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Amos Yong Named J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology
L-R: Divinity Dean Dr. Michael Palmer, Dr. Amos Yong
Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 2:00-4:00 PM | Library Atrium
Several years ago a chair was established in honor of Dr. J. Rodman Williams, who taught in the School of Divinity for many years and authored the three-volume Renewal Theology systematic theology. The School of Divinity is pleased to announce that Chancellor Pat Robertson has appointed Dr. Amos Yong as the first holder of this named chair. The chair will be known as the J. Rodman Williams Chair of Theology, and Dr. Yong’s title will be the J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology.
Dr. Yong will present his lecture is titled, "Disability and the Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecost and the Renewal of the Church." Come join us for this stimulating lecture and first event of its type in the School of Divinity!
Disability and the Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecost and the Renewal of the Church
The interface between the disability rights movement and renewal Christianity has been one of missed opportunities in part because of the centrality of healing in renewal Christian circles. This essay delineates the challenges that occur at this intersection and charts the way toward a renewal theology of disability in dialogue with J. Rodman Williams, one of the leading theologians of the charismatic and neo-Pentecostal movements. Central to such an endeavor is the articulation of an inclusive ecclesiology derived from the Pauline metaphor of the body of Christ animated by the Spirit’s diverse giftings amidst and through the church’s many members.
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Ceremony Celebrates New J. Rodman Williams Chair of Theology
Wolfgang Vondey honored as Regent University Faculty of the Year
Dr. Wolfgang Vondey, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, was honored during the May 2009 Commencement Ceremony as Regent University Faculty of the Year.
Regent Professors Think Outside the Box and Become Finalists in Yale Competition
July 2, 2007
The Yale Center for Faith and Culture issues four awards for courses teaching faith as a life-integrating and life-transforming reality. All 240 theological seminaries and divinity schools affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada were invited to participate. Dr. Peter Gräbe, professor of New Testament in Regent's School of Divinity, and Dr. William Cox, professor and director of Christian School Program in Regent's School of Education, were elected by the committee at Yale as one of the four winners.
Applicants were invited to think "outside the box" of traditional disciplinary boundaries and to design a course that teaches the Christian faith as a whole, and as lived in all spheres of life.
It was Gräbe who invited Cox to participate with him in the project. "We work very well together," Gräbe explains, adding that the end result of their collaboration was a well-integrated course that transcends the traditional boundaries between divinity and education.
The two developed a syllabus for teaching pastors and lay leaders how to get their congregations to make faith an integral way of life. "The purpose of this course is to help pastors and lay-leaders personally develop, model and impart to others a heart surrendered in full intimacy with God," Gräbe says.
This course takes students through a sequenced Beatitude-related path of emptying and then filling to release their hearts into full worshipful living for God. The instructional pathway includes activities related to practicing spiritual disciplines, engrafting the Word of God, and practicing his presence.
According to Gräbe, Dr. Christian Scharen, director of the Faith as a Way of Life Program, Yale Center for Faith & Culture and Lecturer in Practical Theology at Yale Divinity School, was very complimentary of the course. "He pointed out that our course is on the cutting edge of theological education, based on a very solid theological foundation," Gräbe says.
As winners, Gräbe and Cox will attend a collaborative workshop to be held in mid-September at Yale Divinity School. "We're looking forward to discussing our course with the other winners," Cox says, "as well as with the seasoned theological educators from Yale University who will also attend the workshop."
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