In this issue
Talbot at ETS
The following Talbot faculty presented papers at the annual national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in Valley Forge, PA, in November 2005: Garry DeWeese, “The Kalam Cosmological Argument’s ‘Principle of Determination’” and “Resurrecting Replicas: Is There A Hope for Christian Physicalists?”; Doug Geringer, “Co-workers with God in 1 Corinthians 3”; Alan Gomes, “Faith and Reason in the Theology of Faustus Socinus” (also chairing the historical theology section of papers); John Hutchison, “The Christian View of Suffering and Martyrdom in the Early Centuries of the Church”; Josué Pérez, “Incredulity Toward Propositions: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Propositional Theology,”; Victor Rhee, “Chiasm and its Christological Implication in Hebrews 1:1–14”; David Talley, “A Biblical Understanding of Masculinity and Femininity in Genesis 1–3 by the Church Fathers: The Inescapable Influence of Culture OR Making the Scripture ‘Say’ Too Much?”; Erik Thoennes (with Dr. Elizabeth Hall [Rosemead]), “At Home in Our Bodies: Implications of the Incarnation for Embodiment and Counseling Psychology”; and Michael Wilkins, “The Transformation of Peter: Petrine Perspectives on Spiritual Formation.”
Community Service Graduated from Orange County Sheriff Academy in June as a reserve deputy. Will now begin training with Orange County Search and Rescue Team. Does uniform patrol and call-out assignments. Continues as Chaplain for Irvine Police Department. Teaching Ed.D. course on Leadership and Management Theory, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY (July).
Writing Continues in second year as a regular columnist for Discipleship Journal. Writes a column called “A Firm Foundation,” that seeks to relate theology to everyday life. Recent installments: “True for You but Not for Me?” (145; January/February 2005); “The Supernatural World” (146; March/April 2005); “The Deity of Christ” (147; May/June 2005); “The Humanity of Christ” (148; July/August 2005); “The Priesthood of All Believers” (149; September/October 2005). Television Interview Interviewed on NBC’s “Dateline,” regarding modern day perceptions and expressions of evil (aired April 27, 2005). Full text of the interview can be found on the Biola University website.
Speaking “Scientific Challenges to Christian Theology,” Defending the Faith series, Biola (April); Plenary talk, Conversations with an Emerging Church Conference, Biola (May). Articles Review essay of The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives, in Christian Education Journal, Fall 2005; “Origins: God and Time,” in Apologia, Summer 2005.
International Ministry In August, attended meeting of the ICHE (International Council on Higher Education) in Kenya. Hosted special dinner with alumni from the area, Dr. Benjamin Musyoka, Dr. Joseph Muhota, Dr. Lois Semenye, Joseph Muchekehu, and Njeri Maima (nee: Esther Kabetu). Visited Moffatt Bible College and Nairobi International School of Theology.
Book Published Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi, Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Media Appearances Stand to Reason radio program (August) guest. Lectures, Presentations, and Colloquia “The Pursuit of Happiness: C. S. Lewis’ Eudaemonistic Understanding of Ethics” Oxbridge 2005, Oxford University (July); “C. S. Lewis and Ethics,” Apologetics lecture series, Biola University (July); “Worship and the Emerging Church,” Conversations with an Emerging Church conference (dialogue with Robert Webber), Biola University (May); “Between Mars Hill and Jerusalem: Thoughts About the Emerging Church,” North Orange County Pastors’ Breakfast, Brea, CA (May); “Law, Command, and Authority in Thomas Aquinas,” participant, summer seminar (May), Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers, University of Notre Dame; “Homosexuality and Homosexual Behavior,” AIDS and Hospice Ministry, Biola University (April); “The Nature of the People of God in Worship,” Leadership retreat, Church of the Open Door (April); presentation on the resurrection of Jesus, Artesia High School, Lakewood, CA (March).
Speaking Engagements Life Covenant Summer Teaching series, New Testament Survey class, Life Covenant Church, Torrance, CA. Book Published Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong: Biblical Wisdom for Surviving Tough Times (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2005).
Speaking Korean Pastors’ Conference, Biola University (June), where the Korean edition of his book, Wasting Time With God: A Christian Spirituality of Friendship with God (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005) was available.
International Ministry International School Project Convocations, Guatamala City and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (both in June). Introduced curriculum on ethics and morality with a Christian foundation to 400 school administrators and teachers in each city; led the administrative track. Conference Workshops 2nd annual conference of Association of Marriage and Family Ministries, Scottsdale AZ, (August): “Marital Discs: How They Work and Frustrate, and How to Crash Them,” and “Amplifying Marital and Family Communication.” Article “Ministry to Newlyweds, a Small Window of Great Opportunity,” Christian Education Journal, Spring 2005.
Speaking “Selling and Buying as Biola Graduates,” keynote speaker, Senior Dinner (May), Biola University; “The Use of Amos 9 in Acts 15,” Dead Prophets Society, Talbot School of Theology (panel member with Fred Mabie and Tom Finley). Consultant to the making of a new version of The Jesus Film, highlighting Jesus’ interaction with women. Provided advice on the merits of various texts for inclusion and the historical background for those chosen.
Degree Earned Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary (Gary’s second earned doctorate). Dissertation topic: “The Impact of Donald A. McGavran’s Church Growth Missiology on Selected Denominations in the USA, 1970-2000.” Speaking and Teaching “Leadership in the 21st Century,” Stinson Institute Leadership Conference, Evansville, IN (July); “Healthy Church Growth,” D.Min. class, Phoenix Seminary (March). Consultations “The Role of a Church Consultant,” consultation training, International Wesleyan Church, Indiapolis, IN (April); Calvary Bible Church, Lodi, CA (May).
Book Published Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity without Hierarchy, with Rebecca Merrill Groothuis, eds. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005).
Speaking Engagements Good Friday evening service, Living Hope Community Church, Rowland Heights, CA (March); Sunday service, Living Hope Community Church, Rowland Heights, CA (March); Sunday service, Servants of Christ Church, Sierra Vista, AZ (June). Lecture Series “Hebrews 1–3,” Living Hope Lay Institute, Living Hope Community Church, Rowland Heights, CA (June and July). Scholarly Presentations “The Literary Structure of Hebrews 1:1–14 and its Christological Implication,” Far West Regional Meeting, Evangelical Theological Society, Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, CA (April); “Chiasm and Christology in Hebrews 1:1–14,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (November).
Lectures/Training Two week lecture series on OT History and Literature, for Radicals Project/Revolution Team/Theological Seminary in Monte Verde, Brazil, as a part of their biblical/theological training for Muslim missions work in the 10/40 window (June and July). Missions Work Partner/participant with church youth group in Mexico, with Missions Mexico (July).
Conference Speaking “Missions to India” seminar, Biola Missions Conference (March); “Laughing Through Tears: The Redemptive Role of Laughter in a Fallen World,” The Art and Soul Conference, Baylor University, TX (April). Preaching/Teaching “Being an Example Worth Following,” Pepperdine University Student Life event (March); “Being Men of Integrity,“ to the Biola men’s basketball team (March); “The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit,” “Resistance to the Progress of Redemption,” and expositional series in Acts, Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Mirada, CA (Spring-Summer); “Shepherding God’s People,” class (team-taught with Dr. David Talley), Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Mirada, CA (April); “The Jealousy of God,” Covenant Presbyterian Church, Orange, CA (April); “Outward Focused Relationships” (with wife Dr. Donna Thoennes), Biola University Chapel (April); G. Campbell Morgan Theology Seminar, for the Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University, (April); “The Jealousy of God,” Rancho Community Church Combined Men’s Breakfast (May); “Spirit Empowered Ministry,” Athletes in Action Leadership Retreat, Valencia, CA (May); and, “Obstacles to Evangelism,” Athletes in Action Summer Conferences (June, two locations). Publication “At Home in the Body: The Implications of the Incarnation for Embodiment and Counseling Psychology” (with Rosemead faculty member Liz Hall) in Christian Scholar’s Review (Fall 2005).
Papers “The Historicity of Peter’s Confession of Jesus as Messiah,” to the Jesus Study Group of the Institute for Biblical Research, University of Tübingen, Germany, (July); “Discipleship and the Transformation of Individuals, Cities, and the World” to the leadership of the TransformWorld movement, University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii (February); “Who Did Jesus Think He Was?” at The Reason for the Hope Within apologetics conference, Branch Creek Community Church, near Valley Forge, PA (November). Talbot alumnus Dave Detwiler is coordinating the conference concurrently with the national ETS meetings. Other Talbot faculty will also present papers. Publication “Study Notes on the Gospel of Matthew,” Faith in Action Study Bible: Living God’s Word in a Changing World (majority contributor; Zondervan, 2005; in partnership with World Vision). Awards The commentary on Matthew (NIVAC) received a 2005 Silver Medallion Award in the category Reference/Commentaries from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.