Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture at North Park

Each fall North Park Theological Seminary brings eight to ten national and international scholars to its campus to focus attention on a theological topic important for the life of the Church. The scholars represent various relevant disciplines, but regardless of discipline they are asked to bring their academic expertise to the discussion of specific biblical texts and to direct their thoughts to pastors and Church leaders. Consequently, each symposium asks biblical scholars, theologians, historians, ethicists, and other scholars to do theology for the Church. The symposium is conducted within a context of worship, and the last session is a worship service with a sermon on the relevant theme. In addition to the participating scholars, those in attendance include North Park faculty and students, faculty from neighboring institutions, pastors, and a limited number of guests.

Each of the papers is reproduced for those in attendance, and the author is given thirty minutes to summarize or comment on his/her contribution. A respondent is allowed ten minutes to identify issues and raise questions, followed by fifty minutes devoted to the discussion of the paper by all those in attendance. The papers, the sermon, and a lengthy annotated bibliography are collected and published in the journal Ex Auditu.

2015 Symposium Information

North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, is pleased to announce that the thirty-first Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture will take place September 24–26, 2015. The symposium will start at 7:00 p.m. on September 24 in Nyvall Hall and will extend through a Saturday afternoon worship service on September 26. The theme in 2015 will be Race and Racism. The following persons have agreed to make presentations:

Ray Aldred, Theology, Ambrose Seminary/Ambrose University
Lewis O. Brogdon, New Testament, Claflin University
Bo Lim, Old Testament, Seattle Pacific University
Nestor Medina, Theology, Emmanuel College Center for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.
Emerson Powery, New Testament, Messiah College
Love Sechrest, New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
Lisa Sung, Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Soong-Chan Rah, Preaching, North Park Theological Seminary
Kyle Small, Church Leadership, Western Theological Seminary

Persons interested in attending the sessions should write before September 1 to:
Ms. Guylla Brown
North Park Theological Seminary
3225 W. Foster Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Meals may be taken at North Park and assistance can be provided in finding nearby lodging.

Visit the symposium web page for more information

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