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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.

Please note that the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar at SBL 2021 has been cancelled due to travelling and other challenges being experienced globally at present.

The Scripture and Church Seminar (SACS) at SBL 2021

Date: 11/19/2021
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
LocationConference Room 12 – Marriott Rivercenter

Theme: “The Psalms and the Life of the Church.” The Scripture and Church Seminar explores the nexus between Scripture and the Church in terrain typically denominated “practical theology.” Our papers this year will address: i. The Psalms and the Faith of the Church: How is the faith of the church formed by diverse interpretations of the Psalms in terms of her worship and liturgy. ii. The Psalms and the Preaching of the Church: How should the Psalms be preached in a cultural and theological context so far removed from their original setting? iii. The Psalms and Music of the Church: What are some ways in which the Psalms are inspiring church musicians to compose music?

2021 SEMINAR EVENT PROGRAMME

  • Date: 11/19/2021
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • LocationConference Room 12 – Marriott Rivercenter

 

Bill DeJong, Redeemer University, Welcome (5 min)

Opening Liturgy
Bill DeJong, Redeemer University, Scripture Reading and Prayer (5 min)

Susan Bubbers, The ATLAS Theological Center
The Psalms and the Faith of the Church (25 min)
Tag(s): Writings – Psalms (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint)), Christian (Ideology & Theology)

William Olhausen, Anglican Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough
The Psalms and the Preaching of the Church (25 min)
Tag(s): Writings – Psalms (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint)), Christian (Ideology & Theology)

Break (10 min)

Delvyn Case III, Wheaton College, Massachusetts
The Psalms and the Music of the Church (25 min)
Tag(s): Writings – Psalms (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint)), Christian (Ideology & Theology)

Discussion (50 min)

Closing Liturgy
Bill DeJong, Redeemer University, Scripture Reading and Prayer (5 min)