We already have a nice selection of papers submitted for consideration for the meeting in Minneapolis, August 5-6, for the Bible Faculty Summit. The conference will be Wednesday and Thursday this year. This will allow Tuesday and Friday to be travel days for those coming a distance.
We are planning for twelve papers, six per day. The theme for this summit is The Christian and Cultural Engagement. There is a lot of talk in today’s church—particularly among evangelicals—about the scope and limitations of our responsibility for cultural engagement. Some remember the old days of the Moral Majority. What should be our response to issues like homosexuality? Gay marriage? Open marriage? Of course, we all realize that these are sin issues. How should the Church respond in this sinful world? We have had some good papers the last several years, and we anticipate more this year. We hope some will write on the theme of the conference, but papers are always welcome outside the theme. There is still time to submit a paper proposal. Please consider this a follow-up call for papers.
Don’t forget, there will be no cost for those coming beyond your cost of getting here. Central Seminary will be putting up invited faculty from sister institutions in an area hotel where breakfast will be provided. Lunch and dinner will be served at the seminary during the two days of the Summit. We also want to extend an invitation to post-graduate students and pastors with earned academic doctorates who may wish to participate. We will happily arrange for these to be billeted in homes of members of Fourth Baptist Church if necessary. (Unfortunately, we are only able to offer hotel accommodations for the faculty members in attendance.)
Finally, do you have other suggestions for the conference next summer? Let us know.
Bible Faculty Summit
Proposed Daily Schedule
- 8:00 – 8:30 Devotions
- 8:30 – 9:45 Paper 1 (45 min. for the paper, 30 min. for discussion)
- 9:45 – 10:15 Coffee Break
- 10:15 – 11:30 Paper 2
- 11:35 – 12:35 Lunch at the seminary
- 12:45 – 2:00 Paper 3
- 2:10 – 3:25 Paper 4
- 3:30 – 4:00 Break
- 4:00 – 5:15 Paper 5
- 5:30 – 6:30 Dinner
- 6:45 – 8:30 Paper 6 Paper and Response with Discussion
- 8:30 – Ice Cream Fellowship