Past Talks and Lectures

“The Inclusive Vision of Isaiah 56 and Contested Ethical Practices in Scripture and the Church: Toward a Canonical Hermeneutic of Discernment.” Paper presented at a theology conference on Biblical Interpretation for Caribbean Renewal hosted by the Jamaica Theological Seminary (co-sponsored by the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology and the United Theological College of the West Indies), Kingston, Jamaica, September 8-9, 2017 (see conference schedule here).

Theological respondent along with scientist Praveen Sethupathy on “Genes, the Self, and the Soul.” An Evening Conversation of the Trinity Forum, co-sponsored with BioLogos, at the National Press Club Ballroom, Washington DC, June 26, 2017. Click here for further information.

Respondent to William J. Abraham’s paper, “God as an Agent.” at the Dabar 2017 Conference, “Affirming the Doctrine of Creation in an Age of Science,” at the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago, IL, June 15, 2017. Click here for further information.

Speaking Tour of the United Kingdom, April 20–May 4, 2017

St. Andrews – Two lectures sponsored by the Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology and the School of Divinity (St. Mary’s College), at the University of St. Andrews.

  • April 20 – “A New Heaven and a New Earth: For God So Loved the World.” Thursday afternoon lecture (4:00 pm), St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews.
  • April 21 – “Voices from the Ragged Edge: The Gritty Spirituality of the Psalms for a Broken World.” Friday afternoon lecture (4:00 pm), St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews.

Aberdeen

Durham

  • April 25 – “Unbinding the Aqedah from the Straightjacket of Tradition: An Inner-Biblical Interpretation of Abraham’s Test in Genesis 22.” Old Testament research seminar for postgraduate students in the Department of Theology and Religion, Tuesday afternoon (4:00-5:30 pm), Seminar Room C, Abbey House, Palace Green, Durham University.

Mirfield

Leeds – Two lectures in the Life Matters series, Thinking Faith Network, Leeds.

  • April 28 – “Why Are We Here? Our Sacred Calling in God’s World.” Friday evening lecture (7:30-9:00 pm),  Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
  • April 29 – “Voices from the Ragged Edge: The Gritty Spirituality of the Psalms for a Broken World.” Saturday morning lecture (10:00 am-12:00 noon), Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds. Click here for a flier about both talks.

Oxford

Cambridge

Oxford

Cheltenham

Bristol

“New Creation Has Begun.” The Haverim Lectures (on Eschatology), Center for Judaic-Christian Studies, Dayton, OH, March 18, 2017.

The J. J. Theissen Lectures (three lectures on lament prayer in the Psalms, the silence of Abraham in Genesis 22, and the protest of Job), Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB, October 25-26, 2016.

Visiting Theologian-in-Residence in Australia, at St. Barnabas College, Adelaide (Sept. 18-Oct. 1, 2016) and St. Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra (Oct. 2-15, 2016), member schools of Charles Sturt University.

  • Paper on the Aqedah (Gen 22) and response paper to Michael Trainor, “The Lament of the Gospel,” at a symposium on Lament in Scripture and Life, St. Barnabas College, Sept. 22-23, 2016.
  • Sane Action in a Crazy World,” sermon preached at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide, Sept. 25, 2016.
  • Public lecture on lament psalms, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide, Sept. 30, 2016; and at St. Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra, Oct. 5, 2016.
  • “Reflections on Being a Theological Scholar,” presentation to Postgraduate Research Seminar, St. Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra, Oct. 5, 2016.
  • Seminar paper on creation theology and suffering in Job, St. Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra, Oct. 7, 2016.
  • Respondent to Mona Sidiqqui, “Love and Law in Christianity and Islam,” Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Oct. 13, 2016.

Respondent (along with Tremper Longman) to C. John Collins’s paper on “Reading Genesis 1-11 in Biblical and Social Context” at the Dabar 2016 Conference, “Reading Genesis in an Age of Science,” at the Carl F. H. Center for Theological Understanding, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago, IL, June 9, 2016.

God’s Loyal Opposition: Psalmic and Prophetic Protest as a Paradigm for Faithfulness in the Hebrew Bible.” Paper for the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies annual meeting, at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, Calgary, AB, May 30, 2016.

“The Psalms of Lament in Life and Ministry,” Seminar at Pearce Memorial Church,, Rochester, NY, April 21, 2016.

“A New Heaven and a New Earth—For God So Loved the World.” Public lecture in “Windows on the World” lecture series, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA, March 11, 2016.

“Unbinding the Aqedah from the Straightjacket of Tradition: How Abraham Lost His Son.” Paper presented in the Genesis program unit at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 22, 2015.

“Resistance to ‘Babylon’ in the Music of Bob Marley and the Wailers: Biblical and Theological Strategies.” Paper presented in the Islands, Islanders, and Scriptures program unit at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 21, 2015.

A Psalm against David? A Canonical Reading of Psalm 51 as a Critique of David’s Inadequate Repentance in 2 Samuel 12.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR), for the Research Group on Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, and the Theological Disciplines, November 20, 2015.

“A New Heavens and a New Earth: For God So Loved the World” Invited paper for the Biblical Theology program unit at the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, November 19, 2015.

“To Love What God Loves: Understanding the Cosmic Scope of Redemption.” Talk sponsored by Chesterton House and the Asian-American IVCF group at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, September 25, 2015.

“The Bible as One Coherent Story: Understanding the Book that Grounds Our Lives.” Seminar at Pearce Memorial Church, Rochester, NY, September 16, 2015.

Preached for the annual worship service celebrating Jamaican Independence (Proud and Free, Jamaica 53), at Genesee Baptist Church, Rochester, NY, July 26, 2015.

Is God Fickle? The Theological Significance of Interpretive Conundrums in YHWH’s Judgment on the Elide Priesthood (1 Samuel 2-3).” Paper presented at the annual Congress meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, May 30, 2015.

A Psalm against David? A Canonical Reading of Psalm 51 as a Critique of David’s Inadequate Repentance in 2 Samuel 12.” Paper presented at the annual Congress meeting of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association,” University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, May 31, 2015.

Respondent to an evening (7:00 pm) panel discussion on A New Heavens and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology, sponsored by the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association at Sunnyside Wesleyan Church, Ottawa, ON, May 31, 2015.

Faith Seeking Understanding: Reflections on Narratival Biblical Hermeneutics from a Canadian Immigrant Perspective.” Paper presented at the annual Congress meeting of the Canadian Theological Society, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, June 1, 2015.

Online interview (via Google Hangout) on “Creation, Violence, and the God of the Old Testament,” with William Brown, Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Matt Lynch, Dean of Studies of the Westminster Theological Centre, UK, May 13, 2015.

Herod as Pharaoh: Matthew’s Subversive Use of Old Testament Quotations in the Infancy Narratives.” Keynote talk for conference entitled From Interpretation to Preaching, sponsored by the Rochester Consortium of Theological Schools, held at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY, May 21, 2015.

“A Spirituality of the Ragged Edges: The Lament Psalms as a Resource for Faith in Times of Trouble.” Seminar at Pearce Memorial Church, Rochester, NY, May 6, 2015.

Reading Genesis 3 Attentive to Human Evolution: Beyond Concordism and Non-Overlapping Magisteria.” Keynote Lecture at “Re-Imaging the Intersection of Evolution and the Fall” conference, arising from a research group sponsored by the Colossian Forum, at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL, March 26-28, 2015.

Talk on Old Testament spirituality for a Presbyterian Clergy Luncheon, at Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY, March 12, 2015.

Keynote talk on “Restoration” (fourth in a series of talks: creation, fall, redemption, restoration) at “This Changes Everything,” the annual Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, February 22, 2015.

“A Sacred Call for Sacred Work.” Keynote talk at the “Making All Things New” conference, Center for Faith & Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, November 8, 2014.

Abraham’s Journey: The Role of Abraham in the Biblical Story.” Opening message in a sermon series on the Abraham story, at Artisan Church, Rochester, NY, October 26, 2014.

“Living Eucharistically: A Journey of Faith, Doubt, and Learning.” Guest lecture in the Scripture, Faith, and Scholarship seminar series, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, ON, October 17, 2014.

Reading Genesis 3 Attentive to Human Evolution.” Public presentation at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY, October 1, 2014.

“Is Christianity a Straightjacket? Why I am Still a Christian.” A talk given in a series on Doubt at Browncroft Community Church, Rochester, NY, June 4, 2014.

Presidential Address: “CETA—A Vision for the Future.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, May 25, 2014.

“Can We Trust God with Radical Disappointment? (Jeremiah 20:7-18)?” Chapel Talk, Greenville College, Greenville, IL, February 12, 2014.

“Does God Come to Praise Job or to Bury Him? The Significance of the LORD’s Second Speech from the Whirlwind (Job 40:6-41:34).” The V. James and Florence Mannoia Lecture, Greenville College, Greenville, IL. February 12, 2014.

“The Bible’s Best Kept Secret.” Keynote Address at the “New Creation” Theology Conference of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association, co-sponsored with Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, NY October 19, 2013.

Respondent to Keynote Address by J. Gordon McConnville on Biblical Anthropology, Institute for Biblical Research, Baltimore, MD, November 22, 2013.

“Good Theology, Bad Motives in Samuel’s Farewell Speech? The Characterization of the Prophet in 1 Samuel 12.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, June 3, 2013.

“The Deceptive Simplicity of Babel: Questioning the Literary Text and Social Reality of Genesis 11:1-9.” Paper presented in the Genesis Consultation at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago, IL, November 18, 2012.

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