2019 Theological Symposium – Program Reveal

Jackson Watts

The Commission for Theological Integrity is pleased to unveil its 2019 Symposium Program. This year’s program has a great mix of younger, middle-aged, and senior scholars alike. And while most papers do deal somehow with our theme (The Doctrine of the Church), there are some other unique papers which will be shared at this year’s program. Take advantage of this free event on the campus of Welch College, October 28-29.

Monday Evening

 6:00 – 6:15       Welcome & Prayer: Matthew Pinson, W. Jackson Watts

6:15 – 7:05        Danny Dwyer: Paul’s Address to the Ephesian Elders: The Ministry Ethos of the Apostle Paul as a Model for Pastoral Leadership

 7:05 – 7:25       Refreshments and Discussion

7:30 – 8:20       Thomas Marberry: The Eschatology of Luke

Tuesday Morning

 9:00 – 9:05      Welcome and Prayer

9:05 – 9:55       Eddie Moody: Denominations and Denominationalism: Is there a Future in a Changing Culture?

 9:55 – 10:10      Refreshments and Discussion

10:15 – 11:05      Jeff Cockrell: Showing the Good God to Pagans: A Contextual Understanding of Paul’s Apologia in Acts 17

11:05 – 11:15       Refreshments and Discussion

11:15 – 12:05      W. Jackson Watts: Cultural Analysis and the Dynamics of Leading Change in the Church

Tuesday Afternoon

 12:05 – 1:45      Lunch at Area Restaurants

1:50 – 2:40       Matthew Steven Bracey: Conservatism and the Church

 2:40 – 2:55       Refreshments and Discussion

3:00 – 3:50       Robert Picirilli: The Infinite, Immutable God, Creation, and the Real, Changing World

3:50 – 3:55        Break

4:00 – 4:50      Christopher Talbot: Toward a Confessional-Practical Theology

4:50 – 6:20       Dinner at Area Restaurants

Tuesday Evening

 6:30 – 7:20       Ron Davis: The Church as Embassy: An Ecclesiology for the Modern World

7:20 – 7:35       Refreshments and Discussion

7:40 – 8:30       Matthew Pinson: Do We Need to Keep Having Associations?

 8:30 – 8:35       Closing Remarks & Announcements

For more information, please submit any questions to fwbtheology@gmail.com.

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!

Preserving and Promoting Free Will Baptist Doctrine