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Seminars

Friday, May 2, 2014

On this day of the N.T. Wright conference, Seminars will be offered during two blocks of time. Guests may choose one session from each block. All sessions will be held at First Church of the Nazarene ("PazNaz") unless otherwise indicated; room location details will be provided at the conference.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (PazNaz)

N.T. Wright and the Study of Paul
Marianne Meye Thompson, Love Sechrest, Tommy Givens,
An informal discussion among Fuller faculty about Dr. Wright's approach and insights into Pauline studies.

Preaching into a Culture Alienated from the Church: Lessons from Paul
Mark Labberton, Bill Pannell, Carolyn Gordon
Three experienced, wise preacher/evangelists will share insights gained over their lifetime proclaiming the gospel as the power of God for salvation. Our cultures may be weary of words that aren’t matched by lives—but no one is outside the reach of the good news of incarnate love.

The Weight and the Joy of Ministry: Paul's Lessons on Serving Well from 2 Corinthians
Kurt Fredrickson
Eugene Peterson once said, "Being a pastor, if you are called to it, is the best life there is." That doesn’t mean that being a ministry leader is easy. It is one of the toughest, most complex and demanding of vocations. This workshop will explore how Paul dealt with the pressures of ministry in his own life, and how that might transform our work.

Christian Artists’ Witness in a Secular Society
Bill Dyrness, Nate Risdon, Dan Callis III, Jamison Carter, Roger Feldman, Maria Fee
This session will address the particular role of artists in contextualizing the gospel, with a panel of artists discussing the role of art as Christian witness to the world. The afternoon session will include a guided discussion with Theology Week installation artist Roger Feldman and a tour of the Norton Simon Museum. (Pre-registration is necessary for the Norton Simon Museum.)

N.T. Wright on Kingdom Justice and Evangelism
Chap Clark, Richard Peace, Ana Jara
N.T. Wright has consistently reminded the church that the gospel is not only about the Cross but also about the Kingdom, and that our calling is to participate as representatives of both. Chap Clark will outline Wright’s holistic view of the gospel, and Richard Peace will then discuss Meeting King Jesus: Contemplative Evangelism in a Postmodern World. Following this, Ana Jara will illustrate Wright’s approach to evangelism via her ministry in Los Angeles.

Church Planting: Lessons from Paul, American Church Planters, and the Global Church
Scott Sunquist, Kevin Haah, Ryan Bolger
Paul’s mission-based theology and practice has long been cited as the basis for church planting. This breakout session will consider how N.T. Wright’s recent writings on Paul may bring fresh new resources to bear on the church planting task. What new insights does his work offer? What practices might be added, transformed, or even abandoned?

New Perspectives on an Old Debate: Paul and Women in Pastoral Leadership
Matthew Talley, Mike McNichols
This session will offer a robust conversation on this re-catalyzed issue, with the recognition that this conversation is still live and contested in the world where Fuller graduates serve.

The Paradox of Peace: Christian Foundations of the Restoration Therapy Model
Miyoung Yoon Hammer
Paul said that God has called us to live in peace. And yet, living in peace can seem elusive in this life fraught with pain and suffering. The Restoration Therapy model provides a prescription for living in peace and pursuing wholeness in the presence of pain, understanding that pain cannot be eliminated or denied. A clinical case example will be given to describe this integrative model of therapy.

Paul's Gospel of Justification and Jesus' Gospel of God's Kingdom
바울의 칭의의 복음과 예수의 하나님 나라의 복음
Seyoon Kim (Offered in Korean, with English translation)
A close correspondence between Paul's justification doctrine and Jesus' kingdom gospel will be discussed in partial interaction with N.T. Wright's works, and the seminar will present the thesis that the former is a post-Cross/Easter soteriological reformulation of the latter. Implications of this view of the justification doctrine for Christian life and ministry will then be discussed.
바울의 칭의론이 예수의 하나님 나라의 복음과 긴밀하게 상응함을 일부 N. T Wright 의 저서들을 참조하며 토론하여, 전자는 후자를 그리스도의 죽음과 부활 이후의 관점에서 새롭게 표현한 것임을 밝힐 것이다. 그리고는 칭의론에 대한 이러한 이해가 신자들의 삶과 사역에 갖는 의미들을 토론할 것이다.

Paul and the Making of the Glocal Church
Oscar García-Johnson
This session will offer an exploration of Pauline insights and the contemporary glocal church: (1) Paul, the empire, and the church and (2) the mission of the North American church in a post-Western Christian world.

Giving Yourselves, Serving Others, Crushing Satan: Paul’s Call to Peacemaking in the Letter to the Romans
Jacob Cook (Associate Director for Just Peacemaking Institute, School of Theology), Brian Robinson (PhD candidate in New Testament)
The letter to the Romans culminates in the call for the Christian community to live in the way of Jesus’ self-giving love and in so doing, participate in God’s work of reconciliation, victory over Satan, and the inauguration of God’s kingdom of peace. We will explore the implications of this call for the work of peacemaking by Christians today.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (PazNaz)

The Apostle Paul on Worship: Paul as a Liturgical Consultant to the Corinthian Church
Todd Johnson
Paul identifies one of his central concerns regarding the church at Corinth as their lack of unity. We will examine how the issues of a divided church play out in their celebration of the Lord's Supper and the implications that has for our own celebrations of the Lord's Table. Second, we will examine how Paul identifies the strength of diversity--and its down sides--in the liturgical gatherings of the community and consider how Paul's principles might play out in the planning and leading of worship in our churches today.

Roman Roads on Google Maps: Communicating the Gospel in a World of Online Communities, Digital Selves, and Techno-cultural Change
Barry Taylor, Ryan Bolger, Kutter Callaway, and other practitioners
This session will consider how a Pauline notion of Christian community might inform our understanding of online community and the ways in which the church is embodied in the digital "space of flows." It will also explore how technology shapes our view of the world, of God, and of humanity. Might a more robust understanding of the "technologies" and "media" that made possible the spread of Pauline Christianity (Roman road system, circulated epistles) be helpful in our use of new technologies and media today?

The Nature of Persons and the New Patterns and Practices of the Church
Warren Brown, Brad Strawn, Josh Smith
This session will explore the intersection between Paul's understanding of the church, the understanding of persons as embodied within both psychology and philosophy, and a changing understanding of ecclesiology. A local church plant will serve as a case study of this approach.

Cultural Psychology and Paul’s Gospel about Jesus
Al Dueck, Tommy Givens, Ed Ng, Josi Hwang
This presentation will bring into conversation Jesus' self-understanding within Jewish particularity and the nascent discipline of cultural psychology. It will be argued that both partners in the dialogue call for an embodied understanding of selfhood, the embeddedness of the individual in culture, and a critique of anthropological universalism. Failure to take seriously historical particularity results in the idealization/spiritualization of the individual. We begin with insights from cultural psychology that provide conclusive evidence that culture shapes the psyche in ways we have not heretofore recognized. Then we build N.T. Wright's treatment of Jesus as a Jew and the Apostle Paul's theological understanding of Jesus. We conclude by proposing some theological correctives and the cultural psychological contributions to the dialogue.

The Practice of Leadership and the Future of the World
De Pree Center panel, Jessica Driesinga (PhD student)
A panel of business and church leaders will reflect on the implications of N.T. Wright's theological insights on Paul for the practice of leadership. Panelists include the following:

  • Uli Chi, vice chair of the De Pree Center board and founder and chair of Computer Human Interaction, a software company that develops 3-D, virtual reality software that simplifies complex decision making for consumers and businesses.
  • Rob Tribken, member of the De Pree Center board and founder and CEO of Bestfresh Foods Inc., a supplier of packaged food to retail chains. A Fuller alum, Rob is also founder of the East African Enterprise Fund and the Center for Faith and Enterprise.
  • Pamela Wilhelms, an architect, executive coach and organizational leadership consultant based in the San Francisco Bay area. Pamela specializes in working with senior teams in systems thinking and large scale systems change in organizations and is the founder of the Soul of the Next Economy Initiative, bringing together leaders form all sectors for systems thinking around local living economies.
  • Brad Holaway, president of Copperstate Restaurant Technologies, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Copperstate provides integrated information management solutions in the hospitality and retail industries across the US.
  • Lou Huessman, senior pastor of Grace Brethren Long Beach, an innovative and growing congregation where his preaching has been instrumental in discipling business leaders and others toward an authentic integration of their work and their faith.

Sticky Faith: Paul's Take on Grace, the Church, and Youth Ministry: An In-depth Exploration
Fuller Youth Institute, Brad Griffin
About 40 to 50 percent of young people walk away from God and the church after high school. Why is that? And what can we do about it? Come learn about research from the Fuller Youth Institute that has implications for how we do youth ministry, especially when held alongside Paul's ecclesiology and framing of the gospel.

Witnessing to God's Good Future: Why Christians Tend and Attend to Creatures and Creation
Erin Dufault-Hunter
Evangelicals too often eschew voice and responsibility in matters concerning the environment, claiming that the world is not our home. But Wright reminds us that our task is to live now as those practiced in the ways of heaven--a heaven that will one day flow over the earth, that will redeem it by God's grace and power. In light of this eschatological inevitability, we will develop a positive theology of engagement, one that insists that we tend the land and attend to our fellow creatures as testimony to the certainty of Christ's reign.

Transporting Paul to the 21st Century: A Case Study of Leadership Formation and Online Education
MAGL faculty: Bob Freeman, Wilmer Villacorta, Donna Downes, Mark Hopkins
Paul developed leaders through in-service training. He recruited people not primarily for increases in knowledge or formation or skills, but for active service. As a teacher, he set himself up as a colleague. Can Paul's first-century example of leadership formation transfer well to 21st-century teaching technologies? Come and find out as faculty and students from Fuller's first primarily online degree program discuss this question.

Preaching for Reconciliation: The Convergence of Worship, Preaching, and Justice
Mark Finney and panel of faculty and pastors with the Ogilvie Institute
This group of distinguished ministry leaders will discuss the Pauliine emphasis on reconciliation in relation to the ministry of preaching. The conversation will highlight the pulpit as a crucial part of God's heart for justice and the mission of bridging the divides between ethnic and cultural groups, genders, cultures, and social classes. Panelists include the following:

  • Cecil "Chip" Murray, former senior pastor of First AME Los Angeles and Chair of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement
  • Joy Moore, Associate Dean of African American Studies and Assistant Professor of Preaching at Fuller Seminary
  • Ken Fong, Senior Pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church LA and Director of Fuller Seminary's Asian American Initiative
  • Wilfred Graves, Executive Pastor at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Los Angeles
  • Sandra Van Opstal, Associate Pastor of Grace and Peace Community in Chicago and former worship leader for the Urbana Mission Conference

Additional Experiences

Tenacious Convergence: A Conversation with Artist Roger Feldman
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Fuller Campus)
A discussion and "walk through" with Roger Feldman on site at his sculpture installation, across from the David Allan Hubbard Library on the Fuller campus.

Norton Simon Museum Tour
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (departing from the Fuller Campus)
Bill Dyrness
Fuller professor Bill Dyrness will lead a group through the collection at the Norton Simon Museum on ways in which artists have historically treated the Christian faith visually. Note: This tour has a maximum capacity of 30 participants. Sign-up and payment of an additional $10 fee for admission to the museum are required in advance. The deadline for signing up for this tour is Friday, April 25. Sign up here »

About N. T. Wright

N.T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading New Testament scholars.    

Rev. Wright currently serves as chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Mary’s College, School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews, in Scotland. For 20 years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford universities, and prior to serving as Bishop of Durham he was Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. 

A prolific and award-winning author, Wright has written, among many other works, After You Believe (2010), Surprised by Hope (2007), Simply Christian (2006), The Challenge of Jesus (1999), and The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg, 1999), as well as the much-heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God. He has been featured on such prominent broadcast media outlets as ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air.

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