Five evangelical scholars were honored during the Southeastern Theological Fellowship dinner held in conjunction with the Evangelical Theological Society’s (ETS) 70th annual meeting, Nov. 13-15 in Denver.
Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., addressed the importance of holding fast to the Word of God, the gospel and the Spirit’s power in biblical scholarship.
The fellowship, which held its first dinner in 2013, seeks to build camaraderie among academicians from multiple denominations and encourage excellence in scholarship for the glory of Christ.
Bruce Ashford, provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., welcomed guests from seminaries, liberal arts colleges, research universities, publishing houses and other entities to the dinner.
Addressing the attendees, Ashford spoke of “the unified vision of reality that theological scholarship can offer.”
“If the Christian life could be compared to an exam in which we are measured by our faithfulness to Christ in a particular historical context, many of us feel like the 21st century is an insanely challenging one,” he said. “We find it challenging precisely because we are Christian scholars working in a secular age.
“Western higher education will lose much of what is good about it unless Christian scholars fulfill our role as salt and light,” Ashford said.
The honorees, representing five different seminaries, colleges and universities, received awards for their excellence in research, writing and displaying the characteristics of a Great Commission scholar in both the classroom and Christian scholarship:
Peter Gentry, Donald L. Williams Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
Nathan Finn, provost and dean of the university faculty at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C.
Matthew Emerson, Dickinson Chair of Religion and Associate Professor of Religion at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.
Kevin Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.
Matthew Pinson, president of Welch College, a Free Will Baptist college in Nashville.
After accepting his award, Vanhoozer addressed the audience on the importance of holding to the Word of God, the gospel and the Spirit’s power in biblical scholarship.
“Let us form a society not of biblical literature,” Vanhoozer said, “but a society of biblical literacy.”
See the Biblical Recorder’s coverage of the ETS’s three-day meeting in Denver here.