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Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Aus Memorial Lecture

Mark Teasdale

Thursday, July 26, 2018
3 p.m.
Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation

Mark TeasdaleLecture title: "Stewards of God’s Mysteries, Leaders for the World"

This year's Aus Memorial Lecture will be part of "Rethinking Stewardship: From Solemn Obligation to Inspired Choice," a three-day conference hosted by Luther Seminary.

Mark R. Teasdale has served as E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism and director of the doctor of ministry program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. since 2008. He earned his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He also earned a D.Min. and M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in International Relations from The American University in Washington, D.C. He is an elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he served for twelve years in the roles of youth pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor.

Teasdale is the author of “Methodist Evangelism, American Salvation” (Pickwick, 2014), “Evangelism for Non-Evangelists: Sharing the Gospel Authentically” (IVP, 2016), and “Go: How to Become a Great Commission Church” (Foundery, 2017). He has published several articles on Methodism and evangelism, served as the editor of Witness: The Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, and is the current President of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. He was also selected as one of the first Billy Graham Center for Evangelism Fellows in 2016.

2016 lecture

Lost and Found (Michael Bridges and George Baum)

You can view the 2016 Aus Memorial Lecture featuring Lost and Found here. The lecture was held on Oct. 3, 2016, in the Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation.

The members of Lost and Found, Michael Bridges and George Baum, have been traveling around the world performing concerts of their original music and making friends in the process, since they were in high school.

Just as they started their musical tours by riding bicycles coast to coast and performing on borrowed instruments wherever they were welcomed, they continue to encourage all who hear them to "do what you can with what you have for the glory of God.” They make their unique sound with just two instruments and their voices. Their concerts are interactive, driven by the audience. Each show is different—always spontaneous, improvisational and musical, and often poignant and funny.

Some have said their music is "acoustic thrash,” or “Speedwood.”  Some have called it "heavy mental,” owing to all the lyrical content in each three-minute song. And some have simply said, "Well, at least it's organic."  However you choose to characterize the sound, if you see these guys play, you'll find that all are welcome, that strangers become friends at the concerts, and that the music of faith is fun.

After 29 years on tour, Bridges and Baum only perform for special occasions (like this one). In their daily lives, Baum is the rector at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Massillon, Ohio. Bridges works with a few partners in Los Angeles on the development of a mobile phone app, Stashimi, for music fans.

Aus Memorial Lectureship

Established in 1978, the Aus Memorial Lectures focus on evangelism. In memory of George Aus, a prominent evangelist and professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary from 1939 to 1973. Watch past lectures on the Lecture Archives under the Aus Memorial Lecture tab.