CSC Skype Series

Hear from some of the most influential thinkers in the world today. Famous authors, preachers, and apologists are coming to the CSC on Tuesday nights (via the internet) to talk with you. Ask them questions. Wrestle with their viewpoints. Challenge your faith.

The CSC Skype Series happens the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm exclusively at the CSC building in Lexington, KY. Be there to talk with some of the most well-known pastors and authors alive today. The CSC Skype Series is completely free and open to anyone of any age. Just bring yourself and any questions you might have for the speaker. The CSC is located at 502 Columbia Ave., Lexington, KY 40508. Free parking is available in the University Kentucky library parking lots every Tuesday after 5pm.

Here's a list of some of the CSC Skype Series speakers appearing at the Christian Studies Center this year:

Rob Bell | June 1, 2010

Rob Bell will be appearing at the CSC on Tuesday, June 1 at 7pm at the CSC building in Lexington, KY. Bell is the creator of the popular NOOMA video series and best-selling author numerous popular books such as Velvet Elvis, Sex God, and Jesus Wants to Save Christians. He is also the pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Be at the CSC on Tuesday, June 1 at 7pm to hear from and even talk to Rob Bell. The event is free and open to the public.

Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll describes himself as a theological misfit who has learned to be okay with that label. He was raised Irish Catholic behind a strip club in a tough neighborhood near Seattle. However, he didn’t become a believer until he was 19 when God spoke to him, telling him to plant a church and get married. Now, Driscoll is pastor at Mars Hill Church where nearly 6,000 people attend one of the church’s four campuses each week. He is also one of the 50 most influential pastors in America and author of The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out. He has written and spoken extensively on topics such as repentance, Reformed theology and the state of American church. In addition, his sharp tongue and intense personality has earned him the title of the Cussing Pastor.

Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren is an author, theologian and leader of the Emergent movement. He has written several books on postmodern ministry, apologetics and global missions and is the founding pastor at Cedar Ridge Community Church. In 2004, Time Magazine named him as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. Despite his soft spoken nature, McLaren’s views on the Gospel, eschatological engagement and integration have been stirring debates among Christians and have led some to refer to him as a heretic. However, his voice and his views have been demanded on programs such as Larry King Live and Nightline and his work has been covered in the Washington Post and Christianity Today.

N. T. Wright

N.T. Wright serves as the Bishop of Durham, the fourth most senior cleric in the Church of England and as a Biblical scholar who has taught at Oxford and Cambridge. In his book, Surprised by Hope, he writes that many Christians have the wrong idea of heaven and have misinterpreted the New Testament. He writes that God wants people to be renewed human beings and that Christ is coming to join together the heavens and the Earth in an act of new creation. In Wright’s opinion, the resurrection was just the beginning. Wright has also written a number of other works and has aimed to describe what Christianity is all about to those inside and outside the faith.

Greg Boyd

Greg Boyd is an apologist, theologian, author and senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. After converting from atheism to Christianity in 1974, he realized that the members of his new faith weren’t addressing many questions and objections to the religion. Boyd decided to take on many of the intellectual questions about Christianity and spent years studying theology at Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. Later, he became a professor of theology at Bethel University and continues to challenge Christians to find a deeper understanding of their faith. He has authored or co-authored 18 books including the bestsellers Letters From a Skeptic and The Myth of a Christian Nation and has appeared on CNN and National Public Radio.

Francis Chan

Francis Chan is the founder of Eternity Bible College and pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California. He is also the author of the best-selling book, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, which explains that Christians must respond to God’s passionate love for us by living crazy, love-motivated lives for him. In 2008, Chan made news when Cornerstone decided to give away 55 percent of its budget to the poor and hungry. Chan strives to practice a spirit of giving by declining to take a salary from his church and giving away most of his income. He sits on the board of directors of Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact.

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