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Find Hope in the Darkness of Judges at Multnomah's Christian Life Conference 2006

Once again, Multnomah's Christian Life Conference is just around the corner. The conference will feature Dr. Steve Mathewson, a Multnomah Bible College alumnus who is now a professor at Denver Seminary and Western Seminary. As a person who loves to help 21st century Christ-followers see the value of Old Testament stories for their spiritual growth, he will speak on the book of Judges with the theme Knowing God and Your Place in His Story.

According to Dr. Mathewson, the storyline of Judges is dark and depressing, but it is also filled with hope. It shows how God works in dark places at dark times. Dr. Mathewson will delve into the book of Judges to help Christians see a clearer picture of how God works in different ages and how Christians can play a part in God's story.

"Dr. Steve Mathewson reads the Hebrew Bible with the skill of a rabbi," said Professor Jay Held, the chairman of the Pastoral Ministry Department. "He relates its truth to an audience with the sensitivity of a spiritual director and the passion of an accomplished story teller.  Steve will take us on a journey through some rather challenging stories in the book of Judges and inspire us to continue onward--in and toward Christ." 

On September 12, Dr. Mathewson will speak on Where is God's Majesty when You Need it?; on September 13, The Bee, the Mountain Goat, and the Lightening that Didn't Strike; on September 14, Operating from Strength When All You Feel is Weakness; and on September 15, The Tragedy of Living in a Small Story.

"The conference committee anticipates that students, faculty, and staff will not only be challenged by what he has to say, but that they will benefit greatly from his modeling the process of exegesis and preaching," said Dr. Karl Kutz, Multnomah's professor of Bible and Biblical Languages.

Dr. Mathewson contributed to The Quest Study Bible and The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching, in addition to writing his own book The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative. "[This book] is a great introduction on how to capture the essence of stories of the Old Testament and present them in a way that meets the needs of a modern audience," Dr. Kutz said. He has also written Joshua-Judges ­in ­The People's Bible Commentary series.

Dr. Mathewson served as a pastor in Montana for nineteen years before moving to the Chicago area in spring 2005 to serve as Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Free Church of Libertyville, IL.  He is passionate about his family, pastoral ministry, preaching, writing, traveling, fly-fishing Montana rivers, visiting historical sites, and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Dr. Mathewson and his wife, Priscilla, have four children:  Erin, 21; Anna, 19; Ben, 19; and Luke, 13.

The conference will be held at Central Bible Church (8435 NE Glisan Street), September 12-15, from 10.00-10.45 a.m. For more information about the conference, contact Dr. Karl Kutz at 503.251.6417 or Tracy Spitler at 503.251.6414