Grounds Institute Event Archives

Event Archives

Since 2008/2009, the Institute has decided on a new theme for each academic year. This theme is then explored and fleshed out in a series of three events: The Kent Mathews Lectureship in the fall, the Rally for the Common Good in the winter and the Salt & Light Seminar in the spring. The year concludes with the publishing of a monograph on the theme of the year. 

To view what has been done previously, please see the drop down links below.

Inaugural Year: Christian Concern for the Common Good

The inaugural year of the Institute, 2008-2009, focused 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 was established in his honor, it was very appropriate to launch it with a challenge that he never tired of issuing to the evangelical community, namely, the necessity of intertwining evangelical theology with a robust and full-orbed ethical witness in the public square.

The launch also included the presentation of a reprinted version of Vernon Grounds' Evangelicalism and Social Responsibility. A booklet written by Dr. Grounds nearly 40 years ago. You may download a free .pdf version of the booklet here: Evangelicalism and Social Responsibility.

Listen to the Presentations from the Institute's launch in October 2008:
  • Dr. Ron Sider: Combining Evangelism and Social Action: Cementing the Legacy of Vernon Grounds
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  • Dr. Darrell Bock: Engaging Culture Theologically: What Makes the Under-30s So Different...?
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2008-2009 Christians and Political Engagement 

Kent Mathews Lectureship

On Monday, October 6 and Tuesday October 7, 2008 the Vernon Grounds Institute hosted Dr. Ron Sider and Dr. Darrell Bock. Both spoke on the topic of Christianity and the Common Good. The audio of their lectures is available below.

  • Dr. Ron Sider: Toward an Evangelical Methodology for Political Engagement
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  • Dr. Darrell Bock: Engaging Culture Theologically: Understanding and Engaging the Trinitarian Anti-Christian Apologetic  download | stream 

Salt & Light Seminar

The Salt & Light Seminar is designed for collective learning for mutual empowerment and maximum social impact. The 2008- 2009 seminar centered around the question, "How can faith prompt politics to great faithfulness?" The seminar consisted of five dynamic lectures and interactive sessions. Lecturers spoke on topics such as biblical perspectives on faith and politics, important historical perspectives, developing a theology of political engagement, and surveying the practical issues which often confront Christians in the political realm. Speakers included Dr. Danny Carroll R., Dr. Scott Wenig, Dr. Sung Wook Chung, Dr. Dieumème Noelliste, and Attorney Michael Norton.

Rally for the Common Good

In 2009, the Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics teamed up with Denver Seminary's African American Initiatives (now Urban Initiatives) program to host the Rally for the Common Good. Events were held February 22 and 23. Dr. Gerry O. Gallimore, Ambassador-at-Large for Youth for Christ International, was the keynote speaker.

Listen to the "Thinking Christians Talking Politics" Dialogue

This dialog between Dan Breed (alumnus, MDiv '06) and Craig Blomberg (Distinguished Professor of New Testament) on October 23, 2008, explored what these two thinking Christians have in common and what separates them in their support of Senators McCain and Obama for the presidency.

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Please Note: Denver Seminary does not take a political position and remains non-partisan when it comes to political issues.

Monograph Series: Volume Two

2009-2010 Justice and Healthcare 

Kent Mathews Lectureship

The Vernon Grounds Institute hosted Dr. Robert Cutillo and Dr. Gary VanderArk. Both spoke on a wide variety of topics related to the complex issue of justice and healthcare.

  • Dr. Robert CutilloMedicine Unbounded in a Superstitious World: Foundations for a Crisis in Health Care
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  • Dr. Robert CutilloWhat are People Here for? Toward a Christian View of Health Care in a World of Limited Resources
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  • Dr. Gary VanderArkHealthcare and Justice: What about the Medically Underserved? (Note: Dr. VanderArk's presentation begins at 36:21 of this audio.)
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  • Dr. Gary VanderArkHealthcare and Justice: Are You Breaking Any Yokes?
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Rally for the Common Good

The Rally for the Common Good events were held February 28 and March 1, 2010. Dr. John Perkins was our guest speaker. At a breakfast hosted by the Institute, Dr. John Perkins shared thoughts for leaders on "The Call and the Will of God." stream | download

Salt & Light Seminar

The Salt & Light Seminar engaged the idea of Justice and Healthcare through a time of inspirational worship, several presentations, and interactive sessions. The main lecture covered the topic of Caring for Wounded Healers, touching on the importance of instilling hope in broken places, considering Haiti in particular.

Monograph Series: Volume Three 

2010-2011 Thinking Christianly About Immigration 

Kent Mathews Lectureship

Denver Seminary's own Dr. Danny Caroll R. is a national expert and spokes person on issues of immigration. The Vernon Grounds Initiative invited him to speak to the community for the Kent Mathews Lectureship in October, 2010.

  • Dr. Danny Carroll R.Thinking Christianly about Immigration Part I
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  • Dr. Danny Carroll R.: Thinking Christianly about Immigration Part 2
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Rally for the Common Good

Noel Castellanos was the guest speaker for the 2011 Rally for the Common Good events on February 21 and February 22, 2011. Noel Castellanos is a minister, author, and founder of the CCDA Institute, which equips church leaders in the philosophy of Christian Community Development. A panel discussion with area leaders closed the Rally events.

  • Noel CastellanosSeeking the Welfare of the City
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  • Panel Discussion with Denver Metro area leaders in immigration issues
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Salt & Light Seminar

In order to help students engage in the various, holistic aspects of immigration issues, the Seminary partnered with four different ministries/agencies in the Denver-Metro: The Denver Rescue Mission, North Littleton Promise, Tha Myx International, and Sweet Dream in a Bag. Students working at these sites helped served lunch, played various games with children, and organized Easter egg hunts. They also provided activities for the adults, such as helping sew a family quilt and other crafts. At Sweet Dream in a Bag students participated in a "Pack & Pray" event where they folded and packed each of the beautiful bedding bags for the children and pray for each of the children who will receive the bedding.

Monograph Series: Volume Four

2011-2012 Caring for Our Father's World 

Kent Mathews Lectureship

In 2011, Dr. Matthew Sleeth from Blessed Earth spoke at Denver Seminary Chapel on Monday October 3rd and Tuesday October 4th. Both Lectures are available below.

  • Dr. Matthew SleethWill the Church Help Solve the Biggest Problem in the World?
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  • Dr. Matthew SleethWhy Was Moses Given Nine Commandments?
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Rally for the Common Good

The Rally for the Common Good hosted events in 2011 on February 20 and 21.  Our guest speaker was Rev. Howard R. Brown who offered a keynote address on February 20. The event on February 21 featured a panel discussion which addressed various creation care questions.

  • Rev. Howard R. BrownThe Environmentalist's Dilemma: Plants or People, Souls or Salamanders - What Does God Want?
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  • Panel Discussion with area leaders on various creation care issues
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Salt & Light Seminar

This year, participants were given the opportunity to serve in their community, actively engaging creation in a variety of work sites. Students and others had the chance to serve at the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, with Expedition Ministries through Water Stone Community Church, and finally with Feeding Many Agency.

Monograph Series: Volume Five

2012-2013 Children and Poverty 

Rally for the Common Good

The Rally for the Common Good held two events over the course of February and March in 2013. The first occured on February 25-26, during chapel on campus at Denver Seminary. The director of Compassion International, Naomi Cramer Overton spoke during the time on Monday, offering insight into the many complex issues facing children in poverty. This was followed by a panel discussion on Tuesday, in which participants and attendees were able to engage questions of poverty and its impact on children in deeper way.

The second event of the Rally for the Common Good took place on March 17, 2013 at Restoration Christian Fellowship. Lillian Gitau was the guest speaker for the evening. Gitau is a Child Protection Technical Advisor for Compassion International and offered a wealth of expertise and challenges for attendees to consider. In addition to Gitau's talk there was a combined children's choir from local churches, a steppers group, and a mime group.

Salt & Light Seminar

In May and June of 2013, the Salt & Light Seminar took a team to Haiti where they worked with Compassion International Haiti. Over a two day seminar, led by Dr. Theresa McGee, they trained 160 individuals who work with children that have been victims of traumatic experiences. The team was also able to visit with individuals and families, to pray with them, share the gospel, and encourage them.

Monograph Series: Volume Six

2013-2014 Human Flourishing Through Economic Discipleship 

Kent Mathews Lectureship

In 2013, Dr. Scott Rae, professor and chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Biola University, spoke at Denver Seminary Chapel on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1 for the annual Kent Mathews Lectureship.

  • Dr. Scott RaeConnecting Sunday and Monday: What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Work and Economics Part 1  
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  • Dr. Scott RaeConnecting Sunday and Monday: What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Work and Economics Part 2
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Rally for the Common Good

In 2013-2014 Rally for the Common Good hosted two events on the issue of promoting economic discipleship for the flourishing of all human beings. Both events took place during Common Ground Chapel, the first featuring Dr. Charlie Self speaking on what economic discipleship looks like. The second event offered a panel of Dr. Self joined by seminary faculty and businessmen who offered thoughts on the who, why, and how questions of economic discipleship.

  • Dr. Charlie SelfWhat Is Economic Discipleship?
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  • Panel Discussion with Charlie Self, local business leaders, and Denver Seminary faculty members
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Salt & Light Seminar

In May of 2014, the Salt & Light Seminar hosted Dr. Amy L. Sherman and a panel of seminary faculty for a morning of lectures and discussion. The purpose was to challenge students and the community to consider "How can Christian faith prompt me to greater faithfulness in the area of economic discipleship?" In particular, the seminar challenged participants to wrestle with the "nitty-gritty" of a stewardship of life, endowments, vocations, and material resources with the view to furthering God's plan and enhancing the flourishing of others. It was a pleasure to host Dr. Amy Sherman as the keynote speaker for the event. 

 

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