Today, I am headed to Denver, CO, for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)—two of the largest gatherings for biblical scholars in the world. In addition to the normal meals, gatherings, and meeting with old friends, here’s a little preview of what I will be up to.
1. Speaking at Colorado Christian University. On Monday, I will be speaking on the topic of “Hidden Gospels: Our Culture’s Quest to Rewrite the Story of Jesus” to the staff, faculty and students of Colorado Christian. My friend Don Sweeting is the Chancellor there and was kind enough to invite me. I hope to encourage their folks that our canonical Gospels are trustworthy sources for the life of Jesus, particularly when considered in light of the so-called Lost Gospels we know about. You can watch the live stream here.
2. Time with the Executive Committee. As a former president of ETS (2019), I am still serving on the Executive Committee which now consists of Al Mohler, D.A. Carson, Timothy George, Gregg Allison, Craig Keener, David Dockery, and Karen Jobes. And I should not forget to mention our executive director, Ken Magnuson. I always enjoy time with this impressive group of scholars and we will be gathering together for dinner and business Monday night.
3. Attending presidential address. As a past president, I always try to encourage each year’s president as they give the address. This year it will be D.A. Carson who is speaking on “Trishagion: Foundation for Christian Mission.” Next year will be Timothy George, and the year after it will be Karen Jobes.
4. Giving paper and chairing session. On Wednesday morning, I will be giving a paper for the invited section of the NT Canon, Textual Criticism and Apocryphal Literature study group. My paper will be on “New Testament Manuscripts Possibly from the Second Century.” On Thursday afternoon I will be chairing the open section of the same group. There’s a great line up of papers for both groups: [Read more…]