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Two opportunities to hear Gideon Strauss October 5

September 28, 2009


Dr. Gideon Strauss will speak at Dordt College on the topic, “Silly Walks Need No Justification: hearing God’s call in very ordinary/real life.” His first talk will be Monday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

He'll present a second talk Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the science building lecture hall S101. His evening topic is "Graceful Citizenship," in which he'll share fresh ways for kingdom citizens to serve the common good in America.

Strauss explores the height, breadth, and depth of the call of God in our ordinary lives and the needs of the world, and some historically peculiar opportunities for answering that call in this generation.

Dr. Strauss is the president of the Center for Public Justice (CPJ), an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education in issues of public justice. He is a native of South Africa, where he received his Ph.D. in the ethics of public welfare in 1995. He worked as a senior researcher in public policy, and as an interpreter for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (under Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu). Strauss previously served as Research and Education Director of the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC); as a Senior Fellow at the think tank Cardus; as editor of the electronic and print journal Comment; and taught at Tyndale University College and Seminary, Trinity Western University, the Institute for Christian Studies, and Redeemer University College. He is currently working on a book on the topic of reading the Psalms in devotional preparation for social action.

This guest presentation is part of a First Monday speaker series being hosted by Dordt College to enrich the academic experience of students, faculty, and staff and to create an engaging learning experience for all who live in the area community.

A core function of Dordt College is to prepare Christians with biblical insight for service in God’s kingdom. This year’s speaker series is bringing thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to Dordt’s campus that are actively engaging the world from a biblical perspective. Listeners will be challenged to expand our discussions, grow in understanding, and act boldly and creatively in serving God.

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