Dr. W. Stephen Gunter
Professor Stephen Gunter returned to ministry at Church of the Servant in September, 2017, as “Theologian in Residence” after more than 2 decades at Emory University and Duke Divinity School – where he served as Research Professor and Associate Dean for Methodist Studies. He has lectured and preached in more than 25 world areas, while remaining active in his annual conference as an ordained Methodist clergy. His most recent book, Arminius and His ‘Declaration of Sentiments’ (Baylor University Press) was translated into Portuguese. Check him out on Google under W. Stephen Gunter.
In his role as “Theologian in Residence”, Dr. Gunter will be presenting a number of lectures on various topics of interest to the congregation. Audio podcasts of these lectures are available at the links below.
Stephen Gunter Lectures:
A LENTEN DUET:
Soul Mending in a Torn World
Presented February 18 & March 4, 2018
We live in a fractured society in which a sense of well-being is difficult to come by. Our spirits are worn and our souls are torn. Pious platitudes do not get it any more – if they ever did!, and there are reasons why. We have been conditioned to speak about “having a soul,” but our Jewish and Christian traditions are built on the premise that we ARE A SOUL. It is a fallacy to assume that body, soul, mind, and spirit are separate entities essentially unrelated to one another. Medical practitioners and counselors are catching up to the foundational biblical premise: “God breathed into us the breath of life, and we became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). The Apostle Paul admonishes us to not let the world squeeze us into its mold, but to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Rom. 12:12). How are mind and soul connected? Is it a selfish escapism to desire a deep sense of peace when our society is in such turmoil? How can we mend our souls? Can our own soul mending help heal our fracturing society? Would you be interested in exploring some answers to these and similar questions?
Harvey!, Irma!, and a Loving God?
How Do Christians Discuss Faith and Natural Disasters?
Presented October 8 and 15, 2017
Do recent storms and other natural disasters leave you wondering about your faith in God? Are insurance companies right to call these “acts of God”? What does it mean when well-meaning Christians assert “God is in control!”? How can our Creator be a loving God and let all these bad things happen? If these and other related questions are of interest to you, then this pair of lectures may pique your interest.