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Scripture and Church Seminar

The Scripture and Church Seminar (SACS) explores the interface between Scripture and church, covering the terrain that is normally referred to as Practical Theology.

In 2016 SACS had a great inaugural session in San Antonio. With approximately 70 in attendance, Dr Bill DeJong (McMaster Divinity College) presented on “Which Way Now? Pearls and Perils Along the Uncertain Path of Practical Theology.” Ken Herfst (Redeemer University College) presented on “Broad Brushstrokes for a Potential ‘Scripture and Church’ Agenda,” and Dr Michael Wagenman (Western University and Redeemer University College) presented on “Pondering Practical Theology: Proclamation and the Problem of Propaganda.”

In 2017 SACS met for the second time around the theme of The Kingdom of God and Everyday Liturgies.

The 2018 theme for the Scripture and Church Seminar brought into focus the complex relationship between the church and the Kingdom of God.

The theme for 2019 was “Communicating the Kingdom”.

For more detailed information regarding the themes and presentations of past seminars you can head over here.

The Committee

Dr. Bill DeJong, chair (Blessings Christian Church; Redeemer University College); Dr Susan Bubbers (The Center for Anglican Theology, Liturgy, And Spiritual formation, Inc.); Dr. Dru Johnson (The Kings College, New York City); Dr. Ken Herfst (Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario); Dr. Michael R. Wagenman, chair (Western University, London, Ontario), Genevieve Wedgebury (The Kirby Laing Institute for Theological Ethics, Cambridge, UK).

For any enquiries regarding the Scripture and Church Seminar, contact Dr. Bill DeJong.

SACS: Scripture and Church Seminar at SBL / IBR 2022, Denver, CO.

Theme: "Reading the Bible with the Global Church"
Schedule: Friday, 9:00-11:30am

SEMINAR PROGRAMME
Friday, 9:00-11:30am

9:00

Welcome

9:05

Opening Liturgy

9:10

“Reading the Bible with the South Asian Church,” Havilah Dharamraj (Tags: Primary: Global Perspectives, Comparative Approaches; Theological Interpretation; Minoritized Criticism, Pastoral Theology)

9:30

“Reading the Bible with the Arabic Church,” Riad Kassis (Tags: Primary: Global Perspectives, Comparative Approaches; Theological Interpretation; Minoritized Criticism, Pastoral Theology)

9:50

Break

10:00

 “Reading the Bible with the East Asian Church,” Xiaxia Xue (Tags: Primary: Global Perspectives, Comparative Approaches; Theological Interpretation; Minoritized Criticism, Pastoral Theology)

10:20

“Reading the Bible with the African Church,” Jacob Onyumbe Wenyi (Tags: Primary: Global Perspectives, Comparative Approaches; Theological Interpretation; Minoritized Criticism, Pastoral Theology)

10:40

Moderated discussion among panelists (pre-arranged questions)

11:00

Q&A

11:20

Closing Liturgy

11:25

Final announcements

11:30

Conclusion

Havilah Dharamraj (PhD in OT, University of Durham) is the Head of the Department of Biblical Studies at the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies in Bangalore, India. She has a special interest in biblical narrative and poetry. Besides teaching and writing narrative theology, she encourages students to rediscover the traditional Indian forms of storytelling for use in ministry. Her other area of interest is the discipline of comparative literature, studying the Bible alongside the sacred texts of South Asian religions. She is one of the OT editors for the South Asia Bible Commentary.

Riad Kassis (PhD in OT, University of Nottingham) is a Langham Scholar from Lebanon and is deeply committed to global theological education. He has served as Regional Director for Overseas Council, as well as visiting professor of Old Testament at The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. Riad combines his Langham role with another, as the Director of ICETE (the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education). Among many books he’s contributed “Deuteronomy” and “Song of Songs” to the Arab Bible Commentary.

Jacob Onyumbe Wenyi (ThD, Duke Divinity) is a Roman Catholic priest of the diocese of Tshumbe (D.R. Congo) and Associate Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame at Tshumbe and Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Saint John Paul II Major Seminary at Lodja (D.R. Congo). He is the author of Piles of Slain, Heaps of Corpses: Reading Prophetic Poetry and Violence in African Context (Wipf & Stock, 2021). 

Xiaxia Xue (PhD in NT, McMaster Divinity College) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at the China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong. She is the author of Paul’s Viewpoint on God, Israel, and the Gentiles in Romans 9-11 (Langham, 2015), is active in the International New Testament studies field, and was co-chair of Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics of Society of Biblical Literature. She has written on the Pauline concept of ecclesiology from a Chinese perspective.