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Intersection: Where Cutting-Edge Scholarship Meets Online Convenience

Intersection is an innovative continuing education program that allows you to earn Continuing Education Units online with engaging and thought-provoking content. 

Intersection incorporates lectures by and reflection with the distinguished faculty of Garrett-Evangelical. Over the course of the academic year, faculty members present Intersection lectures to the seminary community and public on topics ranging from theology, biblical interpretation, church history and the church in society. These lectures include retirement lectures that celebrate the accomplishments and careers of our renowned scholars, sabbatical lectures which showcase current research and exploration, and mark professional milestones and accolades. The lectures are videotaped and made available right from the seminary's website.

Who Benefits

Intersection lectures can be used to earn Continuing Education Units for clergy and laity. By completing a three-step CEU Lecture Program, individuals can earn 0.5 (half) Continuing Education Units for each lecture and associated activity. This three-step process is as follows:

  1. Watch the video taped presentation online or attend future faculty lecture in person
  2. Complete an assigned reading
  3. Write a reflective paper, which will be reviewed by a Garrett-Evangelical faculty member

Intersection can be completed entirely online or on campus. There is a $50 fee, which covers registration and enrollment costs. Garrett-Evangelical adheres to the CEU policy set forth by the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM) that five hours equals 0.5 (half) CEU.

Next Steps

To get started choose which lecture you would like to watch and then click "Enroll Now." Once registered the Registrar's Office will provide you with the necessary materials to get started.

Prefer to register by phone or email? Have additional questions? Contact the Registrar's Office at 847.866.3907 or

Creative Destruction, the Market State, and the Holy Spirit

Dr. Brent Waters, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics
Recorded March 4, 2015

The anxieties and uncertainties stemming from dynamic global markets cannot be remove, at least for the foreseeable future. Globalization is a packaged deal. Enjoying its benefits requires enduring its anxiety, for they are inescapably intertwined and the creativity generated by global markets is predicated upon its destructive capability. This lecture examined some of the principle political and ethical issues posed by globalization, while exploring how the Holy Spirit might also be at work in this process.



Evangelism: The Queen of Theological Education

Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism
Recorded February 4, 2015

Evangelism requires people to enter into the presence of God, learn to articulate their faith, and share their faith publically. These activities are also at the heart of theological education. Based on this, theological education can only be effective if those who participate in it as learners and teachers are guided by evangelism.



From Sabbath Schools to Freedom Schools, Public Theology and the Power of Violence

Dr. Reginald Blount, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth and Culture
Recorded November 5, 2014



The Social Dimensions of the Johanine “I ams” and Their Significance for the Church and the Academy

Dr. Osvaldo Vena, Professor of New Testament Interpretation
Recorded April 2, 2014

In this sabbatical lecture, Dr. Osvaldo Vena explores the implications of the “I am” statements in the Gospel of John using contextual and historical criticism. What emerges is a dynamic and evocative thesis with exciting implications for 21st Century interpretations.



A Day in the Ancient Mediterranean

Dr. Charles Cosgrove, Professor of Early Christian Literature
Recorded March 19, 2014

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Charles Cosgrove, Professor of Early Christian Literature, as part of a sabbatical project, wrote a novella which follows a fictional family living in Rome in 60CE. The novel follows the characters through a typical day in their lives and as it does so, illuminates the commonplace realities that informed their entire life experiences. Understanding cultural context is foundational to the study of Christian History, Scripture and Theology. In this innovative exploration Dr. Cosgrove makes more vivid, concrete and memorable, those essential elements of early Christian life which can sometimes be overlooked or under-valued in traditional settings.

This lecture, presented as a capstone to his sabbatical, gives an overview of some of the elements lifted up in his novella, explores his choices for inclusion and exclusion and features the charming and lively style which has made Dr. Cosgrove a favorite of Garrett-Evangelical students.


The Pursuit of God in the World

Dr. David Frenchak
Recorded March 11, 2015

Public theology is a vocation, a calling to a disciplined practice of theological analysis that identifies God’s presence, activity and agenda in the world. It names the principalities and powers that obstruct or oppose God’s agenda in the world, and speaks truth to the principalities and powers. Public theology gives leadership and direction to the choices, decisions and actions the community of faith must make in order to further God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.



Power and Politics: Public Theology's Milieu

Dr. Mark Taylor, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary
Recorded December 13, 2014

This lecture considers the structures of the global orders and everyday living which public theologians may claim to engage. We explains why a discourse called public theology needs a historical ontology of power and some theory of “agnostic politics” where powers are always in contestation in any “public” life.



Public Theology and the Work of the Children's Defense Fund: A Change is Gonna Come

Rev. Janet Wolf, Director of Children’s Defense Fund Haley Farm and Nonviolent Organizing
Recorded October 15, 2014


Panel Conversation: "Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation"

Recorded February 28, 2014

In celebration of the inauguration of President Lallene Rector and as an expression of Garrett-Evangelical’s continued commitment to Public Theology, these prestigious panelists were engaged to discuss the role of the seminary in the public square. This panelists explore the intersection of theology and Christian ethics where they intersect the realities of modern life on the topics of immigration, the environment and violence bringing with them a richness of experience and devout commitment to faith in action.

  •     Dr. Matthew Sleet, founder, Blessed Earth, Inc.
  •     Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral and Public Theology and Director of the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical
  •     Officer Loyce E. Spells II, Evanston Police Department
  •     Dr. Angela Coswer, Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and Assistant Professor of the Sociology of Religion
  •     Dr. Andrew Sund, President, North Park University
  •     Dr. Luis Rivera, Dean of Academic Affairs, Garrett-Evangelical