JACKSON, Tenn. – March 17, 2005– Biblical scholar Gordon Fee and Christian recording artist Michael Card will be the two featured guests at a Bible conference at Union University April 15-16.
The conference, “For All It’s Worth,” is designed primarily for lay people and for pastors and will provide general instruction on how to read and understand the Bible.
“There is a basic agreement across various levels of leadership in the Christian world that biblical awareness is decreasing,” said Ray Van Neste, Christian Studies professor and director of the R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union. “There’s a lot of activity in church, but we don’t tend to be grappling with the Scriptures well. We’re trying to address that issue, to give people more tools that they might read and study the Bible with some confidence.”
Fee, an author and professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College, will speak at three plenary sessions about the importance and value of Bible study for living.
“He’s a prominent biblical scholar who has a real heart for this very mission – for getting the people in the pew reading the Bible well,” Van Neste said. “He’s a dynamic, engaging speaker.”
In addition to providing the music at the plenary sessions, Card will also lead a breakout session on biblical laments.
Other breakout sessions will cover topics such as “Software for Bible Study,” “Christ and the Old Testament,” “Interpreting Old Testament Law,” “Interpreting Paul’s Letters” and “Interpreting the Psalms,” among others.
Breakout session leaders will include Dan Block of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Grant Osbourne of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the faculty from Union’s Christian Studies department.
Van Neste said the conference would be especially helpful for Sunday School teachers and Bible study leaders who do not have formal academic training in theology.
Cost for the conference is $45, which includes all sessions and three meals, or $35 for groups of 10 or more. Registration deadline is March 25. The conference begins at 6 p.m. April 15 and ends at 3:30 p.m April 16.
The event is sponsored by the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union University. For more information, call (731) 661-5579.