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Twelftree Delivers Inaugural Lecture

By Brett Wilson | November 8, 2013

Dr. Graham Twelftree

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Regent University's academic community flooded the Moot Court Room to celebrate the Charles L. Holman Professorship of New Testament and Early Christianity Inaugural Lecture, delivered by Dr. Graham Twelftree, in the School of Divinity. The lecture was presented by the school and its Center for Renewal Studies.

As Regent continues to lead the way with its Ph.D. in Renewal Studies program, the lecture series provides opportunities for prominent, world-renowned scholars to engage in enlightening topics within the field, and also honors the late beloved Dr. Charles Holman. Holman served as a professor of Biblical Interpretation and New Testament in the School of Divinity from 1982 to 2006, and was well-known for his compassionate, prayerful heart and his excellence in academic rigor. Frequently, Holman would invite students into his home, where he entertained his guests with violin solos and provided pastoral care to his students.

Now an associate professor in the School of Divinity, Dr. Diane Chandler was one such student. Chandler shared her experience learning from Holman, sharing how she was moved by his tutelage while she was a student.

"Dr. Holman was very steady and consistent—he impacted hundreds of students in this way," said Chandler. "And he truly left a legacy in the School of Divinity.

Christian Broadcasting Network President Michael Little, also a member of Regent's Board of Trustees, shared his experience living next door to Holman and his wife. He witnessed their dedication to Christian scholarship and spirituality on a daily basis.

"He was a man of intentionality, encouragement and a great life," said Little. "Next door we had both a Bible teacher and a prayer warrior, those are good neighbors to have," said Little.

It is with this spirit of Holman's impact and leadership that Twelftree, who is also the director of the Ph.D. in Renewal Studies program, presented the first lecture in the series, titled "The Gospel According to Paul."

Twelftree explained that, aside from Jesus Christ, Paul is one of early Christianity's most important figures, and, as a result, urged his listeners to delve into finding understanding from his message.

According to Twelftree, Paul's presentation of the gospel is "a composite expression of the audible and of the tangible," concluding that believers may need to "re-calibrate" their understanding of Scripture in order to "receive it more with their minds, and see it promoted with more than their words."

Learn more about the School of Divinity and the Center for Renewal Studies.


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