October 26, 2009
Staley Lecture series brings two notable Christian scholars to Lees-McRae

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series brings two of the most challenging Christian scholars of our time to campus in the 2009-2010 academic year - Dr. Tony Campolo, professor emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, opened the series in September, and Dr. Marcus Borg, the Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, will conclude the series in February.

Dr. Tony Campolo presented three lectures in September, beginning with "Creating Community" on Monday, September 28, "Caring for God's World" on Monday evening, and "Making Faithful Choices," on Tuesday, September 29.

Dr. Marcus Borg will be on campus February 22-23, 2010. On Monday, February 22, he will present "God for a New Millennium" in Evans Auditorium. On Monday evening, Dr. Borg will present "Jesus Christ for a New Millennium" in Hayes Auditorium. Lastly, he will present "The Bible for a New Millennium" on Tuesday, February 23 in Evans Auditorium (times to be determined).

Campolo is an internationally known speaker, author, sociologist, pastor, social activist, and passionate follower of Jesus. Over his many years of Christian service, Campolo has boldly challenged millions of people all over the world to respond to God's boundless love by combining personal discipleship, evangelism, and social justice.

Through the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, Dr. Campolo has developed and nurtured elementary and secondary schools, universities, adult and child literacy centers, tutoring programs, orphanages, AIDS hospices, urban youth ministries, summer camps, and long-term Christian service programs in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Africa, Canada and throughout the United States.

He is the author of thirty-five books, has recorded many video studies based on his writings, and has made countless media appearances worldwide.

His books include: Red Letter Christians, The God of Intimacy and Action, Letters to a Young Evangelical (The Art of Mentoring), 20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to Touch, Adventures in Missing the Point: How the Culture-Controlled Church Neutered the Gospel, Carpe Diem, Everything You've Heard is Wrong, Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God, How to Rescue the Earth Without Worshiping Nature, The Survival Guide for Christians on Campus, and many more.

Dr. Marcus Borg is internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar. He was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007.

He is the author of 18 books including Jesus: A New Vision, and the best-seller Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time; The God We Never Knew; The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions; Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, and The Heart of Christianity, both best-sellers. His newest books are Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary, a New York Times Best-Seller; Conversations with Scripture: Mark, and three books coauthored with John Dominic Crossan, The Last Week, The First Christmas, and The First Paul. His next book will be a novel, Putting Away Childish Things, to be published in early 2010.

Described by The New York Times as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars," he has appeared on NBC's "Today Show" and "Dateline," PBS's "Newshour," ABC's "Evening News" and "Prime Time" with Peter Jennings, NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, and several National Geographic programs. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and is past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. His work has been translated into eleven languages: German, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Russian, and French. His doctor's degree is from Oxford University, and he has lectured widely overseas (England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Israel and South Africa) and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian Institutions.

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series is designed to provide scholarly evangelical speakers for religious emphasis programs at small Christian colleges. The founder, Thomas F. Staley, strongly felt that young Americans should have the opportunity of hearing the faith defended by evangelicals who were also well-trained scholars. His endowment to Lees-McRae College allows the college to bring two of the most challenging Christian scholars of our time to campus in the 2009-2010 academic year.

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