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Apologetics Conference (Jan. 2016)


JANUARY 4-8, 2016

DEFEND THE FAITH is a 5-day, 5-night conference for training in Christian Apologetics on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. We seek to equip Christians with the answers to the the tough questions that the world is asking.

Speakers will include: Nik Ripken

Author, The Insanity of God

Paul Copan

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Gary Habermas

Liberty University

Sarah Ankenman

Online for Life

…Tim McGrew, Douglas Groothuis, Tom Gilson, Neil Shenvi, and many others.

Students can earn graduate credit in theology, ethics, and apologetics.

For more information on the conference, click here.

New Book on Theological Method

June 1 is the release date for a new book by a friend and colleague at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Rhyne Putman. The book, published by Fortress Press, is titled In Defense of Doctrine: Evangelicalism, Theology, and Scripture. The description follows:

Questions surrounding the relationship of Scripture and doctrine are legion within the Protestant tradition. How can doctrine develop over time and maintain fidelity to the sacred text, especially for communities who cling to the Reformation principle of sola scriptura? Does not an appeal to contemporary, constructive theology belie commonly held Protestant and Evangelical convictions about the sufficiency of Scripture? Does admission and acceptance of doctrinal development result in a kind of reality-denying theological relativism? And in what way can a growing, postcanonical tradition maintain a sense of continuity with the faith of the New Testament?

This study is an apologetic for the ongoing, constructive theological task in Protestant and Evangelical traditions. It suggests that doctrinal development can be explained as a hermeneutical phenomenon and that insights from hermeneutical philosophy and the philosophy of language can aid theologians in constructing explanatory theses for particular theological problems associated with the facts of doctrinal development, namely, questions related to textual authority, reality depiction, and theological identity. Joining the recent call to theological interpretation of Scripture, Putman provides a constructive model that forwards a descriptive and normative pattern for reading Scripture and theological tradition together.

With endorsements by Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, Malcolm Yarnell, and Steve Lemke, the book will doubtless be an important contribution to the field of theological method.

Congratulations, Rhyne!

Five Views on Infants & Children in the Church

On Monday, April 27, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary will host a free conference titled “Five Views on Infants and Children in the Church.” The conference will be located on the seminary campus in the Hardin Student Center, Room 219. The event will consist of paper presentations by advocates of five major Christian views, and co-sponsored by the NOBTS Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry and the Christian Education Division. The schedule on April 27 will be:

8:30 Refreshments
8:55 Introductions – Dr. Harwood
9:00 Presentation of Eastern Orthodox view, Q&A
10:00 Presentation of Roman Catholic view, Q&A
11:00 Presentation of Lutheran view, Q&A
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Presentation of Presbyterian view, Q&A
2:00 Presentation of Baptist view, Q&A
3:00 Panel Discussion – Dr. Lawson
4:00 Presentation on Children’s Ideas of God – Dr. Peavey
5:00 Conclusion

The presenters for the event will be:

Jason Foster (Ph.D., Durham University) – Advocate for the Eastern Orthodox view. He is Priest of Holy Nativity of our Lord Orthodox Church in Bossier City, Louisiana. He holds master’s degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary, Cranmer Theological House, and Oxford University. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled “Sursum Corda: Ritual and Meaning of the Liturgical Command in the First Five Centuries of the Church.”

Adam Harwood (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) – Co-editor of the book project and advocate for the Baptist view. He is Associate Professor of Theology, Director of the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry, and Editor of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Spiritual Condition of Infants: A Biblical-Historical Survey and Systematic Proposal (Wipf & Stock, 2011).

Kevin E. Lawson (Ed.D., University of Maine) – Panel discussion facilitator and co-editor of the book project. He is Director of the Ph.D. and Ed.D. Programs in Educational Studies, Editor of the Christian Education Journal, and Professor of Christian Education at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He served as a board member of The Society for Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives (2001-12). Among other books, he edited Understanding Children’s Spirituality: Theology, Research, and Practice (Wipf & Stock, 2012).

David Liberto (Ph.D., Marquette University) – Advocate for the Roman Catholic view. He is Professor of Historical and Dogmatic Theology at Notre Dame Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has published several articles in academic, peer-reviewed publications and is currently working on a book-length treatment of the psychological analogy of the Trinity.

Donna Peavey (Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) – Presentation on children’s ideas of God. She is Professor of Christian Education at NOBTS. Her 2003 Ph.D. dissertation addresses the influences of self-image upon children’s images of Jesus. She speaks frequently at training events for Christian educators on the topic of spiritual formation in childhood.

David Scaer (Th.D., Concordia Seminary) – Advocate for the Lutheran view. He is Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament and Editor of Concordia Theological Quarterly at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Among other works, he is the author of Infant Baptism in Nineteenth Century Lutheran Theology (Concordia, 2011) and contributed to Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper (Zondervan, 2007).

Gregg Strawbridge (Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi) – Advocate for the Presbyterian view. He is Pastor of All Saints Presbyterian in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and is the Founder and Creative Director of www.WordMp3.com, an online audio library of Christian worldview resources. He edited and contributed to The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism (P&R, 2003).

Each of the five major Christian views will answer the same four questions:

  1. How are infants and children impacted by sin?
  2. How does God treat people who die in their infancy or childhood?
  3. When and how are children considered members of the church?
  4. When and how are children instructed in Christian doctrine?

The event will not be accessible via webcast, but we plan to compile the presentations for publication in a multiple-views book.

For more information, please contact Dr. Adam Harwood at aharwood (at) nobts.edu.

To register, click here.

The Gospel & Evangelism

I am pleased to announce the release of a new issue of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, which is available free at www.baptistcenter.net. I co-edited this issue, back-dated to Fall 2014, with NOBTS Professor Preston Nix. The issue contains six articles and thirteen book reviews related to the theme “The Gospel and Evangelism.”

The articles are:

What is the Gospel? by Blake Newsom
Is the Gospel for All People or Only Some People? by Adam Harwood
Does Regeneration Precede Faith? by David L. Allen
What Were the Early SBC Leaders’ View of Salvation?: A View from the Mountains by Emir Caner
Ministry Evangelism by Timothy W. Mims
Spiritual Warfare and Evangelism by Gary Dennis

The Spring 2015 issue of the journal is scheduled to be released next month. The articles will address “Bible Translation as Missions,” the theme of a conference sponsored by three NOBTS research centers in October 2014. Baptist Press article about the event here.

You can view other issues of this online-only journal, papers on Baptist theology and ministry, rare books, and Baptist confessions on the Baptist Center website. I trust you will find these resources and the articles and book reviews to be helpful for your life, study, and ministry.

Defend the Faith 2015

On January 4-9, 2015, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary will host one of the largest apologetic events in North America. “Defend the Faith” is an annual conference which features five days of instruction by leading apologists. The event website explains, “We seek to equip Christians with the answers to the tough questions that the world is asking.” This year’s speakers includes Gary Habermas, Paul Copan, and Douglas Groothuis.

I attended last year’s conference and was impressed at the depth and breadth of the content. There is still time to register, and it is possible to earn graduate credit for courses such as Christian Apologetics, Christian Ethics, and The Problem of Evil. College students can attend for free, and the evening presentations are free to the public. For details on the speakers, schedule, courses, and registration, click here. Some of the presentations will be available via live streaming here.