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Council lays groundwork for deeper understanding of dispensationalism
Identifying crucial issues for promoting a broader understanding of dispensationalism and interpreting the Bible was the focus of a unique meeting of scholars at Baptist Bible Seminary.
The second annual Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics attracted more than 120 members and observers to the Clarks Summit, PA, campus September 23-24.
Organized by Seminary Dean Dr. Mike Stallard, the 2009 session "A Dispensational Understanding of the New Covenant" followed the inaugural council in 2008. The 2009 council featured eight discussion sessions and presentations. Topics included when the New Covenant was ratified and inaugurated.
Read more about the council, view photos, and download all papers from the sessions here.
Inside the Council
A council steering committee has been named and is expected to produce a statement from the 2009 sessions later this fall. Its members are:
- Rod Decker, Baptist Bible Seminary
- George Gunn, Shasta Bible College
- Joe Parle, College of Biblical Studies
- Mark Soto, Grace Seminary
- Mike Stallard, Baptist Bible Seminary
Eight papers were presented with an allotted time of 30 minutes each followed by an hour of discussion. A ninth presentation, by Dr. Elliott Johnson, was made in conjunction with the Barndollar Lecture Series.
A third council is planned for September 22-23, 2010, with a focus on "Dispensationalism Language and Scripture." A book may also be produced.
Dispensationalism holds to historical-grammatical principles of interpreting the Bible, including prophecy. It views scripture as literal unless strong textual evidence suggests otherwise.
The council meetings serve to add academic weight and credibility to the effort at keeping objective interpretation of scripture at the forefront of modern biblical presentation in churches and academia.
Further discussion of the Council and the topic of the New Covenant is available on Dr. Mike Stallard's blog here.
Read more about the Council in the Baptist Bulletin
View photos of the council here.
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Posted on: 10/5/2009 2:28:32 PM
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