Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
The 2015 EFCA Theology Conference theme is “The Doctrine of the Scriptures.” There are many ways the Scriptures are being questioned, undermined, and even denied, not only by those outside Evangelicalism but from those within.
In the EFCA, we strongly affirm the inerrancy, infallibility, authority and sufficiency of the Bible. This has been a mark of the EFCA from its beginning. And this foundational understanding of and commitment to the Scriptures is consistent with the historical view of the church. Any dissenting view is contrary to the church’s view of the Word of God. (The authority of God’s Word and belief in its inerrancy is not a novel view created in the 19th century by the Princetonians.)
We confess in Article 2 of our Statement of Faith on The Bible our belief concerning the Word of God:
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
This Conference will address why it is important to equip people in our churches to uphold these truths regarding the Bible in today’s culture. Three intensely focused days will include seven teaching sessions, a panel discussion, a breakout session and time for corporate worship.
Following is a list of the excellent instructors who will be with us and the topic of their lecture:
D. A. Carson, “The Doctrine of Scripture: Introduction to the Present-Day Discussion” (Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
John Woodbridge, “The History of the Doctrine of Scripture” (Research Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
Kevin Vanhoozer, “Inerrancy and Hermeneutics” (Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
V. Philips Long, “Competing Histories, Competing Theologies, and the Challenge of Old Testament Interpretation” (Professor of Old Testament, Regent College)
Douglas Moo, “The New Testament Use of the Old Testament” (Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College)
Graham Cole, “The Theology of Canonicity: Why a Book, Why this Book, Why this Sequence of Books within the Book” (Anglican Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School)
Daniel Doriani, “Scripture in the Life of the Pastor” (Vice President of Strategic Academic Initiatives, Professor of Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary)
I am overwhelmingly grateful to the Lord for how He has brought this Theology Conference together. With these Evangelical scholars addressing their areas of expertise as it pertains to the doctrine of the Scriptures, this Conference will be excellent!
I am prayerful the Lord will use these lectures and this Conference significantly in the lives of pastors and ministries in the EFCA, TIU/TEDS and broader Evangelicalism.