I’ve just heard from CBMW’s John Starke about a discussion at Southern Seminary in a few weeks that continues the Ware/Grudem vs. McCall/Yandell debate begun on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in October 2008 (here’s the coverage of the event by Christianity Today). Without taking a position on this matter, I want to let you know that the conversation is continuing. Here’s what John had to say:
On September 9th, on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood will host a panel discussion on the Trinity and Gender with Dr. Bruce Ware and Dr. Gregg Allison. Here is the blurb that will be sent out concerning this event:
The Trinity and Gender Panel Discussion
CBMW and the School of Church Ministries are sponsoring a panel discussion that will include Dr. Bruce Ware and Dr. Gregg Allison on issues concerning the Trinity and Gender. The panel will discuss the authority-submission structure of the Father and Son and how it relates to current gender debates. The panel discussion will take place on September 9, 2009, 10-11:00 am, Heritage Hall.
The audio and video will be available through SBTS and CBMW’s websites. This issue is hotly debated within seminary campuses, churches, and theological societies. You can read Bruce Ware’s article “Equal in Essence, Distinct in Roles: Eternal Functional Authority and Submission Among the Essentially Equally Divine Persons of the Godhead” for a good summary of the arguments.
Here’s hoping that this discussion serves to advance the broader conversation and further the church’s understanding of the Holy Trinity, the cornerstone reality of our Christian faith and heritage.