Public Lectures & Mission Research Colloquia


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Held at OMSC, Great Commission Hall

Canon Dr. Titus L. Presler

Duty, Witness, and Risk: Dilemmas of a Mission in Peshawar

Since 2011 Canon Dr. Titus L. Presler has been principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan, a church institution where ninety percent of the students and faculty are Muslim. He is currently in exile after a government attempt to seize Edwardes College from the Church of Pakistan resulted in Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents beating him and threatening death. In this public lecture Dr. Presler will analyze personal and institutional dilemmas of mission in solidarity with a church struggling in a region known for extremism. Previously he was president of Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas, and chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on World Mission. His most recent book is Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference.

Friday, November 14, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.
Held at OMSC, Great Commission Hall
Professor Andrew F. Walls

The First African Diaspora and Its Mission to Africa

Professor Andrew F. Walls, University of Edinburgh, Liverpool Hope University, and Akrofi-Christaller Institute, concludes OMSC’s tenth Distinguished Mission Lectureship series with a lecture about “The First African Diaspora and Its Mission to Africa.”

The lectureship (five presentations with discussions) is entitled “Revival in Christendom and the (Re-)Emergence of World Christianity.” He will examine a period when the vision of Protestant Christians barely extended beyond Europe and the eastern seaboard of America. A series of movements of radical spiritual renewal in different countries brought a drastic change of perspective, eventually contributing to the shaping of World Christianity as we now see it.

Professor Walls, who is the subject of Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls (2011), explores the relation of the Pietist and early Evangelical movements to the missionary movement from the West, and how activities originally directed to Christian societies in the West had abiding effects far beyond those societies.

Cosponsored by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and The Mission Society.

Looking ahead

Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. David Shenk, global consultant, Eastern Mennonite Missions.

Previous OMSC lectures

OMSC online learning

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