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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); Dr. Susan Bubbers (The Center for Anglican Theology, Liturgy, and Spiritual Formation); Dr. David Starling (Morling College); Dr. Dru Johnson (The Kings College); Dr. Julie Canlis (PhD, St. Andrews); Dr. Dana Harris (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). 

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

SACS: Scripture and Church Seminar at SBL / IBR 2024.

22 November 2024   |  09:00 – 11:15  |  San Diego, CA

Scripture-Based Models for Preaching

What can Scripture itself teach us about preaching? How did biblical authors appropriate Scripture in their own preaching? What can we learn from portions of Scripture that were intended to urge certain ways of thinking to lead to right ways of living, such as Proverbs? This seminar explores these questions and others. The focus is not on homiletics per se, but rather models for preaching that emerge organically from Scripture itself.

Seminar Programme

Welcome

Bill DeJong, Redeemer University, (5 min)

Opening Liturgy

William Olhausen, Minister, Church of Ireland, Presiding (5 min)

Presentations

Dana Harris (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
Title:  “Hebrews: Preaching to the People of God from the Word of God” (25 min)

Steve Walton (Trinity College, Bristol, UK)
Title: “This is that”: Scripture-based proclamation in Acts” (25 min)

Break (10 min)

Brent Strawn (Duke Divinity School)
Title: “613 Points (or So) and a Poem (or Two): Watching Moses Preaching (in) Deuteronomy

Discussion (35 min)

Closing Liturgy

William Olhausen, Minister, Church of Ireland, Presiding (5 min)