Andiron Lecture Series - Romans 13:1-10 in Ancient Context: Interpretation and Integration in the Public Square

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

4:00 p.m.

Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Reverend Keith Turner serves as the John Wesley Minister and assistant chaplain, and as assistant program director for the Lilly funded summer youth theology institute, Open Table, at the University of Evansville. He is a licensed pastor in The United Methodist Church and brings a breadth and depth of experience in preaching and ministry to the Office of Religious Life.

Turner earned his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology from Asbury University and his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. While at Asbury Theological Seminary, Turner was inducted into the International Society of Theta Phi, an academic honors society for exemplary religious scholarship and academic achievement. In May 2018, The School of Practical Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary awarded him the Stanger Preaching Award for excellence in preaching, both in the crafting and delivery of sermons. He is also a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society.

In Romans 13:1-10, early Christian missionary and leader, Paul of Tarsus, penned a first-century open letter to the Jewish community living in Rome. During a period of socio-political turbulence and in a series of exhortations, Paul admonished, “Every person should place themselves under the authority of the government. (CEB)” Cultures and governments in the nearly two millennia since these words were penned have used them to justify their right to govern with the expectation of submission from those who are governed. This presentation explores the cultural context prompting Paul’s writing with consideration given to its implementation in society today.

A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.

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