An engaging, witty, and moving speaker, Dr. Huizenga is available to speak on various topics in a variety of contexts, such as retreats, conferences, adult education classes, and continuing education events, to popular, professional, and academic audiences. Dr. Huizenga can present on the topics below, and more. Contact him at lahuizenga[at]gmail[dot]com.
From Wheaton to Rome: A Journey into the Depths of the Catholic Faith
A former Protestant minister and professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, Dr. Huizenga shares his winding journey into the fullness of the Catholic faith.
Reading the Catholic Bible
Dr. Huizenga explains the storyline and interpretation of the Bible, showing the continuity from Old Testament through the New Testament to the Mass today, the Testaments, the nature of Scripture as a source of theological authority, the character of the Bible as a thorough Catholic book, and how Catholics can be better readers of Scripture and grow deeper in faith thereby.
Marriage, Sex, and Family in the Catholic Tradition
Many people are unaware of the Church’s fundamental teachings on marriage, sex, and family, many people have experienced profound pain and disappointment in the areas of marriage, sex, and family, and contemporary cultural currents run counter to the traditional understanding of marriage, sex, and family. Dr. Huizenga explains how both reason and revelation teach that the concept of the family is foundational for both Church and society, showing that Catholic teaching on the family is salutary, profound, and attractive in its beauty.
Catholicism for Post/Moderns
The world in which we live is both modern and post-modern, presenting serious challenges to the Church and its message. Dr. Huizenga explains what it means to live the Catholic faith as faithful witness to the Gospel in post/modernity.
Heaven on Earth: The Glory of the Liturgy
Far from being something we create for our own affirmation and entertainment, the liturgy is something given to us, meant to shape us in our faith as we encounter Christ. In this talk Dr. Huizenga discusses the Scriptural and traditional roots of Catholic liturgy and architecture, which point us to heaven as we participate in its glories in Mass.
The Sacrifice of Christ in the Old Testament
Dr. Huizenga explains how the Old Testament prefigures the sacrifice of Christ and the Eucharist.
The Gospels & Jesus
As Dr. Huizenga did his doctoral work in the Gospels, he can present on any of the four Gospels in either shorter or longer formats (e.g., adult ed classes or continuing education events) as well as the phenomenon of the historical Jesus and its relation to the Jesus Christ of Christian faith, discussing how the Jesus Christ of traditional creed and confession relates to portrayals of Jesus produced by certain scholars and promoted by the media.
Select Prior Engagements:
September-October 2017, “Introduction to Scripture,” Diocese of Cheyenne deacon formation program
April 24-25, 2017, Diocese of Fargo, “Reading St. Matthew’s Story”
October 1-3, 2016, Diocese of Sioux Falls Clergy Days, “Preaching the Gospel of Matthew”
April 14, 2015, Diocese of Bismarck Clergy Conference, “The Proclamation of the Gospel of Mark”
March 21, 2015, St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheaton, Ill., Lenten retreat on “Marriage and Lent” and “Reading the Bible as a Catholic”
October 6-7, 2014, Diocese of Sioux Falls Clergy Days, “The Proclamation of the Gospel of Mark”
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10:00, Bishop Ryan High School, Minot, ND, on ecumenism (part of the Diocese of Bismarck’s “Enduring Legacy of Vatican II” symposia series for the Year of Faith)
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 8:00 pm, University of Mary, The Cove, on Dei Verbum
Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, 2013, “The Holy Trinity and Human Love: Living Our Vocations,” St. Mary’s Parish, Bismarck, ND
Sunday, December 16, 2012 New Song Community, “The Old Testament as the Word of God”
Thursday, October 11, 2012, on Dei Verbum, for the symposium “The Enduring Legacy of Vatican II” :
For more information, contact Dr. Huizenga at lahuizenga[at]gmail[dot]com.