2017 McKnight Lectures, July 1–29
Conversations on Women in the Church and Beyond
9:45 a.m. | St. Andrew’s Hall
Books are on sale in the Commons or you can pre-order online; Purchase is optional
This year, the McKnight Lectures will focus on God’s creation of women, what makes women unique, and how that uniqueness should thrive in the church and community. All adult Sunday School classes are encouraged to attend the gatherings on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. from July 1–29 in St. Andrew’s Hall. Washington McKnight was called to be the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in 1804, and at the tender age of 23, McKnight led the congregation of only 13 people with courage and vision. In light of this pastor’s pioneering foresight we are hosting our ninth summer series of the McKnight Lectures.
McKnight Coffee Hour and Snack Suppers
5 p.m. | The Depot | No charge for Coffee
Snack Supper: $6/adults, $3/children
Beginning July 8, we will have weekly coffeehouse-type gatherings at 5 p.m. each Sunday in Murphy Hall to allow time to process and informally discuss the McKnight Lectures. Students in middle school and high school are encouraged to participate in the coffee hour discussions with the church family. A light meal will be available by reservation only.
July 1—“A Journey from Egalitarianism to Complementarianism” with Mary Beth McGreevy
Mary Beth McGreevy will share about her journey from egalitarianism to complementarianism and lead us in a discussion on dynamics that can hinder godly expression of gifts. Mary Beth is the Director of Women’s Ministry at Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and an adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary. She has co-authored many Bible studies and served on the PCA’s Ad Interim Committee on Women Serving in the Ministry of the Church.
July 8—Panel Discussion with Elders and Leaders
Elders and leaders of First Pres will hold a panel discussion that allows the leadership to engage questions on the topic of women in ministry. Register for the July 8 Snack Supper; deadline July 3.
July 15—“Complementarianism: The Difference in Principles and Particulars” with Courtney Doctor
As the wife of a PCA pastor, former Director of Women’s Ministry at the Kirk of the Hills, PCA, and conference speaker and teacher, Courtney Doctor brings a wealth of experience and a variety of vantage points to the conversation on women in ministry. Courtney received an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013 and is the author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story (2016). She is the wife of Craig, who is the interim pastor of Old Orchard Presbyterian Church. Courtney is currently serving as the keynote speaker for the 2018 PCA Women’s Conferences entitled One from the John 17 High Priestly prayer. Register for the July 15 Snack Supper; deadline July 10.
July 22—“Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality” with Nancy Pearcey
Mrs. Pearcey is the author of the newly released Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. She is professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University and editor at large of the Pearcey Report. Her earlier books include The Soul of Science, Saving Leonardo, Finding Truth, and two ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winners: Total Truth and How Now Shall We Live?, coauthored with Harold Fickett and Chuck Colson. Hailed in The Economist as “America’s preeminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual,” Pearcey has spoken at universities such as Princeton, Stanford, USC, and Dartmouth. Register for the July 22 Snack Supper; deadline July 17.
July 29—“Through His Eyes: God’s Perspective on Women in the Bible” with Jerram Barrs
Dr. Barrs is the Professor of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture at Covenant Theological Seminary where he also serves as the Resident Scholar of the Francis Schaeffer Institute. He is a student of the late Francis Schaeffer and worked for 18 years at L’Abri Fellowship in England where he also served as a pastor in the International Presbyterian Church. Jerram’s book, Through His Eyes, gives both affirmation and thoughtful theological footing to how God views women. Dr. Barrs is the husband of Vicki, and together they have three adult sons and seven grandchildren. Register for the July 29 Snack Supper; deadline July 24.