Next week, the Evangelical Theological Society meets in San Antonio, Texas (Alamo at right) for its annual conference. I’ve been thankful to be a member of ETS for some time, and I’ll present this year on three separate topics. All three sessions I’m involved in take place on this coming Tuesday, November 15, 2016:
1: A paper on “The Clarity of Complementarity: Transgender in Moral & Theological Perspective” (Hyatt-Lone Star Salon A, 9am-9:40). I’ll be presenting material not dissimilar from the brief case I made in The Grand Design, interacting as I go with Mark Yarhouse and other important voices on this new matter (or is it new?) confronting the church.
2: A panel on “Baptist Pastor-Theologians of America” (panel in Hyatt-Travis B from 11:30am-12:10.) This is a session of the Baptist Studies group with the theme this year of “Pastor-Theologians Among Baptists in America.” I obviously love this topic and am excited to see it featured in a panel, particularly one focused on the Baptist tradition, which I hope will see a rising generation of pastor-theologians in days ahead.
3: A paper on “Billy Graham and Harold John Ockenga” (Marriott-Rivercenter — Rooms 17 & 18, 4:30pm-5:10). This is a session for the Christian History and Thought since 1700 group, the theme of which is “Billy Graham and His Relationships.” I’ve written a good deal about Ockenga and Graham, having covered their fascinating and catalytic friendship in Awakening the Evangelical Mind. To understand Ockenga, you must understand Graham; to understand all Graham did, you must understand Ockenga. It’s been fun to study the largely-forgotten Boston pastor-theologian over the last decade or so, for he is indeed a key figure in the neo-evangelical renaissance, and thus the present evangelical story.
A number of scholars from Midwestern Seminary, where I teach, will be presenting at ETS. It is as exciting as ever to see this school participate in the life of the mind, an endeavor that is so deeply worthwhile. I hope I’ll see some of you next week at ETS, and I also look forward to seeing some Tex-Mex on the plate (not that the two receive equal levels of anticipation).
(Image of the Alamo: used by permission from Wikimedia Commons)