February 1 Discount Registration Deadline for Michael Gorman Conference

This is a reminder to those interested that registration is open for the theology conference at Northeastern Seminary with Michael Gorman (entitled Participation in God’s Mission), and that there is a discount available for those registering by February 1. Further details about the conference can be found in my previous blog post.

You can register for the conference online here.

A full schedule of the conference, including descriptions of Dr. Gorman’s lectures, can be found on the Northeastern Seminary theology conference page.

 

The Very Best Christian Analysis of ISIS (By Brian Stiller)

Brian Stiller (a Canadian) has been Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) for the past four years. In this capacity he has visited dozens of countries (including Somalia, Japan, Nepal, Iraq, Egypt, South Sudan) to witness and liaise with Christian groups, especially those suffering persecution.

He has recently edited, along with other scholars, a volume entitled Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century (Thomas Nelson, 2015).

Along the way Stiller has gained a deep knowledge of the nature and problem of extremist Islam.

His four-part analysis of ISIS is the best and clearest I have found, and should be helpful to anyone wanting to understand the roots, development, character, and goals of this movement. It is particularly helpful in being informative yet non-ideological, while acknowledging the genuine danger of this form of extremist religion.

Stiller’s analysis originated as four “Dispatches from the Global Village” sent as emails to interested persons, which are now compiled into one succinct, yet comprehensive, article. The four parts are:

ISIS Part I: What it is

ISIS PART II: Four central questions

ISIS PART III: Six underlying realities; seven stages in conquest

ISIS PART IV: A Christian response

This is well-worth reading by anyone who wants to be informed on the subject.

 

Registration is Now Open for the Conference with Michael Gorman at Northeastern Seminary

Registration is now open for the March 18-19 theology conference with Michael Gorman on the theme of Participation in God’s Mission. The conference is sponsored by Northeastern Seminary, in partnership with the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association. It will be held on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.

You can register for the conference online here (or download a registration form to be mailed in). There is an early bird discount for registering by February 1, 2016 and there is further discounted registration available for students.

The theology conference proper, with Gorman’s keynote address on “John: The Nonsectarian, Missional Gospel,” runs from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Dr. Gorman will also be giving a public lecture on “Paul, the Mission of God, and the Contemporary Church” at 7:30 pm on March 18, the Friday evening before the conference. Anyone registered for the conference or in the Rochester area is invited to attend this free lecture.

A full schedule of the conference, including descriptions of Dr. Gorman’s two lectures, can be found here.

Meanwhile the Call for Papers is still open for a few more days. The deadline for receiving paper proposals is January 11, 2016. The Call for Papers can be accessed here, and further information about the conference will be posted on the conference website and the Northeastern Seminary Facebook page.