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2017 Theological Symposium Program

by W. Jackson Watts

It’s time once again for our annual Theological Symposium. We’re pleased to be hosting this year’s event on the new campus of Welch College at 1045 Bison Trail in Gallatin, Tennessee. For our out-of-town guests, we recommend you consider booking your lodging at the Holiday Inn Express in nearby Hendersonville. We have negotiated a special rate with them. You may contact them at (615) 824-0022, and let them know that you’re with the ‘Symposium.’ Please contact them by Wednesday, October 18.

Below is a tentative program. Some presenter times are subject to change, but the start and finish times themselves are set, so you can plan accordingly.  Please join us Monday, October 23-24th.

Monday Evening

6:00–6:10      Welcome and Prayer

6:15–7:05      Matthew McAffee: Losing Favor with the Gods: Divine Judgment in the Old Testament World

7:05–7:25      Refreshments and Discussion

7:25–8:15     Joshua Colson: Calvin’s View of the Supper

Tuesday Morning

9:00–9:05     Welcome and Prayer

9:05–9:55   Jesse Owens: English General Baptists: The Arminian Anti-rationalists

9:55–10:10   Refreshments and Discussion

10:10–11:00  David Outlaw: A Consideration of Christopher Wright’s Missional Hermeneutic

11:00 – 11:15    Refreshments and Discussion

11:15–12:05   Matthew Pinson: Individual Election in the Thought of Jacobus Arminius

Tuesday Afternoon

 12:05–1:50      Lunch in Area Restaurants

1:50–2:40  Raven Tuttobene: I Love Lucy: Assumptions in Using Cultural Evolution as the Basis for the Documentary Hypothesis

2:40–3:00      Refreshments and Discussion

3:00-3:50     Matthew Steven Bracey: Faith and Scholarship: A Christian Calling

3:50–6:30     Dinner in Area Restaurants

Tuesday Evening

6:30–7:20   Jeff Cockrell: Understanding Paul since Luther: The New Perspective and Its Effects

7:20–7: 40     Refreshments and Discussion

7:40 – 8:30     Adam Holloway: Presuppositional  Apologetics in a Postmodern Age

8:30–8:35      Closing Remarks

If you have any questions concerning our program this year, feel free to email me at

Commission Blog Content Returns Soon

by Theological Commission

Regular blog content from the Commission for Theological Integrity will return soon. In the meantime, the Commission reminds readers of the annual Symposium to be held on the campus of Welch College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Sessions will begin on the evening of October 23, and last throughout the day on Tuesday, October 24.

Proposals, abstracts, and questions about presenting should be submitted prior to August 20.

Commission’s Convention Seminar Explores Transgenderism


The Commission for Theological Integrity will hold their annual Theological Integrity seminar on the topic of transgenderism. W. Jackson Watts, a member of the Commission and pastor of Grace Free Will Baptist Church in Arnold, Missouri, will be the presenter. The seminar will take place on Monday afternoon in the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater from 2:00-3:30pm. Most Free Will Baptists have been increasingly aware of the influence of transgenderism. The Commission hopes to equip attendees to understand it as a phenomenon, and help them discover how to effectively minister to persons who identify as such or who are confused by the subject as a whole.

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: A Reflection

by W. Jackson Watts

Recently I read Tom Wolfe’s latest work, The Kingdom of Speech. Wolfe is well-known and controversial journalist who has authored fiction and non-fiction works on a range of subjects. In the aforementioned title, a sort of exploration into philosophy, science, linguistics, and history, Wolfe devotes significant attention to the story of Daniel L. Everett.

Everett was a missionary sent by the Summer Institute of Linguistics to the Pirahās (pronounced pee-da-HAN) Indians in the Amazonian jungle. I had heard of Everett before and discussed his story with a Brazilian friend, though I did not know the whole story. What I did know was so fascinating to me that I picked up a copy of his memoir, Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle (Pantheon Books, 2008).

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Phillip Jensen on Apologetics & Evangelism

by J. Matthew Pinson

Recently I listened to a podcast by Phillip Jensen, the evangelical Anglican pastor from Sydney, Australia. Despite the obvious doctrinal differences between Free Will Baptists and Reformed Anglicans, Jensen and the Matthias Media folks down in Sydney are interesting people to watch. They demonstrate what it means to have aggressive, growing, evangelistic churches in the highly urban, post-Christian setting of Sydney. Yet at the same time they show how to do this by relying on the sufficiency of Scripture and not giving in to gimmicks and depending on attractional, market-driven, or seeker-driven approaches to get churches to grow.

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