Ministry Faculty, Grad Present Research at Evangelical Conference

 Dr. Richards and Kevin Boyle
Dr. Randy Richards and Kevin Boyle.

Six faculty members and a graduate student in the School of Ministry participated as presenters and moderators at the 69th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, held in Providence, Rhode Island.

Master of Divinity student Kevin Boyle, from West Palm Beach, read a paper, co-written with Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Randy Richards titled “Did First Century Writers ‘Know’ the Testaments were Pseudepigraphic? Implications for 2 Peter.” The paper argued that there is no evidence to suggest that ancients knew the testaments were written falsely in another person’s name.

“Thanks to Dr. Richards, I had the opportunity to contribute to scholarship beyond what most in my stage of training are able to do,” said Boyle, who received the School of Ministry Outstanding Graduate award for the 2017 fall commencement. “I am ultimately grateful to my teacher, boss and mentor [Dr. Richards] for the amazing opportunity.”

The Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics in the School of Ministry Dr. Paul Copan, presented a paper titled, "In Defense of Old Testament Warfare: An Assessment of Pacifism, ‘Cruciformity,’ and Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God.” Boyd attempts to understand “Old Testament violence” in light of the cross of Christ, which purportedly reveals the non-violent nature of God. Dr. Paul Copan’s presentation argued that Boyd’s approach attempts to create an unnecessary discontinuity between the testaments.

Dr. Vic Copan, professor of ministry leadership and biblical studies, presented a paper titled, “How the LXX’s Rendering of Eklektos Sheds New Light on Its Use in the New Testament." The Greek word, Eklektos is often translated as “chosen.” Particularly, Dr. Vic Copan explores what is meant by the phrase “God’s chosen people.” He suggests that this is an inadequate and misleading translation, and that the rendering “God’s special people” is a more accurate translation of this phrase.

Representing the Orlando campus, Dr. Eric Lowdermilk, assistant professor of biblical and theological studies, presented a paper titled, “The 1802 Revival at Yale College: Assessing the Impact on Graduates and their Ministries.” Lowdermilk reviewed the story of the revival and compiled data resulting from it. He found that students who experienced the revival, had significantly higher numbers of conversions in their lifetimes of ministry than those who did not go through the revival.

Among the moderators at the meeting was Dr. Karelynne Ayayo, professor of biblical and theological studies, for the “Practical Theology” session; Dr. Justin Hardin, assistant dean of the School of Ministry graduate program, for the “Heritage of the Reformation: New Testament” talk; and Richards for the “New Testament Backgrounds” lecture.

The meeting is a time for professionals in Bible, history and theology to present papers, connect with colleagues and publishers, and see the latest publications. Many of the attending ministry faculty are members of the Evangelical Theological Society.