R. Wesley Hurd

Wes Hurd founded McKenzie Study Center in 1979 and, until he retired in June 2012, was a full-time tutor at Gutenberg College and the director of Art Project, an institute of Gutenberg College. He returned to Gutenberg in 2016 as a member of the board of governors and a part-time tutor. He has an M.A. in biblical studies, a Ph.D. in educational policy, and an M.F.A. in painting. Dr. Hurd remains involved in the arts, and you can view his recent art work at weshurd.com.

Articles

Audio Series

  • Alternatives to Biblical Christianity: Historical. "Historical Alternatives to Biblical Christianity" was part of a year-long McKenzie Study Center (MSC) series titled "Understanding Biblical Christianity," whose goal was to provide a comprehensive introduction to biblical Christianity. The classes on "historical alternatives" help distinguish biblical Christianity from the many counterfeit versions of Christianity that have existed throughout the Church's history. MSC is an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Alternatives to Biblical Christianity: Modern. "Modern Alternatives to Biblical Christianity" was part of a year-long McKenzie Study Center (MSC) series titled "Understanding Biblical Christianity," whose goal was to provide a comprehensive introduction to biblical Christianity. The classes on "modern alternatives" help distinguish biblical Christianity from the many counterfeit versions of Christianity that abound today. MSC is an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • An Anniversary Medley (Oktoberfuss 2004). On the occasion of McKenzie Study Center's 25th anniversary and Gutenberg College's 10th, Gutenberg tutors present "An Anniversary Medley" of talks at the 2004 Oktoberfuss:
    Jack Crabtree reflects on the nature, role, and value of personal Bible study.
    R. Wesley Hurd proposes that all forms of art are formed by the interplay of the artist's beliefs and the effort to create meaningfully.
    David Crabtree argues that our understanding of the oft cited analogy of the human body's "organization" has significant implications for the individual's life in the Church.
    Ron Julian takes a balanced look at the argument of the very popular book The Purpose Driven Life. (Also on iTunes)
  • Coming to Truth. Gutenberg tutors and others within the Gutenberg College community describe the intellectual journey that led them to conclude that Christianity is true. (This series was presented in Winter 2008 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Disenculturating the Gospel (Summer Institute 2005). Learning to sort out the abiding truths of the gospel from the cultural assumptions of the ancient and modern world is an essential part of being disciples of Christ. The Gutenberg College 2005 Summer Institute, Disenculturating the Gospel, explored explored through discussion of assigned readings and these lectures the power of culture and how we can learn to separate the wheat from the chaff in our own cultural setting. (Also on iTunes)
  • Doing Christianity. What is a follower of Christ supposed to DO? This course presents a three-part picture of Christian discipleship: "Knowing the Truth," "Embracing the Truth," and "Living the Christian Life." (This series was presented in 2003-2004 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Ecclesiastes. Gutenberg tutor R. Wesley Hurd speaks on the book of Ecclesiastes at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, Oregon. (Also on iTunes)
  • Foundations of Knowing the Truth. A series designed to promote an understanding of the basis upon which a person comes to know what they know to be true from a biblical point of view. These talks were given as part of McKenzie Study Center's Biblical Worldview Program in 1991-1992. McKenzie Study Center is now an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Kierkegaard & Artmaking. Gutenberg College tutors Jack Crabtree and R. Wesley Hurd explore Kierkegaard's views on Christianity and culture, as well as his "artful" strategy of communication, issues of great relevance to artmakers. (These talks were given in 2003 at a conference of Art Project, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Reading Minds: Dialogues Between Two Generations (Oktoberfuss 2007). How does the older generation speak to the new? And the new to the Old? How do two generations communicate ideas and beliefs about truth with each other. At the 2007 Oktoberfuss Conference, Gutenberg tutors and students explore the complex and vital topic of communication between generations today. (Also on iTunes)
  • Reflections on Spiritual Formation (Oktoberfuss 2003). Attaining authentic spirituality is a perennial quest among Christians. Many voices--with many different suggestions--all teach the methods, practices, disciplines, or techniques to promote true spirituality. The Oktoberfuss 2003 conference offered a biblical perspective on the relationship between spirituality and the practices that are alleged to foster it. (Also on iTunes)
  • RF Talks: Other GC Tutors. Individual talks given by Gutenberg College tutors at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, OR. (Also on iTunes)
R. Wesley Hurd

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