Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture

2015 Symposium:
Race and Racism

September 24–26
North Park Theological Seminary
Nyvall Hall, N-25
(Campus Map)

The Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture features prominent scholars from around the world and provides a forum for interdisciplinary theology from a biblical perspective for the benefit of the church.

Scholars and theologians are invited to join us for this year's discussion of race and racism. Symposium sessions will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 24, and conclude by 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 26. Each session will include a paper presentation followed by a short response and open discussion.


Videos of each of the eight Symposium sessions listed below are now available to watch online.

Thursday, September 24

First Session: Enemies, Romans, Pigs, and Dogs: Loving the Other in the Gospel Accouring to Matthew
7:00–8:30 pm
  • Love Sechrest, Associate Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Response by Rebecca Gonzales, Executive Director of Operations, Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Discussion

 8:30-8:45 pm
 Evening Prayers

Friday. September 25

Second Session: What's Missing? Toward an Hermeneutics of Absence
9:00–10:30 am
  • Nestor Medina,Visiting Scholar at the Emmanuel college, University of Toronto, Center for Research in Religion
  • Response by Bruce Fields, Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Discussion

10:30–11:00 am

Third Session: Lost in Translation: Ethic Conflict in English Bibles
11:00 am–12:30 pm
  • Emerson Powery, Professor of Biblical Studies, Messiah College
  • Response by Michael Emerson, Provost, North Park University
  • Discussion 

12:30–1:45 pm
Lunch in N-1

Fourth Session: An Indigenous Reinterpretation of Repentance
1:45–3:15 pm
  • Raymond Aldred, Assistant Professor of Theology, Ambrose Seminary/Ambrose University
  • Response by Mark Tao, Pastor, Immanuel Covenant Church
  • Discussion

5:00 pm Dinner Banquet at Tre Kronor Restaurant

Fifth Session: What Kind of Enemy Are you? Gentile Privilege in the Gospel of Matthew
7:00–8:30 pm
  • Kyle Small, Dean of Formation for Ministry and Associate Professor of Church Leadership, Western Theological Seminary
  • Response by Alex Gee, Pastor, Fountain of Life Covenant Church
  • Discussion

8:30–8:45 pm Evening Prayers

Saturday, September 26

Sixth Session: The Lynching of the Suffering Servant of Isaiah
9:00–10:30 am
  • Bo Lim, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Seattle Pacific University
  • Response by Evelmyn Ivens, National Office Staff, Christian Community Development Association
  • Discussion

10:30–11:00 am

Seventh Session: Racial Realism in Biblical Interpretation and Theological Anthropology: An Evaluation of Recent Accounts
11:00 am–12:30 pm
  • Elizabeth Y. Sung, Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Response by Valerie Landfair, PhD candidate, Regent University
  • Discussion

12:30–1:45 pm
Lunch in N-1

Eighth Session: Reimagining Koinonia: Confronting the Legacy and Logic of Racism in Paul's Letter to Philemon
1:30–3:00 pm
  • Lewis Brogdon, Assistant Professor of Religion and Biblical Studies, Claflin University
  • Response by Al Tizon, Executive Minister of Serve Globally, Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Discussion

3:10 pm Closing Worship: Soong-Chan Rah, Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary

Previous Symposium Topics

  • 2010: Atonement
  • 2011: Money and Possessions
  • 2012: Family
  • 2013: Urban Ministry
    Videos of the sessions from this event are available at CovChurch.tv.
  • 2014: The Human Encounter with God
    Videos of the sessions from this event are available online.

For more information about the Symposium, please contact Guylla Brown in the Office of the Seminary Dean via email at gbrown@northpark.edu or at (773) 244-6214.