Heading to San Antonio for the Annual SBL and IBR Meetings

I’m getting ready to go to San Antonio to attend the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (November 19-22) and also of the Institute for Biblical Research (November 18-20); the two meetings overlap a bit.

I’ll be presenting two papers at the SBL this year.

How the Prophet Samuel Abuses His Prophetic Office

The first paper is called “Orthodox Theology, Ulterior Motives in Samuel’s Farewell Speech? The Characterization of the Prophet in 1 Samuel 12.” This paper will be presented in (15 minute) summary form in the Contextual Biblical Interpretation Program Unit, on November 20, 2016 (click this link for further information).

This paper begins by by exploring how my Jamaican context, especially the folk tradition of Anansi (the trickster/spider), might impact my reading of 1 Samuel. The bulk of the paper is an attempt to understand the very convoluted (even contradictory) speech of Samuel in 1 Samuel 12, which comes right after the confirmation of Saul as king. I try to show (from a careful textual reading) that that the prophet is twisting the facts of Israel’s history and using underhanded rhetoric in order to portray himself as the “solution” to the problem of the monarchy, despite the fact that God has explicitly given permission for the monarchy and specifically designated Saul as the first king. The paper proposal can be accessed here and the full paper can be accessed here.

God’s Desire for Vigorous Prayer

The second paper is called “God’s Loyal Opposition: Psalmic and Prophetic Protest as a Paradigm for Faithfulness in the Hebrew Bible.” This paper will be presented in full (25 minutes) in the Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures Program Unit, on November 21, 2016 (click this link for further information).

This paper explores the theology of the divine-human relationship underlying the sort of vigorous prayer found in the Bible (especially the Old Testament, but also in the New Testament), by looking first at the psalms of lament, then at prophetic intercession (with Moses as the model). The paper proposal can be accessed here.

Institute for Biblical Research

I won’t be presenting at the IBR this year, though I will be attending a number of sessions, including the annual lecture by Edith Humphrey, a fellow Canadian teaching in the USA. Her lecture (on the evening of November 18) is called “Reclaiming all Paul’s Rs: Apostolic Atonement by Way of the Eastern Fathers” and will be followed by two responses, one by Michael Gorman. You can find information about the lecture by scrolling down the IBR conference page.

Next year (November 2017) I’ll be giving an invited paper at IBR on Ecology and Eschatology in the Ecological Ethics and Biblical Studies research group (this year’s topic is on ecology and justice, and two of my friends, Brian Walsh and Steve Bouma-Prediger, are participating as paper respondents).

Esau McCauley, the new Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Northeastern Seminary, will be presenting in another IBR research group, devoted to Biblical Theology . His paper is entitled Exile, Restoration, and the Inheritance of the Son: Jesus as Servant and Messiah in Galatians 1:4.

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Call for Papers for the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association Annual Meeting in Calgary, May 29, 2016

The Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (CETA) has two theology conferences each year. One occurs at the end of May/early June, in conjunction with the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada. The other (which was inaugurated in 2012) is held in the Fall (usually in October), in conjunction with a local theological seminary or college.

This year both CETA conferences will be in Western Canada, giving the Association an opportunity to reach out to professors, graduate students, and pastors from the region who are interested in theological reflection for the sake of the church.

CETA Congress Meeting (May 29, 2016)

This year the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences will meet at the University of Calgary, and the CETA meeting will be on Sunday, May 29, 2016.

The executive of CETA have extended the deadline for receiving paper proposals for the Calgary meeting until February 15. You can download the extended Call for Papers here.

CETA Fall Conference (October 15, 2016)

The Fall CETA theology conference will be held in conjunction with the Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS seminaries), a consortium of theological schools located on the campus of Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC. The date for the Fall conference is Saturday, October 15, 2016, and the keynote speaker will be Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College, in Vancouver, BC. When the Call for Papers for this conference is ready, I will post an announcement.

NES Theology Conference (March 18-19, 2016)

Remember that registration is open for the theology conference at Northeastern Seminary on March 18-19, 2016, with Michael Gorman as the keynote speaker (Gorman will give a public lecture the Friday evening of March 18, and another lecture during the conference proper on Saturday, March 19). The response to the Call for Papers was phenomenal, with the result that there will likely be about forty concurrent papers offered on a variety of topics under the broad umbrella of the conference theme, Participation in God’s Mission. Discounted registration lasts until February 8.

Discounted Registration for Michael Gorman Conference Extended for One More Week (till February 8)

This is an update to my previous posts about the theology conference at Northeastern Seminary with Michael Gorman (entitled Participation in God’s Mission).

Discounted registration has now been extended to February 8, with a further discount available to students.

More details about the conference can be found in my previous blog post here.

This is the registration link for the conference.

A full schedule of the conference (Friday evening March 18 and all-day Saturday March 19), including descriptions of Dr. Gorman’s keynote lectures (on “Paul, the Mission of God, and the Contemporary Church” and “John: The Nonsectarian, Missional Gospel“), can be found on the Northeastern Seminary theology conference page.

There will be about forty papers presented on various aspects of the conference theme in concurrent sessions.

I hope to see you there!