Last month, the NW region of the Evangelical Theological Society held its annual meeting at Multnomah University here in Portland. The students and faculty of Western Seminary were well represented at that meeting, with several really good papers and presentations. So, I thought I’d take some time to present some of those papers for discussion here. We’ll get started later this morning with a paper from Brian LePort on Romans 8:1-25. And, then I’ll add another one every day for the next several days.
To kick things off, here’s the beginning of the devotional that I presented to open that meeting (reposted from here).
What are we doing here?
I’m sure we could walk out this building and, within five minutes, find any number of hurting people desperately in need of care and attention, longing for a meaningful conversation, needing to hear the Gospel. People who are cold, hungry, lonely, and lost — forgotten, neglected, and abused by a sin-fractured world.
Yet here we sit, ready to spend an entire day presenting papers, hearing arguments, and discussing abstract ideas apparently far removed from the real needs of everyday people. How does discussing epistemology, hamartiology, ecclesiology, or the intricate details of ancient historiography really help people come to Jesus and begin healing their broken bodies and souls?
Here are the papers that have been highlighted so far in this series:
- “The Eschatological Voice of Romans 8:1-25,” Brian LePort
- “Augustine and the Problem of Free Will,” Billy Cash
- Echoes of “Pure Speech”: An Intertextual Reading of Gen. 11:1-9; Zeph. 3:8-20; and Acts 1-2, Paul Pastor
- Origen’s “Beautiful Captive Woman,” Polyvalence, and the Meaning of the “Righteousness of God” in Romans 1:17, James DeYoung
- Mark’s Nuance of Wrede’s Messianic Secret: ‘The Messianic Paradox’, Jesse Richards