder in the Early Church," 19, no. 1 (Fall 1992), 59-62.
    *  "History: The Setting of Luke’s History," 20, no. 2 (Winter 1994), 14-19.
    *  "Peter’s Shepherd Assignment." 27, no. 4 (Summer 2001), 52-54.
    *  "Andrew: Just Peter’s Brother?" 29, no. 3 (Spring 2003), 30-32.
    *  "'Falling Away' or 'Erring' from the Faith?"30, no. 3 (Spring 2004),52-54; (also included in the premiere issue of Biblical Illustrator Plus (Spring 2004), an interactive CD-ROM).
    *  "Caesar Is Lord vs. Jesus as Lord," 32, no. 1 (Fall 2005), 28-33.
    *  "The Sanhedrin:  Their History and Function," 34, no. 4 (Summer 2008), 16-19.
    *  "House Construction in the First Century," 36, no. 1 (Fall 2009), 24-27.
    *  "Judgment in Greco-Roman Thought," vol. 37, no. 4 (Summer 2011), 6-10.
    *  “The Law and the Prophets.” vol. 40, no. 2 (Winter 2013-14): 73-77, reprint of Spring 1988 article.
    *  “Christianity in an Age of Emperor Worship,” vol. 40. no. 4 (Summer 2014), 67-71.
    *  "Elijah and Jewish Messianic Expectations," vol. 41, no. 4 (Summer 2015), 78-81.
    *  "Rain as Divine Communication," vol. 42, no. 4 (Summer 2016), forthcoming.
  • Co-author with Ray Higgins, Paul Stevens, and Joe Gross of "Clinical Pastoral Education for Seminary Professors: Supervisory Considerations and Professional Benefits," Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry, vol. 14 (1992-1993), 33-42.
  • Co-author with Ray Higgins of "Institutional Ethics Committees in Baptist-Related Hospitals: Survey Results and Analysis" (unpublished).

Publications for Ministers and Laypersons through Popular Media

  • "The Incarnation: Why Does It Matter?” for the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, December 16, 2011, available online at http://baptistmessenger.com/the-incarnation-why-does-it-matter/comment-page-1/#comment-14852
  • Why We Serve the Poor:  One Church’s Uplifting Story,” in Baptist Press, December 2, 2011.
  • "Will SBC ‘Fault Lines’ Lead to Division or Unity?” (based on SBC Today article) by Gary Myers, Baptist Press, May 3, 2011.
  • "Baptism Celebrates New Life in Christ," in Vision, vol. 66, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2010), 6
  • Many posts as editor of the SBC Today blog (2010-2012), during which time it became among the top rated religion blogs in the country.
  • "Michael Jackson and Mrs. Burns," a "First Person"article in Baptist Press, 28 July 2009.
  • "Spiritual Vitality and the Lord's Supper," Vision, vol. 64, no. 1 (Spring 2008), 5, available online at /_resources/pdf/faculty/lemkesw/VisionSpring08web.pdf#page=7.
  • "Tough Decisions about Palliative Care," Mature Living (Leadership Edition), vol. 4, no. 3 (November 2004):1, 4.
  • "Tough Decisions about Euthanasia," Mature Living (Leadership Edition), vol. 3, no. 4(December 2004):2.
  • "Church Responses to End of Life Issues," Mature Living (Leadership Edition), vol. 4, no. 1 (January 2005):2.
  • "Are We Entering a 'Doctrine-Free' Era?"Preaching Now online newsletter vol. 2, no. 2 (July 10, 2003).
  • Articles in the "Theological Thought" column and other articles in the [Louisiana] Baptist Message --

    “Adjusting Your Leadership to Your Ministry Situation,” Baptist Message, May 26, 2011, p. 5.
    *  "Why Our Faith Is Secure: Salvation Is of God, Not of Us," (part 1), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 10
         (May 13, 2010), 14; reposted by permission in the SBC Tomorrow blog, August 17, 2010.
    *  "Why Our Faith Is Secure: It is Based upon a Life-Changing Experience with God," (part 2), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 11 (May 27, 2010), 6; reposted by
         permission in the SBC Tomorrow blog, August 25, 2010
    *  "Why Your Faith Is Secure: Eternal Salvation Is a Scriptural Promise," (part 3), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 12 (June 10, 2010), 14; reposted by permission
          in the SBC Tomorrow blog, August 26, 2010.
    *  "Why Your Faith Is Secure:  Eternal Salvation Is a Logical Necessity," (part 4), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 13 (June 24, 2010), 14; reposted by
          permission in the SBC Tomorrow blog, August 31, 2010.
    *  "Why Your Faith Is Secure:  It is Based on an Unchanging Status of Relationship," (part 5), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 14 (July 8, 2010), 5; reposted by
          permission in the SBC Tomorrow blog, September 17, 2010.
    *  "The Security of the Believer and Apostasy," (part 6), Baptist Message, vol. 125, no. 15 (July 22, 2010), 14; reposted by permission in the S
          SBC Tomorrow blog, September 20, 2010.
    *  "The Age of Accountability Is a Foundational Belief," Baptist Message vo. 125, no. 1 (January 7. 2010), 5.
    *  "The Benefit of Having Deacons," Baptist Message, vol. 124, no. 11 (May 28, 2009), 14.
    *  "How Deacons Can Help Their Pastors," Baptist Message, vol. 124, no. 12 (June 11, 2009), 14.
    * "How Pastors Can Work with Their Deacons," Baptist Message, vol. 124, no. 13 (June 25, 2009), 14.
    * "Harvel Pitman:  A Deacon Exemplar," Baptist Message, vol. 124, no. 14 (9 July 2009), 14.
  • Devotional thoughts in eThoughts, available daily by email from (www.eThoughtsteam.com):
    *  "Reinventing Yourself,” an eTthoughts devotional thought published online March 8, 2012 (vol. 6, no. 3-13G).
    *  "Horned Toads and Perseverance,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online February 2, 2012 (vol. 6, no. 02-08G).
    *  "The Crooked Sidewalk,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online January 19, 2012 (vol. 6, no.01-01G.
    *  “Overlooking the Christ Child,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online December 15, 2011 (vol. 6, no. 01-01G).
    *  "A Church that Everyone Knows My Name,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online October 28, 2011 (no. 11-64G).
    *  "Remember Christ – the ‘Who’ in Christmas,” an eThoughts devotional thought published online December 12, 2010 (no. 10-73G).
    *  "The Great Chicago Fire," an eThoughts devotional thought published online July 8, 2010,""
    * "Ringing the Bell," an eThoughs devotional thought published online April 15, 2010.
    *  "Ever Hear of Caesar Rodney?," an eThoughts devotional thought published online March 26, 2010.
    *  "Making End of Life Decisions," in Faith and Family Values, December 2009 (Issue 2, 2009), 10-11.
  • Eleven issues of Home Bible Study Guide, a correspondence Bible course offered by the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. April, 1979; July, 1980; February, 1981; February, 1982; May, 1982; October, 1982; July 1983; March, 1984; August, 1984; August, 1985; and an issue on salvation republished by the Home Mission Board.
  • Over fifty lessons in Sunday School Adults and Sunday School Young Adults in the Convention Uniform Series of Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as contributions in The Adult TeacherAdult Leadership, and teaching Kit (September 1986; June-August, 1988; September-November, 1989; December 1991-February 1992; and June-August 1995); and adult lessons in Pursuits (January-February, 1998; January-February 1999). Designing lesson outlines for the January, 1999 Life and Work lesson series.
  • Taught in twenty-one broadcasts of Good News over the ACTS/VISN television network (April, 1991; May-July, 1992; May-June, 1993; June-July, 1995).

Paper Presentations for Scholarly Meetings

  • “Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides? Medical Ethics in the Real World,” member of a discussion panel at Loyola University, sponsored by the Center for Medical Ethics of the Louisiana Right to Life Foundation, with Jennifer Popik, J.D.; Jeff White, M.D.; and Kevin Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. (March 2014).
  • “The Articles of Religious Belief,” Founder’s Day presentation in NOBTS Chapel (October 2013).
  • “Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides? Medical Ethics in the Real World," a panel discussion on Medical Ethics co-sponsored by the Center for Medical Ethics of the Louisiana Right to Life Foundation, the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry, and the Institute for Faith in the Public Square at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, with Jeff White, M.D.; Mari Wirfs, Ph.D.; Jose Lavastida, S.T.D.; and Burke Balch, J.D. (September 2013).
  • "The Authority of Scripture,” a white paper produced for Advisory Committee on Calvinism in the SBC (November 2012).
  • “Worship Wars: Baptist Theology as Expressed in Our Hymns,” presented at the Baptist History and Heritage Society annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina (June 2012).
  • "Worship Wars: Theological Perspectives on Hymnody among Early Evangelical Christians,” presented at the Southwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (March 2012).
  • "Addressing Postmoderns in the Pew,” a presentation for students and alumni at both the North Georgia extension center in Marietta, Georgia (September 2012) and the South Georgia extension center in Warner Robbins, Georgia (October 2012).
  • Dialogue with Dr. Herschel York on Calvinism, and Panel Discussion, at “Calvinism – Concerned? Curious? Confused?” conference sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Crestwood Baptist Church in Crestwood, Kentucky, August 4, 2012. The MP3 download of both presentations is available at http://www.kybaptist.org/calvinism.
  • "Worship Wars: Baptist Theology as Expressed in Our Hymns,” presented at the Baptist History and Heritage Society annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 8, 2012.
  • “Worship Wars: Theological Perspectives on Hymnody among Early Evangelical Christians,” presented at the Southwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 9,
      2012.
  • "A Theological Protocol for Palliative Care,” training presentation for the Clinical Pastoral Education interns training at East Jefferson Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana (July 2011).
  • Two presentations at the “Evangelizing Eastern Religions” conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, including an overview of Eastern religions, including Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Baha’i, 10/14-15, 2011.
  • “What Every Chaplain Needs to Know about Biomedical Ethics” presentation at the Chaplaincy: Ministering in Caesar’s House” conference at NOBTS, sponsored by the Institute for Faith and the Public Square, 10/22/11.
  • “’No Other Name’: Justification by Faith in Christ Alone,” a paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Francisco, California in November 2011.
  • "Moral Qualifications for Pastoral Leadership," at the E4 Pastor's Conference at First Baptist Church in Pineville, LA, September 13-14, 2010, co-sponsored by NOBTS, SWBTS, Louisiana College, the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and FBC Pineville.
  • "Agent Causation and Moral Accountability:  A Proposal of the Criteria for Moral Accountability," at the November 2009 annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society in New Orleans.
  • "Just the Facts, Please:  Setting the Record Straight on Stem Cell Research," with Don Buckley, at the November 2009 Apologetics Conference on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, sponsored by the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
  • Two workshop sessions on "Preparing for Disasters and Pandemics," presenting "Disasters and Institutions:  How We Survived Katrina and How We Plan to Survive the Next Disaster," with Dr. Mary Currier, Deputy State Health Officer for Medicine and Science at the Mississippi Public Department of Health, presenting "2009 H1N1 Influenza:  Or How We Are Putting Pigs at Risk," for the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities 76th annual meeting at Mississippi College, October 5, 2009.
  • "What Is It?  Eight Characteristics of Postmodernism," "Pluralism and Pain in Richard Rorty's Liberal Utopia," and "Truth for a Postmodern Era," at Confronting Postmodernism: An Interfaith Evangelism Workshop at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, October 16-17, 2009.
  • "A Biblical and Theological Critique of the Doctrine of Irresistible Grace," at the John 3:16 Conference sponsored by Jerry Vines Ministries at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia, in November 2008.
  • "The Intelligent Design of Humans:  The Meaning of the Imago Dei for Theological Anthropology," presented at the March 2008 annual meeting of the Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society at Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston, Texas. 
  • "Teaching Them to Observe the Doctrine of Salvation:  Tiessen's Accessibilism vs. Jesus's Exclusivism," presented at the November 2007 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego. 
  • "What Is a Baptist?  Nine Marks that Separate Baptists from Presbyterians," presented at the March 2007 Baptist Theology and Ministry conference on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 
  • "Truth for a Postmodern Era," presented at the November 2005 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Antonio, Texas.
  • "The Future of Southern Baptists as Evangelicals," presented at the April 2005 Maintaining Baptist Distinctives Conference at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis.
  • "Agent Causation, or, How to Be a Soft Libertarian," presented at the March 2005 meeting of the Southwest Regional Evangelical Philosophical meeting in New Orleans.
  • "A Theological Protocol for Palliative Care," presented at the February 2004 annual meeting of the Baptist Association of Ministers to the Aging, in New Orleans.
  • "Truth for a Postmodern Era," presented at the March 2004 Southwest regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society at Dallas Baptist College.
  • "The Transdimensional God:  A Proposal Regarding God, Time, and Providence," presented at the March 2003 annual Southwest regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society at Dallas Theological Seminary.
  • "God's Relation to the World: Terrance Tiessen's Proposal on Providence and Prayer," at the November 2002 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Toronto, Canada.
  • "Personal Identity and the Afterlife," at the November 2002 meeting of the Student Theological Fellowship of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • "Providence and Prayer: A Response to Tiessen's Proposal," at the March 2002 Southwest regional annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.
  • "Let's Get Real! Magritte and the Nature of Reality," a response to "Putting God in a Frame: The Art of Rene Magritte as Religious Encounter" by Scott Drumm, the Ola Farmer Lenaz Lecture at New Orleans Baptist Theological
      Seminary in December 2001.
  • "Evangelical Theology in the Twenty-First Century," the Presidential Address for the April 2000 meeting of the Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • "Teaching Moral Virtue: How Can We Overcome Moral Weakness?" at the December 1999 meeting of the New Orleans chapter of the College Theology Society at Loyola University of New Orleans.
  • "Supernatural Evil and Good in the Novels of Dean Koontz: Toward a Theology of Hope," at the March 1999 meeting of the Arts, Literature, and Religion section of the Southwest regional American Academy of Religion meeting in
      Dallas, Texas.
  • "Moral Weakness and Moral Virtue," at the March 1999 meeting of the Ethics section of the Southwest regional American Academy of Religion meeting in Dallas, Texas.
  • "Teaching Moral Virtue: How Can We Overcome Moral Weakness?" at the November 1998 annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society in Orlando, Florida.
  • Chair of the section on environmental ethics and respondent to "How to Think about Environmental Ethics" by Norman Wirzba, at the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers biennial meeting at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, in September 1998.
  • "The Challenge of Postmodernism," at the April 1998 Scholar's Forum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • "Pluralism and Pain in Richard Rorty's Liberal Utopia," at the 1997 Southwest regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.
  • "Peter Forrest’s Project of General Revelation: Personal Identity and the Afterlife," at the 1997 Evangelical Theological Society annual national meeting in Santa Clara, California.
  • "Personal Identity and the Afterlife," at the 1997 Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers at Samford University.
  • "The Serpent in the New Eden: Technology and the Hudson River School," at the 1997 Rocky Mountain regional meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics meeting at St. John's College.
  • "Freedom and Temptation: A Christian Approach to Akrasia," at the 1997 Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Dallas Theological Seminary.
  • "Subjectivity in Kierkegaard: A Reassessment," at the 1996 eastern regional Society of Christian Philosophers meeting at Salem College.
  • "The Concept of the Sublime in Nineteenth Century American Landscape Painting," at the 1996 Southwest regional American Academy of Religion meeting in Dallas.
  • "Just How Subjective is Kierkegaard's Subjectivity?" in a 1996 lectureship at College of St. Thomas More in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • "Ethics Committees in Southern-Baptist Related Hospitals: Survey Results and Analysis," at the 1995 southwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Dallas.
  • "Worldviews in Our Culture," at the 1995 National Seminar of the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • "Nineteenth-Century Landscape Painting: A Hermeneutic of the Sublime," at the 1995 Literary And Academic Conference at Baylor University.
  • "A Hermeneutic of Stewardship: The Biblical View of Animals," at the 1994 Evangelical Theological Society meeting in Chicago.
  • "Subjectivity in Kierkegaard: A Reassessment," at a 1993 Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting in Chicago.
  • "A New Look at Kierkegaard’s Epistemology," at the 1993 Southwest regional Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Dallas Theological Seminary.
  • "Animals and the Problem of Pain," at the 1992 Southwest regional American Academy of Religion meeting at Dallas.
  • "Singing the Songs of Zion in a Strange Land: A Southern Baptist Teaching Philosophy in a State College Setting," at the 1990 Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers meeting at Baylor University.
  • "The Objective Pole in Kierkegaardian Epistemology," at the 1988 Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers meeting at Belmont College.
  • "Lessing, Hegel, and Kierkegaard: Three Models for Religious Epistemology," at the 1987 Arkansas Philosophical Association meeting at Arkansas State University.

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