First Mondays Speaker Series

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and cultural leaders to Dordt College to discuss with the campus and broader community ideas that will stretch our imaginations, grow our understanding, and help us re-form our world in God-honoring ways. The morning presentation is held at 11 a.m.
2017-2018 First Monday Speakers
Date Title Speaker
Sep 4
Calvin, Refugees and Heretics: Scope and Limits of Human Rights in Reformation Europe.
Dr. Paul Lim
Oct 2
The Formidable Discipline of Daydreaming: An Exercise in Spiritual Theology
Timothy Brown
Nov 6
Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference
John Inazu
Feb 5
How We Spend Our Lives: Christian Formation in the Everyday
Tish Harrison Warren
Apr 2
Movies as Prayers
Josh Larsen

September 4

Paul C.H. Lim is an award-winning historian of Reformation and post-Reformation Europe. His latest book, Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012), won the 2013 Roland H. Bainton Prize as the best book in history/theology by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. Dr. Lim is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He has delivered papers and lectures at places as diverse as Oxford, Rotterdam, Harvard, Yale, Q Ideas, as well as local churches. 

October 2

Timothy Brown brought twenty years of preaching and pastoral experience to the task of teaching homiletics when he arrived at Western Theological Seminary in 1995. After 13 years of inspiring and teaching the next generation of pastors to preach the Word, he accepted the call to lead the seminary as president, starting in July of 2008. Prior to coming here Tim was the senior pastor of Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan, from 1983-1995. In recent years Dr. Brown held a joint position with Hope College as the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel. He has served on the Reformed Church in America’s Board of Theological Education; the Hope College Board of Trustees; and the executive committee of Words of Hope, a worldwide radio ministry; and is currently a General Synod Professor.

November 6

John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion, a dual appointment in the Washington University Law School and the Center on Religion and Politics. His recent book Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference has reached a wide audience in both Christian and non-Christian contexts. Inazu’s scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory. His articles have appeared in a number of law reviews and specialty journals. He has written broadly for mainstream audiences in publications including USA Today, CNN, the Hedgehog Review, and the Washington Post. He has also spoken at Q Ideas.

February 5

Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and serves as co-Associate Rectors at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA. She writes regularly for The Well, InterVarsity's online magazine for women in the academy and professions, Her.meneutics, and Christianity Today. Her work has also appeared in Christ and Pop Culture, Art House America,, and elsewhere. Her first book is Liturgy of the Ordinary. James K.A. Smith says of the book, “This marvelous little book is that certain slant of light that illuminates the everyday as an arena of sanctification, where the Spirit makes us holy in ways we might miss. You don't need more to do in a day, Warren shows. Instead, reframe the everyday as an extension of worship, and folding the laundry, washing dishes, and even commuting become habitations of the Spirit.”

April 2

Josh Larsen is a film critic and editor of Think Christian, a digital magazine on faith and culture, as well as co-host of Filmspotting, a popular podcast on classic and contemporary cinema. His book Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings was recently published by IVP Books.