Through an Endowment Fund grant, the Stewardship Team is excited to host a great opportunity for our congregation and community! The Rev. Dr. Mark Allan Powell is the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. A graduate of Texas Lutheran University, he has served as a pastor and professor in the ELCA. Known in the biblical studies world for his expertise in the Gospel of Matthew and narrative interpretation of the Gospels, Dr. Powell has written extensively on biblical stewardship. EVERYONE is invited to attend the presentations and the services as he leads us in exploring our Christian duty and delight. Please sign up in the narthex or the church office, if you will attending this event.
Exploring Duty and Delight: Biblical stewardship
Saturday, February 2
10:00 am – 12 noon
Also on Saturday, Dr. Powell will offer the sermon at our 5:30 pm worship service.
And on Sunday, join us for an Adult Forum in the Parish Hall with Dr. Powell
Sunday, February 3
Dr. Powell will offer the sermon during our Sunday morning worship service
Sunday, February 3
Come and grow in who God has formed you to be!
Dr. Mark Allan Powell is an internationally known theologian and Bible scholar.
∙ Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, Ohio)
∙ Author of over 30 books and 100 published articles on theology and Bible
∙ Has held invited positions at schools in Estonia, Tanzania, and Russia, as well as at such American universities as Berkeley, Vanderbilt, and the University of Chicago.
∙ A popular speaker for academic institutions and religious organizations, receiving hundreds of invitations a year
As an academic scholar, he remains best known for his work in three areas:
∙ Literary Criticism: Powell has done groundbreaking work with regard to understanding the Bible as literature and using methods derived from modern literary criticism to enhance biblical interpretation. His books on this subject are widely in university classes.
∙ Matthean Studies: Powell is recognized internationally as a leading scholar in the study of the Gospel of Matthew, interpreting that book as a historical archive for the origins of Christian religion (and, specifically, for understanding its development out of Judaism).
∙ Historical Jesus Studies: Powell has been a primary researcher in the scholarly discipline of understanding Jesus as a figure in world history and is the author of a widely used text book on this subject. He served for more than a decade as chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s primary study group devoted to this topic.
Powell is widely known in academic circles as General Editor of the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, the world’s best-selling dictionary of the Bible, and as author of Introducing the New Testament, the world’s most widely used college textbook for classes in New Testament studies.
An ordained Lutheran minister, Powell is well-known for his interaction with Roman Catholic and Jewish scholars. He is the only Protestant on the executive committee of the Roman Catholic Biblical Association and he frequently participates in Jewish-Christian dialogues and panels.
As a hobby, Powell also works as a professional rock critic, specializing in music produced by Christian artists, or artists with a spiritual or religious bent. He has published hundreds of music reviews and is author of the 1200-page reference work, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, which was chosen Book of the Year by the ARSC, a society of music historians.
Dr. Powell is married to Melissa Curtis Powell; they have four children: David (age 36), Michael (age 34), Brandon (age 28), and Jillian (age 26).