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The formal launch of the Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics will occur on Denver Seminary’s campus on October 6-7, 2008. The inaugural year of the Institute will focus on the “Christian Concern for Our Common Life,” which is a slight modification of the title of a lecture Dr. Grounds gave at Harvard in 1981. We feel that since the Institute is established in his honor, it is very appropriate to launch it with a challenge that he never tired of issuing to the evangelical community, namely, the necessity of twinning evangelical theology with a robust and full-orbed ethical witness in the public square.
The Institute’s launch includes two notable speakers for the Kent Mathews Endowed Lectureship on Social Ethics, which is an important part of the Institute. They are Dr. Ron Sider, president of Evagelicals for Social Action, and Dr. Darrell Bock, professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary. They will speak respectively on October 6 and 7.
The lectureship presentations occur during Denver Seminary’s regular chapel time, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and are formal academic lectures for students, faculty and community members. Dr. Sider’s presentation is entitled “Toward an Evangelical Methodology for Engaging Political Engagement” and Dr. Bock’s presentation is entitled “Engaging Culture Theologically: Understanding and Engaging the Trinitarian Anti-Christian Apologetic.” The lectures are open to the public.
In addition to his morning lecture, Dr. Sider will speak at an event in the evening of October 6 which targets pastors, Christian leaders and members of the community at large. This evening presentation, entitled “Combining Evangelism and Social Action: Cementing the Legacy of Vernon Grounds” is also open to the public.