Scripture and Church Seminar

“Communicating the Kingdom”

Our papers this year will address:

  1. Hearing the Gospel of the Kingdom: What does the gospel of the Kingdom have to say to the twenty-first century church? At what points do Jesus’s kingdom parables, discourses and signs offer encouragement and sustenance to a struggling post-Christendom church? At what points do they disrupt and destabilise the order that we have constructed or inherited?
  2. Proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom: How are we to convey the meaning of Jesus’s Kingdom proclamation and its present implications, within a contemporary context in which notions of kingdom and kingship are alien to the experience of many, and there is deep and widespread suspicion of authority claims and totalizing narratives?
  3. Dramatizing the Gospel of the Kingdom: How should the liberating incursion of the Kingdom of God be demonstrated and dramatized in the conduct of contemporary Christians and in the shape of our churches and the various other institutions that we create and maintain?

For more information, contact Dr. Bill DeJong, chair (billdejo@gmail.com) or visit the Tyndale House Scripture Collective website.

  • Bill DeJong, Blessings Christian Church, Welcome (5 min)
  • Opening Liturgy
  • Other (5 min)
  • Jeannine Brown, Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN)
    Hearing the Gospel of the Kingdom (25 min)
  • Koert Van Bekkum, Theological University (Kampen, NL)
    Proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom (25 min)
  • Break (10 min)
  • Jonathan Brooks, Canaan Community Church (Chicago, IL)
    Dramatizing the Gospel of the Kingdom (25 min)
  • Panel Discussion
  • Discussion (25 min)
  • Q&A with Panelists
  • Discussion (20 min)
  • Closing Liturgy
  • Other (5 min)
  • Final Announcements
  • Other (5 min)