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Public Lectures

Our mandate is to educate the whole people of God—and that includes the Christian community of Vancouver and beyond. We offer free public lectures by our own world-class faculty, and by visiting scholars, teachers, and authors from around the world.

We host two regular lecture series—Summer Lectures and the Laing Lectures—as well as special events throughout the year.

Most of our lectures are recorded and available as audio downloads through RegentAudio.com

Summer Lectures

In the Spring and Summer Sessions, we host lectures every week to highlight the research of our regular faculty and our visiting summer lecturers. All lectures are in the Regent College Chapel unless otherwise noted. Our lectures tend to draw large crowds, so plan to arrive early for a good seat.

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Next Public Lecture
Jun
25
Monday, 12:00PM

How to Think about Church Leadership

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With Andy Rowell

Dr. Andy Rowell will be presenting a lunchtime lecture helping us learn "How to Think about Church Leadership." Bring your lunch and join us for this engaging talk.

Lecture Description:

An emphasis on leadership in the church has caused a host of problems, with prominent leaders leaving a path of destruction in their wake. However, there is a place for leadership if it is understood correctly. Counter-intuitively, this is not primarily understood by looking at the threefold pattern of bishop, presbyter and deacon. Nor is understanding the church as the place where "the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered" a reliable method of determining what a church leader should do. In this lecture, Dr. Rowell argues that the key to understanding church leadership is understanding the purpose of the church. Also, it is important to take into account the role of the apostle in the New Testament. Dr. Rowell's argument is primarily biblical and theological but also draws upon leadership literature for terminology. Dr. Rowell's talk reflects on his training at Regent College, including the emphasis on equipping the laity, Eugene Peterson's understanding of pastoring, and Gordon Fee's reflections on New Testament church leadership.

Dr. Andy Rowell is Assistant Professor of Ministry Leadership at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He graduated with his MDiv from Regent College in 2002. His dissertation at Duke Divinity School was entitled "The History of Interpretation of Karl Barth’s Ecclesiology from 1927 to 2015." He regularly teaches Discipleship in Community, Missional Outreach and Evangelism, and Organizational Leadership and Church Governance at Bethel Seminary.

Upcoming Public Lectures
Jun
25
Monday, 7:30PM

Current Dynamics in Christian-Muslim Relationships

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With Wafik Wahba

Exploring historical encounters between the two religions as well as variances in religious traditions can help us understand contemporary global conflicts and their impact on Christian-Muslim relationships.

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Jun
27
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Imagining Our Neighbours as Ourselves: the Arts, Empathy, and the Christian Imagination

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With Mary McCampbell

Dr. Mary McCampbell explores the connections between the Arts, Empathy, and Christian Imagination.

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Jul
2
Monday, 7:30PM

The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism

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With Richard Winter

While there is nothing wrong with striving for excellence, sometimes the pursuit seduces us into the unhealthy realms of perfectionism.

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Jul
4
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Catechesis for a Secular Age: The Wisdom of 1 Peter

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With Gordon T. Smith

Assuming we live in a secular age, could 1 Peter be a timely message “for such a time as this?”

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Jul
5
Thursday, 12:00PM

The Movies & Us: What the Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture Tell Us About Ourselves

Dr. Drew Trotter will be presenting a lunchtime lecture on the what our entertainment is telling us about ourselves and our cultural climate.

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Jul
9
Monday, 7:30PM

No More Dithering: What Climate Change Means for Creation

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With Everett Hamner

This talk presents climate data in accessible terms, pitting ecotheological insights against forces of endless delay, and offers some less-commonly considered interventions.

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Jul
11
Wednesday, 7:30PM

God Among Idols: Abram’s Call and Missions Today

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With Carol Kaminski

In our post-Christian context, the church needs to return to her roots, remembering that God's missional call began not in the Promised Land but in a pagan city.

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Jul
16
Monday, 7:30PM

Doing "Theology" as Design - As God Originally Intended?

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With Rikk Watts

This lecture argues that the bible is concerned with shaping, through experience and persuasion, human agents as God’s designers.

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Jul
18
Wednesday, 7:30PM

The Spirituality of Time

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With Sarah Williams

How do we imagine time and how does our imagination shape our perception of prayer?

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Jul
23
Monday, 7:30PM

When Fundamentalism Meets Liberalism

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With Terry LeBlanc

Is a new liberal fundamentalism emerging which is intolerant of legitimate difference of opinion and action?

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Jul
24
Tuesday, 7:30PM

Living with Never-Ending Expectations as a Leader

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With Peter Shaw

How best do we both live responsibly with expectations and hold lightly to them?

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Jul
25
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Motherhood and Martyrdom: Family and Faith in the Early Church

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With Lynn H. Cohick

The powerful juxtaposition of mother and life on the one hand, and martyr and death on the other, is seen in the martyrdom account of Perpetua and Felicitas.

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Jul
30
Monday, 7:30PM

Beyond the Mysteries: Paul’s Proclamation of the Mystery of God

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With Bruce Longenecker

This illustrated lecture will offer an overview of typical forms of devotion to the mystery deities and illustrate central tenets in Paul’s proclamation of the mystery of God.

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Aug
1
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Architect of Modern Missions: The Achievement of William Carey

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With David Bebbington

This lecture analyses the factors in William Carey's formation—the advantages he possessed in his ministry in India and the difficulties he faced—before examining the results of his work.

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Sep
18
Tuesday, 7:30PM

Alister McGrath at Regent: Science and Faith: Conflicting or Enriching?

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With Alister McGrath

Regent College is hosting two evening lectures with Dr. Alister McGrath.

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Sep
19
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Alister McGrath at Regent: God, Science & the Meaning of Life: C. S. Lewis and Richard Dawkins

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With Alister McGrath

Regent College is hosting two evening lectures with Dr. Alister McGrath.

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Oct
4
Thursday, 7:30PM

Sarah Coakley at Regent College

Regent College is delighted to host an evening lecture with Dr. Sarah Coakley.

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