Theological Symposium: FAQ

W. Jackson Watts

(A previous version of this post originally appeared on May 21. For the benefit of those who did not see it, we are re-posting it in anticipation of our Symposium in October).

As Program Chair for the Commission for Theological Integrity, I’m responsible to promote our annual Theological Symposium. Typically we issue what’s known as a “Call for Papers.” This appears on our website and in print publications such as ONE Magazine. This is designed to generate awareness and foster interest in potential presenters and any who would attend and benefit from this free event. However, as potential presenters begin contemplating ideas for the Symposium, I thought it might be helpful to put together this Frequently Asked Questions post to help people make plans to join us this fall.

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Where and when is the Symposium held?

The campus of Welch College in Gallatin, Tennessee. This year our event is a week later than usual: October 28-29.

How are presenters chosen?

We review the papers and proposals that are submitted each year and select those which are well-written and thematically suitable. Sometimes we solicit papers from people if they have recently completed some scholarly work that they are interested in sharing with a broader audience. The only other detail approaching a “requirement” is that presenters must be members of a Free Will Baptist church.

 What can I write on?

Typically we will receive and consider papers on any topic that are broadly theological in nature—biblical studies, systematic theology, philosophy of religion, ecclesiology, etc. This year’s theme is “The Doctrine of the Church,” so preference will be given to papers that deal with some aspect of ecclesiology whether it be church government and polity, the ordinances, preaching, or a related sub-field.

Must I have an advanced degree to present a paper?

No; While most of our presenters have received graduate theological education, it is by no means a requirement.

Where can I stay?

There are several area hotels which provide a reasonable rate to those in town for Welch-affiliated events. Hotel information is available here.

Why attend in person when live-stream is available?

Two main reasons: First, we don’t guarantee live-streaming every year, and even if we do live-stream we may or may not post video content on our website after the event is over. We have done this in the past, but it is a year-by-year decision. Second, attending in person allows you the chance to ask questions in person to presenters, hear the discussion and dialogue following each presentation, and connect with other Free Will Baptist pastors, scholars, and laymen. I’ve seen many fruitful relationships form and develop as a result of this event.

If I am interested in presenting, what are the specific requirements and deadlines?

You can email fwbtheology@gmail.com for a fuller list of what we’re looking for in terms of paper content and format. Concerning deadlines, all ideas and inquiries about presenting should be submitted to this email address prior to July 1. Abstracts/proposals should be submitted by July 15. Submissions for review should be submitted by August 15. The final draft should be submitted by September 15.

Thank you for your interest in this event!

A Prayer Request for Rodney Holloman

Matthew Pinson

It is with much sadness that I report that our dear friend and fellow commission member Rodney Holloman has been diagnosed with cancer. At this point his physicians believe the type of cancer he has is an aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Let us be in prayer for Brother Rodney,  his wife Andrea, his children, as well as his church, Hardin Valley Free Will Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

I have talked at length with Rodney, and he is a tremendous example of courage in the face of suffering. He is committed to living out Christ’s purposes for himself and bringing glory to God regardless of the course his life takes. Let us hold Rodney Holloman and his family in prayer, interceding  for healing and strength

Convention Seminar Reminder

by Theological Commission

Perhaps you’ve heard someone say lately, “I’m just wired that way.” These types of expressions fill our everyday vernacular, but we often don’t think of the troubling implications they may have.

In the last several decades, genetics has become a profound new scientific frontier. This has impacted everything from health care to criminal justice, and yes, even theology.

In Cincinnati, the Theological Commission hopes to help pastors, teachers, and laymen better understand the implications of the genetic revolution. Dr. Ian Hawkins will be giving our annual seminar entitled: “Genes Made Me Do it! The Implications of the Genetic Revolution for Adam and Eve, Original Sin, and Free Will.”

Dr. Hawkins will present this on Monday, July 22 from 2-3:30pm in DECC262. Don’t miss this opportunity to get informed on this crucial and wide-ranging subject.

Symposium Deadline Reminder

W. Jackson Watts

Plans are underway for our 2019 Theological Symposium. In our previous post, we shared some general and specific information about this event, and specifically this year’s program. We’re thankful for our partnerships with Welch College and Randall University, who make it possible for us to always have a Free Will Baptist academic setting in which to hold this important event. This year we’ll meet in Gallatin, Tennessee on October 28-29.

This post serves as a reminder to all prospective presenters that paper proposals should be submitted no later than Monday, July 15. We suggest that if you have questions to contact fwbtheology@gmail.com by July 1, though we’ll be happy to answer any other questions after then as well. This year’s theme is the Doctrine of the Church. Papers related to ecclesiology in some way will be given preference in the selection process, though we will consider papers on other subjects as well.

Thanks for your interest in this year’s program!

Hawkins to Address the Challenge of Genetics

by Theological Commission

On Monday afternoon of the 2019 National Convention in Cincinnati, the Commission for Theological Integrity has invited Dr. Ian Hawkins to address an emerging scientific challenge. The title of his seminar is: Genes Made Me Do it! The Implications of the Genetic Revolution for Adam and Eve, Original Sin, and Free Will.

In the past 15 years the historicity of Adam and Eve has come under fire in academic circles. This new debate has been caused by recent work in genetics that has called into question whether the human race could have come from only two individuals. Not only does the idea of a non-historical Adam and Eve call into question doctrines such as creation, but it has a profound effect on doctrines like original sin and free will. This seminar will discuss recent objections to these findings, as well as how science can be used to support a historical Adam and Eve, original sin, and free will.

Hawkins has taught at Welch College since 2007, where is he is Chairman of the Department of Arts and Sciences, and Science Program Coordinator. He has a master’s degree in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry Education from Middle Tennessee State University. Hawkins is married to Katie (Stewart). They have two sons: Joseph and Luke.

Note: The Commission’s annual seminar is always held at 2:00pm on Monday. It is an hour and a half given the substantial nature of the topics, and also to allow extensive audience response and questions afterward. Check your programs once arriving at the Convention for the exact room location of the seminar.

 

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