Evangelical Theological Society Meeting Coming To GCU

By Allison Richmond

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Are you interested in theology? Do you want to learn more about Christology? If the answer is yes, then you should definitely check out the opportunity below!


GCU is hosting the upcoming Far West Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on April 13, 2018. The seminar is open to all students and faculty and will feature speaker Dr. Stephen J. Wellum, a professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Evangelical Society, or ETS is a scholarly society for biblical and theological studies. They were founded in 1949 and since then have been committed to the “inerrancy and inspiration of the Scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ”.

This event is being put on by GCU’s very own Daniel Diffey, GCU professor and Vice President of ETS. As Vice President of the group, the meeting gets to be held at his home institution, giving GCU students and faculty the opportunity to participate in this amazing event. Next year Mr. Diffey will be promoted to President of ETS.

The main portion of the event will be an address given by Dr. Stephen Wellum titled “Christology: A Test Case for the Integration of the Theological Disciplines.” Dr. Wellum is an amazing theologian and speaker and has published multiple books on the subject of Christology titled God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ and Christ Alone—The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior. He also has a publication coming out soon titled Christ from Beginning to End: How the Full Story of Scripture Reveals the Full Glory of Christ. Dr. Wellum has published many other books, articles, and reviews as well.

In addition to Dr. Wellum’s address, attenders can also expect a response to Dr. Wellum’s speech from Dr. Fred Sanders, a professor of theology in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. Like Dr. Wellum Dr. Sanders had also published multiple books and articles.

The event will also contain breakout sessions led by many scholars dealing with various topics such as theology, biblical studies, church history, philosophy and Christology of course. According to Mr. Diffey, students and faculty can expect “a time of engaging teaching for world-class scholars on the topic of Christology.”

Mr. Diffey goes on to explain the importance of having theological seminars on college campuses, saying “conferences like this expose students to high level theological scholarship and give them a glimpse into a variety of fields like theology, biblical studies, church history, philosophy, etc.” He continues saying that conferences should “model proper methodology to students. Students should not only see high-level scholarship, but they should also observe how to go about this.”

The event should benefit students and faculty greatly as they learn more about Christology and come to a better understanding of theological topics. Mr. Diffey says in conclusion, “I hope that this conference strengthens faith in Jesus Christ for both students and faculty. I hope that the faculty involved will benefit from their engagement with the larger scholarly community feeling edified and refreshed. But most of all I pray that God is glorified.”

For more information on the meeting, visit: etsjets.org/region/fw_meeting_overview

Learn more about Grand Canyon University and the College of Theology by visiting our website or using the Request More Information button on our page.

Written by Allison Richmond, a professional writing major at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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