DOXA is HCFA's weekly large group worship meeting. The word "doxa" stems from the ancient Greek word for glory, and we give glory to the Lord through worship, prayer, teaching, and fellowship. We often invite guest speakers, hear testimonies, and follow up the meeting with refreshments and a social. It is held every Friday from 7:30 – 9:00 pm in Fong Auditorium, located on the first floor of Boylston Hall next to Widener Library in Harvard Yard. Newcomers are always welcome!
4/13/18 - Tyler Parker - You Might Be Single For a Reason
If you're a college student, sex, dating, and romance are unavoidable. The people around you are either hooking up or wishing they were. For the unbetrothed, singleness feels like a waiting room for a better life, a purposeless purgatory. But this view of singleness is not the witness of Scripture, particularly the New Testament. The Apostle Paul (a confirmed single) describes singleness as a gift. None of the Apostles (confirmed singles) chose to marry, and the God-man himself Jesus Christ (one of the tripartate Trinity but still confirmed single) fulfilled His mission on Earth without so much as a swipe through first-century Palestinian Tinder. Watch for a fun-filled, insightful, and challenging talk as ministry intern Tyler Parker '17 (confirmed life-long single) explores the theological implications of singleness as we discover why God just might want you to be single right now."
4/4/18 - Christine Shen - Be Steadfast, Immovable, Always Abounding in the Work
Spiritual warfare is unavoidable but what does God command of Christians in the midst of it? We will follow Jesus as we journey through his experience in the wilderness.
3/23/18 - Fady Ghobrial - Faithful in the Little Things
The story of Anah discovering the hot springs in Genesis is probably one you didn’t hear as a kid. However, by looking at the life of this seemingly insignificant character we will see what faithfulness in the little things looks like, why it is important to our life and calling, and how God rewards it!
3/2/18 - Nick Nowalk - A Roadmap for Resident Aliens
atch as former Ministry Fellow Nick Nowalk leads this Friday's discussion.
2/9/18 - Tim Henderson - Tis a Conduct So Novel
s the reign of Christ as King over all the earth best described as a line, a line segment or a ray? Join us as we discuss whether or not Christ always has been King (or if it began at a moment in time) and whether or not he always will be king (or if he will ever surrender his kingdom). How is his glory most richly seen and what are the implications for us?
2/2/18 - Joel Hamernick - God and Justice in the City
In the midst of a world in political turmoil, the issues of inequitable distribution of wealth, investments and resources loom large. The complex issues of racial history and injustice as well as the ongoing movement of people into and our of our cities create circumstances that are simmering, often appearing to be ready to boil over at any moment. In this Friday's talk Joel, Executive Director Sunshine Gospel Ministries & Sunshine Enterprises, will consider the role and potential calling of Christian people to be present representatives of Christ and his kingdom in the midst of our cities in various but practical ways.
1/26/18 - Jon Yeager - Stranger Stories
What does the Netflix original Stranger Things have to do with the story of God? Two words: mystery and glory. Watch to find out more…
11/10/17 - Don Weiss - Leaders, Death and Taxes
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” So goes the trenchant and memorable 18th century idiom. The longer I live, the more I am persuaded that we are also profoundly—and certainly—at the mercy of the leaders impacting our lives, for good or ill. This talk explores what it looks like to become Christ-like leaders who bless and change the world.
11/7/17 - Father Daniel Moloney - Let There Be Sex: God, Bodies and Narrative Ethics
What does the Bible say about sex, love, and romance? How do cultural stories about the same shape the ways that we live? MIT Roman Catholic Chaplain Father Daniel Moloney shed a theological and philosophical light on God’s design for sex.
11/3/17 - Timothy Reckart - "From Sever Hall to the Oscars: My Career in Animation (So Far)."
Animation director Timothy Reckart discusses his career in animation, which began during his undergrad years at Harvard, with a particular emphasis on working in Hollywood as a faithful Christian. He is an Oscar-nominated director specializing in stop-motion animation. His debut animated short, Head Over Heels was nominated for the Academy Award and won over 30 other awards at festivals around the world.
10/27/17 - Rev. Eugene Rivers - A Discussion on Justice: Race, Poverty, and Abortion, Part II
Rev. Eugene Rivers, educated at Harvard, is an activist for over 35 years and is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the most effective crusaders against gang violence. Rivers has served as a consultant to many governments worldwide on issues of faith-community and law-enforcement partnerships to combat violent crime.
10/27/17 - Dr. Jacqueline Rivers - A Discussion on Justice: Race, Poverty, and Abortion, Part I
Dr. Jacqueline Rivers is currently a lecturer at Harvard University. She is the Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Social Science and Policy of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies. Her latest publication appears in the volume Not Just Good but Beautiful.
10/20/17 - Bethany Jenkins - Advice That's Better than 'Follow Your Passion'
The main rubric by which most of us measure what job or vocation we should pursue is passion. But the passion hypothesis is flawed. In this talk with visiting speaker Bethany Jenkins of the Veritas Forum, we’ll look to the Caller to discover a better, truer way to discover our calling.
10/13/17 - Dr. Jim Singleton - Four Big Discoveries You Have the Opportunity to Make
Dr. Jim Singleton of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary visited as a guest speaker.
09/15/17 - Fady Ghobrial - Take God at His Word
Ministry Fellow Fady Ghobrial speaks on the story of the 12 men sent to spy out the Promised Land in Numbers 13. The message discusses what lessons can be learned from the story as well as some practical tips for renewing your mind.
09/08/17 - Nick Nowalk - Why We Need Each Other
Former Ministry Fellow Nick Nowalk gives a big picture overview of why isolated, private, lone ranger approaches to faith simply don't work. He will explains why we need to be radically committed to community to flourish as human beings made in God's image. Instead of spiritual but not religious, we should devote ourselves to the concrete, messy life of the body of Christ.
03/24/17 - Teal McGarvey - Bitterness, Belonging and Being Weird: A Refugee Story
Ministry Fellow Teal McGarvey speaks on "Bitterness, Belonging and Being Weird: A Refugee Story." We settle into the story of Ruth to ask what hospitality actually means, what God is like, and how we might love the world.
03/03/17- Sean Richmond - The Father Heart
Pastor Sean Richmond, who is the Lead Pastor at The River Church in Waltham and the father of our very own Molly Richmond, talks about The Father Heart of God. We look at Luke 15:11-32.
02/24/17- Tim Mackie - The Bible in the Making
On this special evening we partner with a local congregation, Aletheia Church, to welcome Tim Mackie, Ph.D, and founder of The Bible Project! This is one of the first substantial collaborations between HCFA and our local church community, and we are thrilled! Dr. Mackie will speak on "The Making of the Bible." His talk will be engaging and approachable -- ideal for a friend who is not familiar with faith!
02/10/17- Christine Shin - All You Need is Need
Ministry Fellow Christine Shin speaks to us, declaring "All You Need is Need." Praise God! Need is precisely what we, this campus, country, and world have.
02/03/17- Jon Yeager - The Generosity and Courage of Friendship
What are you willing to do for your friends? Why do we so often push friendship to the peripheral of our lives? Perhaps we have misunderstood, or misplaced, its divine purposes. Perhaps we have elevated individual freedom to such an extent that we lack the courage to embrace it. Genuine friendship is all about becoming an avenue of divine generosity, a place to give and receive Christ, which will certainly summon an immense amount of courage. Are we willing to embrace it and experience Christ through it?
01/27/17- Tucker Else - Indiscriminate Love
It's the first Doxa of 2017 -- let's start it off with encouragement and trust in the Lord! This week, a Ministry Fellow from Penn Faith and Action will join us, Tucker Else. Largely drawing upon Ephesians 2:13-14, he will speak about "Indiscriminate Love": “God’s indiscriminate love to us; our indiscriminate love to others."
12/02/16- Don Weiss - The Return of Christ: Real-Time Implications
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” –Psalm 90:12 NIV
Jesus and the New Testament writers only amplify the prophetic thread foretelling the climactic return of Christ. Join us as we consider the nature and scope of the apocalypse and real time implications.
11/18/16- HCFA Alumni - Living Faithfully After College
Doxa this Friday is special for so many reasons. We are hosting Yale Faith and Action, which means we'll get time to meet and praise alongside YFAers! It's also special because we are having an ALUMNI PANEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kamaria Lee, Bryan Padilla, Haris Domond, Jihye Choi Gyde, and Aaron Gyde will respond to questions about faithful lives after undergrad. Don Weiss will moderate a discussion covering incredibly interesting and helpful topics for 30 minutes, then we'll have ~15 minutes for open Q&A.
11/11/16- Christine Shin - Concerning the Things of the Spirit
Scripture has timely instruction for Christian community regarding the work of the Holy Spirit in corporate worship. Come and hear about how the apostle Paul pastored the Corinthians through the early stages of their church and their experience of spiritual gifts by exalting diversity in the body of Christ and the preeminence of the way of love. A brief Q&A to follow!
11/04/16- Anthony Flynn - It's Simple...But It Ain't Easy!
Feeling overwhelmed? Feeling unfulfilled? Wish you had more time in the day? Do you have goals and dreams that continue to falter because life happens? Come discover specific tactics for closing the gap between your ideas and your reality. Anthony Flynn, Founder/CEO of The Gifted Education Foundation, has consulted colleges and universities, businesses, and Fortune 500 executives. He will address the struggle for execution practically, and then provide context in scripture. There will be a short Q&A session immediately following the talk!
10/28 /16 - Al Abdulla - God in Depression
We invite you to spend this evening drawing near to the dependable, life-giving God. Pastor Al Abdulla from Reality Boston will speak about God in Depression. Drawing upon Psalm 42, Pastor Al will remind us how God extends goodness to us in all seasons of our lives. Some of us HCFAers attend his church -- he is phenomenal -- invite friends!
10/21/16 - Jon Hart - A Modern Apologetic: Joining God's Mission through Entrepreneurial Thinking
"The Future of culture depends largely on the next generation of entrepreneurs." From Technology (Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Big Data), to Medicine, Media, Entertainment, Politics, Education, Business, and the Social Sector -- entrepreneurs are not just talking about the future, they are the ones building it. How ought we -- as followers of Christ, who bear His image and seek to join His mission on the earth -- engage in this work of thinking about the future of culture? We'll explore ways we can engage all spheres of culture through an entrepreneurial mindset.
10/14 /16 - Dr. Jason Hood - What is a Human Being?
"The cultures that surround us offer a variety of definitions for "human being." These definitions are often at odds with each other. As a result, we're left with conflicting visions of who we are and our mission in God's world. In order to understand who we are and the role we are meant to play, we need to wrestle with the Bible's take on humanity. This Friday, we'll look at Psalm 8 and Genesis 1 in an attempt to clarify who we are, why we matter, and what we're to be doing in the world."
10/07 /16 - John Stauffer - Personal Faith and Social Transformation
Professor Stauffer will highlight the ways in which one's personal religious faith can function as a catalyst for transforming society. Focusing on the examples of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two of the most important figures in American history and literature, he shows how their social and political accomplishments are almost impossible to appreciate without understanding their religious faith. He'll end by explaining how and why Douglass, Lincoln, and other historical figures remain important for us today: they help people understand their own faith journeys and the possibilities for reforming their own societies.
09/23/16- Madeline Jackson - The Elephant in the Mirror: Shame, Spirituality, and Identity
Join Harvard College Faith and Action at DOXA Friday evening as we welcome a special guest from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Madeline Jackson! Her talk, titled "The Elephant in the Mirror: Shame, Spirituality, and Identity," will be important and real to anyone, regardless of faith background.
09/16/16- Teal McGarvey - Is God NEAR? Doubt, Waiting, and Incarnation
Didn't make it out to the first two DOXAs? Not a problem! The HCFA Christian community warmly welcomes you to attend DOXA this Friday (tomorrow)! Doxa is the Greek word for "glory" and here we gather together, with all our questions, to give praise to God. Teal McGarvey's talk will ask "Is God NEAR? Doubt, Waiting, and Incarnation."
09/09/16- Jon Yeager - Baptized into Harvard
"The best teachers don’t merely implant their ideas into our own minds for a multiple choice exam -- instead, they want to reorient the way we perceive the world. So, in what are you being immersed? To whom do you give your allegiance? What model are you prioritizing to orient yourself? Jesus is among those “best teachers” precisely because he is after the way you perceive the world and how you live in it." -- Jon Yeager
09/02/16- Don Weiss - The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Come this evening to gather in fellowship, sing songs of praise, hear from Don Weiss on "The Parable of the Hidden Treasure," and learn about how to get engaged in all of the exciting aspects of HCFA! Whether you have attended DOXA in the past or were meaning to at one point, we sincerely hope you consider this evening (Friday) the perfect time to come. We believe that in this gathering together, our desire for truth is met with endless amounts of grace.