Together As One Mosaic

Rev. James L. Haddix, Ph.D.,

Minister

 

Rev. Renee U. Garrett, M.Div.,

Minister of Christian Nurture

 

churchoffice@allsoulsbangor.com


 

Some guests of the
Pastor Theologians Program:

 

Introduction

 

Daniel M. Bell
Lutheran Theological Southern
Seminary

 

William P. Brown
Columbia Theological Seminary

 

Jason Byassee
Duke Divinity School

 

Scott Cairns
University of Missouri

 

Kenneth Carter

 

Ellen T. Charry
Princeton Theological Seminary

 

John Chryssavgis

 

Gabriel Fackre
Andover Newton Theological School, Emeritus

 

Richard L. Floyd

 

Catherine Gunsulas Gonzalez
Columbia Theological Seminary

 

Scott J. Hafemann
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe
Minister, First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, Connecticut

 

Leander Harding

 

Gordon L. Isaac
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

Robert W. Jenson

 

Cheryl Bridges Johns
Church of God Theological Seminary
Cleveland, Tennessee

 

Walter C. Kaiser
President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

Peter John Kreeft
Boston College

 

Peter J. Leithart
New St. Andrew’s College

 

Frederica Mathewes-Green

 

Sean M. McDonough
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

David Mills
Cedarville College

 

Stephen J. Nichols
Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School

 

Cornelius Plantinga

 

Robert Sherman
Bangor Theological Seminary

 

Max L. Stackhouse
Princeton Theological Seminary, Emeritus

 

Robert A. Strong, CFA
University of Maine

 

Scott W. Sunquist
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

 

Marianne Meye Thompson
Fuller School of Theology

 

William Vanden Bosch

 

Stephen H. Webb
Wabash College

 

G. Bruce Wiersma
University of Maine

 

Ralph C. Wood
Baylor University

 

 

Rev. Dr. Cornelius “Neal” Plantinga Jr

Cornelius Plantinga

Rev. Dr. Cornelius “Neal” Plantinga Jr. led the Bangor Pastor Theologians in the March 2012 meeting.  He presented a “preview” of what would later by the Warfield Lectures at Princeton (named for Annie Kinkead Warfield, wife of Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield, a professor of theology at Princeton seminary, 1887-1921).  Dr. Plantinga is recently retired from the presidency of Calvin Theological Seminary where he remains a professor emeritus of theology.

Plantinga, in his presentations, emphasized the importance for pastors of being keen observers of everyday interactions, life-long learners, and reading widely in journalism, novels, and non-fiction books.  His lectures will become a book very soon.  The lectures themselves are titled, “Reading for Preaching: the Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets and Journalists.”

 “Preachers stand in the world with a book in their hand,” says Plantinga. “For us Christians, the Bible is our community book. So, in a way, the preacher's job is only to say in other words what a text says — dressing it up or down, coloring and amplifying it in such a way that when people hear the preached text they hear God's word to them.” [from CRC Communications and a piece written by Chris Meehan].

At Calvin, Plantinga served as President and as Charles W. Colson Professor of Systematic Theology.  He earned an A.B from Calvin College, a Bachelor of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and has served as a pastor in Webster, NY and supply preacher in Cliffwood Beach, NJ. Before joining the faculty at Calvin Theological Seminary, Plantinga taught at Princeton Theological Seminary (1976 - 78), Fuller Theological Seminary (1985, 1987) and Regent College (1997). From 1996 to 2002 he served as the first ever Dean of the Chapel at Calvin College.