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Spring 2013 Spiritual Development Speakers


Jay Milbrandt: Go + Do
Jan. 9 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Professor Milbrandt’s book Go +Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time gives firsthand accounts of his work in Africa, Asia and Latin America as Director of the Pepperdine University School of Law’s Global Justice Program. He has also produced the documentary films "Moving the Mountain of Poverty" on microfinance in Bangladesh, and "Stateless: Born Without a Nation" on children who lack a national identity.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office ofAdministration & University Counsel
jon acuff
John Acuff: Your Dream Job
Jan. 14 & 16 | MPAC | 10 a.m.
Jon had eight jobs in eight years, constantly hoping the next one would be different. He tells his story in the book Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job. Jon is most recently the author of the popular blog and bestselling satirical book Stuff Christians Like.
*Co-sponsored by Student Activities, Career Services,Growth & Purpose for Students and the Centerfor Entrepreneurship
corey walker
Corey Walker: Biblical Racial Reconciliation
Jan. 23 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Dr. Walker is Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and part of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. A scholar of African American social, political and religious thought, Professor Walker has published broadly and lectured before academic audiences in the United States, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa.
*Co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee
glen loury
Glen Loury: Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Address

Jan. 25 | MPAC | 10 a.m.
Dr. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He taught at Harvard and was a scholar in residence at Oxford, the Delhi Schoolof Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Professor Loury is a prominent social critic and public intellectual, with over 200 essays and reviews on racial inequality and social policy. His books include The Anatomy of Racial Inequality and One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America, winner of both the American Book Award and the Christianity Today Book Award.
*Co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee,College of Arts & Sciences and School of Religion
amy derrick
Amy Derrick: International Missions

Jan. 30 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Amy directs the student missions program for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and oversees the selection process for all of CBF Global Missions. She received her Social Work degree from Belmont, a master’s degree from Southern Seminary, and has done mission work in Slovakia, Canada and Germany.
karen kingsbury
Karen Kingsbury: Writing for God
Feb. 1 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Karen Kingsbury, America’s bestselling inspirational novelist, has over 20 million copies of her books in print and often appears at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Karen’s new novel, The Bridge, features Belmont University. She has won Best Book of the Year and Author of the Year awards, as well as had several books made into movies.

Monday, Feb. 4 through Friday, Feb. 8
Sex and the Soul Week: An Exploration of Sexuality, Faith and Relationships
gary thomas

Gary Thomas: The Sacred Search
Feb. 4 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 
Feb. 5 | Neely Hall | 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Gary Thomas’ brand new book, The Sacred Search, is about pursuing the best relationships possible. His other books include Sacred Marriage and the Gold Medallion award-winning Authentic Faith. Gary’s books and ministry focus on how we can integrate scripture, church history and the time-tested wisdom of the Christian classics into modern spiritual formation.
justin and trisha davis
Trisha and Justin Davis
Feb. 8 | Beaman A&B | 10 a.m.
Trisha and Justin Davis are co-authors of Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough and the founders of Refine Us Ministries. They candidly share their story of pain, loss and redemption, and the dangers of settling for an ordinary relationship.
bishop david choby
Bishop David Choby: Ash Wednesday Service
Feb. 13 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Bishop David Choby of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville will co-officiate this ecumenical worship service as Belmont University marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent prior to Easter.
curt cloninger
Curt Cloninger: God-Views
Feb. 27 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Curt earned a B.A. in theatre and trained at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He has performed his original, biblically informed, and very funny solo theatrical pieces thousands of times at colleges and conferences around the world. For 15 years he has served as an Artist in Residence at Perimeter Church in Atlanta.

philip yancey
Philip Yancey: Where Is God When It Hurts?

March 1 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.

Philip is one of the most respected Christian authors in the world.  His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards and he currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide. His raw honesty is reflected in such bestselling titles as Disappointment with God; The Jesus I Never KnewWhat’s So Amazing About Grace?; Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? and Where is God When it Hurts?  


*Co-sponsored by the School of Religion

michael w. smith
Michael W. Smith: Music and Ministry
March 11 | MPAC  | 10 a.m.
Michael’s storied career includes 24 albums and 12 books, as well as an American Music Award, three GRAMMY® Awards, 44 Dove Awards and 33 No. 1 radio hits. He also holds 16 Gold, seven Platinum and two double-platinum albums. He is the founder of America’s premier teen outreach  club, Rocketown, which provides a place in downtown Nashville for thousands of teens to gather each week in a safe, loving environment to hear music, skate, make art and videos and grow in faith.
*Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment& Music Business
ron sider
Ron Sider: Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
March 13 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
For four decades, Dr. Sider has led Christians to see the social justice implications of scripture. His book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger is considered one of the most influential books on American Christianity in the last 50 years. He has written more than 30 books, including Christ and ViolenceCry Justice: The Bible on Hunger and Poverty and Completely Pro-Life. He is the founder of Evangelicals for Social Action and his work is furthered by the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Seminary in Philadelphia.
*Co-sponsored by the Teaching Center
ana aspras steele
Ana Aspras Steele: 21st Century Slavery
April 3 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Dr. Steele is executive director of the Dalit Freedom Network USA, which has launched 100 schools, nine medical clinics, and a nurses’ training school and hospital, and created more than 1,700 micro-finance groups. Professor Steele, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than eight years, spearheaded the first legislation to help the 250 million untouchables in the Hindu caste system.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office o fAdministration & University Counsel
ming wang
Ming Wang: Healthcare as Ministry
April 11 | Neely Hall  | 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Wang is a path-breaking eye surgeon with degrees from Harvard Medical School and MIT. After suffering through the Cultural Revolution in China, he came to the U.S. and became a follower of Christ. He established the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, which has provided free surgeries for patients from 40 states and 55 countries and the Wang Foundation for Christian Outreach to China.
*Co-sponsored by the Inman College of Health Sciences, School of Occupational Therapy and the Asian Studies Program
becca stevens
Becca Stevens: Called to Serve
April 15 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Rev. Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and founder of Magdalene House & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise that stands with women recovering from violence, prostitution, addiction and life on the streets. She has been featured on NPR, PBS and CNN. Recently, she was named by the White House as one of 15 Champions of Change. Her latest book is Funeral for a Stranger: Thoughts on Life and Love.
*Sponsored by Career Services