2014 GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics: Call for Papers
Session Theme: "Thinking Missionally about God, Scripture, and Missional Vocation." This session of the GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics is focused on one of the central themes in the missional hermeneutics conversation: the dynamic interaction between the way we read the biblical text, and our missional understanding of God. This missional understanding of God is based upon the deep realization that the God revealed in Scripture is engaged in a mission to the creation (missio dei), and that a central component of this divine mission is the way in which God calls a people into existence in order for that people to join with God in this mission to the world. Yet this understanding of the missio dei is not without its problems and difficulties. If God is indeed on such a mission, why do we still see so much evil and suffering in the world? If God is all-powerful, why does God need or invite a people to participate in this mission to the world in the first place? If the missio dei is indeed something in which we are called to participate, what is the particular shape and focus of our participation in the divine mission, and how does this participation flow from, and inform our doctrine of God? We invite submissions which focus on specific biblical texts from either the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament, and explore the specific character of a missional understanding of God revealed in that text, and the particular ways in which the people of God participate in that mission.
Proposals should be submitted by March 5 through the website of the Society of Biblical Literature