Updated Schedule

All sessions and events have been rescheduled in response to the inclement weather on Monday and Tuesday. Please see below for an updated schedule of events.

We have made a recording of Dr. Robbins first lecture available for a limited time for people who were unable to view the opening lecture. Please Click Here to view the video. Once the lectures are complete, this temporary video will be removed to allow for proper editing with the remaining lectures.  They will be made available again in the coming weeks.


ABOUT THE 2016 SIMPSON LECTURES

ABOUT THE 2016 SIMPSON LECTURES

Throughout the past century, the Christian church in Canada has become accustomed to proclaiming the gospel in a nominally Christian culture. The church defended traditional cultural norms, even when there was no scriptural basis for such norms, and the culture supported certain religious norms even when the majority of the population had little more than a nominal faith.

At the same time, local congregations have developed their own cultures, which are often quite different from the cultural experiences of those living in their communities. Cultural expectations within congregations make the church a foreign experience for those who do not share those cultural values, and make it almost impossible for many Christians to understand their more secular neighbours.

The rapid rise of secularism and pluralism leads to practical questions for local churches today: How do congregations engage the culture in effective and Biblical ways?  What do we learn from Jesus and from the early church about engaging culture?  How must church culture change?  What examples in Atlantic Canada provide guidance?           

The 2016 Simpson Lectures will focus on practical ways for the church to engage the culture. The daytime program will provide participants with opportunities to wrestle with important local issues.


Keynote Speaker

we are babylon:
Dispelling the Myths of Exile, Hospitality, and Security

with

DR. ANNA ROBBINS

Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Ethics
Director of Doctoral Studies
Academic Dean
Acadia Divinity College

ABOUT The Lectures

The Myth of Exile


The Myth of Hospitality


The Myth of Security


REGISTRATION

Registration is required for the Simpson Lectures including attending the three different meals and to access the live stream of the evening lectures.
Please complete the form below to register.


Evaluation

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Revised SCHEDULE due to Blizzard warning

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH  

DAYTIME SESSIONS POSTPONED

 

7:00 – 9:00 - Evening Lecture 1 - We Are Babylon: Dispelling the Myth of Exile - Live Stream Only

Lecturer: Dr. Anna Robbins
The lecture will be streamed via the internet regardless of weather

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH

MORNING SESSIONS POSTPONED

 

3:00 – 4:00 pm - PLENARY SESSION 1 - Understanding the Church Culture - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons

Presenter: Dr. Steve McMullin:  Seeing Ourselves in the Church Culture

Presenter: Dr. John McNally:  Gracious Forms of Yes:  Invitational Doors.  Making Core Concepts more accessible and less churchy.
Because we are immersed in church life, it has become invisible to us.  We have a church culture that we do not even realize exists, but others see it clearly.  The church culture makes the church and our message seem like something foreign and unimportant to them – as if the gospel has nothing to offer them because they do not live in our world.   

4:00 – 5:00 pm - Group engagement session 1 - Changing the Church Culture - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons

Come together to discuss Changing the Church Culture. This group engagement session will give you the opportunity to discuss the material from the plenary session in small group settings.

7:00 – 9:00 pm - Evening Lecture 2 - We Are Babylon: Dispelling the Myth of Hospitality - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons

Lecturer: Dr. Anna Robbins
*Note the Location Change for the Tuesday Evening Lecture to Fountain Commons
Celebrating the launch of the Andrew D. MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture
Live Stream Available

9:00 – 9:30 pm - Reception - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons

Join us after the evening lecture for a reception to celebrate the launch of the Andrew D. MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH  

8:30 – 10:00 am - Prayer Breakfast - No Better Place manning memorial chapel

Devotional Speaker: Rev. Mark Reece - Paradise Baptist Church, Nova Scotia
Registration required by Friday, February 5, 2016.

10:15 – 11:15 AM - PLENARY SESSION 2 - Understanding Secular Culture - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons

Presenter: Rev. John Campbell 
We live in an increasingly secular culture and we are unsure of how to relate to secular people.  It is very difficult for us to understand that culture because we do not participate in that culture.  How do we cross cultures effectively and Biblically?

11:30 am – 12:30 pm - Simpson worship Service - SOUND DOCTRINE manning memorial chapel

Preacher: Rev. Kirby Spivey, New Beginnings Ministries, Westphal, Nova Scotia

12:30 – 1:45 pm - Community Lunch - Acadia Divinity College

Join us for lunch at Acadia Divinity College following the chapel service. Suggested donation for lunch is $3.

2:00 – 3:00 pm - Group engagement session 2 - Cultural Translation for Congregations - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons

Come together to discuss Cultural Translation for Congregations. This group engagement session will give you the opportunity to discuss the material from the plenary session in small group settings.

3:15 – 4:30 Pm - PLENARY SESSION 3 - Engaging a Multicultural Society - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons

Presenter: Rev. Paul Carline, Director of Intercultural Ministries, Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches
How do we face the reality of an increasingly multicultural society?  How do we make sure that the gospel is clearly presented to people whose cultural backgrounds are very different from the culture that is dominant in most Atlantic Canadian congregations?

5:00 – 6:30 pm - Friends AND ALUMNI Supper - Wolfville baptist church

An annual tradition. Come enjoy a meal together and hear about what God has been doing in, and through, ADC.  All welcome!
Registration required by Friday, February 5, 2016.

7:00 – 9:00 pm - Evening Lecture 3 - We Are Babylon: Dispelling the Myth of Security - Atlantic festival theatRE

Lecturer: Dr. Anna Robbins
Live Stream Available        

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH

9:00 – 10:00 Am - Group engagement session 3 - engaging across cultures and across generational cultures Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons

This group engagement session will give you the opportunity to discuss the material from the plenary session in small group settings.

10:15 – 11:30 am - PLENARY SESSION 4 - Transcending Cultures - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons

Presenter: Dr. Steve McMullin
How do we build effective bridges so the gospel is carried to people regardless of our cultural baggage and their cultural backgrounds?


LIVE STREAM DETAILS

Step 1: Install Software / App

     A small application is required to live stream.

  • Go to zoom.us/download to download and install the 'Zoom Client For Meetings' to your computer.
  • (If you are using a smart phone or tablet, you can download the free Zoom app for iOS or Android.)
  • Follow the onscreen instruction to install the app..

Step 2: Join Live Stream

The stream will be accessible starting at 6:50pm, with the lectures beginning at 7:00pm (AST)
To connect to the stream click on the link below

Monday Evening
Meeting ID: 829809523
http://zoom.us/j/829809523

Tuesday Evening
Meeting ID: 157999818
https://zoom.us/j/157999818

Wednesday Evening
Meeting ID: 383687909
https://zoom.us/j/383687909

*note: these links have been updated from previous versions. A technical change was necessary to accommodate the increased demand.


RESOURCES

Help us spread the word! Here are some resources to help spread the word about the 2016 Simpson Lectures.

To download a printable poster Click Here.
To download a graphic for data projection or to insert into a print publication Click Here.
To download a promotional videos Click Here.
 


Storm Cancellation Policy

If the campus of Acadia University is closed due to weather:

  • All planned events of the 2016 Simpson Lectures will be cancelled.
  • We will continue to live stream all evening lectures.

We encourage everyone who is planning on attending the evening lectures to register and provide an email address.  Registration will allow you to access the live stream option.


SIMPSON LECTURES ARCHIVE

For detailed information on the 2015 Simpson Lectures Click Here.
To view videos from past Simpson Lectures, please visit our YouTube channel by Clicking Here.


CONTACT US

For event information, please contact Trisha Urquhart at trisha.urquhart@acadiau.ca or 902-585-2217.


ABOUT

Mr. Gerald K. Simpson of Fairhaven, Deer Island, New Brunswick, established an endowment in 1979 to finance an annual series of lectures on the practice of ministry prepared primarily for students, pastors, and spouses. The lecturers are outstanding persons in ministry who focus on the role of the minister as both preacher and pastor. This lectureship has welcomed many distinguished preachers including John N. Gladstone, Haddon W. Robinson, Alan Sell, and Gardner Taylor.

We are grateful for Gerald Simpson’s generosity by which this lectureship is offered free of charge.