Presenter: Ralph Korner, Platform Coordinator for Kairos Project and Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor Seminary
Paper topic: “Prophetic Proclamations Against Power Abuse” (click for handout)
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Is the New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation a place for people or a people who are place? John’s identification of the New Jerusalem with “the bride, the wife of the Lamb” (21:9, 10) strongly implies that the gargantuan cubic “un-city” is a symbol for the future people of God/the body of the Jewish Christos/the universal Ekklēsia (a.k.a., “Church”) of all Christ-followers. But is this yet to be revealed “un-city” only a future reality? Could it also be a present reality? Such a possibility is paralleled in the writings of the sectarians of Qumran (1QS; 4QpIsd). If the invisible New Jerusalem, that is, the eternal dwelling place of the triune God, is also visibly present on earth in the guise of the universal Ekklēsia, how should we then live? How can we as God’s people inaugurate our future revelation as the eternal dwelling place of God…now…into our public spheres, especially into our neighbourhoods and cities? The City of Edmonton is one model for how Christians can partner with civic initiatives in helping to build an abundance of life in their communities.
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.