Johnson hosts 16th annual Stone Campbell Journal Conference

scj-conf-logo_01KNOXVILLE — Johnson University will be hosting the 16th annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference April 7-8. This year’s theme is “Communicating the Old Testament.” The conference will feature three plenary speakers and 13 study groups.

Featured speakers include: Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School, who will present “The Old Testament— Does it Preach?…and How?!” and “Reading the Old Testament as Christians.”

Chris Heard, Associate Professor of Religion, Pepperdine University, will present “Drowning in Cuteness: How the Flood Became a Children’s Story,” and “The Lord Chooses How the Dice Fall: Using Games to Teach Old Testament.”

Jason Bembry, Professor of Old Testament, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, who will present “The Old Testament Prophetic Tradition – Wide A-‘woke in America.”

The first plenary session will be held from 9:00-10:10 a.m. Friday in the Phillips-Welshimer Building Gym. Students that wish to attend will be dismissed at 9:50 a.m. to accommodate 10 a.m. classes.

Heard will be speaking on the topic “Drowning in Cuteness: How the Flood Became a Children’s Story.”

Davis’ “Reading the Old Testament as Christians” plenary session will be held from 10:15-11:15 a.m.

In addition to the plenary sessions, there will be 13 study groups meeting. Study groups give scholars the opportunity to join together to hear a variety of papers on a common topic of interest. The study groups feature topics such as:

  • Acts & the Early Church
  • Biblical Teaching on Women
  • Christian Education
  • Contemporary Issues Intercultural Studies
  • History & Theology of the Stone-Campbell Movement
  • Jewish Scripture as Christian Scripture
  • Old Testament Prophetic Tradition & Application
  • Online Learning and Technology
  • Patristics
  • Philosophy
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Theology Reflection
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Stone-Campbell Journal, this year’s conference will include the 20th SCJ Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner.
This dinner will celebrate highlights in SCJ history and awards will be presented to honor those who have made contributions to SCJ within the first 20 years.
Be sure to check back to the Scribe later this week for more highlights on the 2017 SCJ conference.

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