- Last Updated: 13 July 2014
Danielle Strickland and Dr. Terry LeBlanc are among the speakers at this second annual gathering.
- Last Updated: 29 August 2014
Terwillegar Community Church
October 22, 8:45 – 4:30
Online Registration is Now Open (scroll down)
Registration: $100 (after October 10)
Early Registration: $80 (before October 10, 2014)
Rekindle – Realign – Reclaim
Join us for a day of equipping and renewal as we are encouraged through the song and ministry of Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Carolyn Arends.
Carolyn is known for messages, songs, and books that stir the soul, and a warm, engaging style that leaves her audiences feeling like they’ve found a new best friend. She has written and released 10 albums and is the author of 3 critically acclaimed books. 15 of Carolyn’s songs have become top 10 radio singles on the Canadian pop and US Christian charts. Carolyn has earned 2 Dove Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, and was recognized as the West Coast Music Awards’ Songwriter of the Year.
In addition to her busy touring and speaking schedule, Carolyn has been a regular columnist for Christianity Today and is a college instructor (Pacific Life Bible College, Columbia Bible College). She has a degree in Psychology and English (Trinity Western) and a Master of Arts degree (theology) from Regent. She lives in Surrey, BC with her husband, Mark, and their children Benjamin and Bethany.
A number of other speakers will be joining us as well, with sessions that will include:
- Left Behind: Preparing the Church Office for a Pastor's Sabbatical
- Recognizing the Signs of Domestic Abuse and What to Do
- Hanging Out the Welcome Sign: Becoming a More Welcoming Church
- And skill-building Tech Tips, including:
- How to Make a Church Information System Work for You!
- Tools for Managing Multiple Multimedia Platforms
- ©opyright Law and the Church
- What on Earth is the Cloud (and Where is it??)
It is our prayer that you leave us at the end of the day refreshed and energized, with new ideas and perhaps a new perspective! We are here to serve those who serve the Church on the front lines of ministry, and we are honored that you will be joining us on October 22nd.
- Last Updated: 25 April 2014
Over many decades of faithful service, the volunteers who give their time and effort to White Cross have helped their fellow believers in Cameroon accomplish the seemingly impossible – a network of hospitals and clinics that provide essential care to over one-million patients each year.
On numerous occasions, many volunteers from this area have been privileged to witness the work in Cameroon first-hand, building relationships and deepening our understanding of the needs, opportunities and resources of everyone involved. The insights gained during these trips allow us to better align our activities to be most effective.
At the invitation of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, White Cross Canada will send two people to Cameroon in May 2014 to meet with their counterparts in Africa. Dr. Keir Hammer, the director of White Cross (Canada) and Tim Willson from Taylor College and Seminary will be joined by JJ Williams of White Cross (USA) for extensive meetings with the officials at the many hospitals and health clinics that receive support from White Cross.
As an essential member or interested supporter of this ministry, you are invited to celebrate the work of White Cross in several ways:
- Join us for a Dessert Night on May 6, 2014 where you can hear more about this upcoming trip, share your own experience, be part of some photos and videos that will be shared with those in Cameroon.
- Follow this trip online at www.taylor-edu.ca/wahlcentre/whitecross and at Facebook.com/TaylorUpdates (Note: the regularity of updates depends on internet access)
- Attend another information session at the conclusion of the trip where a detailed report, including photos and videos, will be shared (details to be confirmed at a later date)
- Request copies of a printed White Cross update to be prepared at the conclusion of this trip
- Request a DVD about this trip and about the White Cross ministry to share with your church (expected to be available by Fall 2014).
Come and hear about this trip and share with others in the rich history of the NAB ministry in Cameroon through the Cameroon Baptist Convention and White Cross.
Dessert Night - Tuesday, May 6th
Come and hear about White Cross, and learn about this trip to Cameroon to meet with our counterparts in Africa. You will also have a chance to share stories about the role you and your church play in this vital ministry of compassion. Come and meet your fellow White Cross supporters and volunteers!
Date: May 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Format: Casual, drop-in format – Please feel free to drop by!
Program: Short presentation begins at 7:30 in Stencel Hall
Cost: FREE (donation basket will be available)
Location: Taylor College and Seminary
11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 3W1
NOTE: Young people and children are welcome to attend; please invite them – they are the future of this ministry!
This is a FREE event, but we are asking you to take 1-2 minutes to register so we can plan to have enough dessert on hand.
Just click the REGISTER NOW button below.
- Last Updated: 29 August 2014
the 5th Annual onWORD Conference
October 24-25, 2014
Location: Greenfield Community Church
Registration: $49.99 (before October 14th)
Dr. Peter Enns will be joined by a number of other speakers who will help us experience, learn and enjoy the Scriptures. The theme for the conference this year is "For the Bible Tells Me So: Faithfully Reading the Stories of Scripture."
Dr. Enns is a professor at Eastern, a Christian university in Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in Old Testament and New Testament. He is a prolific and provacative author and blogger. He has taught at Westminster Theological Seminary, Harvard, Princeton, Fuller, Lutheran Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), Biblical Theological Seminary and Temple University. He is a graduate of Messiah College (BSc), Westminster (MDiv) and Harvard (PhD).
The purpose of onWORD is to enjoy Scripture -- to encounter, read, hear, study and enjoy it in various ways (including teaching, music and art). This year, we are delighted to partner with Greenfield Community Church to explore the Bible as story.
The theme of the 2014 onWORD Conference is:
For the Bible Tells Me So: Faithfully Reading the Stories of Scripture
The truth is that God loves stories, and loves to communicate through story. The Bible's stories can be understood and applied in many different ways, and all of our speakers will help us see and consider these stories in fresh and rewarding ways.
As one of our early onWORD speakers said: Scripture is not meant to be consumed in high volume, but is best savored like chocolate. Take a small bite and let it melt on your tongue, enjoying the texture and taste.
Attendees at the onWORD conference come from a wide range of churches, and attendance has grown every year. For this 5th annual event, we extend a warm welcome to you -- Come and join us as we enjoy the Book!
Plenary Sessions, featuring Dr. Peter Enns:
Plenary 1: Ancient Bible and Modern Faith: My Own Journey
Plenary 2: God likes Stories
Plenary 3: Rereading the Story of Israel through Jesus
Other Topics and Speakers:
There will be a total of six (6) sessions offered on Saturday (Oct. 25) and they will each be repeated twice (once in the morning at 11:00 AM and another time after lunch, around 1:30 PM).
-Two hermeneutical sessions (Dr. David Williams and Dr. Jerry Shepherd),
-Two OT/HB ones (Pastor Tyler Williams and Dr. Randal Rauser), and
-Two NT (Dr. Jo-Ann Badley and Dr. Keir Hammer)
Each break out session will be one hour long (including introductions, presentation, and at least 10 minutes for Q&A at the end).
Speaker: Dr. Keir Hammer
Session Title: Blindness, Faith and Fear: The Story of Jesus in Mark
Session Description: Have you ever wondered why the Gospel according to Mark is even in our Bibles? More than 90% of the content of Mark is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. 60% is found in Luke. Why bother with Mark? Often we are unaware of the distinctive qualities of these important accounts, and, when one of them says something that doesn’t fit our perception of Jesus, we sometimes turn to a different gospel for “clarification.” In this breakout session we will explore some of the unique characteristics of Mark that are key to understanding specific features of Jesus’ ministry—features that are not necessarily highlighted in the other gospels.
Bio: Dr. Keir Hammer has worn several hats over the years including pastor, professor and administrator. He thoroughly enjoys encouraging others to read and understand the Bible. As a professor, Dr. Hammer has taught at the University of Toronto, Emmanuel Bible College, Wilfrid Laurier University, Taylor University College and Taylor Seminary. Currently he serves as the Director of White Cross Canada at Taylor and teaches sessional courses at The King’s University College and Concordia University College in Edmonton. He has a Ph.D. in New Testament/Early Christianity and lives in Edmonton with his wife and two (nearly grown) children.
Speaker: Dr. Jo-Ann Badley
Session Title: Reading Paul’s Letters as Story: The Example of Philemon
Session Description: Paul's epistles each tell a story of the apostle and his congregation. As well, Paul relies on the gospel story to challenge his readers to live lives that imitate Christ. In this workshop we will read the epistle to hear the ancient story of Paul, Philemon and Onesimus and to understand how Paul expects the gospel to be lived faithfully.
Bio: Dr. Jo-Ann Badley is Dean of the Seminary at Ambrose University in Calgary. She studied at Regent College and the Toronto School of Theology. She has taught New Testament scriptures for over twenty five years, particularly loving her work in the letters of Paul.
Speaker: Dr. Jerry Shepherd
Session Title: "The Sweet Psalmist of Israel": Jesus Sings His Own Songs
Session Description: Preachers and commentators often refer to the idea of "messianic psalms," psalms which they say are about Christ. This then raises the question as to which psalms are messianic, or which verses in these psalms are messianic. This workshop will look at another way to frame the discussion. That is, rather than thinking in the terms of the Psalms being "about" Christ, I will propose that we think instead in terms of the Psalms being "by" Christ. So how many messianic psalms are there? My answer will be, "one hundred and fifty." We will also look at the implications of this understanding for how we might read, pray, sing, and use the Psalms, both in the church, and in our own individual Christian lives.
Bio: Dr. Jerry Shepherd is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Taylor Seminary, where he has taught for 21 years.
Has written a number of entries for various biblical and theological reference works, wrote the commentary on Ecclesiastes for the revised edition of the Expositor's Bible Commentary, and is currently writing a commentary on Leviticus for the Story of God Bible Commentary series.
Speaker: Dr. Randal Rauser
Session Title: Joshua and Genocide: Readings in the Divine Violence of Scripture
Session Description: Today Christians share with other people a unilateral condemnation of the evil of genocide. And yet, the text of Joshua seems to depict God commanding a genocide of the Canaanites. In this seminar we consider several of the responses that Christians have proposed to address the moral tensions that this text presents.
Bio: Dr. Randal Rauser is Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary where he has taught since 2003. He is the author of several books including "What on Earth do we Know About Heaven?" (Baker, 2013) and "Theology in Search of Foundations" (Oxford, 2009). Randal is a prolific author, blogger and speaker, and lectures widely on areas relating to Christian apologetics, theology and worldview.
Speaker: Dr. David Williams
Session Title: All You Need is Love: Augustine's Hermeneutic of Love
Like us, St. Augustine lived at a time when the teaching of Scripture was often disputed, and often brought disrepute on the witness of the church. His approach to interpretation was new, profound, and important in many ways: a "hermeneutic of love." This approach left a powerful impact on the church and is part of Augustine's great legacy. This workshop will suggest interpretive resources for our time that draw on this approach.
Bio: Dr. David Williams is the president of Taylor College and Seminary, and has been the director of the Wahl Centre since it was formed in 2008. He also teaches in the area of ethics. David earned his doctorate in Theological Ethics from Drew University and taught at Colorado Christian University for almost 20 years. He moved to Edmonton from Colorado in 2004 to become the Academic Vice-President at Taylor University College and became President in 2008.
Speaker: Pastor Tyler Williams
Session Title: Will the Real King Manasseh Please Stand Up?
Session Description: According to the book of Kings, Manasseh was the absolutely worst king of Judah bar none (2 Kings 21:1-18). He was so evil that despite the wonderful reforms of his grandson King Josiah, Judah’s fate was sealed because of “all that Manasseh had done to provoke [God] to anger” (2 Kings 23:26). The account in the book of Chronicles paints a very different picture of this Manasseh. While he starts off just as wicked, the book of Chronicles tells of his amazing repentance and transformation (2 Chronicles 33:1-20). The startling differences between these accounts of Manasseh’s reign will be used in this session to explore the nature of ancient history writing and how today we may faithfully read the histories of Scripture.
Bio: Tyler Williams is Lead Pastor at Greenfield Community Church in Edmonton. He taught Bible, theology, and biblical languages for over fifteen years at Taylor University College & Seminary and The King's University, Edmonton, and continues to teach adjunct at both institutions. Tyler completed his master’s degree at Regent College, Vancouver, and did doctoral studies in Hebrew Bible at the University of Toronto. He has published a number of scholarly studies, including articles and dictionary entries. Tyler has most recently co-edited a collection of essays on the book of Chronicles entitled, Chronicling the Chronicler: The Book of Chronicles and Early Second Temple Historiography (Eisenbrauns, 2013). Tyler will be teaching a course on the Book of Genesis at Taylor Seminary in January, titled "Creation and Covenant".
- Last Updated: 25 April 2014
A bite-sized learning opportunity - just $15!
On Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 the Wahl Centre at Taylor invites you to our first Lunch & Learn for Church Administrative Professionals. This event is for anyone who loves our annual CAPs events, with practical training and networking for those who serve the church in an administrative role.
This event will run from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with a boxed lunch provided by Sunterra Markets. Our speaker will be computer guru Joanne Swensrud of Know IT Sooner, and the topic will offer a ton of tips and tricks in a session called "Everything you Wanted to do with Microsoft Office but Didn't Know How!"
Even if you've been using Microsoft Office for years there are many tricks you may not be aware of that will save you time and increase your productivity. Joanne, one of our presenters from our last CAPs conference is back by popular demand to offer up more Tips and Tricks for us. Join us for some learning, a delicious lunch and the opportunity to network with other church administrative professionals.