Pub Theology 2018 has now ended, but 2019 is already being planned! For now, please enjoy recordings from our 4 events in June 2018.

Week 1 – June 4

Astronaut Charlie Duke – “A Meaningful Walk”

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Charles Moss “Charlie” Duke Jr. (born October 3, 1935), (Brig Gen, USAF, Ret.), is an American former astronaut, retired U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon.

In April 1966, Duke was one of the 19 selected for NASA’s fifth group of astronauts. In 1969, he was a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 10. He then served as Flight Commander (CAPCOM) for Apollo 11, the first landing on the Moon, where his distinctive Southern drawl became familiar to audiences around the world.

Duke was backup Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 13, however shortly before the mission he caught German measles from a friend’s child and inadvertently exposed the prime crew to the disease. As Ken Mattingly had no natural immunity to the disease, Mattingly was then replaced as Command Module Pilot by Jack Swigert. Mattingly would be reassigned as Command Module Pilot of Duke’s flight, Apollo 16.

Duke served as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 16 in 1972 where he and John W. Young landed at the Descartes Highlands and conducted three EVAs, making Duke the tenth person to walk upon the surface of the Moon. He also served as backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 17. Duke retired from NASA in December 1975.

Duke has been married to Dorothy Meade Claiborne of Atlanta, Georgia since June 1, 1963. They have two grown sons; Charles M. Duke III (born March 8, 1965) and Thomas C. Duke (born May 1, 1967), and nine grandchildren. He and his wife reside in New Braunfels, Texas. Recreational interests include hunting, fishing, reading, and playing golf. Duke is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Duke became a committed Christian after his Apollo 16 flight, and is active in prison ministry. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

Read more of his biography on Wikipedia.

Week 2 – June 11

Dr. Billy Abraham – “Christians and Suffering”

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William J. Abraham (born December 19, 1947) is a Northern Irish theologian, analytic philosopher, and United Methodist pastor known for his contributions to the philosophy of religion, religious epistemology, evangelism, and church renewal. Abraham has spent most of his career in the United States and is currently the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He previously taught at Seattle Pacific University and was a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School. Abraham is associated with the Confessing Movement in The United Methodist Church and is a proponent of Canonical Theism, a church renewal movement that looks to the canons of the ancient ecumenical Church as a source for renewing Mainline Protestant churches.

Read more of his biography on Wikipedia.

Week 3 – June 18

Rev. Greg Methvin – “Christians and Sex”

Image credit: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Frisco

Rev. Greg Methvin became the second Rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in March of 2015.

An ordained priest for thirteen years, Methvin has been serving in ministry for 33 years.  Prior to serving at St. Philip’s, he served as Vice Rector at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, as well as Christ Church in Plano.  He received his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Seminary and earned his certificate in Anglican Studies from Perkins Seminary at Southern Methodist University.

Biography via Bubble Life Frisco.

Week 4 – June 25

Rev. Dr. George Mason – “Christians and Homosexuality”

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Coming off of a year of controversy, Dr. George Mason will speak on the very topic at the center of the storm.

George Mason has been senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church since August 1989. His long tenure as pastor follows the pattern of his predecessor, Bruce McIver, who was pastor at Wilshire 30 vibrant years.

George is a nationally recognized leader among Baptists, serving the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, New Baptist Covenant, Duke Divinity School, along with other local and global ecumenical and interfaith endeavors. He is a frequent op-ed contributor to the Dallas Morning News on subjects of public interest that intersect religion, such as public education, race relations and predatory lending. He writes a monthly column on public theology for the Lakewood/East Dallas and Lake Highlands editions of the community news magazine The Advocate.

He holds both the master of divinity (1982) and doctor of philosophy (1987) degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His doctoral field of study was systematic theology, with a minor in philosophy of religion. His dissertation was God’s Freedom as Faithfulness: A Critique of Juergen Moltmann’s Social Trinitarianism.

A native of New York City, George has been married to his wife, Kim, since 1979. They have three children: daughter Cameron is married to Garrett Vickrey, a pastor in San Antonio, and they have three daughters; son Rhett is married to Callie and is manager of the real estate division of the Dr Pepper Snapple company in Plano, and they have one son; daughter Jillian is married to Chris Shannon and is an actress in New York City.

Read his full biography on Wilshire Baptist Church’s website.