Lectureship Series

Lectureship on Holy Living

Azusa Pacific Seminary is committed to demonstrating the vitality of the historic Wesleyan message as a response to the complex spiritual and social issues facing Christians today. In keeping with this purpose, outstanding scholars are invited to campus to present the results of studies in Wesleyan holiness thought. In 1991, this lectureship was renamed to honor Malcolm R. Robertson, Ed.D., for his 43 years of faithful service to Azusa Pacific University as a professor and administrator.

David Fitch, Ph.D.
Pastor, Life on the Vince Christian Community, Chicago
Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary, Chicago
MaryKate Morse, Ph.D.
George Fox University
Rev. Albert Tate
Fellowship Monrovia
Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Don Thorsen, Ph.D.
Azusa Pacific University
Eve Tibbs, Ph.D.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Amos Yong, Ph.D.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Carla Sunberg, Ph.D.
Nazarene Theological Seminary
Gayle Beebe, Ph.D.
Westmont College
Kevin Mannoia, Ph.D.
Azusa Pacific University
David Wright, Ph.D.
Indiana Wesleyan University
T. Scott Daniels, Ph.D.
Azusa Pacific University
Ben Witherington III, Ph.D.
Asbury Theological Seminary
No event
Douglas Strong, Ph.D.
Seattle Pacific University
Dallas Willard, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Stanley Hauerwas, Ph.D.
Duke Divinity School
David Le Shana, Ph.D.
George Fox University and Seattle Pacific University
David Bundy, Ph.D.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Joel B. Green, Ph.D.
Asbury Theological Seminary
Barry Callen, Ph.D.
Anderson University
Cheryl Bridges Johns, Ph.D.
Church of God Theological Seminary
Arthur O. Roberts
George Fox University
Stephen Gunter, Ph.D.
Emory University
No event
Larry Shelton, Th.D.
George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Jim Garlow, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor, Skyline Wesleyan Church
Thomas C. Oden, Ph.D.
Drew University
Irv Brendlinger, Ph.D.
George Fox University
Samuel Kamaleson, S.T.D.
Former Vice President at Large, World Vision International
Justo L. González, Ph.D.
Author, Lecturer, and Educator
D. Eugene Pickard, D.Miss.
Barclay College
Susie C. Stanley, Ph.D.
Western Evangelical Seminary
Ralph P. Martin, Ph.D.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Alan G. Padgett, Ph.D.
Azusa Pacific University
Don Thorsen, Ph.D.
Azusa Pacific University
Lee M. Haines
The Wesleyan Church
W. Stanley Johnson, Ph.D.
Western Evangelical Seminary
Melvin E. Dieter, Ph.D.
Asbury Theological Seminary
Luke Keefer, Ph.D.
Ashland Theological Seminary
Howard Snyder, Ph.D.
United Theological Seminary

Faith Matters Lecture Series

The Faith Matters Lecture Series is presented four times per year by undergraduate and graduate faculty members of APU’s School of Theology. Lectures encompass a wide variety of topics surrounding the discipline of theology in today’s world, including biblical studies, theology and ethics, and practical ministry, to provide encouragement with issues facing Christians today. The series was started by a committee composed of six members: Rob Muthiah, Don Thorsen, Karen Winslow, Kay Smith, Cheryl Crawford, and Carmeli Silva.


  • October 27, Black Lives Matter: Jacquelyn Winston, Ph.D., Jessica Wong, Ph.D., Greg Moder, Ph.D., Michael Mata, M.Div., Rob Muthiah, Ph.D. (moderator)
  • January 26, Persecution: How would YOU Respond? Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D.


  • September 24, An Apology for Apologetics: Tim Finlay, Ph.D.
  • October 22, From Reason to Theism: Josh Rasmussen, Ph.D.
  • January 28, St. Augustine and Justice Kennedy on The Good of Marriage: Terri Merrick, Ph.D.
  • March 17, C.S. Lewis and His Circle: Roger White, Ed.D. (Canceled)


  • September 25, Tale of Two Peoples: Robert Mullins, Ph.D.
  • November 6, The Divine Conspiracy: Gary Black Jr., Ph.D.
  • January 29, Pop Culture and Spiritual Formation—Oil and Water?: Rob Muthiah, Ph.D., with Cheryl Crawford, Ph.D., and Michael Bruner, Ph.D.
  • March 26, Do Justice, Love, Mercy, Walk Humbly: Gregg Moder, D.Min., with Viv Grigg, Ph.D., Michael Mata, M.Div., and Kevin Young, M.Div.


  • September 26, Sex in the Church: Brian Lugioyo, Ph.D.
  • November 7, A Grain of Truthiness: Kathryn Smith, Ph.D.
  • February 6, The Faces of Evil: Matthew Hauge, Ph.D., and Craig Anderson, Ph.D.
  • April 3, Whose Kingdom is it Anyway?: Jacquelyn E. Winston, Ph.D.


  • September 27, How Superheros Influence Our Faith: B.J. Oropeza, Ph.D.
  • October 25, Are You Smarter Than Your Pastor?: Keith Reeves, Ph.D.
  • January 31, Facebook: Would Jesus ‘Friend’ You?: Michael Bruner, Ph.D.
  • March 14, Magic Amulets: Collecting Near Eastern Artifacts: Robert Duke, Ph.D.


  • September 29, Rob Bell’s Love Wins: Musings on Eternity?!: Keith Matthews, D.Min.
  • November 10, Why God First is Not Sufficient: Dennis Okholm, Ph.D.
  • January 26, Sticky Faith: Nurturing Faith in Young Adults: Cheryl Crawford, Ph.D.
  • March 1, The Apostle Paul’s View of Women in Ministry: Alice Yafeh-Deigh, Ph.D.


  • September 16, Too Much Stress? Fight, Flight, and God in Daily Life: Paul Shrier, Ph.D., and Cahleen Shrier, Ph.D.
  • November 18, War and Peace: Christian Alternatives: Kent Walkemeyer, D.Min.
  • January 27, Mosque Hysteria: Christian and Muslim Relations: Robert Mullins, Ph.D.
  • February 24, World Changers: Are Evangelicals Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?: Scott Daniels, Ph.D.


  • September 30, Living the Last Days: Christian Eschatology and Biblical Apocalyptic: Bill Yarchin, Ph.D.
  • October 28, Signs and Wonders: Why Pentecostalism is the World’s Fastest-Growing Faith: Paul Alexander, Ph.D.
  • January 27, Doctrine of the Trinity and Why it Matters: Reflections on The Shack: Don Thorsen, Ph.D.

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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