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November Newsmakers Series Line-up Announced

October 23rd, 2013

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Dr. Marvin Olasky, host of the
Newsmaker Interview Series


The semester’s second Newsmakers Interview Series with Marvin Olasky is kicking off on November 6, and features another fascinating line-up of distinguished guests. The interviews are free to the public and will, as always, be webcast live from the Barbara Hodel Center coffeehouse. If you are unable to attend the lecture, but would like to ask the speaker a question, tweet your question to @patrickhenrycol during the lecture. If you are attending the lecture, check-in on Facebook and tell you're friends you're attending - you'll receive a free PHC granola bar! Don’t miss our Newsmaker events, or tune into our live webcast here!


Christopher & Angela Yuan

The series kicks off on Wednesday, November 6 at 12:40 with Christopher and Angela Yuan. They are are co-authors of Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. While at college, Christopher “came out” as gay and lived a promiscuous lifestyle. He became HIV-positive and went to prison for drug dealing. Their story, told from the perspective of both mother and son, speaks to prodigals, parents of prodigals, and those wanting to minister to the gay community. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary. Christopher has become a minister to those struggling with homosexuality and HIV/AIDS. His speaking ministry has reached four continents worldwide. Christopher has spoken at both Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church in America and at many conferences including InterVarsity's Urbana and the Moody Pastors' Conference and Men's Conference. He is featured in the award-winning documentary, "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS."

Andy Crouch

On Thursday, November 7 at 12:20, Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today and author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, to be published in October of this year, arrives on campus. Playing God asks how Christians can move beyond shady politicians, corrupt executives, and ego-filled media stars to understand the godly use of power. Crouch’s book Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling won Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and was named one of the best books of 2008 by Publisher’s Weekly. Crouch became executive editor of Christianity Today in December 2012. He serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, is a senior fellow of International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the John Templeton Foundation. He served for 10 years as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. Crouch studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. He is a classically trained musician who leads worship and lives with his family in Swarthmore, Penn.


Stephen Mansfield

Biographer Stephen Mansfield will be the College’s guest on Friday, November 8, at 12:40 p.m. in the Hodel Coffeehouse. He is the author of biographies of Winston Churchill, Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, George W. Bush, Pope Benedict XVI, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln, and Jesus. Aside from his writing, Mansfield also coaches leaders worldwide. Mansfield spent most of his youth in Europe where his father served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He earned his B.A. in History and Philosophy and then lived in Texas, where he rose to leadership in several social service organizations, completed two master’s degrees, and hosted a radio program. He served as a senior leader of a mega-church for 11 years while he earned a doctorate, worked in Kurdistan, and advised numerous national leaders. His first book on Winston Churchill was a Gold Medallion Award Finalist. His book The Faith of George W. Bush spent many weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was the inspiration for the film W. His other books include Faith of the American Soldier; Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission; The Faith of Barack Obama, The Search for God and Guinness, and Killing Jesus, among many others. In recent years, he has become known for challenging and inspiring speeches. He has spoken at Harvard and the United States Military Academy, many of America’s leading corporations, and gatherings of executive leaders around the world. Stephen lives both in Nashville and Washington, D.C., with his wife, Beverly, who is an award-winning songwriter and producer.

Ron Sider

Ron Sider, author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, one of the Christian left’s most influential books, will be coming to PHC to answer questions on Monday, November 11 at 12:40. Sider retired in June after serving 40 years as president of Evangelicals for Social Action, which he founded in 1973. After receiving a B.A. from Waterloo Lutheran University, Sider went on to receive a B.D. and a Ph.D. in History from Yale. Sider is an ordained minister in the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches and has lectured at many educational institutions, including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford. Besides Rich Christians, Sider’s other published works include Evangelism, Salvation and Social Justice; Christ and Violence; Cry Justice: The Bible on Hunger and Poverty; Completely Pro-Life; Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel; Living Like Jesus; Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America; The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience: Why Are Christians Living Just Like the Rest of the World?; The Scandal of Evangelical Politics: Why are Christians Missing the Chance to Really Change the World?; I Am Not a Social Activist: Making Jesus the Agenda; and Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget. Sider is best known for his call for Christians to support the call, and Christianity Today called Rich Christians one of the 100 most influential books of the century. Sider’s combination of evangelism and social action (particularly concerning government solutions to poverty) has stirred up controversy within the evangelical community and led some to identify him with the Christian left, though he maintains he has no partisan inclinations.


Bill Murchison

Former editor of the Dallas Morning News Bill Murchison will be the College’s guest on Tuesday, November 12, at 12:20 p.m. in the Hodel Coffeehouse. He is a syndicated columnist and commentator on religious, cultural, and political affairs. He has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and Touchstone. He served as Radford Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Baylor University for five years, and has written several books, including There’s More to Life Than Politics, Mortal Follies, Reclaiming Morality, and a new book on John Dickinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. His latest book was published in September through the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

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