onWORD Conference at Taylor
THE PRAYERS OF ST. PAUL
NOV. 12-13, 2010
The apostle Paul often began his letters with eloquent prayers that contain vital concepts for anyone interested in authentic, dissident discipleship. At Taylor’s onWORD Bible conference, Dr. Gary Nelson will share insights from a lifetime of study and pastoral leadership in a series of talks called ‘And this is my Prayer for You... Sorting out what Really Matters for the Church.’
Paul's prayers to the emerging church in the first century provide a window into the challenges for the church and for followers of Jesus in the 21st Century as well. What really matters? How do we find the foundations that effectively and deeply ground us in the possibilities of a faith that is dissident and alive? Paul prays for the things that really matter – and we should too!
This conference will also include a number of workshops and breakout sessions where scholars and Bible teachers will help us journey through scripture.
Join us for onWORD: the conference, a journey through scripture – an exploration of Biblical proportions!
Conference Schedule at a Glance
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
General Session #1 (Stencel Hall)
Speaker: Dr. Gary Nelson
Join us for refreshments following this opening session.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13
10:00 PM - 11:30 AM
General Session #2 (Stencel Hall)
Speaker: Dr. Gary Nelson
Workshops: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Session A – The Excellency of Christ (Dr. Jeffrey McPherson)
The soaring language of the first chapter of Colossians is among the greatest expressions of the work of Christ. It provides a profound understanding of who Christ is in relation to the world and, as such, merits closer examination. Dr. Jeff McPherson, visiting scholar at Taylor Seminary, will lead this discussion.
Session B – 'Helping Johnny Read' –
Thoughts on Biblical Literacy (Dr. Jerry Shepherd)
Dr. Jerry Shepherd, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Taylor, has spent much of his adult life reading, studying and teaching the Bible -- in English and in Hebrew. Lately, he's been giving a lot of thought to the challenge of 'Biblical illiteracy' -- a general lack of knowledge of the people, places and stories of scripture. Join him for a lively discussion of some of the ways we can foster general familiarity with the Bible.
Workshops: 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Session C – Praying the Psalms (Len Thompson)
Join Len Thompson of Urban Sanctuary (also an adjunct professor at Taylor Seminary) as he leads you through an experience of scripture as prayer. Through teaching, reading aloud, writing and prayer, students at this session will have the opportunity to experience the Psalms in a new way.
Session D – Living into the Good News
(Bishop Jane Alexander)
Bishop Jane Alexander of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton will discuss the Good News. She will speak from Luke 4:16-21, in which Jesus reads a passage from Isaiah then declares "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
General Session #3 (Stencel Hall)
Speaker: Dr. Gary Nelson
5:30 PM – Conference Ends
WHAT: onWORD Bible Conference
WHEN: November 12 - 13, 2010
WHERE: Stencel Hall, Taylor College and Seminary
(11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB)
COST: free, but you must register; pre-register online now in 60 seconds or less - click here.
Movie Night - Nov. 5
‘The Trial’ – Canadian Film Premiere
“...a tragic story of pain, suffering and loss ultimately giving way to hope and rediscovery. This story shines on film.”
-Noel T. Manning (Cinemascene)
“...a beautiful and moving film...”
-S. David Acuff (Wired4Film)
The Taylor Seminary Students’ Association is pleased to present the Canadian premiere of director Gary Wheeler’s latest film. The Trial, based on a Robert Whitlow novel, has been in limited theatrical release in the United States, earning rave reviews. In advance of its DVD release on November 9, the TSSA welcomes you to join us for a special movie event, featuring a Q & A with Brad Mix, one of the executive producers of the film.
Following the death of his wife and sons, small-town lawyer "Mac" McClain (Matthew Modine) has lost the will to live, but he sets aside despair to defend young Pete Thomason (Randy Wayne) in a high-stakes case involving first-degree murder. In this courtroom drama that finds Pete accused of killing his girlfriend, unyielding prosecutor Joe Whetstone (Bob Gunton) seeks the death penalty, and McClain pursues redemption for the boy and for himself.
Join us for this exceptional new film, and stay for a discussion of Christian films, led by Tim Willson. Admission is free, brought to you by the students of Taylor Seminary.
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Stencel Hall at Taylor (11525 - 23 Avenue, Edmonton AB)
**DVD Release for THE TRIAL: November 9, 2010
To inquire about screenings in your church, contact Crown Entertainment: 1 (800) 661-9467, ext. 307
Purity Works - Conference
The E P Wahl Centre at Taylor is pleased to announce that best-selling children's author Jennie Bishop will speak at a unique parenting conference on October 30, 2010. Purity Works will focus on helping parents shepherd their children through a challenging cultural landscape. In advertising, television programs, books, music and in school yards everywhere, children are presented with ideas that conflict with what they are taught at home. Jennie's message is based on a simple idea -- that God's gifts to us are best enjoyed when they are preserved for their best and highest use.
Purity Works is a conference that introduces the concept of “planned purity” and the “five doors of the heart.” Jennie explains how to build purity into family life, which begins as we learn to guard our hearts via the five senses. A child is taught to guard the “inner being” by critically evaluating what he/she takes in via the senses. This biblical understanding and practice of purity, based on Proverbs 4:20-27, builds the foundation for children to embrace sexual purity outwardly as they grow.
This conference is directed at families and those who work with children, but is also appropriate and helpful for young men and women aged 12 and above.
What: Planned Purity, a conference for moms and dads
Who: Jennie Bishop, best-selling author, founder of Purity Works
When: October 30, 2010, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Taylor College and Seminary (11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB)
Cost: $30 per person ($50 per couple)
About Jennie Bishop
Jennie Bishop is a best-selling children’s author of numerous books, including The Princess and the Kiss . That book was written after Jennie asked God to help her find an age-appropriate way to teach young children about purity. The unexpected grassroots response to The Princess and The Kiss catapulted Bishop into a speaking and conference ministry known as Purity Works to bring the message of biblical purity to children and parents alike; it has since been followed by a similar book for boys, The Squire and the Scroll. She lives in Florida with her husband, Randy (a worship pastor), and their two daughters.
Check out this short video introduction to Purity Works (clicking the image below will play the video on Youtube):
Other books by Jennie Bishop
New onWORD series: The Revelation
Professor Ralph Korner is back at Taylor as the featured presenter in our season-opening series at onWORD. Ralph, who is no stranger to the Taylor community, will lead an exploration of one of the Bible's most puzzling and misunderstood books: The Revelation of St. John. This new series will kick off October 5th at Stencel Hall on the Taylor Campus.
Among the key questions this series will explore deal with the purpose of the Book of the Revelation: is it only a predictive road map or something much more? How is this vision organized? Are popular interpretations truthful, or should they be left behind (so to speak)? What do we know about the seven churches in their first century context? What are the interpretive approaches to the whole book (all future, all first century, or a mix of both)? How do we interpret the enigmatic symbols in the book–e.g., 666, the mark of the beast, the New Jerusalem? What does the text have to say about “the rapture,” “the great tribulation,” and other challenging topics?
Fascinating and relevant, don’t miss this first series of the 2010-11 onWORD season!
About the Presenter:
Ralph Korner is a PhD student at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), working on a degree in Early Christianity and Early Judaism. He served as Taylor’s Campus Pastor from 2001-2006 and was Adjunct Instructor in New Testament at Taylor University College from 2001-2007.