ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University will host New Testament scholar Daniel Wallace as part of the university’s endowed Birkett Williams Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. The lecture will be held in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The lecture series, which is held each semester, rotates among Ouachita’s seven academic schools. OBU’s Chesley and Elizabeth Pruet School of Christian Studies will host this semester’s lecture.
Wallace will address the topic, “How Much Did the Scribes Corrupt the New Testament?” A professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Wallace also is executive director of the Center for the Study of the New Testament Manuscripts. He is a noted scholar, author of numerous books and articles, a consultant for four Bible translations and a frequent speaker at universities, seminaries and conferences.
“Dan Wallace is one of the country’s top experts on New Testament manuscripts,” said Danny Hays, dean of the Pruet School. Noting that “there have been challenges in some circles to the reliability of the gospels,” he said Wallace “has been one of the strong voices for historical Christianity, establishing that the gospels are reliable.”
Describing the Birkett Williams Lecture Series as “a huge asset to Ouachita,” Hays said the lecture series is a significant benefit “especially for our students and their educational opportunities” as the university “brings in top scholars in their disciplines.”
The Birkett Williams Lecture Series was established in 1977 through a gift from the late Birkett L. Williams, a 1910 Ouachita graduate. His generous endowment established the lectures as an opportunity to extend the concepts of a liberal arts education beyond the classroom by bringing leading scholars and public figures to Ouachita’s campus.
ROGERS – Sacred Investment is the theme of the 2013 Arkansas Pastors’ Conference set for 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 28 at Cross Church, Pinnacle Hills, in Rogers.
Danny Smith, pastor of CrossPoint Baptist Church, Greenbrier, is serving as president of the 2013 Pastors’ Conference. Other members of the leadership team are David Fox, pastor of First Baptist Church, Mayflower, vice president, and Chad Grigsby, directional pastor of teaching and shepherding at the Compass Church, Batesville, treasurer.
“This year’s event will feature dynamic speakers from churches and ministries all over the United States,” said Smith.
2013 Pastors’ Conference speakers are Nick Floyd, pastor of Cross Church, Fayetteville; Josh Reavis, assistant pastor of pastoral ministries at North Jacksonville Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla.; Larry White, associational missionary for Faulkner Baptist Association, Conway; Kenny Luck, pastor of men at Saddleback Church and founder of Every Man Ministries, Lake Forest, Calif., and Mark Dever, pastor of Capital Hills Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
Smith said a new addition this year is an afternoon panel discussion featuring conference speakers.
“This panel discussion will allow you to hear the hearts of the men and how they are investing in the lives of others,” he said.
Smith said the Sacred Investment theme is based on 2 Timothy 2:1-2.
“As pastors, we spend so much time investing our lives into others for the sake of the gospel, and this day will be an encouragement to continue to ‘entrust to faithful men’ the glorious riches of Jesus Christ,” he explained, referencing 2 Timothy 2:2.
“Our team of leaders have been, and will continue to be, praying for this day to be an encounter with God that strengthens and encourages the pastors of our state,” said Smith.
“We hope you will make plans now to attend, and together let’s continue the task of reaching more people for King Jesus!”
For extensive coverage of the annual meeting, related events and stories, visit www.arkansasbaptist.org/absc2013. Meeting alerts and updates will be posted during the meeting on the Arkansas Baptist News Twitter account at www.twitter.com/arkbaptnews and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/arkbaptnews.
The Ministers’ Wives Network conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the Club House of Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers. The theme is A Red Carpet Event.
Kathy Ferguson Litton, director of pastors’ wives at the North American Mission Board, will serve as keynote speaker, and Mary Claire Maier of First Baptist Church, Rogers, will serve as worship leader.
To register, email email@example.com. Free child care is available, but parents must preregister. For a child care preregistration form, visit www.absc.org.
The annual celebration of the Arkansas Hispanic Baptist Fellowship will take place Monday, Oct. 28 at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers. Registration will begin at 1 p.m., and the conference will take place from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Fermin Whitaker, executive director of the California Southern Baptist Convention, will serve as guest speaker.
For more information, contact Francisco Gomez, Arkansas Baptist State Convention missions ministries team member, at 800-838-2272, ext. 5149.
The International Parents Fellowship will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Rib Crib restaurant in Springdale.
The Associational Missionaries Fellowship will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Club House at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers.
Innovative Church Planters will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Metro Church, Rogers.
The Ministers’ Wives Desert Fellowship will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the SURGE room at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers.
The Chaplains Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. on Oct. 29 in the Club House at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers.
A meal will be served by the diaster relief team during the annual meeting’s lunch break on Oct. 29 in the West parking lot at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers.
Scotland Baptist Church, Scotland, will celebrate its 140th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 6. Former pastors and members are invited to attend. For more information call 501-592-3787. Charles Deckelman is pastor.