“We seek belonging. It is part of being human; it is part of why we tell stories. [….] Led by Tali Hairston, the gathering of people from several churches and contexts allowed exploration of personal backgrounds as a way to engage and explore some of the filters that shape the story. Understanding how we come to construct our stories is a powerful way to engage issues of race, among others, for the purpose of reconciliation.”
SPS Professor Dr. Daniel Castelo provides an overview of the theological themes and importance of this oft-studied New Testament text as a preview to the Spring 2015 Lectio series.
“God delights in forgiving us for all of our sins, including our interpretive ones. But that puts an enormous responsibility on a community of believers to have their practices of confession and forgiveness and reconciliation in good working order so that you’re in a position to recognize your own errors, confess them, and change.” – Dr. Stephen Fowl
“One of the things that theological interpretation should impress upon someone is the importance of engaging that ongoing conversation, not coming to this text as if we were the first ones to ever look at it….instead we are the heirs of a stream of interpretation, or perhaps a long-running conversation over centuries. We actually might want to join that conversation and start to participate in it as a way of enriching what we do in our local congregations.” – Dr. Stephen Fowl
“The foundational commitment that drives theological interpretation of scripture has to be this sense that reading scripture isn’t an end in it of itself. It’s one of God’s gifts to the church, to bring Christians to their proper end in God. It’s a vehicle for bringing us to God. Ultimately all that scriptural interpretation has to be directed toward serving that larger end of bringing us to God.” – Dr. Stephen Fowl
“The Graduate Core Practicum is designed to help students connect the rigorous academic work that they’re doing in their Bible classes and their Global Christian Heritage classes and their Theology and Ethics classes with their own personal spiritual formation and also … with the skill-building needed for effective ministry.” – Dr. Rick Steele