The Paul as Pastor conference is scheduled for 1-2 August at Ridley College. It features speakers like Robert Yarbrough, Brian Rosner, Paul Barnett, Glenn Davies, Peter Orr, Sarah Harris, and others. You can see the list of presents and topics with their synopses here. Here’s Bob Yarbrough’s key note:
Robert Yarbrough (Professor of New Testament at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO, USA.)
“Paul as Working Pastor: Exposing an Open Ethical Secret” This paper will highlight a key aspect of Paul’s pastoral ethos: his work ethic. He was a tradesman, not a white-collar professional. Whatever his pre-Christian social status, confession of Jesus as Messiah brought on him opprobrium, not honor or fame or financial advantage or intellectual respect. Through it all he modeled exemplary effort and industry. His example of and rationale for arduous human effort as the logical response to a gospel of free grace remains instructive for pastoral leaders today.