Lecture Series 2020-21

Jemar Tisby

Jemar Tisby

Author, speaker, public historian

Complicity in Racism: The Path Forward

Friday, October 30, 10:30 a.m.

A Virtual Event

Dynamic | Significant | Prophetic
Possibly your best virtual event yet.

Join us for an incredible hour-long conversation with Jemar Tisby—a public historian with the ability to explore racial justice solutions and cultural conversations that compel audiences to action. Tisby brings history to bear with contemporary relevance. His style offers richly-informed explorations, unflinching moral insight, and clear paths forward.

Moderated by Dr. Andrea Scott and Dr. Joseph Clair.

Jemar (B.A. Notre Dame; MDiv RTS Jackson) is an Author, Speaker, and President of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, where he writes about race, religion, and culture. He also co-hosts the podcast "Pass The Mic," which amplifies dynamic voices for a diverse church.
Bringing his message to the masses, Tisby has accumulated a long list of speaking engagements at prestigious festivals and universities across the nation, including the National Antiracist book Festival (Washington, DC), the University of Notre Dame, Washington University (St. Louis), Princeton University, Wheaton College and Baylor University to name a few. With a focus on topics including racial injustice, U.S. history, and the church, he has also addressed the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, the conference on Faith and History, and the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. 
His writing has been featured in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, CNN, Vox, and the New York Times. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church's Complicity in Racismwhich received the 2019 honors for Book of the Year from the Englewood Review of Books, and Best Religion and Spirituality Books from the Library Journal. 
Jemar is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the 20th century and working with The Witness Foundation to raise $1,000,000 for an endowment to financially support the on-going work of Black Christian ministries.

Nancy Pearcey

Nancy Pearcey

professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University

Love Thy Body — Beyond Sound Bites: Understanding and Critiquing Today's Hot-button Issues

We're hoping to reschedule for Spring 2021


Please note: This lecture has been postponed until further notice.

People today are not asking, "Is Christianity true?" They're asking, "Why are Christians such bigots?" Nancy Pearcey, professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University, takes on the headline issues of our day: abortion, assisted suicide, homosexuality, transgenderism, and the hook-up culture. She shows that we will be much more effective if we dig down to the worldview level. The secular ethic rests on a radically dehumanizing worldview that denigrates the body and demeans the person. By contrast, Pearcey shows how to craft the biblical ethic in a way that is more positive and more appealing than the secular ethic.

Pearcey is the author of Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. Her earlier books include The Soul of ScienceSaving Leonardo, Finding Truth, and two ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winners: How Now Shall We Live (coauthored with Harold Fickett and Chuck Colson) and Total Truth. Her books have been translated into eight languages.

She is professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University. A former agnostic, Pearcey has spoken at universities such as Princeton, Stanford, USC, and Dartmouth. She was highlighted as one of the five top women apologists by Christianity Today and was hailed in The Economist as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual."

Past lectures