At Phoenix Seminary, we live our motto, “Scholarship with a Shepherd’s Heart.” This means that we have a faculty that trains men and women for gospel-centered ministry for the building up of healthy churches in Phoenix and beyond. In 2017, the faculty has labored in countless ways, but let’s try to enumerate some of them. In addition to teaching, preaching, and service in the local church and the seminary, they have been preparing conference papers to be delivered at the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS; Providence, RI) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL; Boston, MA); researching, writing, and publishing books and articles; going overseas on missions’ work; engaging in local church ministries; and counseling in a clinical setting. By the Lord’s grace, the faculty engages at both the highest ranks of scholarship and in the life of the local church for the glory of God. The accomplishments listed below are only a taste of the Phoenix Seminary faculty, but we should list them in order that we can thank God for his provision of strength to carry out the work.
Presentations: ETS. Friday 17, 2017 at 2:40 p.m. “‘He labors because he believes’: Faith and Redemptive Almsgiving in Cyprian of Carthage.”
Publications: (1) Justification in the Second Century, Studies of the Bible and Its Reception 9 (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2017). 221 pages. (2) Cyprian of Carthage: Life and Impact (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, forthcoming 2017).
Preaching: Dr. DelHousaye has been an active preacher in Phoenix this year, preaching in at least seven different churches.
Conference: Dr. DelHousaye will represent Phoenix Seminary at a Collective for the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona.
Publications: (1) Engaging Ephesians: An Intermediate Reader and Exegetical Guide (Glossa House, expected Nov. 2017). (2) “Luke’s Baptist in John’s Gospel,” in Early Christianity and its Hellenistic Context 4, edited by Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts (Leiden: Brill, expected Nov. 2017). (3) Several entries in The Essential Handbook of Denominations and Ministries, edited by George Thomas Kurian and Sarah Claudine Day (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2017). (4) Reviewed Garwood P. Anderson’s, Paul’s New Perspective: Charting a Soteriological Journey, Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies in Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies.
Presentation: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.: ETS Panel.
The editors and several other contributors will present and discuss the forthcoming book (see below), Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique, in a 3-hour session.
Conference: Thursday night-Friday morning Jan. 18-19, 2018 (in Phoenix).
Phoenix Seminary will sponsor a conference to discuss and promote Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique (see below). Three of the editors (Stephen Meyer, J.P. Moreland, and Wayne Grudem) will make presentations and interact with the audience in an extended question-and-answer time.
Publications: (1) Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique, Co-edited with J. P. Moreland, Stephen Meyer, and Chris Shaw (Crossway, due out Nov. 2017). 992 pages. The book has 23 authors and 33 chapters. (2) Redeeming the Life of the Mind: Essays in Honor of Vern Poythress, Co-edited with John Frame and John J. Hughes; Foreword by J. I. Packer (Crossway, due Nov. 2017). 432 pages.
Presentations: (1) ETS. Friday 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. “Growing Up in the Ehrman Era: Retrospect & Prospect on Our Text-Critical Apologetic.” Peter is also co-chairing this session. See here for more information. (2) SBL. Monday Nov. 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “The Byzantine Text as the Initial Text in the CBGM.”
Publications: (1) A Critical Examination of the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method in New Testament Textual Criticism, New Testament Studies, Tools and Documents 55 (Leiden: Brill, due out Oct. 2017). (2) A New Approach to Textual Criticism: An Introduction to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (Atlanta: SBL/Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, expected in 2017). Co-authored with Tommy Wasserman. (3) “Textual Criticism and the Editio Critica Maior (ECM) of James,” in Reading the Epistle of James: A Resource for Students, edited by Eric F. Mason and Darian Lockett, Resources for Biblical Study (Atlanta: SBL Press, forthcoming). Co-authored with Tommy Wasserman.
Blogging: Dr. Gurry blogs frequently at Evangelical Textual Criticism.
Urban Ministry: Exploring a ministry to refugees in the Phoenix area for field education opportunities for seminary students.
Conferences: In September Dr. Hartnell will attend the North American Orality Conference in Colorado Springs sponsored by the International Orality Network.
Writing Project: Dr. Hartnell has begun collaborating with a local Phoenix Seminary alumnus in the development of pastoral training materials that combine traditional content and pedagogy with oral dynamics for a ministry network in Uganda and Kenya.
Accreditation: Ten-year extension of Phoenix Seminary’s regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Continued licensure of the seminary by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSE). Preparation for March 2018 ten-year professional reaccreditation by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Publication: Roger Ball, W. Bingham Hunter, and Eric vanSonnenberg, “Mentoring in Christian Seminaries: A Survey of the Evangelical Seminary Deans’ Council,” Journal of Research on Christian Education. Forthcoming 2017).
Missions: Missions trip to Uganda, East Africa from July 17th through the 29th. While there he will be ministering to around 2,500 pastors and their wives on shepherding, church leadership, conflict resolution, and understanding salvation and family development.
Conference: Local church youth conference on July 8–9 designed to help youth and youth adults understand their calling and opportunities for ministry.
Presentations: (1) Houston Baptist University. Friday, March 3, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. “The ‘Canon’ Terminology of Epiphanius of Salamis.” Presented at the 2017 Theology Conference “How the Bible Came into Being.” (2) ETS. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. “The Septuagint and the Biblical Canon.”
Publications: (1) The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, due out Nov. 2017). 352 pages. Co-authored with Edmon Gallagher. (2) Articles on “Masoretic Text,” “Septuagint,” and “Hexapla” in The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media, edited by Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond Person, and Elsie Stern (London: T & T Clark / Bloomsbury, due out Sept. 2017). (3) Several articles on the Hexapla in The Textual History of the Bible, vol. 1, edited by Armin Lange and Emanuel Tov (Leiden: Brill, 2016–2017).
Clinical Practice: Dr. Smith remains active as a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist. He specializes in working with clergy, missionaries, global workers, couples, and trauma survivors. He is President-Elect of the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Presentations: (1) Christian Association for Psychological Studies. March 31, 2017. “Advances and changing ethics and standards of practice in telehealth and technology assisted services: Local and global perspectives.” Co-presented with Chung, K-Y, & Miller, L. (2) Christian Association for Psychological Studies. March 11, 2016. “Healing and Hurting in Relationships: Addressing Violence in Therapy.”
Publications: “Telehealth Practice: Perspectives and Resources.” Member Care Update, 91 (November 2016).
Presentations: (1) Scottsdale Bible Church, March 23, 2017. “Understanding and Responding to Domestic Violence and Child Sexual Abuse.” Day-long training for Scottsdale Bible Church staff. (2) June 20, 2017, Wheaton College, “Abuse and Shame: How the Cross Transforms Sexual Shame.” Presentation at Honor-Shame Conference. (3) October 14, 2017, ASU West, “A Historical Christian Perspective on Human Life: Valuing the Marginalized.” Presentation at “An Ethical 360 Dialogue about Abortion” forum, sponsored by Arizona State University West Campus.
Missions: In April/May 2017, Dr. Tracy conducted five weeks of ministry in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He led short-term teams conducting trauma ministry conferences for pastors, counselors, and traumatized children. Read about it here.
Parachurch: President of Mending the Soul Ministries, a Christian nonprofit which creates written resources and trainings on trauma, abuse, and sexuality for domestic and global use.
Publications: Caring for the Vulnerable Child: Welcoming Children Who Have Experienced Neglect, Abandonment, & Abuse. Co-authored with Celestia Tracy, forthcoming.