Series: Special Events

ID Title Presentation Date Speaker Handouts Slides Audio Video Full Lesson Synopsis Sort Order
Title Presentation Date Speaker Handouts Slides Audio Video Full Lesson Synopsis
499 Website Usage - Mar 2008 02/14/2007 Taylor 71
500 SE- Missions At Champion Forest - June 2008 02/14/2007 Riling 70
501 SE- Hebrews: An Interview With Edward Fudge 10/30/2009 Fudge 69
502 SE- Christmas - 2009 12/28/2009 Lanier 68
503 SE- Psalms 139 02/09/2010 Lanier 67
504 SE- Psalms 40 02/17/2010 W. Mark Lanier 66
1073 SE- Highlights from Psalms for Living 4 12/04/2016 W. Mark Lanier Mark Lanier teacher. These interludes during Mark's series "Why I'm Not...." are based upon Mark's New Book "Psalms for Living" published by Baylor Press. Subject: Series Special Event during Why I’m Not… a new series explaining why Mark is not a atheist, a agnostic, or a etc. etc. Location: Champion Forest Baptist Church 56
520 SE- The Divine Rescue: An Interview with Edward Fudge 05/18/2010 W. Mark Lanier & Edward Fudge Join Mark Lanier as he conducts a warm and gracious interview with Edward Fudge, author of "The Divine Rescue." "The Divine Rescue" is the story of a perfect world gone astray, and of the God who stops at nothing to rescue that world and the people who inhabit it. This book is for anyone, from seeker to scholar, who has ever wept for a broken world, who has tasted pain and passion as a partner in the human plight, who has glimpsed a glory as yet unfulfilled and sensed that there is more to come. 65
566 SE- A Week in the Life... 10/22/2010 Leadership Team 64
582 SE-Christmas History - 2010 12/18/2010 W. Mark Lanier 63
665 SE- Thanksgiving 2011 - Contentment 11/27/2011 Stephen Trammell 62
668 SE- The Christmas Challenge - 2011 12/18/2011 W. Mark Lanier 61
879 SE- Christianity on Trial 06/01/2014 W. Mark Lanier 60
1034 SE- Highlights from Psalms for Living 1 09/04/2016 W. Mark Lanier These interludes during Mark's series "Why I'm Not...." are based upon Mark's New Book "Psalms for Living" published by Baylor Press. Subject: Series Special Event during Why I’m Not… a new series explaining why Mark is not a atheist, a agnostic, or a etc. etc. Location: Champion Forest Baptist Church 59
1036 SE- Highlights from Psalms for Living 2 10/30/2016 W. Mark Lanier These interludes during Mark's series "Why I'm Not...." are based upon Mark's New Book "Psalms for Living" published by Baylor Press. Subject: Series Special Event during Why I’m Not… a new series explaining why Mark is not a atheist, a agnostic, or a etc. etc. Location: Champion Forest Baptist Church 58
1037 SE- Highlights from Psalms for Living 3 11/13/2016 W. Mark Lanier These interludes during Mark's series "Why I'm Not...." are based upon Mark's New Book "Psalms for Living" published by Baylor Press. Subject: Series Special Event during Why I’m Not… a new series explaining why Mark is not a atheist, a agnostic, or a etc. etc. Location: Champion Forest Baptist Church 57
1075 SE- Christmas and Carols 12/18/2016 W. Mark Lanier This SPECIAL EVENT about CHRISTMAS AND CAROLS is during Mark's series "Why I'm Not...." Subject: Series Special Event during Why I’m Not… a new series explaining why Mark is not a atheist, a agnostic, or a etc. etc. Location: Champion Forest Baptist Church 55
1082 SE- The Trinity: Dr. Stephen Bullivant Interview 01/15/2017 W. Mark Lanier Mark interviews author and professor Stephen Bullivant who is the professor of theology and sociology at Saint Mary’s University in Twickenham London. Professor Bullivant discusses his teachings and inspiration on the trinity, the very heart of the Christian message. Listen to Professor Bullivant define and explain one God Who is in three Persons. “The trinity is not God wearing three masks.” 54
1086 SE- C. S. Lewis, Science, and Faith - Dr. Alister McGrath Interview 02/05/2017 W. Mark Lanier

This week’s Biblical Literacy class features a Q & A with Professor Alister McGrath, renowned theologian and scientist. Mark begins by giving listeners insight into Professor McGrath’s personal life. McGrath was an atheist in his teens but became a Christian in college. Listen to how he abandoned atheism and embraced Christianity then went on to obtain a second and third doctorate. Among Professor McGrath’s 40 published books, his favorite is his C. S. Lewis biography.

1089 SE- According to Mark - Dr. David Capes 03/05/2017 David B. Capes

Professor David B. Capes of the Houston Graduate School of Theology discusses the Book of Mark. This second Gospel provides us with a scripted invitation of knowing Jesus' ministry. Professor Capes teaches on the fulfillment of prophecy, especially through John the Baptist, as Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament promises. 

1092 SE- His Kingdom Come- An Interview with N. T. Wright 03/26/2017 W. Mark Lanier Mark interviews N. T. Wright, a leading British New Testament scholar and retired Anglican bishop. The author of numerous books and article, Wright answers Lanier questions, in a warm and engaging conversation that is both revealing and questioning.  50
1100 SE- David Capes, Paul Surprises Along the Way 05/21/2017 David Capes 51
1102 SE- Brent Johnson Gospel Applied on the Mission Field 06/04/2017 Brent Johnson 48
1109 SE- Biblical Literacy Philosophy of Ministry and Missions 07/30/2017 Missional Class 47
1116 SE- Paul in Athens, Acts 17 07/09/2017 Scott Riling Learn what Paul’s message, as noted in Acts 17, meant to the Athenians, especially the Stoics and Epicureans. Although technologies may have changed over the years, ideas haven’t so much. Paul made three main points…1. God created the world, 2. God created man and man needs God, & 3. Man’s attempts to represent God with idols is foolishness. Paul goes on to quote from their own poets, being a master of communicating within the current context of his audience. Listen to Scott Riling share how God has given the ministry of reconciliation to all believers and be encouraged and confident in what you believe so you can share the truth with others person to person, as Paul did. 46
1118 SE- Dr. Tremper Longman Interview 09/17/2017 W. Mark Lanier and Dr. Tremper Longman Mark Lanier interviewed Dr. Tremper Longman, one of the world’s authorities on the Old Testament, and honed in on questions about the Old Testament image of God as a “warrior God” who instructs Israel to slaughter large groups of people. This is an important dialogue as it is a challenging part of understanding God and His character. It seems at odds with the God we see in Jesus. 45
1136 SE- Jesus said Follow Me 09/24/2017 Scott Riling Today’s lesson focused on Following Jesus. Scott Riling spoke about Mark’s heart for others to have a spiritual passion for Jesus Christ. He taught about following Jesus, His ability to engage others through authority, humor, and love by having a personal relationship with all who call on His name. Following Jesus means a unique and unlimited Lord who is with us forever. Jesus is the goal of our faith, our greatest love and devotion. 44
1165 SE - John Piper Interview 11/12/2017 Mark Lanier 42
1166 SE - Missions 11/19/2017 42
1174 SE- Rabbi Michael Vowell from Congregation Beth Messiah, teaches on Jonah. 12/10/2017 Rabbi Michael Vowell 42
1185 SE- Your Place At The Table 01/14/2018 Pastor Scott Riling Scott Riling shares from Luke’s account about the Last Supper and how we have a place at the table. See how Jesus selected the 12 apostles from many followers that had accompanied him during his brief time of ministry on earth. We can identify with the flawed and imperfect apostles that came from different backgrounds and served different roles. All were sinners yet found hope in Jesus the Messiah and were ultimately sent out to change the world. Even though Jesus knew what Judas Iscariot would do, he had a place at the table with Jesus, and so do we.   44
1200 SE - Rabbi Michael Vowell: Names of God 03/11/2018 Rabbi Michael Vowell Today Rabbi Michael Vowell taught the Biblical Literacy Class about the importance of understanding the names of God. Rabbi Vowell provides insight of who God is by studying the meaning of His names, giving us confidence of who our God, Adonai, is in our lives. Through the depth of this study, Rabbi Vowell reveals God's uniqueness, presence, and blessings. Listen to Rabbi Vowell expound on the names of God and examples, past and present, of how Adonai is on our side. 42
1218 SE- The Long and Winding Road : Worship 06/03/2018 Brent Johnson

Have you ever wonder why we worship God? And what does it really mean to worship? Pastor Brent Johnson explores these questions and shows us how worship has changed through the history of the Bible. He will lead us from the inception of worship to today. Join us with a humble and open heart as we learn how to truly worship God.

1241 SE- Devotionals from the Life of Christ - Prayer, Part 2 - Brent Johnson 09/02/2018 Brent Johnson

Join us as Pastor Brent Johnson continues Mark’s Devotionals from the Life of Christ series with Prayer - Part 2. Have you ever wondered if you are praying the “right way”? Since Brent oversees prayer requests, he was able to take a look at how we pray, and how the characters of the Bible prayed. What he found could change the way you pray forever.

1239 SE- Devotionals from the Life of Christ -Brent Johnson 06/24/2018 Brent Johnson

Brent continued with the Devotionals from the Life of Jesus in today's lesson: This week lesson Brent breaks down the meaning of the word devote and shows us what is really happening. Brent reveals how this occurs again and again in scriptures. Join us as we devote ourselves to a deeper understanding of how God's word teaches us what really means to be devoted a Christian.

1233 SE - Lecture - Why is there so much suffering - Melvin Tinker - 2018 07 15 07/15/2018 Vicar Melvin Tinker

Reverend Melvin Tinker, a vicar from Hull, England, taught today's class titled “Why is There So Much Suffering? Tinker said, "Real faith is like a fire that can be fanned into flame during a storm.” In contrast, he explained that little or no faith can snuff out a fire in times of suffering. For the Christian: God is good and He is almighty. Reverend Tinker explains the various beliefs of pain and suffering and asking questions like "Is all suffering evil?” “What is the purpose of suffering?” Suffering could be a painful reminder that all is not well with us and our Maker. Can we place our suffering in a bigger picture? Listen to him teach the Christian view of God and suffering.

1235 SE The Attributes of God by Ed Etheridge 07/29/2018 Ed Etheridge The Attributes of God - Message presented by Pastor Ed Etheridge 42
1237 SE - Brent Johnson - Devotionals from the Life of Christ 06/24/2018 Brent Johnson 42
1249 SE - Breakfast and Q&A with Mark Lanier 10/28/2018 W. Mark Lanier 42
1280 SE- Attributes of God - Scott Riling 02/24/2019 Scott Riling 42
1281 SE- Interview with Mark Lanier, Dennis Danielson and Bruce Hindmarsh 02/17/2019 Mark Lanier Mark interviewed Professor Bruce Hindmarsh, the professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, and Professor Dennis Danielson from Stanford University, who is one of the world’s leading Milton scholars. Mark posed a variety of questions:
  1. Personal love story and marriage advice.
  2. Their wives’ best traits.
  3. How their relationship with Christ began, and life experiences that grew their faith.
  4. Personal scholars’ disciplines.
  5. Favorite Christian figure.
  6. The problem with good and evil.
  7. Favorite hymn
  8. Book recommendation
  9. Where should Christians be going.
Listen to the insight and humor from Mark, Dr. Hindmarsh, and Dr. Danielson.  
1283 SE - GOG The Struggle is Real 03/31/2019 Brent Johnson Brent Johnson taught the greatness of God - Examining Gods CV. This week’s lesson focuses on the reality of struggles. Genesis 32 shares when Jacob is destined to meet his twin brother Esau after the conflict between them. Before their meeting, Brent explained how Jacob wrestled with God’s messenger in the form of an angel or possibly Jesus. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, the father of the 12 tribes of Israel, and the struggles have continued. The older we get, struggles do not dissipate. All of life involves both physical and spiritual struggles. From those, we grow closer to God. Why did Israel struggle? Why do we struggle? What are the causes of struggle? Listen to Brent talk about the struggles of Jacob/Israel and all humanity. 40
1287 SE - GOG The Greatness of God - Scott Riling 02/24/2019 Scott Riling Scott Riling taught on the topic: Favorite Three Attributes of God. Scott pointed out establishing three favorite attributes is difficult because God is good and perfect. The first attributive: God is Personal. He is the loving Father, the Great I Am. This is shown in Genesis 1:26. 3:7-9, Exodus 19:18-21, Numbers 11-26-29, and 1 Samuel 8-7-8. The second attribute: God is merciful. References are Deuteronomy 4:28-31, Luke 6:35-36, The third attribute: God is faithful as revealed in Deuteronomy 31:8. Listen to Scott share his passion for God through Scripture and life experiences. 39
1288 SE - GOG Our God Pursues 03/10/2019 Scott Riling Scott Riling taught The Greatness of God - Our God Pursues. Scott spoke how the prodigal son is really about the loving father who like our Father God allows us to make mistakes while he pursues us. Scripture backs it up. Genesis 3:8-11: God pursued Adam and Eve when they sinned. God pursued the relationship. 2 Chronicles 16:9: God is looking to support those who love Him. Psalm 17:8: We long for God to keep us as the apple of His eye. Psalm 23:4: God pursues, protects, and disciplines. His rod represents power and authority. Ezekiel 20:37: The rod (God’s) staff is used to lift, touch, and guide. Psalm 23:6: God brings goodness and mercy by following us. John 3:16: God the pursuer. Listen to Scott give us examples throughout the Bible that remind us of God’s continuous love and His pursuit of us. 39
1293 SE - Interview with Dr. Andrew MacIntosh - A Hebrew Lesson 05/20/2019 Mark Lanier In this lesson, Mark is joined by special guest Dr. Andrew Macintosh, Professor of Hebrew at Cambridge University and one of the foremost scholars of Hebrew and the Bible. Mark and Dr. Macintosh conduct a Hebrew lesson in the Old Testament using the Psalms. The English vocabulary has 50,000 to 60,000 words, compared to Hebrew which has only one word for every eight in English. The words have a full semantic range in the way they are applied to our language; it is not a one-to-one translation. Knowing this, Mark and Dr. Macintosh help us better understand the meaning behind the many body parts that are referenced in the Psalms. 38
1315 SE - IGGOF Brent Johnson - Take Action Now 06/16/2019 Brent Johnson Pastor Brent Johnson, of Champion Forest Baptis tChurch, discusses in this lesson "Take Action Now". In each Biblical Literacy lesson, Mark Lanier concludes with"Take Action Now"-takeaway points that he ties to the lesson and scripture, thatwe canread and reflect upon in the up-coming week.In our busy livesthough,doing this is a challenge we all face.Listen as Brent outlinesfrom Deuteronomy 6,scripturalinstructionon howto take actionto help us study the Bible,andimprove our ability to live out our faith with family, friends, and at work or in the community. 37
1321 SE OTJ David Fleming - John 08/04/2019 David Fleming Pastor David Fleming taught from the Gospel of John by beginning the class with a video titled "Who is Jesus?”. John 1:1 answers the question. Pastor David taught: You cannot be wrong about Jesus and be right with God. Jesus says this about Himself. God the son, Jesus, existed prior to preexistence. Pastor David shared the Word, Logos, has a deeper meaning in Greek. God speaks the Word into action. The words and actions of Jesus were the words and actions of God. Listen to Pastor David expound on the who Jesus is by focusing on God’s word as revealed in the Gospel of John. It's all about Jesus. 36
1324 SE - Brent Johnson Entomology of Logos 09/08/2019 Brent Johnson 35
1328 SE -Andrew Farley 09/29/2019 Mark Lanier Mark is joined by special guest Dr. Andrew Farley, lead pastor of the Church Without Religion, a non-denominational church in west Texas. He is also a best-selling author of seven Christian books and the host of Andrew Farley LIVE, a nationwide call-in program on Sirius XM. Mark interviews Dr. Farley about his latest book 'Twisted Scripture, Untangling 45 Lies Christians Have Been Told'. Listen to Mark and Andrew as they discuss three examples from the book including, "Must we ask forgiveness for every sin?", "Don't we have to keep the Ten Commandments?", and "Mustn't we die to self every day?" 34
1329 SE - Melvin Tinker Hidden Gems in John 10/06/2019 Melvin Tinker Melvin Tinker, prolific author and Vicar of St. John Newland stops by from Hull England to share a type of Bible GPS. He examines whether certain numbers mentioned in the gospel of John contain hidden meanings. 33
1334 SE - Brent Johnson Sent on Mission 10/27/2019 Brent Johnson Mission Sunday emphasis/focus. Listen first to Gordon Fort a missionary from the International Mission Board as he shares his testimony of God's promises at work in his life and others from all over the world who followed God in obedience to missions. God is moving in the world in an unprecedented way. Brent Johnson then teaches from Ephesians 4. We should all be on mission for God, called out to proclaim the excellencies of Him. God's gifts are given to glorify Him. Listen to Brent talk about using opportunities to share the excellence of God 32
1335 SE - C.S. Lewis by Steven Fenley 11/11/2019 Steven Fenley The Biblical Literacy class today celebrated Mark’s birthday with a production drama of C.S. Lewis by Steven Fenley. Fenley shared Lewis’s thoughts of love, pain, and suffering through the dramatization of several of Lewis’s books. 31
1339 SE - Dr. Michael Lloyd Interview with Mark 12/08/2019 Mark Lanier Mark Lanier interviews Dr. Michael Lloyd, the Principal of Wycliffe Hall at the University of Oxford. Watch as this fascinating banter as Mark and his guest reveal Dr. Lloyd's background, his spiritual path, and his theological ideas. Listen as he explains his current interest in the the problem of evil, including that which is caused by sinful man, and that which has no root in human behavior. 30
1340 SE - Advent 12/15/2019 Mark Lanier Mark taught the 2019 Christmas lesson from Luke. We are in the season of Advent. During this time, we celebrate the arrival/coming/approach of Jesus. The lesson shows three veins of thought: the incarnation, the arrival of Jesus in our lives, and His second coming. The word Messiah comes from the Hebrew word meaning “someone has poured oil on their heads anointing them. Prophets, Priests, and Kings were anointed. The Greek word for this action is Christo. Listen to Mark teach the deep connectivity of advent in our lives, God’s timing, and how the power of prayer changes things. 29
1344 SE - Dr. David Capes - Jesus and the Devil 01/27/2020 Dr. David Capes Guest teacher Dr. David Capes, Senior Research Fellow at The Lanier Theological Library, continued the series, Digging Deeper - Passages Worth the Dig. Dr. Capes’ lesson “The Devil Didn't Make Me Do It” used an excerpt from Matthew 4 that records the testing/temptation of Jesus. The Old Testament records Abraham’s testing regarding the sacrifice of his only son Isaac, and Jesus is the singular offspring of Abraham. Listen to Dr. Capes talk about the three temptations or testings of Jesus. Keywords: Jesus, Temptation, Testing, Fasting, Satan 28
1346 SE - Interview with Rabbi Joseph Shulam 02/09/2020 Mark Lanier This week, with the help of Scott Sager from Lipscomb University, Mark interviewed Joseph Shulam, a highly respected Hebrew scholar and Christian Minister. He was born in Bulgaria and his family moved to Jereusalem. Shulambecame a Christian in 1962 and was rejected by his family. His powerful testimony is an inspiration for every believer. He holds several degrees and speaks seven languages. Listen to Rabbi/Teacher Shulam provide unique perspectives and insights while sharing his in-depth knowledge of Scripture 27
1349 SE - David Capes -Judge Not 03/08/2020 David Capes David Capes, the Senior Research Fellow at the Lanier Theological Library, taught this week’s classes. He continued with the series: Passages Worth the Dig with the topic, “Judge not lest ye be judged” from Matthew 7:1-5. The question arises: What did Jesus mean in this passage? Today’s stats show many view Christians as judgmental. Jesus did not say to be neutral, form an opinion, or express an opinion. He did say to use righteousness with justice. We are to be careful how we judge. Listen to David teach the church’s role as a self-correcting body that is to eliminate harsh tones, judgmental attitudes, holier than thou responses, and a lack of humility 25
1350 SE - Brent Johnson - Choosing a Pastor 02/23/2020 Brent Johnson Listen as Brent Johnson, Associate Pastor of Senior Adults, continues in the series Passages Worth the Dig focusingon “How to Pick a Pastor.”Brent shares common approaches to selecting a pastor todaybycomparing practices between various denominations. He then reviews God’s approach in choosing leaders throughout the Old and New Testament showing how He many times uses the unconventional. Brent concludes with an emphasis on God’s spirit residing in eachbeliever and how we must be attentive to His leading in all matters. God is interested in revealingHis purpose and will in our lives 26
1375 SE - Brent Dyer - Worship Through Song 08/30/2020 Mark Lanier Mark interviewed Pastor Brent Dyer for a joint session to discuss the power and theology of worship in song: bringing praise to our Creator. 3 areas of consideration: 1. Knowing Brent: An only child whose father and grandfather were pastors. Grew up in Dallas and attended Baylor University. He is married and they have a son and daughter. 2.The theology or philosophy of worship -Romans 12:1-2 . Worship is the day-to-day way we live our lives in sacrifice to God. 3.Q&A -Individualworship vs corporate worship. Corporate worship is an overflow of daily individual worship. Corporate worship allows us to connect with God while encouraging each other. Listen to Mark and Brent explore worship and glorifying God in song. The quality of voice is not important; worship is a true and conscious matter of the heart. We are singing to an audience of One 24
1376 SE - Stephen Trammell - Deep Joy In Spite of Difficult Circumstances 09/06/2020 Mark Lanier 23
1378 SE - Don Finto - Wisdom from an Elder 09/13/2020 Mark Lanier 22
1394 SE - Jarrett Stephens - Galatians 2 Focused Living 02/14/2021 Jarrett Stephens 21
1396 SE - David Fleming - Galatians: the Gospel or Foolishness 02/28/2021 Dr. David Fleming 20
1455 SE - A Conversation with Dr. William Lane Craig 03/06/2022 Mark Lanier Mark interviewed William Lane Graig, who delighted the class with a very heartwarming and deeply spiritual review of his life growing up and his achievements throughout his life in search of the truths about being a Believer in the power of God, since accepting Christ at the age of sixteen. He recounted his acceptance of Christ as his Savior and his pursuit of higher education in the fields of Philosophy of Religion, Christian History of Thought, and Historical Evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus In this pursuit he achieved two Masters Degrees, PhD in England and D, Theology in Germany. He also lived with his wife and family in Brussels where he did research at the University of Louvain. He displayed an incredibly positive and joyous attitude about being a Christian. He shared his life, accomplishments and precious family with us that made your heart beat faster and brought a big smile to your face. He is currently a Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. 18
1457 SE - A Conversation with Dr. Michael Lloyd : Mark Lanier 01/16/2022 Mark Lanier Mark joined with Dr. Michael Lloyd, the Principal of Wycliffe Hall at the University of Oxford in England, who is a specialist in all things evil and suffering. Mark and Dr. Lloyd discussed the three most historically prominent views from a Christian philosophical perspective on suffering and evil. 1. Instrumental in that God allows things to happen to bring good
2. Inevitable in our world where satan dwells
3. God is inimical. He hates suffering and evil. This is what Dr Lloyd believes. Listen to Mark and Dr. Lloyd review various Scripture passages about the issue of suffering and evil, God’s character, the various degrees of suffering, and how we are personally affected. 19
1463 SE-Conversation with New Testament Greek scholars, Bill Mounce and Dan Wallace 04/24/2022 Mark Lanier Synopsis Biblical Literacy Snapshots of Jesus 04/24/2022 Mark Interviews Bill Mounce and Dan Wallace Bill and Dan were childhood friends and lived and took very different paths In their careers, as Greek Scholars, and both were joined together as members of the NIV Translation Committee. They discussed that journey in some detail, which included how each of them were led to the Lord. Bill and Dan discussed why they wanted to learn Greek. Both have PHD’s and are very well versed and very well known for their work in translating original manuscripts from Greek to English. Both discussed their reason for pursuing Greek translation as a life long career. Bill has written a book titled “Basics of Biblical Greek” which has sold over a half a million copies. They discussed in a very specific way how verses of the bible are translated and the difficulty of deciphering the meaning of Greek translations into English Bible Versions, NIV, ESV, and KJV for example. They discussed this with respect to John 1:1, Luke 2:14, Matthew 6:13 and others. The lesson was enlightening and motivated us to study the Bible and do our best to understand the meaning of the message therein. 17
1469 SE- Special guest N. T. Wright joins Mark Lanier in conversation 06/05/2022 Mark Lanier & NT Wright hey began by discussing the Queen’s Jubilee, a celebration of her 70 years on the throne. They also discussed Tom’s service as Lord Bishop of Durham and what those duties entailed within the Church of England. He also discussed his responsibilities as a member of the House of Lords. They further discuss the Queen of England’s Christian beliefs and their impact on her Reign as Queen and on her personally. Mark and N. T. moved to Paul’s teachings in Psalms 8. Mark displayed a graphic depicting the relationship between, Heaven and Earth, and discussed how the image of God was to be reflected by Individuals in that intersection between Heaven and Earth. Discussion continued by discussing small working models of the aforementioned intersection, such as Israel, Tabernacle and The Temple. They concluded the discussion by addressing the tasks of Humans to praise God because he was the Creator. Mark and N.T. broke down the passages of Psalms 8 and other reference verses that communicated Paul’s thoughts and direction on how to be a Christian in a Pagan environment. 16
1488 SE- Senior Pastor Jarrett Stephens and Pastor David Fleming interview Mark Lanier 10/09/2022 Pastor Jarrett Stephens & Pastor David Fleming During this class Pastor David Fleming and Pastor Jarrett Stephens interviewed Mark Lanier. Questions and discussion evolved around Mark’s spiritual and personal life. Listen to Mark respond to habits, family, personal tastes, what he does for fun, his method of writing, his many projects and nonfiction books that express his passion for Christ. 15
1492 SE- Special guest Cambridge-trained brain scientist, Sharon Dirckx joins Mark Lanier discussing the presence of the soul 11/07/2022 Mark Lanier & Sharon Dirckx Mark interviewed Sharon Dirckx, PhD in Brain Imaging, University of Cambridge, speaker, author, and adjunct lecturer at The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Mark first posed questions to Dr. Dirckx regarding her personal and professional background. She became a Christian while attention Bristol University. Dr. Dirckx shared her testimony and how her studies of brain activity and a doctorate in brain imaging increased her faith. She has also studied theology at Oxford. Her focus last night at the Lanier Theological Library Lecture and again in today’s class interview discussed the questions: Are we just our brains? What is the difference between our brain and our mind or consciousness? Where does God fit? Listen to Dr. Dirckx present hope for all believers as she continues her studies on the brain, the mind, and the work of God in our lives. Dr. Dirckx maintains evil forces and the Holy Spirit have different impacts on the mind noting that the Holy Spirit will never take us beyond what we are willing to go. 14
1496 SE- Pastor Brent Johnson Interviews Mark Lanier 12/04/2022 Pastor Brent Johnson & Mark Lanier Mark was interviewed by Brent Johnson. Mark identified several folks in the audience that would be more interesting to interview than him, but the focus was on Mark this day. Brent began by asking Mark: Some fun questions like; Wild Socks, Where and Why, Quarks, What and Why and Tennis matches planned soon. You will enjoy the answers to these questions as they show a very diverse and at the same time a focused Mark. Mark then discussed why books have such a significant meaning and what he was reading. Mark’s reading list contains a myriad of many different documents, books, legal documents and even Construction documents. What a typical day was like. Mark walked us through his day from wake up, quiet time, work day and finally home. Mark discussed the various projects he was involved in here at home and in England. Project Use Stone Chapel –- Funerals and Lectures New Building –-Learning Center Yarnton Manor--British LTL Session closed with an appreciation for the focus that Mark has on using his knowledge, skills, resources and love of GOD and spreading that love to others here and abroad. 13
1498 SE- Christmas Through the Ages 12/11/2022 Mark Lanier In today’s lesson, Mark took a journey of Christmas through the Ages. He grouped how Christmas was celebrated, or not, during three periods of time following Jesus’ birth. 1. Roman. There’s no record the first church celebrated the birth of Christ. But does that make it wrong? Consider Jewish feasts not in the Old Testament writings. Yet Jesus celebrated them. 2. Medieval. Began mid to late 300s. Christmas first established on December 25th as a day of repentance. Powerful influence for good. Christmas plays began. Pagan celebrations translated into a part Christmas celebrations. 3. Modern. Advent. Arrival of Jesus with three focuses: Jesus’ arrival in Bethlehem; Jesus' arrival in your life, and Jesus will arrive again. Mark concludes that Jesus takes the dark days in life and fills us with joy, so we have reason to celebrate all year long. 12
1499 SE-Christmas around the World 12/18/2022 Mark Lanier Today Mark taught the final class for 2022 with a tour of Christmas Around the World. He shared results of his research of how different countries celebrate Christmas today and how historical traditions play a part. Mark selected a couple of better known countries: Germany and China and compared them with a couple of lessor know countries: Philippines and Uganda. He wrapped up by sharing some points for home from a new devotional: Jesus for Living: The daily prayers, wisdom, and guidance follow the church calendar. God has prepared all people to help them see the Gospel. Listen to Mark teach how Christmas is celebrated around the world and listen to a few carols from different countries sung in their heart language. 11
1503 SE - Mark Lanier interviews Stone Chapel Lecturer and an Evil- Expert, Ingrid Faro 01/21/2023 Mark Lanier & Ingrid Faro

Mark interviewed Dr. Ingrid Faro, professor at Northern Seminary and the author of Encountering Evil. We learn that Dr. Faro wasn’t born in a Christian home. She found Jesus through Young Life and a Billy Graham Crusade. Through life experiences and multiple trials and sufferings, she learned God is good.

Dr. Faro defines evil as the corruption of creational and relational goodness. She defines good as that which produces life and blessings, shalom, and peace. Good is life. Good used for selfish reasons is evil. Evil gets its power from diverted good. Listen to Dr. Faro and Mark discuss the reality of good and evil. Choose God. Good always wins. Join us Sundays at 9:30am CST! Links below: YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCfocCxLc8BFCta-NO4JkTcA?view_as=subscriber CFBC Website: championforest.org/worship/watch/biblit.php
1513 SE-Mark Interviews special guest Dr. Havilah Dharamraj, an Old Testament scholar from India 03/05/2023 Mark Lanier & Dr. Havilah Dharamraj Mark hosted a special guest during today’s class - Dr. Havila Dharamraj from India. Dr. Dharamraj is from Bengaluru, India, and a third-generation Christian. She is currently Head of the Department of Biblical Studies at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies in Bangalore, India. Her country has four basic religions: Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Christianity. Christianity dates back to the first century in India. Havila became a Christian at age twelve and was baptized at age eighteen. She received her Master’s in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Old Testament. In partnership with Langham, Dr. Dharamraj speaks and teaches all over the world, sharing her expertise in Old Testament translations to grow the global church in their faith. She encouraged the class to listen to the Holy Spirit and pray for discernment. Listen to Mark and Dr. Dharamraj discuss the insight and wisdom of the Scriptures. 9
1524 SE- DR. David Capes - Conversation with Dr. Dan Wallace and Dr. Tommy Wasserman 05/21/2023 Dr. David Capes 5-21-23 - Biblical-Literacy   Dr. David Capes interviewed Dr. Daniel Wallace, Executive Director of The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, CSNTM, & Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and Dr. Tommy Wasserman, Professor of New Testament at Orebro School of Theology in Sweden. Dr. Wallace and Dr. Wasserman discussed the accuracy of the New Testament Greek manuscripts of which there are nearly 6000 even after 1400 years of scribes handwriting the documents. Listen to Dr. Wallace and Wasserman passionately share details from the ancient New Testament manuscripts and fragments of New Testament manuscripts. 8
1544 SE - Conversation with Dr. Darrell Bock from Dallas Theological Seminary 09/10/2023 Mark Lanier & Dr. Darrell Bock In today’s class Mark interviewed guest Dr. Darrell Bock, the Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Mark posed a variety of questions to Dr. Bock, who expertly wowed us with his wisdom, humor, and relational biblical instructions for living in today’s culture. The interview covered:
  1. Personal info. Married 48 years to Sally. 3 children and 5 grands. Grew up in Houston. Jewish on both sides of his family. Came to faith in Jesus in college. Seminary in Dallas. Doctorate in Aberdeen, Scotland.
  2. Interests in fields of academia: spent 90 minutes to 2 hours everyday for 14 years writing 2 extensive volumes on the Gospel of Luke. Words of encouragement: time with God. Never turn off the opportunity to hear from the Word of God.
  3. Message: We live in a country that is a democracy. We have free speech. Add technology, and we have fostered an atmosphere that can be counterproductive to the aroma of Christ. Jesus says if we follow Him, the world will persecute us. Do not be surprised. Do not fear. God has us in His hands.
Listen to Dr. Bock and Mark share how to reach others through the power of love. People are not the enemy but the goal. Give like God gave.
1545 SE-Judah and Assyria 09/03/2023 Mark Lanier Mark taught a standalone lesson on Judah and Assyria using a time travel theme all the way back to September 3, 701 BC. Mark, as tour guide shared:
  1. A tour of Nineveh: an expensive capital city built through Assyria's war machine.Nineveh was a large city in its day covering over 3 square miles.
  2. A tour of Jerusalem: 50 times smaller than Nineveh. King Hezekiah refused to pay tribute and chose to trust God and reinforce the city.
  3. A conflict between King Sennacherib and King Hezekiah was inevitable. Despite the odds, God saves Jerusalem
Points for home
  • In your crisis, trust God.
  • In your crisis, obey God.
  • In your crisis, watch God come through.
Listen to Mark teach the remarkable differences of how Judah and Assyria handled the great challenges of life, and how trusting God is still applicable today.
1551 SE - Conversation with Dr. John Lennox,Irish mathematician,bioethicist, and Christian apologist 10/22/2023 Mark Lanier & Dr. John Lennox 10-22-23 Biblical-Literacy Mark interviewed Dr. John Lennox, who not only shared about his loving wife and family but also the spiritual and encouraging influence of his Irish parents. Dr. Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, internationally renowned speaker and author of several books on the interface of science, philosophy and religion, shared how his life experiences: education, teaching and speaking opportunities, and his personal faith have shaped his growing relationship with God. Listen to Mark’s interview with Dr. Lennox expound on the relationship between science and faith in God: they don’t compete. 5
1554 SE - Conversation with Dr. Ed Stetzer 11/12/2023 Mark Lanier & Dr. Ed Stetzer
Biblical-Literacy 11-12-23 Mark diverted teaching from Genesis to interview Dr. Ed Stetzer,an evangelical scholar, author, missiologist, and Dean of Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Dr. Stetzer also hosts a radio show and weekly podcast.Mark posed various questions that began with the highlights of Dr. Stetzer’s life. Through God’s leading, Dr. Stetzer shared his personal life and his prayerful following of God through various means of planting churches and training others how to do the same.Listen to Mark and Dr. Stetzer discuss how to engage the world around us positively for Christ, build bridges within our culture while staying on mission for God’s glory.
1559 SE- Merry Christmas; Devotionals 12/10/2023 Mark Lanier Mark shared nuggets from each of his published daily devotional books including a preview of one that will be published in 2024. His newest devotional, Minor Prophets for Living, is number four in a series of five daily devotional books published in partnership with 1845 Books, an imprint from Baylor University Press. Mark read excerpts from each book with Scripture, content, and prayer. Psalms for Living, Torah For Living, Jesus For Living, Minor Prophets For Living, Epistles For Living-2024 Publication Listen to Mark talk about the focus and theme of each devotional book as he shares his heart and love for God. 3
1562 SE-Mark Lanier Interviews Fred Gray, lawyer who represented Rosa Park 01/14/2024 Mark Lanier and Fred Gray 1-14-24 Biblical-Literacy In today’s class, Mark had Pastor Jarrett Stephens interviewed the highly respected Fred Gray, the civil rights attorney who represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and is a young ninety-three years old. Mark began the interview with a statement about MLK weekend and the reconciliation of races noting: Regardless of the color of skin, all humans are created in the image of God. Mr. Gray’s mother told him he could be anything he wanted as long as he did three things: 1. Kept Christ first. 2. Remain in school. 3. Stay out of trouble and avoid the criminal justice system that isn’t always fair. Listen to Mr. Gray, also a preacher since the age of twelve, talk about God’s continuous provision throughout his education and career and how he will never stop working against racial discrimination 2
1570 SE - Conversation with Alister McGrath, Noted scholar and author 03/03/2024 Mark Lanier & Alister McGrath Mark interviewed Dr. Alister McGrath from Oxford University in England. Dr. McGrath was born in Ireland. He became an atheist and Marxist as a way to deal with the struggle between Catholics and Protestants during the 60s in Belfast known as The Troubles. He became a Christian soon after starting his studies at Oxford. Dr. McGrath spoke about the power of story to connect the big picture of life with God. Stories are about people who have experienced change. Dr. McGrath spoke about his conversion and his respect and value of many writings, foremost those of C S Lewis. Listen to Mark and Dr. McGrath discuss the value and purpose of story in transforming lives and effecting change in people’s lives. 1

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