So I haven’t posted in a week due to preparations for this past weekend’s meetings. For those unfamiliar, I attended the joint Wesleyan (think Methodist) Theological Society/Society for Pentecostal Studies meetings at Seattle Pacific University.
These meetings gather together the best of scholarship from these Christian traditions in order to present academic papers, review new books, and engage in panel discussion over theological/practical issues facing Christianity–particularly in the Wesleyan/Pentecostal arenas.
Many of my Adventist brethren (or sistren?) might express bamboozlement over why an SDA pastor would attend such a meetings–after all there is such a thing as the Adventist Theological Society.
Why not just attend that?
Well, for one, the ATS meetings are in CA this year and these were in Seattle–I’m cheap…or my budget is cheap.
Secondly, Adventism has roots in Methodism and the teachings of John Wesley, so many of the issues discussed pertain to Adventist theology.
Dr. Richard Rice from Loma Linda University was present and participated in a panel discussion on “Creatio ex Nihilo, Love, and a Holy God.”
Finally, my future area of study will be on Adventist/Pentecostal history/theology and it was a great chance not only to hear some new things and gain new perspectives, but also network with scholars I will work with in the future.
Okay, so on to what I learned….