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Wed, December 07, 2022
Start: 01:00 PM
End: 02:00 PM

At this week’s Theological Research Seminar, Charless Lee will be presenting, “A Missional Reading of Ephesians”. Read the abstract and bio below.

All are welcome to attend in Hurlburt Hall (room 136) at McMaster Divinity College at 1:00pm or via livestream at the link below:

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There are a variety of ways to organize and outline the text of Ephesians. One of the most common ways to organize the letter is to see the first half of the letter (chapters 1-3) as doctrinal instructions (“the calling of the church”), and the second half of the letter (chapters 4-6) as applications (“the conduct of the church”). Some organize it as a series of complex chiastic structure, while others divide the letter according to the conventions of Greco-Roman rhetoric. There are a few scholars, like Michael Gorman, Stephen Fowler and Timothy Gombis who read Ephesians as a narration of the drama of salvation. I take cue from Gorman, Fowler and especially Gombis to do a missional reading of Ephesians, especially chapters 1 to 3 where a narrative substructure of Creation—Fall—Redemption—Consummation are used as a heuristic framework of a story of God’s mission to redeem his creation.


Charles Lee is in the Doctor of Practical Theology program at McMaster Divinity College. His research interests include missional church, spiritual formation, and biblical theology. He serves as lead pastor New Hope Fellowship where he envisions people of God to be equipped for the mission of God in the world.


About TRS

The MDC Theological Research Seminar (TRS) is a bimonthly gathering for all MDC students and faculty. TRS meets over the lunch hour on Wednesdays, and 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. Francis PangDr. Wendy Porter, and Dr. Steve Studebaker. To submit a paper, contact a member of the organizing committee.