What sort of person comes to mind when you think about the Board of Trustees of a theological school? Sure, schools like
Especially since he helped create the Internet.
Dr. George O. Strawn is a member of the Claremont Board of Trustees and a United Methodist (so technically he fits into the “committed layperson” category). But he also is the Chief Information Officer of the National Science Foundation in
In the 1980s he was director of the
But I hope you take time to read the recent sermon he gave earlier this summer at his local church. He talks about the “big tent” of Methodism, his “big ideas” approaches, and his own “heady” approach to faith. He says, in part:
Throughout history, some people have tried to liberate us from religious mistakes of the past (for example, Martin Luther), and others have tried to conserve religious truths of the past (William Jennings Bryan comes to my mind, even though he was primarily a political figure). The first group is sometimes called liberals and the second conservatives. Both concerns are certainly worthy, even if we sometimes don't agree on which are the truths and which are the mistakes!
But there are other, perhaps better, ways to describe different types of Christians ...
Best of all, George is one of our trustees and is proving invaluable in leading