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.
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).