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Free Will Baptists and the Evangelical Theological Society: Part 2

W. Jackson Watts

In my previous post I discussed the value and significance of Free Will Baptists being involved with the Evangelical Theological Society. In this post I will focus more specifically on the 2018 Meeting and what it, and future meetings, may offer for our people.

The 2018 Program

This year’s program will be held in the beautiful city of Denver on November 13-15. The current cost to attend for non-members is only $85, a reasonable fee given the vast amount of content on the program. The Exhibit Hall is perhaps worth the price of the conference alone. It has displays from a number of parachurch ministries, some of which provide free resources to attendees. More significantly, book vendors from dozens of companies, publishing houses, and other ministries are present selling discounted books (as in, cheaper than Amazon). So whether you want to purchase a commentary set, apologetic resources, or books for your local church’s men’s group, there is something for everyone. More information on attending the meeting can be found here. [i]

I’m excited about this year’s plenary speakers, which include Michael Haykin, Michael Horton, and Craig Keener, all great scholars in their own right. Also, Dr. David Dockery will be giving the Presidential Address. Some will know Dockery and Haykin’s names as they have both been guest speakers at Welch College in recent years.

So which Free Will Baptists will be presenting? Below are the presenters, their paper titles, and the sections they will be presenting in.

Baptist Studies

Matthew Pinson – “The Holy Spirit in Seventeenth-Century General Baptist Theology.”

(Pinson also serves on the steering committee for the Baptist Studies study group)

Church History

Jesse Owens – “Matthew Caffyn, Thomas Monck, and English General Baptism Creedalism.”

Old Testament Backgrounds / Ancient Near East

Matthew McAffee – “Lexicography and the Comparative Method: Some Methodological Considerations.”

(McAffee will also be moderating this session, and serves on the steering committee of the Old Testament Backgrounds/Ancient Near East section)

Septuagint Studies

Zach Vickery – “The Translation Technique of LXX-Ruth.”

Pastoral Epistles

Jeff Cockrell – “The Good Deposit in 2 Timothy: Its Content and Trust”

There is truly something at ETS for everyone. Now as a pastor I am the first to realize that one can only attend some many conferences, retreats, and/or seminars each year. We all have to make choices. Some of those are aligned with our personal interests, some with our vocational goals or needs, and some with the expectations of our churches. While these are all different, they often (and probably should) overlap. I find ETS to be an event that is beneficial on all three fronts, so I try to attend the annual meeting at least every other year. Usually flights can be booked to these cities for reasonable prices, hotel rooms can be shared with other Free Will Baptist brethren, and the actual conference fee isn’t too expensive, especially the earlier you book.

Imagine going to a conference every year where there is something there for you whether you are preparing to preach through Hebrews, or getting ready to start a church-based missions program. Maybe you’re a business person who simply teaches Sunday School—there are usually sessions on economics and Christianity. Imagine there is some debate developing in your church around questions of gender, sexuality, and male-female roles in the church or home. There is something at ETS for you. Just about anything in the areas of theology, church history, biblical studies, ethics, and more can be found on the ETS program.

Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of such a broad program is that one has the opportunity to not just attend paper presentations that appeal to areas we are already interested in, but areas where we have little interest or knowledge. I think it’s helpful to pick a few paper topics (as best as you can discern them from the title in the program) that you think are probably relevant and important, but ones you know little about. Between listening to the paper and interacting with presenters as time allows, one can further their education and equipping for ministry on the spot.

I’m thankful that Free Will Baptist brethren in the past like Dr. Robert Picirilli, Bro. Leroy Forlines, Bro. Ralph Hampton, and Dr. Garnett Reid got involved with ETS and put it on the radar of younger pastor-scholars who now have a chance to grow and serve, hopefully more effectively in the years ahead.

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[i] Each year the Evangelical Philosophical Society also has its meeting concurrently with ETS. And for the few who may be interested, the Academy of American Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature sometimes holds its annual meetings in the same city, usually right before or after ETS.

Another Symposium in the Books

by W. Jackson Watts

Last Monday and Tuesday, the Commission for Theological Integrity sponsored their twentieth annual Symposium which explored the theological legacy of F. Leroy Forlines. The event was held on the campus of Welch College and was also live-streamed. We were gratified to have a great turnout (people came from 9 different states), as well as having hundreds of people check into the event online.

The Symposium featured eight presentations given by nine different pastors, scholars, and/or leaders from different walks of life.  We also had a panel discussion to conclude the event in which panelists considered the state of Free Will Baptist theology, and the legacy of Leroy Forlines.

A more extensive write-up of the event can be found at www.thehsf.com. However, the Theological Commission would like to continue to share content from the event with those interested. Hard copies of the Digest of Papers can be attained for the price of $15 (includes S&H). Please send an email to fwbtheology@gmail.com to place your order. Also, in the coming weeks, a digital download/PDF version of the papers will be available for $10. More details to come.

In the meantime, enjoy some of the free audio from the event below. The following is Richard Clark discussing his theological journey to Arminianism through the influence of F. Leroy Forlines.

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Symposium Program Live Stream

by Theological Commission

The 20th annual Free Will Baptist Theological Symposium will be held next Monday and Tuesday on the campus of Welch College. Activities will take place in Memorial Auditorium.

Sessions will be Live-Streamed at our New Facebook Page. Click Here to Join the Live Streams 10/24/-10/25.  You can view on your mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

 

 

Symposium Program Now Available

by Theological Commission

The 20th annual Free Will Baptist Theological Symposium will be held next Monday and Tuesday on the campus of Welch College. Activities will take place in Memorial Auditorium. Below is this year’s program. We hope to have you with us for this special event, considering the theological legacy of F. Leroy Forlines.

Monday Evening

6:00-6:10     Welcome and Prayer

6:10-7:05     Leroy Forlines, The Abrahamic Covenant

7:05-7:25     Break

7:25-8:20     Richard Clark, The Influence of Leroy on a non-Free Will Baptist

Tuesday Morning

9:00-9:05    Welcome and Prayer

9:05-9:55     Ramón Zúñiga Barrón, Leroy Forlines’s Influence among Mexican Bible Institutes:  Upholding and Spreading Free Will Baptist Doctrine

9:50-10:00    Break

10:00-10:45    Welch Chapel, Matthew Steven  Bracey & W. Jackson Watts, Celebrating the Legacy of F. Leroy Forlines                   

10:45-11:05    Break

11:05-12:00    Matthew McAffee, The Old Testament  Text and Canon 

Tuesday Afternoon

12:00-1:40    Lunch at Area Restaurants or Cumberland Cafeteria

1:40-2:35      Andrew Harrison, The Role of Doctrine  in the Church: Revisiting Forlines’s “A Plea  for Unabridged Christianity

2:35-3:30   Daniel Webster, Culture and the Arts: A   Conversation with Leroy Forlines and the Early Church Fathers                                 

3:30-6:30     Dinner at Area Restaurants or Cumberland Cafeteria

Tuesday Evening

6:30-7:25   Jeff Cockrell,  Israel’s Identity and Salvation in Romans: A Discussion of the Forlinesean Hermeneutic  

7:25-7:45     Break

7:45-8:40    Panel Discussion: The Legacy of F. Leroy    Forlines and the State of Free Will Baptist Theology                     

 

*We encourage all attendees to please sign in at the registration table, even if you only attend one session. Also, the digest of papers will be available for purchase.

 

2016 Symposium Approaches

by Theological Commission

Welch College to Host 2016 Theological Symposium

 NASHVILLE, TN—The 2016 Theological Symposium will meet October 24-25 on the campus of Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 24, and will end around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25.

The symposium will be a time for presentation of papers and lively discussion of important theological issues. Papers will include an array of topics, though all will in some way relate to the broader symposium theme of the theological legacy of F. Leroy Forlines. Presenters will include pastors, professors, graduate students, and Free Will Baptist authors. On the heels of Randall House Academic’s release of a book honoring Forlines, the Commission hopes the impact of Forlines on multiple generations of Free Will Baptists, as well as a diverse arena of subjects, will be evident through the symposium.

Registration is free, but bound volumes of the papers will be available for purchase. For more information on the symposium, contact the Program Chair, Jackson Watts (fwbtheology@gmail.com).

The symposium is an annual event sponsored by the Commission for Theological Integrity of the National Association of Free Will Baptists.