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2014 GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics: Sessions

September 10, 2014

GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 411 B (Level 4 (Sapphire)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB)
Theme: "Thinking Missionally about God, Scripture, and Missional Vocation" - Session 1

Stina Busman, Bethel University, Presiding
Derek W. Taylor, Duke University
Is Israel a Missionary Failure?: Isaiah's Servant of Yahweh and a New Telling of the Missio Dei (20 min)
James C. Miller, Asbury Theological Seminary
Suffering as a Component of the Mission of God (20 min)
Kelly Liebengood, LeTourneau University
Participating in the Life of the Triune God: Reconsidering the Trinitarian Foundation of 1 Peter’s Missional Identity (20 min)
Break (5 min)
Darrell Guder, Princeton Theological Seminary, Respondent (20 min)
George Hunsberger, Western Theological Seminary, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (40 min)


GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room 8 (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Reflecting on Paul and Missional Hermeneutics: A Conversation with N. T. Wright
In "Paul and the Faithfulness of God," N. T. Wright identifies three major motifs that characterize the heart of Paul's theology, focusing on the one God of Israel, the people of God, and God's future for the world. This dynamic interaction between theology, ecclesiology, and eschatology has been a major and recurring interest in the work of the GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics as well. In this session, Wright will draw together themes from his treatment of Paul that focus upon and illumine specifically the sense of the mission in which the people of God are called to participate. How does this mission originate in the Bible's portrayal of who God is and what God is up to? How does this mission reshape the way we think about what it means to be the people of God? And how does this mission shape the hope to which we are called? Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating panel discussion (featuring biblical scholars N. T. Wright, Sylvia Keesmaat, Michael J. Gorman, and James V. Brownson) and open conversation about the missiological dimensions of Paul's theology in Wright's work.

John Franke, Yellowstone Theological Institute, Presiding (10 min)
N.T. Wright, University of St. Andrews, Panelist (40 min)
Sylvia Keesmaat, Toronto School of Theology, Panelist (15 min)
Break (5 min)
Michael J. Gorman, Saint Mary's Seminary and University, Panelist (15 min)
James V. Brownson, Western Theological Seminary, Panelist (15 min)
N.T. Wright, University of St. Andrews, Panelist (15 min)
Discussion (35 min)


GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 202 B (Level 2 (Indigo)) - Hilton Bayfront (HB)
Theme: Thinking Missionally about God, Scripture, and Missional Vocation – Session 2

Lois Barrett, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Presiding
Andy Johnson, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Ecclesiology, Election, and Holiness: A Missional Reading of the Thessalonian Correspondence (20 min)
Colin H. Yuckman, Duke Divinity School
“That the Works of God Should Be Made Manifest”: Vision and Vocation in John 9 (20 min)
Break (5 min)
Eunice McGarrahan, First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, Respondent (20 min)
Michael Barram, Saint Mary's College of California, Respondent (20 min)
Discussion (65 min)