5 in 10: Matthew Lee Anderson

Last week the fellows enjoyed another class with Matthew Lee Anderson. Matt is a research associate at Baylor’s Institute for the Studies of Religion, and recently received his D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University. He’s also a good friend who serves on the board of Brazos Fellows, and a regular guest instructor in our Course of Study. Last week he led the fellows in discussing Karl Barth’s Dogmatics in Outline.

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5 in 10: Skylar Ray

Today our guest instructor was Skylar Ray, a PhD student in the History Department at Baylor and a tutor for Brazos Fellows. Skylar’s research focuses on 20th century Protestantism and its broader relationship to American culture, religion, and politics. It was great to have her in our Course of Study today as we wrestled with changes in mainline and evangelical denominations during the 20th century.

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5 in 10: Gerald McDermott

Today the Brazos Fellows had the chance to talk with Prof. Gerald McDermott, the Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. At Beeson, Prof. McDermott teaches on the history of doctrine, world religions, and Jonathan Edwards. Since the fellows just read Edwards last week with help from Bruce Hindmarsh, it was a real treat to talk to another scholar about Edwards’ remarkable theological vision of all of reality.

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5 in 10: Bruce Hindmarsh

IMG_2828This week the Brazos Fellows had the chance to discuss Jonathan Edwards with Bruce Hindmarsh. Bruce and his wife Carolyn were visiting from Regent College (Vancouver, BC), where he teaches the history of Christian spirituality and she teaches koine Greek. Together we read Edwards’ Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, a classic text that gives insight into the religious awakenings of the eighteenth century and the beginnings of the evangelical movement. It’s also a work that helps us as we wrestle with discernment, as we ask questions like, “Is this God at work here?”

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5 in 10: Dr. Ralph Wood

Today the Brazos Fellows enjoyed a Saturday Seminar taught by Dr. Ralph Wood, University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor. Several times this year the fellows have had the pleasure of learning from Dr. Wood on a number of topics, including the devotional poetry of George Herbert, the spirituality of icons, and, today, the fiction of Flannery O’Connor.

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Beauty Asks More at the Table

Editor: Enjoy another reflection from fellow Jess Schurz on our recent Spring Retreat, which was on the theme of “The Spirituality of Food.”

With a grandmother from New Orleans, one quickly learns that food is no passive event. This is clear with one glimpse into her fridge, with its cartons of whole milk (or in her words: “real milk”) and marmalade that tastes, in the words of my father, “like battery acid.” Local restaurants know she is a force. Whenever we frequent Mother’s, a family favorite tucked away in the French Quarter, she questions the waiter on the type of oil used to fry okra, just how fresh the catch of the day is, and, always, if banana pudding is still available.

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