Archive for February, 2014

ACU in Zagreb

by   |  02.20.14  |  Announcements

Recently, Drs. Ken Cukrowski, Mark Hamilton, and Samjung Kang-Hamilton spoke at a conference in Zagreb Croatia. The local newscast reported on the conference. YouTube Newscast

 

 

Biblijski institut News – February 2014
 

A Word From the Director

Partnerships are wonderful blessings. Biblijski institut continues to experience the blessings which come from those who choose to partner with us. Individuals and churches have embraced the mission of the Institute and continue to support all that we attempt with their prayers and financial gifts. Our ministry could not exist without their partnership. Likewise, educational institutions such as the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Abilene Christian University, and Lipscomb University have enriched the academic programs that help us in our task to teach and train leaders and future leaders in the work of the Kingdom. These schools which partner with us express trust and engender confidence in the quality of our work, and we thank God for their work with us. Similarly, students and teachers enter into a partnership of learning that we hold sacred. That partnerships are crucial for an endeavor like ours is a reality which we understand and eagerly embrace.

The success of our recent Jesus Conference is a vivid example of how partnerships can be used by God to bless and serve His purposes. In this event, five Christian academic institutions invested financial and human resources to provide inspiration and meaningful instruction for both the academic community and the church community. In addition, the following organizations were moved to partner with Biblijski Institut in this ambitious undertaking: the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Protestant Evangelical Alliance, The Baptist Union of Croatia, the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Croatia, and the Council of Churches of Christ in Croatia. In a world characterized by division and fragmentation, Christian institutions and committed individuals, working together, demonstrate the effectiveness that Christian partnership can achieve. I praise our Lord for the trust such partnerships require. And I thank Him who calls us into the fellowship of the triune God to desire and to experience partnerships which glorify Him.

Tom Sibley


International Conference – “Jesus of Nazareth”

We held our first Jesus Conference on January 23-25. The conference was an overwhelming success and the name of Jesus was truly lifted up. We heard academic papers presented in daytime sessions at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb. We also heard keynote sermons all three evenings at the Hotel International. The speakers focused on highlighting Jesus as He is presented in both the Old and New Testaments. With teachers and preachers from the USA, Romania, Croatia, and Hungary, It was truly an international event. The presentations, and especially the evening sermons, were well received. The Christian community in Croatia was well represented, with Christians from almost all confessions in attendance. Even though we were confronted with bad weather, snow and ice, we had very good attendance at the evening lectures, almost filling the Hotel’s large conference hall most evenings. The daytime lectures at the University of Zagreb, during which papers were read, were also well attended. There is much interest in having another such conference in the future. Please pray with us as we evaluate our efforts and consider future plans. Take a look here at a feature about the conference that appeared on Croatian National Television:
Jesus Conference 2014 on Croatian National Television

 
 
  

Congratulations to Mason Lee

by   |  02.19.14  |  Announcements

Congratulations to Mason Lee on being selected the winner of the Isaac Errett Award for the 2014 Stone-Campbell Journal Conference.  The award is given to one graduate student each year for producing the best study on a Stone-Campbell history subject chosen from papers submitted by seminarians and graduate religion students across the country. Mason’s paper is titled “More Than the Sermon on the Law: Alexander Campbell and the Old Testament.”  He will present his paper at the SCJ Conference onMarch 14 at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN, when the award will be presented.

ACU and Syriac Studies

by   |  02.19.14  |  Announcements

Congratulations to two former and one current ACU student who are presenting at the Dorushe Conference at Duke next month! The Fifth Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies, which will be held at Duke University on March 28-29, 2014.  For further information and conference program see www.tinyurl.com/dorushe. ACU connected presenters are:

  • James Walters (Princeton Theological Seminary), Aphrahat and the Construction of Christian Identity in Fourth-Century Persia.
  • James Prather (Abilene Christian University), The Liturgical Impact of the Gospel of John on the Syriac Church.
  • Jacob Lollar (Florida State University), An “Unorthodox” Defense of “Orthodoxy”: The Setting, Sources, and Purpose of the Syriac History of John the Son of Zebedee.

ACU is well represented in Syriac studies thanks to the leadership of Dr. Jeff Childers.

Congratulations to Carson Reed

by   |  02.12.14  |  ACU, Announcements, Ministry, Uncategorized

For thousands of years religious communities have depended on scholars to read, interpret, and analyze faith and the scriptures it is based on. The field of theology is highly academic, but it also influences peoples’ lives on a deep, spiritual level, and the most respected theological scholars can have profound effects on the many faithful people that read their work. The idea of participating in theological research and scholarship is appealing for many seminary students. Becoming a professor and teaching the next generation of theological scholars is an attractive career choice both from a spiritual and an intellectual point of view. However, it is not necessarily an easy path. Any theology student considering becoming a teacher or professor should look to those who have come before them for guidance and inspiration.

The professors and scholars mentioned here have not only contributed to the body of theological knowledge with their research, but they have also contributed to the preparation of a new generation of theologians. Each of these individuals can serve as a remarkable role model for current theology students who aim to become educators. These are listed in no specific order, and are categorized by the general region of the most recent institution they taught at. This list focuses on theological scholars who work and teach in the United States, though many of them are known and respected internationally.

100 Remarkable Professors

 

Carson E. Reed

Carson E. Reed

Carson E. Reed is the Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Ministry Program at Abilene Christian University. He often looks at congregations, spiritual music, ministerial callings, as well as theology and practice.

  • Teaches At: Abilene Christian University Graduate School of Theology