Presenter: Dr. Dan Morrison (PhD ’19)
Paper topic: “Prophetic Proclamations Against Power Abuse”
Abstract: Over the past number of years, individuals around the world have been uncomfortably confronted with the sin of racism. The eyes of the world have been on the United States of America where there have been recent acts of police brutality against African Americans and killings of African Americans by civilians. These situations have often resulted in questionable demonstrations of justice regarding their offenders. The country has become divided. Unfortunately, the church has also. This paper utilizes Critical Discourse Analysis to analyze the Apocalypse’s message to the church in Ephesus. The study reveals that the text of Revelation prophetically speaks to the contemporary church, just as it did the church in Ephesus, and urges it not to conform to the abusive practices of the broader culture, especially in relation to those who should be recognized as brothers and sisters in Christ.
The MDC Theological Research Seminar (TRS) will be held virtually for the 2020-21 academic year. TRS meets for an hour twice per month on Tuesdays. Each seminar includes about thirty minutes for the paper presentation and twenty minutes for discussion.
All advanced degree students are invited to present a paper and share your research with your colleagues. TRS is an excellent opportunity to “test drive” a paper you will be presenting at an upcoming conference and receive helpful feedback on your current research projects. Thinking about submitting an article to a journal and want some interaction first? TRS will provide it. Just published an article or an essay and want to share it us? TRS is an excellent opportunity to broadcast it.
This year the organizing committee consists of Dr. Paul Evans, Dr. Michael Knowles, and Dr. Steve Studebaker.