KANSAS CITY – The Pastor’s Conference will take an academic bent this year, with three seminary professors heading up the Oct. 28 meeting. They will focus on the life and work of Jesus, while First Baptist Macon’s choir and musical group, 60 West, will lead in worship.
The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with Tom Schreiner. Schreiner is a professor of New Testament interpretation and the associate dean of Scripture and interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He joined the Southern faculty in 1997 after serving on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author or editor of several books including Romans; Interpreting the Pauline Epistles; The Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law; The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance; Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives of Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace, co-edited with Bruce A. Ware; Women in the Church: A Fresh Analysis of I Timothy 2:9-15; and Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude.
Bruce Ware is professor of Christian theology, also at Southern. Ware has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and, along with Schreiner, has co-edited Still Sovereign. He also has authored God’s Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism; God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance; Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God; and The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ. He came to Southern Seminary from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he served as chairman of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology. Prior to this, he taught at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Bethel Theological Seminary.
Donald Arthur (D.A.) Carson is an evangelical New Testament scholar and is currently Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written more than 45 books, including commentaries on books of the Bible, The Sermon on the Mount, and books on prayer and suffering. His book, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism, won the 1997 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Book Award in the category of “theology and doctrine.” He has also written books on free will and predestination from a generally compatibilist and Calvinist perspective and Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications.
The 2013 Pastor’s Conference officers are Jeremy Plymale, pastor, CrossHaven, O’Fallon, treasurer; Josh Hall, Selmore Baptist Church, Ozark, president-elect; and Phil Bray, pastor, First Baptist, Macon, president.