Carmichael-Walling Lectures

Carmicheal Walling Lectures

We hope that you will join us for the 27th annual Carmichael-Walling Lectures at Abilene Christian University. The Lectures are free and open to the public. They will be held in room 114 of the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building at ACU on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Childers at ACU's Graduate School of Theology:

The Church of the Spirit, the Spirit of the Church: A Lukan Perspective

Dr. Carl R. Holladay
4 p.m.: The Church of the Spirit
7:30 p.m.: The Spirit of the Church


The prominent role of the Holy Spirit in Lukan theology is well known and widely explored. But Luke’s distinctive and, to some extent, unique vision of the Holy Spirit’s role within Israel, in Jesus’ life and ministry, and in the post-Easter church still stimulates debate and challenges the 21st century church’s conception of itself, its ongoing life and mission, and its forms of ministry.

These lectures will explore Luke’s unique vision of the Holy Spirit as the church’s empowering presence, and the church as the Holy Spirit’s primary sphere of activity.

Some of the questions to be addressed are:
  • Does Luke present a consistent theology of the Holy Spirit?
  • How does Luke envision the relationship between baptism and the Holy Spirit?
  • What challenges are posed by deriving theological claims from a biblical narrative?
  • How does Luke’s conception of the Holy Spirit modify and expand contemporary notions of the Spirit in Second Temple Judaism?
  • What are some implications of Luke's claim to the Spirit's universal presence?

About the Speaker

This year's speaker is Dr. Carl R. Holladay, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. He is co-director of the Laney Graduate School’s Graduate Division of Religion, a program with about 150 Ph.D. students preparing for teaching and research careers in religion and theology.

He completed his undergraduate and seminary education at ACU and did additional graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary. He completed his Ph.D. in New Testament studies at the University of Cambridge in 1975. In 1994-95, he received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Grant to work on this project at the University of Tübingen in Germany. In 1999 he was named a Henry T. Luce III Fellow in Theology by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Published works include Commentary on First Corinthians, the commentary on Acts in Harper’s Bible Commentary, Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner’s Handbook, and Preaching Through the Christian Year. His most recent book is A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ, and he is working on A Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament Library series.

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