Who should I invite to speak at NW ETS next year?

I’m serving on the regional ETS committee for the first time this year. As a result, I will get to decide who we should invite to be the plenary speakers at next year’s NW ETS meeting. Last year we invited Nancey Murphy and John Cooper (and me) to present papers on the dualism/physicalism debate. This year, we’ll be hearing from Marcus Borg and and Craig Blomberg on the historical Jesus debate. So, we’ve been able to invite and attract some good people recently and I’d like that to continue next year.

I’d like to hear what you think. And, feel free to offer suggestions even if you don’t live in the NW and you know you won’t be attending.

So, please let me know, Who do you think I should invite to speak at ETS next year? Or, another way to approach this would be to tell me, What key issue do you think should be the focus of next year’s plenaries?


About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on January 28, 2011, in Misc and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Oh, and to the issue, the relationship of Scripture to Christian theology and how to reintegrate the two.

  2. Richard Bauckham
    Douglas Moo
    Mark Stevens
    Ben Witherington
    Stanley Hauerwas

  3. We’ve actually extended an invitation to Vanhoozer, but haven’t heard back yet. I’ll keep trying.

    Wow, I’m really not sure that we could get Mark Stevens. I hear he’s in tremendous demand this year (and his parole officer won’t let him leave the country).

  4. Brian, what about the specific issue of theological interpretation? I’m sure we could get a couple of good people with very different perspectives on that topic.

  5. hahahaha! I tried to slip it in there!

    One day someone will invite me to speak somewhere! I have spoken twice at other churches in 4 years. Not the same church. Not a good sign! 🙂

  6. @Marc: Theological interpretation would be great as well.

  7. Michael Fletcher

    I think an awesome topic would be church unity. Especially in light of the fact that the Catholic and Orthodox churches are considering having another ecumenical council in 2013.

  8. Since we discussed him recently, what about Michael Bird? 🙂

  9. William J Abraham on topics related to canonical theism.

    John Goldingay on OT Theology.

  10. (1) Kevin Vanhoozer on The Drama of Doctrine
    (2) Craig Bartholomew and (3) Michael Goheen on The Drama of Scripture
    (4) Timothy Gombis on The Drama of Ephesians
    (5) Michael J. Gorman on Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross
    (6) Christopher Wright on The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative and The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission

    General topic: God’s redemptive drama/narrative
    Bartholomew and Goheen to speak on the topic as it relates to Scripture; Vanhoozer as it relates to doctrine; Gombis and Gorman as it relates to Paul’s life and teaching; and, Wright as it relates to the church’s mission.

  11. @Chris: That is national conference worthy! I can’t imagine a region having the budget for all those people. Great list though.

  12. Oh yeah, I forgot, how ’bout David Kelsey to talk about his new book “Eccentric Existence”. That would be neat and you could even interact with him on it.

    • Ooh, good suggestion. I’ll have to look into that.

      And, that reminds me that I never finished my series on Eccentric Existence. I finished the first volume, but never got around to doing the second one. Oops. I’ll have to get on that.

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