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2014 GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics: Sessions

March 27, 2014

Three sessions are scheduled for the GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics to be held at the 2014 Society of Biblical Literature meetings in San Diego, California (November 22-25). The details are listed below. Precise dates, times, and locations are still to be determined, but we anticipate that we will probably have one session on Saturday (Nov. 22), one on Sunday (Nov. 23), and one on Monday (Nov. 24). Make plans to attend!


GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics
Theme: “Thinking Missionally about God, Scripture, and Missional Vocation – Session 1”

Stina Busman, Bethel University, presiding     5 minutes

Derek Taylor, Duke University    
“Is Israel a Missionary Failure?: Isaiah's Servant of Yahweh and a New Telling of the Missio Dei”       20 minutes

James C. Miller, Asbury Theological Seminary  
 “Suffering as a Component of the Mission of God”   20 minutes

Kelly Liebengood, LeTourneau University   
“Participating in the Life of the Triune God: Reconsidering the Trinitarian Foundation of
1 Peter’s Missional Identity”     20 minutes

BREAK         5 minutes

Darrell L. Guder, Princeton Theological Seminary, respondent  20 minutes

George Hunsberger, Western Theological Seminary, respondent  20 minutes
Discussion         40 minutes


GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics
Theme: “Reflecting on Paul and Missional Hermeneutics: A Conversation with N. T. Wright”

In Paul and the Faithfulness of God, N. T. Wright identifies three major motifs that characterize the heart of Paul's theology, focusing on the one God of Israel, the people of God, and God's future for the world. This dynamic interaction between theology, ecclesiology, and eschatology has been a major and recurring interest in the work of the GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics as well. In this session, Wright will draw together themes from his treatment of Paul that focus upon and illumine specifically the sense of the mission in which the people of God are called to participate. How does this mission originate in the Bible's portrayal of who God is and what God is up to? How does this mission reshape the way we think about what it means to be the people of God? And how does this mission shape the hope to which we are called? Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating panel discussion (featuring biblical scholars N. T. Wright, Sylvia Keesmaat, Michael J. Gorman, and James V. Brownson) and open conversation about the missiological dimensions of Paul's theology in Wright's work.

John Franke, Yellowstone Theological Institute, presiding    10 minutes

N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews, panelist     40 minutes

Sylvia Keesmaat, Toronto School of Theology, panelist    15 minutes

BREAK          5 minutes

Michael J. Gorman, Saint Mary’s Seminary and University, panelist  15 minutes

James V. Brownson, Western Theological Seminary, panelist   15 minutes

N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews, panelist     15 minutes

Discussion          35 minutes


Theme: “Thinking Missionally about God, Scripture, and Missional Vocation – Session 2”

Lois Barrett, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, presiding   5 minutes

Andy Johnson, Nazarene Theological Seminary    
“Ecclesiology, Election, and Holiness: A Missional Reading of the Thessalonian
Correspondence”       20 minutes

Jonathan Geddes, Sydney Missionary & Bible College  
 “Luke’s Missional Thinking about God, Scripture and Missional Vocation:
‘Taking the Temperature’ of Luke / Acts
at Four Key Points”          20 minutes

Colin H. Yuckman, Duke Divinity School   
“‘That the Works of God Should Be Made Manifest’:
Vision and Vocation in John 9”     20 minutes

BREAK          5 minutes

Eunice McGarrahan, First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, respondent 20 minutes

Michael Barram, Saint Mary’s College of California , respondent   20 minutes