Lenoir-Rhyne University's Institute for Faith and Learning speaker series will continue its 2018-19 Speaker Series with a presentation by The Reverend Vincent Bacote, Ph.D., Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at Grace Chapel.
Bacote's presentation, titled "A Golden Opportunity? A Public Faith in Crazy Times," will deliberate on the question "what else could happen?" During this time of public distress and agitation, people might be afraid to ask that question. Bacote will address if there can be a version of Christian faithfulness that contributes to the public good, or is public engagement a fool's errand for Christians? While there seem to be reasons that might lead people to stay away, Bacote believes the best kind of Christian witness is undeniably public.
Bacote, a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics, is an associate professor of theology and the director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Illinois. Bacote is the author of "The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life" and "The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper" and numerous articles in "Christianity Today," "Books and Culture," and "The Christian Post," among others.
He has contributed to several books including "On Kuyper," "Aliens in the Promised Land," "Keep Your Head Up," and "Prophetic Evangelicals," and a regular columnist for "Comment."
A graduate of The Citadel, Bacote received his bachelor's degree in biology. He earned his Master of Divinity with an emphasis in urban ministry from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his doctorate in religious and theological studies from Drew University.
An avid tennis player, occasional bass guitarist and incessantly curious person, Bacote resides in the Chicago area with his family.
The 2018-19 IFL will continue with the following speakers:
Feb. 21, 2019, 7 p.m., Grace Chapel – The Reverend Dr. Robert Kolb, professor of systematic theology and director for the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri
April 11, 2019, 7 p.m., Grace Chapel – The Reverend Dr. Peter Enns, Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in Pennsylvania
The event is free and open to public. For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or contact Jonathan Schwiebert, LR professor of religious studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 828.328.7184. Visit vincentbacote.com to learn more about the presenter.
The IFL Speaker Series invites prominent religious figures and authors to share their work and beliefs with audiences at LR and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS). The IFL at LR, in conjunction with the Academy for Faith and Leadership (AFL) at LTSS, endeavors to provide programming that contributes to and enriches a culture of the intellect that is theologically based. Its programs are directed to Christians of all traditions.