SNU hosts the Rothwell Theological Lectures with special lecturer-Dr. Thomas J. Oord

     Southern Nazarene University (SNU) hosts the Rothwell Theological Lectures with special lecturer – Dr. Thomas J. Oord on February 16th – 18th, at Southern Nazarene University located at 6729 N.W. 39th Expressway in Bethany, Oklahoma, 73008.  

Lecture series and schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 16, 10:50 a.m. (Herrick Auditorium) “How I Reach Perfection” - and 11:45 a.m. (Cantrell Music Hall Auditorium) "Is It Immoral to Be Holy?"

Wednesday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. (Cantrell Music Hall Auditorium) “The Bible, Evil, and Imitating God”

Thursday, February 18, 9:25 a.m. (Cantrell Music Hall Auditorium) “Being Holy and Solving the Problem of Evil”

Thomas Jay Oord, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho.  He serves as theologian for the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love and serves on the executive council of several scholarly groups, including the Wesleyan Theological Society and the Wesleyan Philosophical Society.

Dr. Oord has written and edited a dozen books, including Divine Grace and Emerging Creation: Wesleyan Forays in Science and Theology of Creation (Pickwick) and Relational Holiness: Responding to the Call of Love (with Michael Lodahl). He has two books coming out in the spring of 2010: Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement (Brazos Press) and The Nature of Love: A Theology (Chalice Press).  

As well as being a professor, writer, and researcher, Dr. Oord also serves his faith tradition as an ordained minister.  He and his wife, Cheryl, have three daughters, ages 11, 14, and 16.

The Rothwell Lectures, established in 1981, have been funded through the generosity of Paul David Rothwell, M.D., as a tribute to his father, Dr. Mel-Thomas Rothwell. 

Dr. Rothwell served Bethany Nazarene College from 1959 – 1977 as Professor of Philosophy and ultimately as Chair of the Departments of Religion and Philosophy.

Having earned the Ph.D. from Boston University in Philosophy, Dr. Rothwell gave many years to teaching and evangelism.  As a teacher and preacher in many parts of the world, Dr. Rothwell was well known for his clear holiness preaching and scholarly discipline.

In keeping with the teaching ministry of Dr. Rothwell, the lectures seek to present the best academic scholarship in integration with the highest expectations of Christian living.

The Rothwell Lectures carry on the principles of the earlier Ripper-Rothwell Lectures originated in 1965, the purpose being to expose the campus to able, sound Christian scholars who deal with relevant facts of theology and religion.

Scholars who have addressed these lectures include Carl F.H. Henry, Dennis Kinlaw, Millard Reed, Gordon Wetmore, David Lowes Watson, William J. Abraham, William Greathouse, Tom Oden, Stephen Green, Thomas Noble, George Lyons, Wesley Tracy, Randy Maddox, Dan Boone, Timothy Green, T. Scott Daniels, Susie Stanley, Alan Coppedge, Steve McCormick, Michael Lodahl, Steve Harper, and Diane Leclerc.

Ministers of all denominations find the lectures interesting and useful with the presentation geared for the interest of the general public.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Rothwell Theological Lecture series, contact Dr.  Hal Cauthron, Chair, School of Theology and Ministry; Professor of New Testament at Southern Nazarene University by email at, or by phone at 405.491.6690.

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