Hildebrand-headshotNovember 16-17 is the date of the 2012 OnWord Conference on The Life of David. This year’s conference will begin on Friday night with a dramatic presentation on The Life of David by Canadian actor Jason Hildebrand. Saturday morning from 9:00-noon will be filled with presentations on different aspects of David’s life presented by Dr. Willy Muller, Pastor Sieg Koslowski, Jason Hildebrand, and Dr. Jerry Shepherd.

There is a minimal charge for Friday night’s performance but Saturday is free for all and everyone is invited.

Friday, November 16, 2012
7:30 PM – The Life of David, featuring Toronto actor/playwright Jason Hildebrand
This solo performance features 23 characters, and a wide range of events in the life of this monumental king. Jason Hildebrand’s performance covers David’s life, from his anointing by the prophet Samuel to his final words – a story that includes his achievements, his failures and his worship.

Cost: $12.00 for Friday night (register online here) -- an outstanding youth group event!
Saturday sessions are free of charge.

Saturday, November 17, 2012
9:00 AM – 12 Noon – Four Teaching Sessions on the Life of David
1. The Life of David: Family Man, featuring Dr. Willy Muller
David was many things, but he is not remembered for being an outstanding father. See what lessons we can learn from looking at David’s life at home.

2. An Actor’s Journey with the Life of David, featuring Jason Hildebrand
It’s one thing to read the story – but to write a play based on David’s life, and then to perform those scenes and those words over and over again? Jason will talk about ‘living’ the Life of David.

3. It’s a Cold and Broken Hallelujah! The Life of David in the Book of Psalms, featuring Dr. Jerry Shepherd
Taylor Seminary Old Testament professor Dr. Jerry Shepherd will share rich insights into the Psalms – the praise, the laments, the complaints.

4. David’s Journey into the Heartland of God’s Kingdomfeaturing Pastor Sieg Koslowski
For all of his failings, King David may be best described as a man after God’s own heart. Re-trace his journey into the Kingdom of God.

All events in Stencel Hall at Taylor College and Seminary.

12 Noon – Lunch, by donation

Alumni Note: The Annual General Meeting of the Taylor Alumni Association will take place on the afternoon of November 17th, immediately following onWORD and the noon luncheon mentioned above.

Taylor Seminary is pleased to announce that another course will be offered in Grande Prairie: OT 417 Old Testament Introduction, which will feature Old Testament prof Dr. Jerry Shepherd. This modular course will be offered over three weekends in Winter 2013 for graduate credit through Taylor Seminary, or for undergraduate credit (as REL 102 Old Testament Literature) through Taylor College, transferrable to U of A, University of Calgary, Athabasca University, Kings University College, Concordia University College, Canadian University College, and University of Lethbridge.

OT 417 is a survey of the contents, message, form, and background of the Old Testament. Attention will be given to the major theological themes in this literature, considering such questions as:

  • Is the creation account in Genesis historically and scientifically accurate?
  • What does it mean that human beings are made in the image of God?
  • How do we know which books really belong in the Old Testament?
  • The Old Testament is law, and the New Testament is grace, right?
  • Are Christians in any way still “under” Old Testament law?
  • Is the angry, violent God of the Old Testament actually related to Jesus? Is he really the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ?
  • What's important and relevant about the Old Testament anyway?
  • When are all those great Old Testament prophecies (the coming war with Russia, the rebuilding of the temple, Daniel's last week) going to come true?

Come, and together we'll explore the answers to all these questions in this fully-accredited, three-credit course.

Professor: Dr. Jerry Shepherd
Location: Christian Fellowship Assembly, Grande Prairie, AB
Dates: January 18-19, February 15-16, March 15-16, 2013
(Classes will run on Fridays 6:30–9:30 PM and on Saturdays 8:30 AM–4:30 PM)
Taylor Seminary Admissions Contact: Rick Heavenor (Rick@TaylorSeminary.ca)
1-800-567-4988, ext. 215 or 780-431-5215
GP Contact: Kim Penney (kpenney@cfachurch.ca) | (780) 538-1350.

To learn more, call our Admissions department at 780-431-5215, or fill out our online request for information by clicking here. Applications are welcome at any time, however early applications for courses and programs are often helpful and are greatly encouraged. 

the-swedish-atheist-the-scuba-diver-and-other-apologetic-rabbit-trailsDr. Randal Rauser, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary, is celebrating the publication of his newest book. The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Rabbit Trails was published by Intervarsity, and is now available at bookstores and at online retailers.

The book consists solely of a fictional coffee shop conversation between an atheist and the author, intended to give the reader a unique introduction to apologetics. Dr. Rauser says the book is intended to model a new style of apologetics, one that is winsome and respectful. In an early review at Amazon.com, Rutgers philosophy professor Dean Zimmerman called it "a model of candid, winsome, thought-provoking apologetics."

The Intervarsity Press Catalogue summarizes the book this way:

"This imaginative narrative is a model of the rigorous pursuit of truth in conversation. Apologetics is not just about winning arguments; it is a transformative apprenticeship where eternity touches down in everyday life. It's about the discovery of truth through winding, weaving, honest, aimless, pointless and completely purposeful conversations between people who desperately want to know the way really things are."

Dr. Rauser is a prolific author, with several books in the books at the moment; he is also highly engaged with audiences online, especially through his blog at http://randalrauser.com/.


At their recent meetings, trustees of Taylor were presented with an RFD ("Request for Decision") regarding a proposal that could see the seminary becoming an official member of a consortium of western Canadian seminaries. The RFD asked trustees to formally approve detailed negotiations with ACTS regarding joining the consortium. A preliminary report on the possibility of becoming the 6th member seminary of ACTS was developed over the summer and fall, and was discussed at great length at the fall meetings of the Taylor Board of Trustees.

Trustees voted in favor of the RFD, meaning that the process has advanced to the next stage. More details talks with ACTS and its member seminaries will take place over the winter, with a view to be ready to consider a final proposal at the March 2013 meetings.

The ACTS consortium is headquartered at the Graduate School of Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. The consortium is configured so that each member retains its independence, but shares institutional resources to gain operational and educational effectiveness and to better serve students.

Taylor trustees were encouraged by discussions to this date and by the preliminary report; all of us at Taylor will continue to appreciate your prayers for God's wisdom as we consider this significant new partnership, one that will help us be more effective and efficient in our mission.

A final proposal could be ready for the board's consideration at the next meeting of the trustees in March.

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