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This is our archive of public lectures and conversations where scholars and pastors offer careful reflection on a range of biblical, theological, and ecclesial topics.

The HCTU seeks to bridge the gap between the academy and the church by cultivating resources and communities that advance Christian wisdom. This is accomplished through a cluster of initiatives, each of which is aimed at applying practical Christian wisdom to important kingdom issues—for the good of the church, for the soul of the theological academy, for the sake of the world, and ultimately for the glory of God.

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This is our archive of public lectures and conversations where scholars and pastors offer careful reflection on a range of biblical, theological, and ecclesial topics.

The HCTU seeks to bridge the gap between the academy and the church by cultivating resources and communities that advance Christian wisdom. This is accomplished through a cluster of initiatives, each of which is aimed at applying practical Christian wisdom to important kingdom issues—for the good of the church, for the soul of the theological academy, for the sake of the world, and ultimately for the glory of God.

    How to be Useful to God | Alistair Begg

    How to be Useful to God | Alistair Begg

    Lecture Title: Inadequacy: The Surprising Secret to Being Useful to God

    In this lecture, Alistair Begg considers God's pattern of using unlikely and ordinary characters and addresses the possibility that what we regard as a hindrance may be the key to usefulness in God's service.


    Alistair Begg (DDiv Westminster Theological Seminary) is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church. He is author of many books, including Name Above all Names (Crossway, 2013), Pathway to Freedom: How God's Laws Guide Our Lives (Moody, 2021), and Brave by Faith: God-Sized Confidence in a Post-Christian World (The Good Book Company, 2021).


    The Henry Center for Theological Understanding provides theological resources that help bridge the gap between the academy and the church. It houses a cluster of initiatives, each of which is aimed at applying practical Christian wisdom to important kingdom issues—for the good of the church, for the soul of the theological academy, for the sake of the world, and ultimately for the glory of God. The HCTU seeks to ground each of these initiatives in Scripture, and it pursues these goals collaboratively, in order to train a new generation of wise interpreters of the Word—lay persons and scholars alike—for the sake of tomorrow’s church, academy, and world.

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    • 53 min
    How Is God Free | Bruce McCormack

    How Is God Free | Bruce McCormack

    2011 Kantzer Lecture #7 - The Being of God as Gift and Grace: On Freedom and Necessity, Aseity and the Divine Attributes

    In his seventh and final lecture, Professor McCormack concludes with a treatment of God’s being and attributes. Of particular interest is his notion of Freedom. Freedom, he suggests, is not freedom in the face of options. Rather, God’s freedom is the freedom to follow through with the course of action that God has elected from all eternity to do and to be. It is a freedom with which God elects to be our God, elects us to be His people, and it is a freedom with which God does not elect to be himself in any other way.

    Bruce L. McCormack (PhD Princeton Theological Seminary) is Chair of Modern Theology at the University of Aberdeen. Previously, he was Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Seminary. One of his major publications is Karl Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology: Its Genesis and Development, 1909-1936 (Clarendon Press, 1995).



    The Henry Center for Theological Understanding provides theological resources that help bridge the gap between the academy and the church. It houses a cluster of initiatives, each of which is aimed at applying practical Christian wisdom to important kingdom issues—for the good of the church, for the soul of the theological academy, for the sake of the world, and ultimately for the glory of God. The HCTU seeks to ground each of these initiatives in Scripture, and it pursues these goals collaboratively, in order to train a new generation of wise interpreters of the Word—lay persons and scholars alike—for the sake of tomorrow’s church, academy, and world.

    Visit the HCTU website: https://henrycenter.tiu.edu/

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    How Does the Trinity Act in the World | Bruce McCormack

    How Does the Trinity Act in the World | Bruce McCormack

    2011 Kantzer Lecture #6 - The Processions Contain the Missions: Reconstructing the Doctrine of an
    Immanent Trinity

    In this sixth lecture, Professor McCormack develops his doctrine of the immanent trinity by grounding his conclusions in the teaching of the New Testament as expounded in the fourth lecture, and in line with the Christology he constructed in the fifth lecture. The basic contours of his doctrine are essentially those of Karl Barth in Church Dogmatics I/1. As a result, McCormack first lays out and defends Barth’s doctrine of the immanent trinity before reconstructing aspects of Barth’s doctrine as McCormack finds necessitated by Barth’s doctrine of election and his later Christology.

    Bruce L. McCormack (PhD Princeton Theological Seminary) is Chair of Modern Theology at the University of Aberdeen. Previously, he was Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Seminary. One of his major publications is Karl Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology: Its Genesis and Development, 1909-1936 (Clarendon Press, 1995).



    The Henry Center for Theological Understanding provides theological resources that help bridge the gap between the academy and the church. It houses a cluster of initiatives, each of which is aimed at applying practical Christian wisdom to important kingdom issues—for the good of the church, for the soul of the theological academy, for the sake of the world, and ultimately for the glory of God. The HCTU seeks to ground each of these initiatives in Scripture, and it pursues these goals collaboratively, in order to train a new generation of wise interpreters of the Word—lay persons and scholars alike—for the sake of tomorrow’s church, academy, and world.



    Visit the HCTU website: https://henrycenter.tiu.edu/

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    • 45 min
    What Should We Think about Christ | Bruce McCormack

    What Should We Think about Christ | Bruce McCormack

    2011 Kantzer Lecture #5 - Which Christology? Refining the Economic Basis of the Christian Doctrine of God

    In this fifth Lecture, Professor McCormack begins the constructive work of his project. His goal is to develop a thoroughly post-metaphysical doctrine of God. For McCormack, this means that everything said about God must be founded on what can be known through the history of His revelation in Jesus Christ. Thus, he begins with Christology. As a Doctrine of God grounded in a theological ontology of God as “being-in-action,” we know God’s being only as it encounters us in His actions toward us in Christ.

    Bruce L. McCormack (PhD Princeton Theological Seminary) is Chair of Modern Theology at the University of Aberdeen. Previously, he was Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Seminary. One of his major publications is Karl Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology: Its Genesis and Development, 1909-1936 (Clarendon Press, 1995).



    The Henry Center for Theological Understanding provides theological resources that help bridge the gap between the academy and the church. It houses a cluster of initiatives, each of which is aimed at applying practical Christian wisdom to important kingdom issues—for the good of the church, for the soul of the theological academy, for the sake of the world, and ultimately for the glory of God. The HCTU seeks to ground each of these initiatives in Scripture, and it pursues these goals collaboratively, in order to train a new generation of wise interpreters of the Word—lay persons and scholars alike—for the sake of tomorrow’s church, academy, and world.

    Visit the HCTU website: https://henrycenter.tiu.edu/

    Subscribe to the HCTU Newsletter: https://bit.ly/326pRL5

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    What Does the New Testament Say about God | Bruce McCormack

    What Does the New Testament Say about God | Bruce McCormack

    2011 Kantzer Lecture #4 - The God Who Reveals Himself: The Mystery of the Trinity in the New Testament

    In the fourth lecture, Professor McCormack provides dense exegesis of the relevant biblical material regarding the problem of the trinity in the New Testament. This pertains in particular to the biblical witness to deity of the Son, His relationship to the Father and to the Spirit. Endorsing an apocalyptic-eschatological reading of the New Testament, McCormack argues for a vision of the New Testament in which the theological ontology of God is metaphysically underdetermined. This is the case because the New Testament witness is not concerned with metaphysical and speculative thinking, but with proper worship.

    Bruce L. McCormack (PhD Princeton Theological Seminary) is Chair of Modern Theology at the University of Aberdeen. Previously, he was Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Seminary. One of his major publications is Karl Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology: Its Genesis and Development, 1909-1936 (Clarendon Press, 1995).

    The Henry Center for Theological Understanding provides theological resources that help bridge the gap between the academy and the church. It houses a cluster of initiatives, each of which is aimed at applying practical Christian wisdom to important kingdom issues—for the good of the church, for the soul of the theological academy, for the sake of the world, and ultimately for the glory of God. The HCTU seeks to ground each of these initiatives in Scripture, and it pursues these goals collaboratively, in order to train a new generation of wise interpreters of the Word—lay persons and scholars alike—for the sake of tomorrow’s church, academy, and world.

    Visit the HCTU website: https://henrycenter.tiu.edu/

    Subscribe to the HCTU Newsletter: https://bit.ly/326pRL5

    Connect with us!
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    What Does Modern Theology Say about God | Bruce McCormack

    What Does Modern Theology Say about God | Bruce McCormack

    2011 Kantzer Lecture #3 - The Great Reversal: From the Economy of God to the Trinity in Modern Theology

    In this survey of the Doctrine of God in the modern world, professor McCormack narrates the rise of modern theology from Spinoza, through Kant’s critique of classical metaphysics and on to the philosophical theology of Hegel, all of which engendered the philosophical and theological milieu in which the likes of Hermann, Ritchsl, and Barth found themselves. In particular, Professor McCormack is concerned with demonstrating the anti-metaphysical thinking that necessarily arose as a characteristic of modern theology.



    Bruce L. McCormack (PhD Princeton Theological Seminary) is Chair of Modern Theology at the University of Aberdeen. Previously, he was Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Seminary. One of his major publications is Karl Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology: Its Genesis and Development, 1909-1936 (Clarendon Press, 1995).

    The Henry Center for Theological Understanding provides theological resources that help bridge the gap between the academy and the church. It houses a cluster of initiatives, each of which is aimed at applying practical Christian wisdom to important kingdom issues—for the good of the church, for the soul of the theological academy, for the sake of the world, and ultimately for the glory of God. The HCTU seeks to ground each of these initiatives in Scripture, and it pursues these goals collaboratively, in order to train a new generation of wise interpreters of the Word—lay persons and scholars alike—for the sake of tomorrow’s church, academy, and world.

    Visit the HCTU website: https://henrycenter.tiu.edu/

    Subscribe to the HCTU Newsletter: https://bit.ly/326pRL5

    Connect with us!
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    • 1 hr 35 min

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