Evangelical Theology Society (March 15-16)

Evangelical Theology Society (March 15-16)

BJU Seminary’s PhD program had a strong showing at the recent Southeast Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. ETS is the leading academic society for conservative biblical/theological scholars, and its 2019 southeast meeting was held March 15 –16 on the campus of North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC).

Two recent graduates of the PhD program presented papers based on their dissertations. Jon Cheek’s paper was entitled “Genesis 3:15 and the Enmity between the Seeds in the Psalms,” and Wade Kuhlewind Jr. presented on “Canaan and Beyond: Fulfillment Expectation of the Land Promise in the Old and New Testaments.”

Two current PhD students also read papers. Nick Claxton presented a study entitled “Joint Heirs with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Evaluation of Free Grace Theology’s Handling of Key Biblical Texts on Kingdom Inheritance.” Etienne Jodar’s paper was on “Augustine and the Mosaic Law in the Life of Jewish Christians.”

In addition, Dr. Greg Stiekes of the BJU Seminary faculty presented the paper “The Church as a Perfect Male: An Ancient Metaphor for a Timeless Truth.” BJU Seminary professors Dr. Ken Casillas and Dr. Layton Talbert also attended the ETS southeast meeting. Other attendees included Dr. Kevin Oberlin, associate dean of the BJU School of Religion, and PhD students Jared Garcia and Mikael Romer.

This recent participation at ETS reflects the robust preparation in biblical/theological scholarship and teaching that is provided through BJU Seminary’s PhD in Theological Studies. The program includes a professional-development component that may be satisfied through participation in scholarly meetings, such as ETS.

Though all seminary students are encouraged to participate in similar events and develop themselves theologically, the PhD in Theological Studies is the recommended route to receive the highest level of preparation for ministry in the local church and the academy.