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What is Christian Praying? The Hows, Whats, and Whys of This Mysterious Activity — the Upper House Lectures

February 2 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST

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The Upper House lectures offer a rich evening, perfect for the theologically curious.

We invite you to join us and enjoy delicious finger foods, dessert, and a lecture full of surprises. Not only will you return home replete and stimulated, your faith will be strengthened. Picking up the series from fall 2023, we are hosting three lectures during the spring 2024 semester.



February 2

Question: What is Christian Praying? The Hows, Whats, and Whys of This Mysterious Activity

Answer: Amos Yong, Ph.D.

Location: The Micah Center at High Point Church, 7702 Old Sauk Road, Madison. (Directions)


Do you ever wonder what we are doing when we pray, particularly in light of Jesus’ and early Christians praying? The biblical accounts provide templates for praying on the one hand but also, if we are open to a fresh reconsideration, raise many questions about this fundamental human activity on the other. Come to revisit and dialogue about prayer — Jesus’, the early disciples’, and our own — whether you consider yourself a “prayer warrior” or someone who doesn’t pray.

About Amos Yong

Amos Yong is Professor of Theology and Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary (now Portland Seminary) and Portland State University, both in Portland, Oregon, and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and an undergraduate degree from Bethany University of the Assemblies of God. Licensed as a minister with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, he has also authored or edited dozens of scholarly volumes. He and his wife, Alma, have three children and six grandchildren. Amos and Alma reside in Southern California.


March 1, 2024

Question: Christ and Culture in Compromise?

Answer: Ryan Tafilowski, Ph.D.


Do you ever wonder how Christians ought to engage culture? In this lecture, Ryan Tafilowski, Ph.D., will delve into H. Richard Niebuhr’s (1894–1962) classic taxonomy for Christian cultural engagement — Christ against culture, Christ of culture, Christ above culture, Christ and culture in paradox, and Christ the transformer of culture — and propose a modest revision to the taxonomy: Christ and culture in compromise. We will also interact with German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–45) and pay close attention to his concept of Zwielicht (“twilight”), a kind of dusky semi-darkness in which all historical and moral action is undertaken. Last, Dr. Tafilowski will offer some constructive possibilities for cultural engagement “at twilight” by drawing on Christian realism, a movement primarily associated with the thought of Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971).

About Ryan Tafilowski

Dr. Ryan Tafilowski, assistant professor of theology and chair of the Theology Department at Denver Seminary, holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology, a master’s in theology in history from the University of Edinburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Colorado Christian University. Prior to joining the faculty at Denver Seminary, Tafilowski served as an adjunct professor and as an adjunct professor of theology at Colorado Christian University, and postgraduate instructor in theology and ecclesiastical history at the University of Edinburgh. He serves as the lead pastor at Foothills Fellowship Church in Denver and as Theologian-in-Residence at the Denver Institute for Faith and Work.




April 19, 2024

Question: Is the OT View on Justice and Punishment Compatible with Christianity?

Answer: Dru Johnson, Ph.D.


Does the Old Testament view of justice and punishment seem outlandish to you? Do you think it sharply conflicts with the view of justice offered by Jesus and his disciples? Jesus does, after all, insist that his teaching is directly in line with, and in fulfillment of, Old Testament views of justice. In this lecture, Dr. Dru Johnson will delve into these questions and discuss how the Old Testament view of justice radically differed from the harsh forms of punishment prevalent in the regions surrounding ancient Israel.

About Dru Johnson

Dr. Dru Johnson is a visiting professor of religion at Hope College, editor at The Biblical Mind, and the project director for the Multi-faith Creation and Science Project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. He also hosts the Biblical Mind podcast and co-hosts the OnScript Podcast. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland, a Masters in philosophy from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an M.Div. in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from University of Missouri-St. Louis.




February 2
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST
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High Point Church
7702 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53717 United States
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(608) 836-3236
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