Papers from the NW meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society

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?

Read the rest.

Here are the papers that have been highlighted so far in this series:

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5 Responses to “Papers from the NW meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society”

  1. Ed Babinski April 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    How do most NT scholars an d members of the ETS stand on the topic of Markan Priority? I’m very curious.

    Secondarily how do they stand on the question of the ending of Mark?

    • Marc Cortez April 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      NT studies isn’t exactly my specialty, so hopefully someone else will chime in. I would say that Markan priority still stands as the predominant position among NT scholars, including those at ETS. I know less about the end of Mark. But, evangelical scholars that I’ve talked to all seem to gravitate toward seeing that ending as a later addition. Most conclude that it should, therefore, not be taken as canonical, though I’ve talked to a few who think that it should be taken as canonical even though it is probably not original.

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