Four Noteworthy Events @ Union University
The first event, “Baptists in
: America Baptist Wayor Baptist Ways?” is a symposium scheduled for Oct. 16 on the meaning of the Baptist tradition. Speakers will be Gregory A. Wills, professor of church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Bill J. Leonard, dean and professor of church history at . Wake Forest University Divinity School
“This will be an engaging conversation between two distinct Baptist voices,” said Greg Thornbury, dean of
Union’s . “Both men are widely respected scholars and we’re expecting a thought-provoking dialogue.” Schoolof Christian Studies
The event will begin at in Harvey Auditorium in the Student Union Building, with a luncheon and question-and-answer session at Cost for lunch is $5.
The second event, “Evangelicals and Global Warming: A Formal Debate,” will be held Oct. 30 and will feature two key voices in the debate over global warming. David Gushee, the Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at
Union, and Cal Beisner, associate professor of historical theology and social ethics at Knox Theological Seminary, will debate how evangelical Christians should respond to the global warming controversy.
professors Charles Baldwin, the Hammons Professor of Pre-Medical Studies, and Michael Salazar, assistant professor of chemistry, will also participate. Union University
The two-hour debate will begin at in
Union’s Savage Chapel. It is free and open to the public.
The third event will be
Union’s second “Baptist Identity Conference” Feb. 15-17. The theme for the conference will be “Convention, Cooperation and Controversy.”
Speakers include Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School; Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn.; Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention; Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Russell Moore, senior vice president for academic administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources; Ed Stetzer, missiologist and research team director at the North American Mission Board; and Mike Day, director of missions for the Mid-South Baptist Association in Memphis, Tenn., as well as Union University President David S. Dockery and Thornbury.
The fourth event will be the biannual conference of
Union’s for Biblical Studies, set for April 27-28. R.C. Ryan Center
The conference theme will be “One Bible, One Gospel: Exploring the Unity of Scripture.” Speakers for the conference will be Paul House, associate dean and professor of divinity at
; Ken Mathews, professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School ; Grant Osborne, professor of New Testament at Beeson Divinity School ; and Christian recording artist Michael Card. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Union University Christian studies faculty members will also lead sessions at the conference. Cost is $45 and registration will open this fall.
I share the enthusiasm of other bloggers about these conferences as UU has done a great job in addressing some key issues in the evangelical world today. One in particular I am hoping to attend is the Baptist Identity Conference in February of next year. For those interested, you can find previous audio of the conference "For All It's Worth" here.