Gatekeepers Watch – Milestones
Spring 2013 – I facilitated a discussion every Wednesday for thirteen weeks with 12 -15 faculty, staff, and local academic community members of a DVD series entitled Yes, Your Question made up of forty-eight questions presented by university students to Ravi Zacharias and recorded from five separate universities’ question and answer sessions.
Fall 2012 – I facilitated for a dozen faculty, staff, and others from the academic community with a twelve week DVD and book study course entitled On Guard – Defending your Faith with Reason and Precision by Dr. William Lane Craig.
Summer 2012 – I facilitated a small group of six faculty and staff for an eight week study in the book called Being Good – Christian Virtues for Everyday Life written by Michael W. Austin and R. Douglas Geivett held at the Memorial Union Building at ASU.
Spring 2012 – I facilitated a group for thirteen consecutive Wednesdays showing four DVD’s of debates on various debates on various topics related to the existence of God (Dr. Richard Dawkins vs. Dr. John Lennox, Dr. John Lennox vs. Christopher Hitchens, Dinesh D’Souza vs. Christopher Hitchens), to an audience of fourteen faculty, staff, and laymen from the community. Study guide from the publisher of the DVD’s were available as a free down load for all participants.
Spring 2012 – I facilitated a small group of professors in a weekly Bible study on the books of 1 and 2 Timothy.
Fall 2011 – I facilitated a second group for a six week DVD and group discussion series entitled Doing The Right Thing by Chuck Colson and Dr. Robert George for a group of 5 faculty and staff at ASU. Second, I facilitated a six week small group discussion in the book The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis.
Summer 2011 – I facilitated a six week DVD and group discussion series entitled Doing The Right Thing by Chuck Colson and Dr. Robert George for a group of 10 faculty and staff at ASU.
Spring 2011 – I facilitated a weekly semester study in the text The Lost World of Genesis One – Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate for eight faculty and staff.
Fall 2010 – I facilitated a six week study in social justice. Seek Social Justice is a video series produced by the Heritage Foundation and Chuck Colson’s ministry. This theme fit in well with the Veritas Forum on Social Justice in October and the activities of Arizona CityFest during the fall and winter months.
Summer 2010 – I facilitated a ten week critical study with seven faculty and staff in The Reason for God by Timothy Keller.
Spring 2010 – I facilitated a thirteen week critical book study with faculty and staff using The End of Secularism by Dr. Hunter Baker. Further, I facilitated a weekly critical study in the text Four Views of Eternal Security by Michael S. Horton, Norman L. Geisler, Stephen M. Ashby, & J. Steven Harper. Participated in the Winds of Change Conference sponsored by Faculty Commons (faculty ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ) held at Pepperdine University near Malibu, California. Dr. Mary Poplin from Claremont University was key note speaker. Around 80 faculty attended.
Fall 2009 – Facilitated critical study group of faculty and staff in Creation as Science – A Testable Model Approach to End the Creation /Evolution Wars by Dr. Hugh Ross. Participated in steering committee and fund raiser for speaking event featuring Mr.Ravi Zacharias, Dr. John Lennox, and Mr. Michael Ramsden October 31st at Wells Fargo Arena with attendance of over 9,000 students and laymen from the community.
Summer 2009 – First, I facilitated a weekly discussion for ten weeks an hour at noon with five people made up of faculty and staff in a critical discussion group in the book Finding Calcutta by Dr. Mary Poplin. Second, I led another critical study group of ten faculty, staff, and grad students for ten weeks one hour per week in the book God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? by Dr. John Lennox.
Spring 2009 – First, I led a one hour weekly discussion of God’s Undertaker – Has Science Buried God? for thirteen weeks, with one faculty, one grad student, and one non-student, working layman with interest in science. Second, I continued to lead the small group of faculty in the book Making of the Modern University by Dr. Julie A. Reuben for thirteen weeks once a week for an hour.
Fall 2008 – I led a small critical thinking group in the book Making of the Modern University by Dr. Julie A. Reuben for thirteen weeks once a week for an hour. Also assisted with the Graduate Christian Fellowship meetings and was involved with Bible studies and individual discipleship appointments. In addition, I led a lecture and discussion for two hours on the topic of apologetics in the Memorial Union Building.
Summer 2008 – First, I facilitated an eight-week critical discussion group with six faculty, staff, and grad students in the book The Two Tasks of the Christian Scholar, Redeeming the Soul – Redeeming the Mind edited by Dr. William Lane Craig, and Mr. Doug Gould. In addition, I attended a discussion group with six graduate students every other week for three months in the book Celebration of Discipline by Dr. Richard Foster. Finally, Joni and I attended the Faculty Commons conference The Heart of the University in Washington, D.C. June 27-29.
Spring 2008 – I facilitated a critical study discussion group with thirteen faculty, staff, and grad students for thirteen weeks one hour per week in the book entitled The God Delusion by Dr. Richard Dawkins
Fall 2007, I led a critical book study with eight professors for thirteen Wednesdays in the book entitled The Decline of the Secular University. Second, I participated as a consultant and advisor to the three student leaders of the new Graduate Christian fellowship at ASU. Third, I facilitated a study in Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard with six faculty and staff at the ASU College of Nursing in downtown Phoenix.
Spring 2007, I facilitated a group study with eight professors in Dr. Francis Collins book The Language of God. In addition, I met regularly with three staff and faculty in a study on the book of Romans.
Fall 2006, I facilitated a small group study in the True Faced series while doing one-on-one discipleship with one other faculty.
June 22-25, 2006, Joni and I attended the National Faculty Leadership Conference which featured the theme of The Two Tasks; Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind, a tribute to the life of Jesus Christ and the life of a humble servant, Dr. Charles Malik.
Spring 2006, I facilitated a ten week study on the subject of apologetics for eight to ten faculty and staff using Reasonable Faith, a book written by William Lane Craig.
Fall 2005, I led a weekly study for several ASU staff on a book and DVD entitled The Question of God, written by Dr. Armond Nicholi, a Harvard professor, psychiatrist and outspoken Christian. Dr. Nicholi compares the lives of Dr. Sigmond Freud and Dr. C.S. Lewis and how each responded to the trials of life with one consistently rejecting God all his life (Freud) and the other (C. S. Lewis) accepting God with open arms ten years after he began teaching at Oxford. In addition, I met in a weekly discipleship group with Dr. Jit Muthuswamy, professor in bioengineering. We discussed the book Reasonable Faith written by Dr. William Lane Craig that presents the reasons why a Christian ought to defend their faith in Christ and how to do it.
Spring, 2004, I joined another teacher of World Religions at Estrella Mountain Community College to invite a number of students to observe a special showing of the movie “The Passion of the Christ” and return back to the campus for an hour to discuss what we saw. I also met with four faculty and staff on Thursdays to study the book God of the Possible by Greg Boyd for several weeks over a brown-bag lunch. Mr. Boyd writes on a subject known as open theism.
September, 2003, marked the beginning of a seven week faculty brown bag-book study in The Wedge of Truth written by Dr. Phillip E. Johnson. Dr. Johnson has taught law for more than thirty years at the University of California at Berkeley and has written extensively in the area of evolution/creation. Our selection of his material was prompted by the fact that he was speaking a couple of places during October in the Phoenix area. Reading this ahead of his coming better prepared us to understand his position on naturalism and intelligent design.
Summer, 2003 I helped to facilitate an eight-week study for six to eight faculty and staff in Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics written by Dr. Leon Kass. Trained as a medical doctor, biochemist, and philosopher, Dr. Kass was appointed by President Bush to be the chair person of the President’s Council on Bioethics.
June 2003, Joni and I attended the commemorative observance of the 40th Anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death hosted by the C.S. Lewis Foundation. The focus of the conference in San Diego was drawn from C. S. Lewis’s text of Mere Christianity, a compilation of 15 radio talks that C. S. gave at the request of the British Broadcasting Company during World War II.
November 2002, Dr. John Polkinghorne [physicist turned theologian and 2002 recipient of the Templeton Prize] spoke to 300 people on “Cosmology and Creation”. The following day, Dr. Polkinghorne joined a combined group of faculty and staff from ASU, Grand Canyon University and other institutions around the Phoenix area for a discussion of his recent book, The God of Hope and the End of the World.
November 6 – 7, 2002, Dr. Mary Poplin, Dean of Graduate Education Department of Claremont University in California spoke three times: for 35 faculty and staff for an Aslan Faculty luncheon, a talk for 50 principles, teachers, and administrators for an educators breakfast, and finally addressed 250 students faculty, and local residents at Murdock Hall on “Postmodernism, Multi-culturalism, and New Spiritualities in Higher Education”.
Since September 2002, I have bought 500 Conversations CDs from Christian Leadership Ministries. I am giving them to professors and staff as a ministry tool and encourage them to study it and also purchase some for their students. The CD offers 30 video clips and 51 text presentations from dozens of professors and students on the issues of academic success, landing a job, surviving college, tolerance and racism, music and the arts, when life hurts, does science preclude faith, relationships, and spirituality and connectedness. I also used it in my philosophy classes to stimulate questions around the topics of tolerance, the problem of evil and suffering, and other popular issues.
Fall 2002, I met with Dr. Bill Gentrup, assistant director of Renaissance Studies at ASU. We studied Dave Richardson’s Oxford thesis entitled Accepting Christian Faith in the Academy. We looked at it as a tool to learn to do better ministry at ASU. I also led a small group of eight faculty and staff in a discussion of the book, The Journey, by Dr. Peter Kreeft on managing important questions about life in the process of witnessing to others about Christ.
June 27th – 30th 2002, I attended the National Faculty Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The trip helped me to learn various ways that faculty have ministries on other campuses.
On Tuesdays June 4th – August 16th 2002, I helped organize a weekly brown-bag luncheon for twelve faculty and staff from ASU where we read and applied the evangelistic principles of the book Finding Common Ground by Tim Downs.
In February and March 2002, I was instrumental in bringing Dr Walter Bradley and Dr Gary Habermas to Arizona for speaking engagements. Dr. Bradley spoke at ASU and Intel on the theme Is There Scientific Evidence for an Intelligent Creator of the Universe. Dr. Habermas spoke on the Historicity of the Resurrection of Christ at ASU, UofA, and two community colleges. He also spoke at Intel.