New Testament scholar N.T. Wright visits EMU

Renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright will visit Eastern Mennonite University Nov. 13-14 as part of a presentation series on the theme “Discerning the Dawn.”

In addition to presenting in EMU and Eastern Mennonite Seminary chapel services, Wright will give the annual Augsburger Lecture. He will also address area pastors and speak at James Madison University.

Wright, currently the research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, has also been Bishop of Durham, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey, and Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, as well as a professor of New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford universities.

His books include Simply Jesus, Surprised by Hope, The Day the Revolution Began, Jesus and the Victory of God, Paul and the Faithfulness of God and more, and his writing has appeared in The Times, the Independent, and the Guardian. He has been interviewed by ABC, CNN, FOX, NBC, NPR and PBS.

“Wright has spent decades providing insights into Christian thought and has raised provocative questions for many,” said EMU pastor and campus ministries director Brian Martin Burkholder. “We are looking forward to engaging with him about discerning hope in our current day.”

The two-day visit is sponsored by the Missional Church Partnership, a coalition that includes Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Park View Mennonite Church, Virginia Mennonite Conference and Virginia Mennonite Missions, and Eastern Mennonite University’s campus ministries, Bible and religion department, and this year the Augsburger Lecture Series. Aubrey Spears, rector at the Church of the Incarnation and director of Café Veritas, joined the group in hosting Wright.

Events open to the public include:

Tuesday, Nov. 13:

  • Eastern Mennonite Seminary chapel service in Martin Chapel, 11-11:45 a.m.: “The Spirit and the Church’s Task” (based on John 16:4b-15)
  • Memorial Hall, James Madison University, 7-8:30 p.m.: “Signposts from a Suffering World: How God Reveals Himself Despite Everything”

Wednesday, Nov. 14:

  • EMU campus worship in Lehman Auditorium, 10:10-11 a.m. (Q&A until 11:30 a.m.): “The Day the Revolution Began: Atonement the Right Way Round”
  • EMU Augsburger Lecture Series Colloquium Address in Lehman Auditorium, 7-8:30 p.m.: “Promised Glory: Thinking Straight about God and the World” and Q&A.

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