Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture

2014 Symposium:
The Human Encounter with God

September 25–27
Helwig Board Room at North Park University
Johnson Center Room 325
(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 the human encounter with God.

Sessions during this three-day event will be available to watch online at www.northpark.edu/live.


Each session will include a paper presentation followed by a short response and open discussion.

Thursday, September 25

 First Session: Transcript of the Trinity: Scripture as Portal into the Divine Life
7:00–8:30 pm
  • Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns, Professor of Discipleship and Christian Formation, Pentecostal Theological Seminary
  • Response by Rev. Dr. David Kersten, Dean of the Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary

 8:30-8:45 pm
 Evening Prayers

Friday. September 26

Second Session: Which Human? What Response? A Reflection on Pauline Theology
9:00–10:30 am
  • Dr. Beverly Gaventa, Professor of New Testament, Baylor University
  • Response by Dr. Nicholas Perrin, Professor of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College

Third Session: Learning from Midrash: Darren Aronofsky's "Noah"
11:00 am–12:30 pm
  • Dr. Robert Johnston, Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Response by Dr. Paul Wilson, Professor of Homiletics, University of Toronto

Fourth Session: The Divine Initiative as Natural Convention
1:45–3:15 pm
  • Dr. Jonathan Tran, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, Baylor University
  • Response by Dr. Rebekah Eklund, Assistant Professor of Theology, Loyola University Maryland

5:00 pm Dinner Banquet at Tre Kronor Restaurant

Fifth Session: Calvin, Calcutta and Corinth: Trinity, Trafficking and Transformation of Theologia
7:00–8:30 pm
  • Dr. Paul Chang-Ha Lim, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Vanderbilt University
  • Response by Jonathan Wilson, PhD candidate, Lutheran School of Theology

8:30–8:45 pm Evening Prayers

Saturday, September 27

Sixth Session: Wisdom’s Response to the Divine Initiative
9:00–10:30 am
  • Dr. Tremper Longman, Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
  • Response by Dr. James Bruckner, Professor of Old Testament, North Park Theological Seminary

Seventh Session: Here Am I: Moses and the Meaning of our Bodies
11:00 am–12:30 pm
  • Dr. Brian Bantum, Associate Professor of Theology, Seattle Pacific University
  • Response by Geoff Twigg, North Park Theological Seminary

Eighth Session: Hearing and Obeying the Commands of God
1:30–3:00 pm
  • Dr. Jodie Boyer Hatlem, Teaching Fellow in Theology and Ethics, North Park Theological Seminary
  • Andy Alexis-Baker, PhD candidate in Theology and Ethics, Marquette University

3:10 pm Closing Worship: Paul Wilson, Professor of Homiletics, University of Toronto

Future Symposium Topic

  • 2015 Symposium: Race and Racism September 24–26

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.

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.