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2014 Rice Lecture Series - Pastor Peter Hubbard, "The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church"
2013 Rice Lecture Series - Professor Brent Belford, "Paul's Pastoral Use of the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians”
2012 Rice Lecture Series - Dr. Bryant Wood, “Archaeology and the Conquest: New Evidence on an Old Problem”
2011 Rice Lecture Series - Dr. Terry Mortenson, “Millions of Years and the Compromise of the Theologians”
2010 Rice Lecture Series - Dr. Michael Vlach, “Replacement Theology: Has the Church Superseded Israel as the People of God?"
2009 Rice Lecture Series - Dr. Mark Sidwell, “The Presbyterians: History, Controversies, and Trends”
2008 Rice Lecture Series - Dr. Andrew Naselli, “Keswick Theology: A Survey and Analysis of the Doctrine of Sanctification in the Early Keswick Movement”
2007 Rice Lecture Series - Dr. John Whitcomb, “Recent Trends in Creationism”
2006 Rice Lecture Series - Dr. Rodney Decker, "Is it Better to Bury or to Burn? A Biblical Perspective on Cremation and Christianity in Western Culture"
2005 Rice Lecture Series - Dr. John Makujina, "The Contemporary Christian Music Debate"

2014 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Speaker: Pastor Peter Hubbard
Theme: “The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church” - PDF

      Lecture 1: The Bible: A Framework for Understanding Same-Sex Attraction - MP3
      Lecture 2: The Gospel: A Message of Hope for OSA and SSA Strugglers - MP3
      Lecture 3: The Church: A Place Full of Grace and Truth - MP3

About Our Speaker:
Pastor Peter Hubbard is the teaching pastor at North Hills Community Church in Taylors, SC, where he has served since 1992. He is also the author of Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church, published in 2013 by Ambassador International. He has two Masters degrees and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He primarily preaches and teaches, but is also involved in counseling and other facets of leadership. Peter and his wife, Karen, have been married for twenty-five years and have four children.

2013 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Speaker: Professor Brent Belford, Director of Graduate Studies, Northland International University
Theme: “Paul's Pastoral Use of the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians” - PDF

      Lecture 1: An Analysis of the Place of Scripture within Paul's Argument in 1 Corinthians - MP3
      Lecture 2: Looking Closer at Select Quotations of the Scriptures within 1 Corinthians: Quotations from the Torah - MP3
      Lecture 3: Looking Closer at Select Quotations of the Scriptures within 1 Corinthians: Quotations from the Writings and Prophets - MP3

About Our Speaker:
Brent Belford is the director of the Graduate School and is a Bible instructor at Northland International University. Before coming to Northland, he served as a youth pastor at Cross Lanes Bible Church in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. He also helped to plant Norway Baptist Church (Norway, Michigan) and currently serves as an assistant pastor of that congregation. He desires to communicate the Word of God in a fresh and exciting way to the people of God.

Brent is married and has five children.

Brent Belford has completed the following academic studies in preparation for his current ministry: Ph.D. (IP), Ridley College (Melbourne, Australia); D.Min. (ABD), Northland International University; M.Div., Faith Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A., Northland International University; B.A., Northland International University; with additional studies at Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Plymouth, MN).

2012 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Speaker: Dr. Bryant G. Wood
Theme: “Archaeology and the Conquest: New Evidence on an Old Problem”

      Lecture 1: Background and Chronology of the Exodus and Conquest - MP3
      Lecture 2: Digging Up the Truth at Jericho - MP3
      Lecture 3: The Discovery of Joshua's Ai - MP3

Supplemental Handout - PDF

Bonus Lecture: Great Archaeological Discoveries Related to the Old Testament - MP3
(delivered for Campus Bible Fellowship at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI)

About Our Speaker:
Bryant G. Wood holds a Ph.D. degree in Syro-Palestinian archaeology from the University of Toronto. He is the Director of Research at Associates for Biblical Research in Akron, PA. Dr. Wood also serves as the editor of ABR’s quarterly publication Bible and Spade. He is in high demand as an adjunct professor. His archaeological field work includes extensive excavations in Israel and Egypt over more than thirty years. He is the author of several books and scores of journal articles. For additional biographical and bibliographical information, click here.

Web Links:
Associates for Biblical Archaeology
Bible and Spade

2011 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Speaker: Dr. Terry Mortenson
Theme: “Millions of Years and the Compromise of the Theologians”

Audio recordings (MP3) for each of the lectures, along with video presentation files (PDF and PPT), are available for free download.

     Millions of Years and the Compromise of the Theologians, part 1 - PDF (11MB) PPT (25MB) MP3
     Millions of Years and the Compromise of the Theologians, part 2 - PDF (10MB) PPT (19MB) MP3
     Millions of Years and the Compromise of the Theologians, part 3 - PDF (20MB) PPT (24MB) MP3
     Ape-men: The Grand Illusion - PDF (9MB) PPT (14MB) MP3

About Our Speaker:
Like most people, Dr. Mortenson grew up in an education system that taught evolution as fact. During his first year at the University of Minnesota (where he majored in math) and shortly after becoming a Christian, he began to see the fallacy of the idea of millions of years of evolution.

With a PhD in the history of geology from the Coventry University in England and an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Dr. Mortenson has lectured on the creation-evolution controversy in 19 countries since the late 1970s.
He has spoken in homes, churches, schools, secular universities, Bible colleges, and seminaries. Several of his popular lectures have been produced as DVDs and as TV programs. He has also participated in seven formal debates with PhD evolutionary scientists in secular venues in four countries.

He is the author of numerous magazine and journal articles and several book chapters. The revised version of his PhD thesis was published as The Great Turning Point: the Church’s Catastrophic Mistake on Geology—Before Darwin (Master Books, 2004). With a deep burden for seminary professors and students, he co-edited and contributed two chapters to the scholarly 14-author book, Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth (Master Books, 2008).

He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, has presented six creation-related papers at ETS annual meetings, and spear-headed the formation of—and co-chairs the steering committee for—the “Creation Consultation” paper sessions at the ETS annual meeting beginning in 2008. He has also helped to organize and lead three heavily scholarship-focused, by-invitation-only, 7-day rafts trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon for seminary and Christian university professors and other key Christian leaders from America and several other countries.

He and his wife, Margie, have been happily married since 1976 and have eight children and five grandchildren.

2010 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Speaker: Dr. Michael Vlach
Theme: "Replacement Theology: Has the Church Superseded Israel as the People of God?" - notes

     Introduction to Replacement Theology - mp3
     A Critique of the Arguments of Replacement Theology - mp3
     The Case for the Restoration of Israel - mp3

About Our Speaker:
Dr. Michael Vlach serves as Assistant Professor of Theology at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. Before joining The Master’s Seminary faculty in 2006, Dr. Vlach functioned as a Professor of Humanities at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also taught Bible, Theology, and Hermeneutics for Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. While working on his doctorate, Dr. Vlach was the Senior Researcher/Writer at Church Initiative, a church-equipping ministry in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

An ordained minister, Dr. Vlach served as an assistant pastor in Lincoln, Nebraska for five years where he headed up a church-based Bible training institute. Michael speaks regularly at churches and conferences and has appeared on several national radio broadcasts. He has also published numerous articles in Christian magazines and scholarly journals.

Dr. Vlach began his tenure at TMS in 2006. His educational training includes these degrees: B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.Div., The Master’s Seminary; and Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Books and Monographs
The Church as a Replacement of Israel: An Analysis of Supersessionism.  Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2009.
Dispensationalism: Essential Beliefs and Common Myths.  Los Angeles: Theological Studies Press, 2008.
Philosophy 101: The "Big Idea" for the 101 Most Important People and Concepts in Philosophy.  Los Angeles: Theological Studies Press, 2007.

Journal Articles
"Rejection Then Hope: The Church's Doctrine of Israel in the Patristic Era", TMSJ. 19:1 (2008): 51-70.
"New Covenant Theology and Covenantalism", TMSJ. 18:2 (2007): 201-19.
"Americans and the Bible", (2002).
"Has the Church Replaced Israel in God's Plan?" The Conservative Theological Journal. 4:11 (2002): 6-32.

2009 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Speaker: Dr. Mark Sidwell
Theme: "The Presbyterians: History, Controversies, and Trends" - notes

Four primary areas were addressed in the three lecture sessions, providing some overlap in the recordings: (1) Fundamentals of Presbyterianism; (2) Approaching American Presbyterianism; (3) Presbyterianism in the 20th Century; (4) Contemporary Presbyterian Groups and Controversies.
     Session 1 - mp3
     Session 2 - mp3
     Session 3 (including Q & A) - mp3

About Our Speaker:
Dr. Mark Sidwell is Professor of History at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, and has served in that capacity since 2001. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Fundamentalism File (1998-2005) at the BJU Library. Mark also held a variety of editorial and managerial posts at BJU Press (1984-1998), and served as the Book Review Editor (1995-2005) for Biblical Viewpoint, the journal of the BJU School of Religion.

Mark earned a Ph.D. in church history from Bob Jones University (1988). He also received his B.A. (1980) and M.A. (1982) degrees from BJU.

In addition to his classroom duties, Dr. Sidwell is also a frequent conference speaker and a published author.

The Dividing Line: Understanding and Applying Biblical Separation
Faith of Our Fathers: Scenes from Church History
Faith of Our Fathers: Scenes from American Church History
For God and His People: Ulrich Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation
Free Indeed: Heroes of Black Christian History
The Triumph of Truth: A Life of Martin Luther
United States History for Christian Schools
World Studies for Christian Schools

2008 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Naselli
Theme: "Keswick Theology: A Survey and Analysis of the Doctrine of Sanctification in the Early Keswick Movement" - presentation - notes

     A Historical and Theological Survey of the Early Keswick Movement - mp3
     A Theological Analysis of the Early Keswick Movement - Part 1 - mp3
     A Theological Analysis of the Early Keswick Movement - Part 2 (with Q & A) - mp3

About Our Speaker:
Dr. Andrew David Naselli is working on a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in New Testament Exegesis and Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he serves as research assistant to Dr. D. A. Carson, teaching assistant to Dr. Robert Yarbrough, part-time Greek faculty, and Administrator of Themelios.

Andy earned a Ph.D. in theology from Bob Jones University (2006), an M.A. in Bible from Bob Jones University (2003), and a B.A. in Bible from Baptist College of Ministry (2002). His 2006 dissertation is entitled, "Keswick Theology: A Historical and Theological Survey and Analysis of the Doctrine of Sanctification in the Early Keswick Movement, 1875-1920," and its thesis is that Keswick theology's view of sanctifi­cation is theologically erroneous. He and his wife, Jenni, live in Deerfield, IL and maintain

2007 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2007
Speaker: Dr. John Whitcomb
Theme: "Recent Trends in Creationism"

     The Creation of the World - mp3
     The Origin of Man - mp3
     Dinosaurs and Men - mp3

About Our Speaker:
Dr. John C. Whitcomb is the president of Whitcomb Ministries, Inc. He is also the founder and a professor of Christian Workman Schools of Theology. Dr. Whitcomb has taught Old Testament and theology for more than 50 years, and is widely recognized as a leading biblical scholar. Dr. Whitcomb taught at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, from 1951-1990, and gained recognition for his work on The Genesis Flood, co-authored with the late Dr. Henry Morris. This book has been credited as one of the major catalysts for the modern biblical creationism movement. Dr. Whitcomb’s main teaching emphases have included biblical creationism, Old Testament exposition, dispensational theology, premillennial eschatology, and presuppositional apologetics.

The Whitcombs live in Indianapolis, Indiana, and enjoy spending time with their six children and seventeen grandchildren. They maintain an active schedule of speaking engagements in churches, Bible colleges, and seminaries. Schedule and further information are available on

2006 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Speaker: Dr. Rodney Decker
Theme: “Is It Better to Bury or to Burn? A Biblical Perspective on Cremation and Christianity in Western Culture” - pdf

     Biblical Data Related to Cremation - mp3
     Theological and Historical Issues in Cremation - mp3
     Cultural Issues Related to Cremation, and Q&A - mp3

About Our Speaker:
Born and reared in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, Dr. Decker was saved at the age of five. He was baptized at, and later ordained by, the Osterhout Bible Church in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Decker attended Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1974 and his Master of Divinity degree in 1978. After several years of ministry as an assistant pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church (Philadelphia) and at Calvary Baptist Church (Detroit), he completed his Master of Theology degree at Detroit Baptist Seminary.

After completing his graduate studies, Dr. Decker pastored The Country Church in Caro, Michigan for eight years. He then taught on the faculty of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary from 1990 to 1996 as chairman of the Department of Biblical Languages, and professor of Greek and theology. During the 1994–95 academic year he was granted a sabbatical to complete residence work for his Doctor of Theology degree in New Testament. Upon completion of dissertation research he was awarded the doctoral degree by Central Baptist Seminary in Minneapolis in 1998. In 1996 he returned to Baptist Bible Seminary as associate professor of New Testament and Greek where he teaches courses in both the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Dr. Decker has published articles in Bibliotheca Sacra, Grace Theological Journal, Trinity Journal, Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal, and in the Journal of Ministry and Theology. He has written three books, including a technical study of the Greek verb in Mark’s gospel, and two shorter ones on dispensational theology and a history of the English Bible. Two additional books are in preparation, one a reader in koine Greek, the other a grammatical commentary/handbook on the Gospel of Mark. He is also the creator of an extensive Internet web site, New Testament Resources . He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

When not involved in a writing project, he enjoys various home-improvement projects, font design, database programming, and reading. He and Linda, his wife of 30+ years, have three grown children and several grandchildren. The Deckers were involved for several years in the ministry of a church plant project in the Mayfield/Jermyn/Carbondale, Pennsylvania area (North Valley Baptist Church) sponsored by First Baptist Church, Marilla, New York in cooperation with BBS’s Project Jerusalem. They are presently members of the Northmoreland Baptist Church in Centermoreland, Pennsylvania.

2005 William R. Rice Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Speaker: Dr. John Majujina
Theme: "The Contemporary Christian Music Debate"

     Theological Foundations for Music and Worship - mp3
     Historical and Philosophical Foundation of CCM - mp3
     Impact of CCM on Today's Churches - mp3

About Our Speaker:
The guest lecturer was Dr. John Makujina. He holds advanced degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Westminster Theological Seminary.  Dr. Makujina has lectured extensively in biblical languages and Old Testament and has published articles in numerous scholarly journals.  He is also the author of Measuring the Music: Another Look at the Contemporary Christian Music Debate

Dr. Makujina’s lectures addressed the necessity of a strong theological foundation in order to adequately address the issue of musical choices for individual believers and the corporate worship of the church.  Special emphasis was placed on examining the historical and philosophical foundation of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and its impact upon the church today.  He also held an open Q&A forum for all the students and the area pastors and alumni who were visiting.

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