Taylor is pleased to announced that the 2011 E.P. Wahl Lectures will feature Dr. Douglas Moo, the Blanchard Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and the Chair of the Committee for Bible translation. This lecture series, which began 25 years ago, is a significant continuing education opportunity for pastors, academics and students, as well as anyone else interested in attending.

The 26th Annual E.P. Wahl Lectures will take place March 22, 2011 in Stencel Hall (Taylor College and Seminary). 

2011 E.P. Wahl Lectures
Text, Theology, and Translation: Reflections on the Updated NIV, with Dr. Douglas Moo

Session 1: The Obedience of Faith (Rom. 1:5)
Session 2: The Righteousness of God (Rom. 3:21-26)
Session 3: Fighting the Flesh (Rom. 7:5-8:13)
Session 4: Translation and Gender Issues (Rom. 14:1-23)

Dr. Douglas Moo is an expert on Pauline theology, and each session will relate some of his recent work on Bible translation to larger questions raised in the book of Romans.

Dr. Moo will lead a fascinating exploration of several passsages in the book of Romans while exploring the issues involved in translating the scriptures; specifically, he will address the changes being made to the NIV, already the most widely used English-language Bible in the world (the new NIV will be published in March 2011). Significant work has been done on understanding the original languages of scripture, and an unprecedented amount of work has been done on current English language usage. Other changes are being made to improve readability of the text.

Approximately 5-percent of the text of the NIV is being updated, so these changes are of significant interest to anyone who teaches, preaches, studies and memorizes the Bible, and we are honored to have such an esteemed scholar offer this timely presentation as the 2011 E.P. Wahl Lectures at Taylor College and Seminary.

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"Seeking the Face of God"

The Urban Sanctuary is accepting registrations for the annual Healthy Soul Conference, offered in cooperationHealthy Heart 2011 with the E P Wahl Centre. The 2011 event will be held March 11-12, 2011 and will feature Gary Thomas speaking on Seeking the Face of God.

All Christians face struggles, doubts, and temptations. Gary Thomas will share with us his own spiritual journey and wisdom he has gained from believers of the past to help us rediscover an authentic Christian spirituality that applies to everyday life's frustrations, problems, and joys.

About Gary Thomas:  Gary Thomas is a best selling author and international speaker whose ministry brings people closer to Christ and closer to others. He unites the study of scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships within the Christian community.

Location: Bethel Community Church 14204 - 25 Street Edmonton, AB


Conference Schedule

Friday March 12
•6 p.m. Registration Opens
•7 p.m. Seeking the Face of God - Session 1 with Gary Thomas

Saturday March 13 
•8:30 a.m. Doors Open
•9 a.m. Seeking the Face of God - Session 2 with Gary Thomas
•11 a.m. Optional Sessions
   ?Genuine Humility - Len Thompson - (Unlimited)
   ?Cultivating the Quiet - Rick Heavenor - (Limit 100)
   ?Training the Body and Soul - Michelle Schurek - (Limit 30)
•12 p.m. Break for Lunch (Meal is not provided)
•1 p.m. Seeking the Face of God - Session 3 with Gary Thomas

Conference Ends at 3 p.m. Saturday

Individual Registration
•Early Bird Registration before February 1, 2011 $65.00
•Regular Registration $75.00
•Student Registration $50.00

Group Registration
Group registration of $60 per person is available for groups of 7 or more.  Call the Urban Sanctuary at (780) 477-5731 or email [email protected].

New onWORD series explores Scripture in the Music of Christmas

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Taylor's onWORD series will delve into the familiar carols and hymns ofonWORD 2010-11_Music of Christmas Advent. Through these beloved songs, we recount details of Jesus' birth -- but how closely do these carols follow the scriptural narrative?

Over the course of several weeks, we'll explore the history and authorship of these timeless Christmas songs, and we'll take the time to sing them together. And along the way we'll explore the narratives in the Gospels, exploring this familiar story in new ways and distinguishing between what we know and what we think we know. And, beyond the mere facts of the story, we'll participate in the story by seeing it from various perspectives.

November 23, 2010
Advent Prophesies
Rev. Eric Brooks

November 30, 2010
The Advent Family – Joseph and Mary
Rev. Kurt Redschlag

December 07, 2010 
Witnesses to Advent
Rev. Sieg Koslowski

December 14, 2010
The Primary Focus of Advent, Jesus
Dr. Willy Muller

December 21, 2010
Christmas Celebration In Song

Each evenings' discussion will include two hymns, which will be sung together under the leadership of Dr. Herman Effa.

onWORD is a free, weekly exploration of Scripture using gifted teachers and instructors to helps us understand, explore and experience the text of the Bible. Join us Tuesdays at 7:30 (except during holidays and summers).

Taylor Mourns the Loss of Dr. Joe Sonnenberg, Celebrates his Life

Sonneberg_Joseph2Taylor College and Seminary mourns the death of President Emeritus Dr. Joseph Sonnenberg. Dr. Sonnenberg, who was president from 1970 to 1981, passed away in Kelowna on November 8, 2010.

Born in Poland in 1922, he was married to his wife Ella for over 61 years. Together they had a son Brian (Carlene) of Portland, OR, and a daughter Cheryl (Jim) Nichols of Edmonton, AB, and the family grew to include five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Dr. Sonnenberg was a towering figure in Taylor's history. He led the building projects that included the Schalm Memorial Library, the Gymnasium and a dormitory, and also oversaw significant growth in the student body. High school education was phased out during this time, and Taylor Seminary got its start as a divinity school. When he stepped down as president, he said that he had accepted the job with "fear and trembling" but that he came "to pay a debt to this College for the great impact it had upon my life in its formative years."

Friends and former colleagues remember "Joe" Sonnenberg as a disciplined, hard-working honest man who valued spiritual development and intellectual growth; one remembers that he followed a pattern of reading at least one book per week. He also loved nature, and was responsible for the trees that line the Taylor campus. 

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Dr. Sonnenberg's honor to the Taylor College & Seminary Scholarship Fund or to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. The Sonnenberg Leadership Scholarship was first set up in 1999, and since then has distributed over $10,000 to 24 deserving students. Donations to the Sonnenberg Leadership Scholarship Fund may be mailed to:

Taylor College and Seminary
11525 - 23 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T6J 4T3

The Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Sonnenberg will take place on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna B.C.

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