I haven’t had a chance to write much for this blog in quite a while, since I am hard at work on papers and talks that I will present in Australia during my sabbatical, this Fall.
I will be in Australia for a month, as Visiting Theologian-in-Residence first at St. Barnabas College, Adelaide (Sept. 18-Oct. 1, 2016) and then at St. Mark’s National Theological Centre, Canberra (Oct. 2-15, 2016), both member schools of Charles Sturt University.
My activities in Adelaide include:
- Being interviewed on Life FM radio in Adelaide by Lynn Arnold, past premier of South Australia, who is presently an Anglican priest.
- Presenting a paper on the Aqedah (Abraham’s attempt to sacrifice his son in Genesis 22), and responding to a paper on suffering and the Gospel of Mark, at a symposium on “Lament in Scripture and Life” (with ten other biblical scholars), St. Barnabas College, Sept. 22-23, 2016.
- Preaching at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Sept. 25, 2016.
- Public lecture on the lament psalms, St. Peter’s Cathedral originally scheduled for Sept 28, 2016; postponed to Sept. 30, 2016, due to inclement weather.
- Discussion with students in a course on Missional Hermeneutics and Theological Interpretation, which uses my book A New Heaven and a New Earth, St. Barnabas College, Sept. 29, 2016
- Informal talk for a Postgraduate Student Seminar, St. Mark’s National Theological Centre, Oct. 5, 2016.
- Public lecture on the lament psalms, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Oct. 5, 2016.
- Presenting a paper on the imago Dei and suffering in Job, at a Biblical Seminar (with seven other biblical scholars), entitled “Encountering God: Teasing (Out) Themes in Biblical Theology,” sponsored by the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University, Oct. 7, 2016.
- Responding to a seminar paper by Professor Mona Siddiqui on Law and Love in Christianity and Islam, at the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University, Oct. 13, 2016.
When I return from Australia, I will give the J. J. Theissen Lectures (on Lament), at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB, October 25-26, 2016.
These presentations are all related to research for my book, tentatively called The Silence of Abraham, The Passion of Job: Explorations in the Theology of Lament (to be published by Baker Academic).