Fall 2009 Speakers
Theme: "Engaging God and His World"
Theme Verse: "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world." - Jesus (John 17:18)
Margaret Feinberg, Spiritual Emphasis Week (Staley Guest Lecturer) (September 8-10)
A popular speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Fusion, Catalyst, and LeadNow, Margaret Feinberg invites people to discover the relevance of God and His Word in a modern world. Audiences love her ability to connect the practical with the spiritual.
Recently named by Charisma magazine one of the "30 Emerging Voices" who will help lead the church in the next decade, she has written more than a dozen books including the critically-acclaimed The Organic God and The Sacred Echo (Zondervan). People of all ages connect with her relational teaching style. Margaret currently lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her 6′8″ husband, Leif. When she's not writing or traveling, she enjoys anything outdoors, lots of laughter, and their superpup, Hershey. Margaret's visit to JBU is made possible by the Staley Foundation.
Keith and Kristyn Getty (September 15)
Keith and Kristyn Getty have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade demonstrating the ability to successfully bridge the gap between the traditional and contemporary.
Originally from Northern Ireland, they are currently living in the United States where they have just finished their second album together 'Awaken the Dawn,' a collection of hymns that takes you on a lyrical journey of grace and hope for all the nations. This follows their first collection of hymns, the successful 2006 release 'In Christ Alone.' The Gettys will lead in chapel worship at JBU, and will also provide a free concert that evening.
Jim and Lynda Walters (September 22)
Jim Walters taught in JBU's Biblical Studies department for 35 years before "retiring" in August 2003. (He still teaches two or three graduate classes each year and is often asked to speak to classes and groups.) For much of that time-and still today-the Walters family has struggled with an increasingly crippling problem: Lynda has multiple sclerosis (MS). In the midst of such challenges, Jim and Lynda have continued to love God and each other, living each day to the fullest. Their life together has influenced generations of students, and they will share it again with our community during this special chapel service.
"Freedom Begins Here" (September 24)
This small team is all about confronting the issues that nobody wants to talk about. They are tackling one of the biggest and most sinister issues in our culture today: pornography and sexual addiction.
Freedom Begins Here was created in response to countless emails and phone calls from pastors and individuals looking for resources to really help with this problem. Not just another book to read or a twelve-step program. Not a bandage to cover the wound or a pill to mask the pain. Their goal is to begin to shine the light of truth on the darkness by honestly talking about the problem, admitting weaknesses and failings, and committing to walk together in ruthless accountability.
Janet Broling, Homecoming (October 2)
Janet Broling is a JBU alumna who had a vision for communities transformed through the power of prayer. It became a reality as thousands of women congregated in the Theater at Madison Square Garden for the historic New York City Women's Prayer Summits in 1997 and 1998.
Her book What Can One Woman Do? tells the remarkable story of how God opened the windows of heaven in New York City as thousands of women gathered together in the Name of Jesus. It details the insurmountable "mountains" God removed to make the Women's Prayer Summits a reality-and what He has brought about in the ten years since the summits. That one simple vision is still impacting people and cities and nations today.
Craig Detweiler (October 8)
Craig Detweiler joined Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California) in 2008 as associate professor of theology and culture. He is also co-director of the Reel Spirituality Institute, the area of Fuller's Brehm Center focused on theology and film. Dr. Detweiler previously taught at Biola University in La Mirada, California, as the associate professor of mass communication and chair of its film, TV, and radio program.
Detweiler is a filmmaker who has written scripts for numerous Hollywood films. His most recent film, the social documentary Purple State of Mind (2008), won "Best Spiritual Film" at the Breckenridge Film Festival, and his documentary Williams Syndrome: A Highly Musical Species (1996), won a Cine Golden Eagle. Detweiler has written several books about theology, film, and pop culture, including A Purple State of Mind: Finding Middle Ground in a Divided Culture (2008) and Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century (2008). His book A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture (2003), co-authored with Barry Taylor, was a finalist for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Gold Medallion in Theology/Doctrine.
Rudy Carrasco (October 13)
Rudy Carrasco is the executive director of the Harambee Christian Family Center in Pasadena, California. For 16 years Rudy has focused on indigenous leadership development at Harambee and beyond. A writer by training, his articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christianity Today, Religion News Service, the Pasadena Star News, and other publications. In 2002 Rudy was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Alumni Hall of Fame. In May 2001 he joined a group of nine Hispanic religious leaders from around the country who advised President George W. Bush on the faith-based initiative. In 1996 Rudy was selected as "One of 50 Leaders Under The Age Of 40 To Watch" by Christianity Today. He serves on the board of directors of World Vision, the Christian Community Development Association, Emergent Village, and TechMission.
His wife, Kafi, is the principal of Harambee Preparatory School. They have a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Micah.
Terry Mattingly (October 22)
Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He is a journalist and teacher who focuses on religion, and he writes a nationally syndicated column, "On Religion," for the Scripps Howard News Service. He is the author of Pop Goes Religion: Faith in a Popular Culture (Thomas Nelson 2005) and also leads the GetReligion.org Web site that critiques the mainstream media's coverage of religion news. This is Terry's second visit to JBU.
Acts of Renewal, Center for Relationship Enrichment Week (Staley Guest Lecturers) (October 27, 29)
The husband/wife drama team of Jim and Carol Anderson-Shores comes to JBU courtesy of the Staley Lecture Series and JBU's Center for Relationship Enrichment. Their goal in ministry is to create and produce excellent Christian theater that glorifies God and challenges people to seek God through Christ for hope and meaning. Acts of Renewal has performed in over 60 colleges and universities, including repeated visits to JBU.
Carol has her master of fine arts degree in acting from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jim has his Ph.D. in communications, his masters in environmental engineering and his bachelor's in theater. They both teach at Montreat College, and live in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and have two young sons, Zachary and Alexander.
Grant Norsworthy (November 3)
Grant Norsworthy brings fresh perspective as he sings and speaks passionately about the true nature of worship, life and meaning and, above all, following Jesus. Originally from Australia, Grant is a Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning musician who is quickly gaining a reputation as a powerfully engaging speaker.
Grant Norsworthy originally came to the public's attention as the bassist for the very popular Paul Colman Trio; first in Australia and New Zealand in the late '90s and then in the USA in the early 2000s. Since then, Grant continued as the bassist for many artists; most significantly a three-and-a-half year stint with "worship rockers," Sonicflood.
In March of 2008, Grant launched "Word and Song" which combines his passions to teach through spoken word and to lead through music.
Kumar Swamy, Dalit Freedom Network, World Awareness Week (November 10, 12)
Kumar Swamy is the South India Regional Director for one of DFN's India-based partners, OM India. Kumar holds a degree in Psychology and is deeply involved in the Dalit empowerment movement across India. Kumar is the Karnataka State Convener of the All India Christian Council, as well as the State President of the Communal Harmony Committee. He also serves with the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission. Kumar has appeared in a variety of international conferences related to human rights - conferences for people of all ages and from all walks of life. His charismatic personality helps people relate to him easily. Kumar is married and has two teenage children. Kumar is based in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.