Biblical scholar, author to be guest speaker in Minot church

A world-renowned biblical scholar and author will be the featured speaker on Feb. 17 at First Baptist Church, 200-3rd St. SW, in Minot, said the Rev. Kent Hinkel.

The speaker will be Walter Kaiser, president emeritus at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. Kaiser will speak at 8:30 a.m., 9:50 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. on a biblical passage from Ecclesiastes 3:1-11: “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”

The presentations are free and open to the public.

“He has a message planned that’s really got a wide appeal,” said Hinkel, who added that Kaiser spoke once before in Minot and was a popular presenter.

“He’s honestly a premier Old Testament scholar. He’s known worldwide. Kaiser has such an earthy way of communication (that) he won’t come off as an academic who’s removed. He lives on a farm, he’s a grandfather. He really connects with his audience.”

Hinkel said it’s rare for such a distinguished academic to be as good a speaker as he is a scholar. Kaiser has hybrid appeal because he is able to translate his knowledge into a presentation that is warm and entertaining and easy to relate to for the layman. When Kaiser spoke in Minot years ago, Hinkel was impressed by how easily he was able to communicate with people from the audience afterward, to talk with them and make them laugh.

“He kind of breaks the mold,” said Hinkel. “Walt is known as a real bridge builder. I think people are going to be blown away by this speech.”

Hinkel said Kaiser blends archaeology and biblical history and contemporary culture together into one 30-minute presentation.

Hinkel is a graduate of the non-denominational Protestant Gordon-Conwell Seminary, where Kaiser served as president from 1997 to 2006. Kaiser is also the author of numerous books and articles.