Gateway Seminary Hosts Inaugural Jonathan Edwards Conference

A panel of scholars discusses the vision for the new Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary – (from left) Adriaan Neele, director of the JEC South Africa; Mark Rogers, pastor of Fellowship in the Pass Church in Beaumont, Calif.; Robert Caldwell, associate professor of church history at Southwestern Seminary; Ken Minkema, executive director of JEC at Yale University; and Oliver Crisp, professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Rogers, Caldwell, Minkema and Crisp serve on Gateway Seminary’s JEC advisory board. Photo submitted

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) — The Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary hosted its inaugural conference Jan. 15-16 at the Ontario, Calif., campus.

The conference theme was “Regeneration, Revival and Creation: Religious Experience and the Purposes of God in the Thought of Jonathan Edwards.”

The gathering included a dinner and panel discussion on Jan. 15 and three plenary sessions and 10 breakout session options on Jan. 16.

Topics and speakers for the three plenary sessions were:

— “The Most Important Thing in the World: Jonathan Edwards on Rebirth and Its Implications for Christian Life and Thought,” presented by Douglas Sweeney, distinguished professor of church history and the history of Christian thought and director of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School’s Jonathan Edwards Center.

— “The Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom in the World: Jonathan Edwards and the Concert of Prayer for Revival: Origins and Legacy,” presented by Michael Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality and director of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

— “Jonathan Edwards on Creation and Divine Ideas,” presented by Oliver Crisp, professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and a professorial fellow at the University of St. Andrews’ Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology.

Gateway announced its affiliation with Yale University in October 2017 to create its Jonathan Edwards Center (JEC) because of increased interest from scholars on the West Coast. Located in the seminary’s library, it is one of 10 globally — with three in the U.S. — to offer resources for Edwardsean study. Chris Chun, Gateway’s chair of history and theological studies and associate professor of church history, serves as director of the seminary’s JEC.

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Source: Baptist Press