Can Christians Be Rich? New Testament Scholar and Author Craig Blomberg Discusses Wealth at the Baylor University W.C. Dobbs Lecture

March 23, 2018

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WACO, Texas (March 23, 2018) – Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary will host Craig Blomberg, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, for the W.C. Dobbs Lecture at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Paul W. Powell Chapel, 1100 S. Third St.

Blomberg's lecture, "Christians in an Age of Wealth," discusses the compatibility, or lack thereof, of wealth and Christianity in today's society.

"What is the biggest rival for allegiance to Jesus Christ in America today?" asked Blomberg. "Could it be materialism? Could, as in ancient Israel, that rival god be found in almost every gathering of God's people as well as outside it? Can Christians just continue their affluent lifestyles and massive expenditures on church facilities with no damage to their souls? Isn't wealth a good gift that God wants us to enjoy? Come explore these topics with me at this year Dobbs' lecture and the events around it."

Blomberg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and he is the author, co-author or co-editor of 15 books and more than 80 articles in journals or multi-author works. Blomberg's research and writings focus on the historical reliability of the Scriptures, money and stewardship, gender roles, Mormonism, hermeneutics and exegetical method.

Blomberg, notably interviewed in Lee Strobel's book, "The Case for Christ," has authored numerous books such as "The Historical Reliability of the Gospels," "Making Sense of the New Testament: Three Crucial Questions," and "Christians in an Age of Wealth: A Biblical Theology of Stewardship."

His lecture will focus on many of the topics discussed in the latter book about money, stewardship and the role of wealth in Christianity.

The W.C. Dobbs Endowed Lectureship was established in 1995 by W.C. Dobbs, Ph.D., retired professor of Christian ethics at Mobile College in Mobile, Alabama.

For more information, visit the Truett Seminary website.

by Brooke Battersby, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary provides theological education leading to the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, the Master of Theological Studies or the Doctor of Ministry degrees that are centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and consistent with historic Baptist commitments to prepare persons to carry this gospel to the churches and the world. Within the M.Div. degree program, students can choose concentrations in Biblical Studies and Languages, Family Ministries, Ministry Leadership, World Christianity, Worship Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Sports Ministry and Theology. Truett Seminary also offers five joint degree programs – an M.Div./M.S.W. and M.T.S./M.S.W. through a partnership with Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, an M.Div./M.M. through a partnership with Baylor's School of Music, an M.Div./M.B.A. through a partnership with Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, an M.Div./J.D. degree through a partnership with Baylor Law School and an M.Div./M.Ed. and M.Div./M.A. through a partnership with Baylor's School of Education. Visit to learn more.