Friday, January 23, 2015

Announcement from the Theological Fellowship @ Covenant Seminary

The Theological Fellowship @ Covenant Seminary has just announced its next two speakers in its bi-annual Bantam Lecture Series (BLS).  Since 2011, such speakers as C. John Collins, Nicholas Perrin, Esther Meek, Michael McClymond, and Karen Jobes (just to name a few) have given lectures in this series.  This year's lecturers will continue to raise the bar in this series in its pursuit of devoted and relevant theological inquiry.  

Peter Leithart
The first lecture is on March 6th and will be given by Peter Leithart.  Leithart is president of Trinity House Institute for Biblical, Liturgical, & Cultural Studies in Birmingham, Alabama and is a noted blogger.  He widely published, but is most known for his stances on federal vision.  His lecture for the BLS is still TBD, but stay tuned and I will update you as soon as I hear.  It should be a good one!  

The second lecture is on April 17th and will be given by the well-known NT theologian, D.A. Carson.  Carson is research NT professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago.  Carson has published many books and is known for his instrumental work in getting the Gospel Coalition up and running.  Carson will lecture on theodicy (I do not have the specific title as of yet).

D.A. Carson
With these two lectures, the BLS will continue to be the best series of lectures currently offered by any theological graduate school, let alone a series put on by the students.   The TF@CS should be commended for their continued industry and endeavor to provide a forum that seeks thorough, rigorous, and Christ-centered inquiry!

Both lectures will be held on Covenant's campus in St. Louis and are free of charge.  


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My ETL Article - ETL 90.4

I have not posted in a long (long) time, but at the arrival of my Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses (ETL) article I thought an announcement of this work would be a good excuse/reason to break that streak.

The reason for silence, for those few that are interested, was for a season of discernment and fundraising for a church plant that is beginning in Hilliard, OH, a suburb of Columbus, OH.  The church is called New City Presbyterian (PCA), Hilliard.  The season ended with the blessing of the LORD financially and with great affirmation, and the church plant has been launched into its first phase!

Enjoy the article, if you can get access to it.  This link will get you to an abstract.  I would love feedback and discussion on the article.  For easy access and as an FYI on the topic of the article, I also put the abstract below.

This article offers a critique of Stanley Porter’s note, published in ETL of 1991, on the translation of κολλώμενος in 1 Cor 6,12-20. Porter proposes to translate the verb as 'to obligate oneself' instead of the more conventional 'to join', because it would better fit the single governing metaphor expressing economic subordination as expressed in v. 20 ('you were bought with a price'). In reply, it is suggested that Paul, in fact, uses three different metaphors in order to illustrate more clearly the new reality Christians are experiencing and the ethical implications of this reality. It is argued that each metaphor is operating on its own conceptual level, and fundamentally and uniquely defines its own terms. The three metaphors are briefly presented and their respective role in the pericope and in Paul’s rhetoric is assessed. It turns out that κολλώμενος is best translated as 'to join', expressing a state that 'contains' the Christian as being in relationship with Christ.