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Conference Registration

  • Early Bird Rate — $185 through May 7 ($215 effective May 8, 2019)
  • Graduate Student Rate (MA, PhD) — $135 through May 7 ($165 effective May 8, 2019)     

Your registration fee covers all sessions and meals starting with lunch Wednesday through Friday breakfast. Some special events require an additional fee as detailed below.

NOTE: Payments are not refundable after May 8, 2019.

Christian Scholars' Conference 2019 Schedule

Pre-Conference Program

Tuesday, June 4

8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Christian Academic Leaders Conference (CALC) — $70 additional cost

This two-day conference is intended for Christian academic officers (Provosts, CAOs, VPAAs, Deans, Associate Deans, etc.) Two breakfasts and one lunch are included in the registration fee.

Wednesday, June 5

8:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Christian Academic Leaders Conference (CALC)

Day two of this pre-conference begins with breakfast and ends prior to lunch. It is intended for Christian academic officers (Provosts, CAOs, VPAAs, Deans, Associate Deans, etc.).

Christian Scholars' Conference

Tuesday, June 4

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

“Apprenticeship In Art — Two Writers,” John R. Erickson, Hank the Cowdog & S. J. Dahlstrom, Wilder Good

John R. Erickson & S. J. DahlstromFree and Open to the Public — The career of beloved Texas writer John R. Erickson began in the turbulent 60s at the University of Texas and then onto Harvard Divinity School. Despite the early academic pedigree... view more, he left academia to become a working cowboy back home and the internationally-known children’s author of the Hank the Cowdog series, selling over 9 million copies and having been courted by Disney. In his later years he shared his wisdom and experience of the craft of writing with Nathan (S.J.) Dahlstrom who has gone on to publish his own award-winning children’s series. The slow but deliberate apprenticeship in craft and art is a process too often left outside the academy but which began for Erickson and Dahlstrom in the pasture, horseback, with a shared love of animals and physical labor. They will discuss their experience of mentoring—focusing on how the process can be mutually-beneficial and why it must continue.

Wednesday, June 5

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Plenary Session 1: David Gushee, Fred Gray Plenary Lecture

David GusheeThe 2019 Fred D. Gray Plenary lecturer will be Professor David P. Gushee who serves as the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia. One of the premier Christian ethicists in the world, Professor Gushee is the author or editor of twenty-four books... view more, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Changing our Mind, Still Christian, and his latest book, Moral Leadership for a Divided Age which he co-wrote with Colin Holtz. Professor Gushee is the immediate Past-President of the American Academy of Religion, and is Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics. A husband, father, and grandfather, he lives with his family in Atlanta.

Learn more about David's work in the CSC Newsletter.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch — all attendees

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch with PhD Students

Doctoral students in all fields are invited to attend a casual networking lunch with invited administrators from universities affiliated with the CSC. Graduate students will need to add this option to your registration. There is no additional charge for this event.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Panel Session 1

Featuring multiple topical sessions, including Katharine Dell, J. J. M. Roberts’ Lecturer. Full slate of offerings forthcoming.

Katharine DellWith our focus on Wisdom, Katharine Dell is the perfect scholar to present the fifth annual J.J.M. Roberts lecture in OT studies at the 2019 CSC in Lubbock, Texas. If you were to ask biblical scholars to list the five most significant biblical wisdom experts currently in the world... view more, most lists would contain the name of Katharine Dell. Ever since her dissertation under John Barton at Oxford University on the book of Job, in which she challenges its categorization as wisdom literature, Professor Dell has been a creative and seminal force within the field. She has published extensively, but most notable are her The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context and Interpreting Ecclesiastes: Readers Old and New. Dell has published both an introduction to the Wisdom Literature, Get Wisdom, Get Insight and of the Old Testament, Opening the Old Testament. She has also co-edited volumes on the intertextuality in Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Recently she published a spirited response to the New Atheists, such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, Who Needs the Old Testament. She is co-editor of the forthcoming New Oxford Bible Commentary and co-authoring a forthcoming book on Ecclesiastes (International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament). Professor Dell is currently Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. Catharine’s College. She is from a clergy family and a member of the Church of England, where she preaches occasionally.

Learn more about Katherine's work in the CSC Newsletter.

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Panel Session 2

Featuring multiple topical sessions. Full slate of offerings forthcoming.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Plenary Session 2: Naomi Shihab Nye, John T. Willis Plenary Lecture, Book Signing

Naomi Shahab NyeNaomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning Palestinian-American poet, writer, and educator. Nye is Professor of Creative Writing - Poetry at Texas State University. Having written and/or edited over 30 volumes, poetry books, essays, short stories, and anthologies, her most recent book is Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners... view more, and her upcoming book of poems is entitled The Tiny Journalist, the release of which is expected for April, 2019. Her children's novel The Turtle of Oman was chosen a Best Book of 2014, a Notable Children's Book in 2015, and was awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. She has been featured on National Public Radio, The Writers Almanac, and two PBS poetry specials. Nye describes herself as a "wandering poet". Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, her travel experiences and the cultural diversity of her home, she uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Learn more about Naomi's work in the CSC Newsletter.

5:30 p.m.

Wisdom of the Ages Exhibit Reception

LCU has procured a rare and remarkable exhibit that will be on display throughout the entire 2019 CSC. The Wisdom of the Ages exhibit features a world class collection of manuscripts, first and early edition works in original form. On loan from The Remnant Trust, this exhibit provides opportunities for individuals to hold, examine, and contemplate classic literary works that are usually unavailable.

6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Dinner — all attendees

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

CSC Board Meeting

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

The Gospel According to Jesse

The Gospel According to JesseWhat if Jesus walked on earth today? The Gospel According to Jesse by Dr. Norman Bert, Head of Playwriting at Texas Tech University, places Jesse (the Jesus character) among the poor and homeless of a fictional American town to bring the gospel into modern focus.


Thursday, June 6

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


7:00 - 8:00 a.m.


8:15 - 8:40 a.m.


9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Panel Session 3

Featuring multiple topical sessions, including Brian Daley, Everett Ferguson Lecturer. Full slate of offerings forthcoming.

David GusheeBrian Daley is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity and History of Christianity at the University of Notre Dame. He received degrees from Fordham University and Oxford before getting his Ph.L. from Loyola Seminar and the D.Phil, from Oxford... view more. Fr. Daley is a historical theologian, who specializes in the study of the early Church, particularly the development of Christian doctrine from the fourth to the eighth centuries. He has prepared a critical edition of the works of the sixth-century Greek theologian Leontius of Byzantium, which is to appear in the series "Corpus Christianorum," and has written a number of articles for scholarly journals on ancient Christology, Trinitarian theology and eschatology. Daley won the Ratzinger Prize in 2013.

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Plenary Session 3: John Fitzgerald, Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary Lecture, Book Signing

John FitzgeraldThe 2019 Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary lecturer will be Dr. John T. Fitzgerald. The title of his lecture is "Good Kids Spoiled Brats: Perspectives on the Task of Properly Rearing and Educating Children in the Ancient World and Early Christianity." Having earned an M.Div., M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D., from Yale University... view more, Fitzgerald is now the Director of Master of Theological Studies and Early Christian Studies and Professor of Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame. He is the recent ACU Carmichael-Wailing lecturer and an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature. Fitzgerald is currently researching the economy and domestic violence in antiquity and the role of friendship in the spread of early Christianity.

Learn more about John's work in the CSC Newsletter.

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch — all attendees

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Honoring Bob and Jan Randolph — $20 additional cost

The CSC has a rich history of honoring the work and legacy of the most significant scholars and practitioners among us. These luncheon events join family, friends, students, and colleagues in a memorable event that gives honor to whom honor is due in a most appropriate venue.

It is altogether "fit and proper" to add Robert M. and Jan Randolph to this panoply of honored scholars with a luncheon in their honor at the 39th annual conference. This will be a highlight event.

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Business & Economics Lunch

Participants from business, economics, and related areas (and any others who may be interested) are invited to the City Bank Commons for lunch and fellowship. Featured Speaker: Mike Stegemoller, Professor of Finance and Chair of the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University. There is no additional charge for this event, but please register to facilitate accurate attendance estimate.

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Panel Session 4

Featuring multiple topical sessions. Full slate of offerings forthcoming.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Panel Session 5

Featuring multiple topical sessions, including Miroslav Volf, Landon Saunders Lecturer. Full slate of offerings forthcoming.

Miroslav VolfWe are pleased to announce that Miroslav Volf will return to the CSC, this time in Lubbock and as the Landon Saunders Lecturer on the Human Being at the Nexus of World and Faith. Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture... view more. He has earned doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has written or edited more than 20 books and over 100 scholarly articles. His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace, and Allah: A Christian Response. His next book, For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference, co-authored with Matthew Croasmun, is scheduled for release in January, 2019.

Learn more about Miroslav's work in the CSC Newsletter.

5:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Dinner — all attendees

7:00 - 9:15 p.m.

Plenary Session 4: Tokens Show — Limited General Admission tickets are $20

Join The Tokens Show for a Most Outstanding evening of thought-provoking word and music hosted by Lee C. Camp... view more


The Tennessean calls Tokens "one of a kind," and a "virtuouso ensemble." Prominent Nashville music critic Peter Cooper recently opined that Tokens "is amazing. It's amazing that [Tokens] has integrated music, humor and scholarship into something so seamlessly entertaining." Other reviewers have called Tokens "spectacular" and "provocative." Best selling author Shane Claiborne calls Tokens "dazzling. magical. better than CATS...creating beauty and mischief." And the Englewood Review of books says that "Tokens is one of today's finest exemplars of exploration around the intersections of theology and the performing arts..." For more information, visit

For conference attendees, tickets can be purchased with conference registration, and will be included in your registration packet. For persons interested in purchasing tickets who will not attend the conference, you can purchase tickets separately.

9:15 p.m.

Dessert Reception Under the Beautiful West Texas Sky

Friday, June 7

7:00 - 8:15 a.m.


8:15 - 9:45 a.m.


9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Panel Session 6

Featuring multiple topical sessions. Full slate of offerings forthcoming.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Plenary Session 5: David Brooks, Frank and Della Pack Plenary Lecture

David BrooksNon-conference attendees register here free of charge.

The CSC is thrilled to have David Brooks headline the 2019 CSC. Brooks is one of America's most prominent political commentators who writes a bi-weekly OpEd column for the New York Times and... view more is a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. David has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. David's most recent book, The Road to Character, explores the path to a deeper inner life and explains why selflessness leads to greater success. His previous books include The Social Animal, On Paradise Drive, and Bobos in Paradise. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years and has written for The New Yorker, Forbes, The Washington Post, and other periodicals.

Learn more about David's work in the CSC Newsletter.
Collier Auditorium, Talkington Center for Nursing Education


Please make arrangements for your accommodations, whether on or off campus, as soon as possible.

Limited lodging is available on Lubbock Christian University’s campus beginning Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 7.

Katie Rogers Hall is a newly-remodeled facility. This hall offers community restrooms, and each room is equipped with two twin beds, hotel level bed linens, pillows, and towels. Rooms are priced at $60 per person per night, and are the only on-campus housing available to CSC attendees. Check in starts on Tuesday, June 4th at 3:00 p.m. central. Check-out is Friday, June 7th at 11:00 a.m. central. We are happy to accommodate early check-in or late check-out as available. Please make these requests when making a reservation.

On-campus housing cannot be added to your online CSC registration. Contact Ms. Sunny Park, Director of ResLife at or 806.720.7507 to arrange for on-campus housing.

If you wish to stay off campus, the following hotels are providing conference rates for a limited time:

Arbor Inn & Suites
5310 Englewood
Lubbock, TX 79424
LCU rate $109.00

Quality Inn
3430 W. Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79424
LCU Rate $79.00

Sleep Inn
5816 34th
Lubbock, TX 79407
LCU Rate $79.00

Check out other local accommodations.


Book Displays and Exhibits Fee — $250  

The conference welcomes book displays and exhibits appropriate to the mission of the Christian Scholars' Conference and its theme. The book display or exhibit fee is $250, in addition to the regular conference registration. Vendors must obtain approval from David Fleer at prior to registering for the conference.

Note: Payments are not refundable after May 8, 2019.