Read, Pray, Sing: The Psalms as an Entryway to the Scriptures

Read, Pray, Sing: The Psalms as an Entryway to the Scriptures - April 12-13, 2013We wanted to alert you to an upcoming conference hosted by our friends at the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union University. The conference, which will be held on April 12-13, is on the topic Read, Pray, Sing: The Psalms as an Entryway to the Scriptures. Several faculty members from Union will be speaking at the event, including Ryan Center director Ray Van Neste. We like Dr. Van Neste around here, so we asked him to serve on the editorial board of our scholarly journal, Southeastern Theological Review.

The plenary speakers for the conference are two of Southeastern’s own. Heath Thomas serves as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and Director of our Ph.D. program. Andy Davis serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham and is an Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology at SEBTS. Both of these brothers have a passion for the Word of God and a desire to see Baptist and other evangelical churches saturated with the Scriptures through preaching, prayer, and worship. The Psalms ought to play a crucial role in this needed scriptural saturation.

We would urge you to attend Read, Pray, Sing: The Psalms as an Entryway to the Scriptures. It promises to be an edifying meeting that will encourage and perhaps challenge students, pastors, and worship leaders.

Amend ETS

The Evangelical Theological Society will hold its annual meeting next week in Providence, Rhode Island. The ETS is a scholarly society comprised of evangelicals who affirm the inerrancy of Scripture and the doctrine of the Trinity. Because this is a pretty minimalist doctrinal commitment, the ETS has faced some internal controversies in the past decade, most notably a battle over whether open theism is a legitimate evangelical option.

To help bring greater doctrinal clarity to the ETS, Boyce College dean Denny Burk and Union University professor Ray Van Neste, both New Testament scholars (and Southern Baptists), have been advocating an amendment to the ETS doctrinal statement for some time. There will be a vote to amend the statement at this year’s meeting. You can read about the proposed amendment on Denny’s blog or your can check out the Amend ETS website.