A Missional Reading of Scripture Conference: November 20-21, 2013, Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids.
Plenary speakers: Chris Wright, N. T. Wright, Mike Goheen, Darrell Guder.
Workshop presenters: Tyler Johnson, Chris Gonzalez, Scot Sherman, Chuck DeGroat, Gayle Doornbos, John Franke, George Hunsberger, Tim Sheridan, Carl Bosmer and myself.
This is the most exciting conference I have encounter in a long while, and it is an honour to contribute. Here is the official write up:
Over the past century a number of scholars have recognized that mission is not simply a peripheral theme in the biblical story. Rather, it is a central thread in the biblical writings and central to the identity of the church. Thus, a missional hermeneutic is a way of reading Scripture in which mission is a central interpretive key that unlocks the whole narrative of Scripture. It does not simply study the theme of mission but reads the whole of the biblical canon with mission as one of its central themes. This conference will explore what it might mean to read both the Old Testament and the New Testament with a missional hermeneutic, and what that might mean for missional praxis of the church, specifically preaching, theological education, and the life of the local congregation.
The program describes my own workshop like this:
The book of Deuteronomy mobilizes the church in 2013 to live with gratitude and generosity for the sake of the world. Reading the Bible missionally includes attending to Biblical ethics and also seeing how these biblical ethics are embedded in theology to shape a display people before the world. This session will discuss how Deuteronomy gives a pattern for a community in which every person can thrive especially the most vulnerable. We will explore how Deuteronomy can shape the church as a contrast people today. You will come away with a preaching series outline.
If you live on the East Coast or have some ‘points’ to use up, I can’t recommend this conference warmly enough. It will change your conception of the mission of Christ, your preaching, leadership and personal praxis. If you are not able to attend and have any questions about preaching Deuteronomy missionally or on a missional hermeneutic more generally, please comment or email me.