ETS News & Announcements

2020 ETS Annual Meeting

ETS is moving forward with plans for the ETS Annual Meeting in November. Due to uncertainties regarding possible COVID-19 restrictions, we do not yet know whether or not we will be able to meet in person in Providence, R.I. While we are moving forward with our plans for an in-person meeting, we will also be ready to hold a complete virtual or hybrid meeting. We will keep you updated as plans develop over the summer.

Proposal Notifications

We have finished sending all of the paper and session proposal notifications. If you did not receive an email about your paper proposal please check the status of your proposal by clicking the View My Proposal(s) link in the Annual Meeting Proposal System menu.

If you did not receive notification regarding your proposed session please email Bonnie Thigpen at meeting@etsjets.org.

Theologians Without Borders — Practical Solutions for Moving TE Online

International borders do indeed stop theologians when there’s a pandemic going on. As you’ll know, institutions are temporarily closed and travel impossible. But online teaching is possible anywhere—though the Majority World faces the most difficulties with internet access. Theologians Without Borders is offering Practical Solutions for Moving TE Online. So far there are ten of these nano-conversation videos, each about 10 minutes long.

Notification Timeline Changed

Ordinarily this time of year we are able to devote all of our resources to processing the proposal ratings, decisions, and notifications. However, with the unusual circumstances of this year much of our time has been devoted to developing contingency plans for the fall. As a result we are pushing out the notification timeline. Notifications for proposals made to theme or discipline specific sessions, and proposals moved from the program unit queue will be made by June 15.

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies Call for Papers & July 2021 Symposium

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXIII 2021 on: “Social Media & the Self: The Promise of Connectedness.” Mss. Deadline: January 15, 2021. Call for Papers attached; on JIS web: https://www.jis3.org/callforpapers2021

Download the flyer: JIS Call for Papers.

July 2021 Symposium in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A. on: “The Arts & Transcendence: In Search of Beauty, Truth & Goodness", Hilton Pasadena, California, USA, 23-24 July 2021 (tentative dates).
Download flyer: Call for Papers, Conference Structure, Travel, and Registration.

3rd World Congress on Logic and Religion Call For Papers

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CALL FOR PAPERS
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3rd World Congress on Logic and Religion – WoCoLoR 2020
Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi, India)
November 8-12, 2020

- Extended Deadline: May 31
- Submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wocolor2020
- Website: https://www.logicandreligion.com/3rd-world-congress
- Notification of acceptance: June 12

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NOTE ON THE COVID-19 CRISIS
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Ken Magnuson Named New Executive Director

On May 4, 2020, the Executive Committee of the Evangelical Theological Society accepted the recommendation of the Executive Director Search Committee and unanimously selected Ken Magnuson as the Society’s second Executive Director.  David S. Dockery, chair of the search committee remarked that the committee reviewed applications and nominations from a large group of qualified individuals. "It soon became clear," he noted, "to every member of the committee that Ken Magnuson, based on his outstanding education, years and breadth of experience, scholarship, administrative gifts, relational abilities and people skills, as well as his Christian character and commitment, was extremely well suited for this key role in the life of ETS. We are thankful for the fine leadership that Mike Thigpen has provided and are extremely hopeful about Ken Magnuson's guidance for the Society for the years ahead."  ETS President, Craig S. Keener, commented, “All of us on the Executive Committee affirm Ken Magnuson and are grateful to the Lord for the prospect of leadership that will continue the wonderful legacy we have already experienced with Mike Thigpen.”
 
Ken Magnuson has been on the faculty of Southern Seminary since 1999. He has served as Professor of Christian Ethics, Chair of the Department of Worldview and Culture, and as Director of The Commonweal Project on Faith, Work, and Human Flourishing. He serves as a deacon in his church, on the editorial board for Themelios, and as a board member for the American Friends of Tyndale House (Cambridge, UK). Magnuson holds a PhD in Theological Ethics from Cambridge University, and MDiv and BA degrees from Bethel Seminary and Bethel University (MN). He teaches and writes on discipleship and moral issues, including marriage and sexuality, singleness, and infertility and reproductive technology. He has published journal articles and contributed chapters to several books, and has recently completed Invitation to Christian Ethics, published by Kregel (forthcoming in 2020). He serves on the steering committee of the ETS Christian Ethics program unit. Ken and his wife Katherine have four children.



Magnuson will begin this new post June 15, 2020.  He succeeds J. Michael Thigpen who has served the Society as Executive Director since 2009.  Thigpen is leaving the position to serve as Executive Vice-President and Provost of Phoenix Seminary.  On hearing the selection, Thigpen noted, “I believe Ken Magnuson is the right person to lead ETS in this next season.  Ken's temperament, experience, godly character, and outlook on the role of the Society in the church and the academy are a wonderful fit to move us forward.”

The Proposal Period for the 2020 Annual Meeting is closed.

The proposal period is now closed. Below is key information regarding the notification timeline.

Verifying Your Submission Was Received
To view your proposal(s), please use the View My Paper Proposal(s) link in the Annual Meeting Proposal System box on the left side of the homepage. (You must be logged in to view your proposals.)

Checking the Status of Your Submission

Call for Papers

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXI 2019 on: “The Future of Education: Rediscovering Free Inquiry,” featured on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Selected New Books on Higher Education list (Dec. 2019).

Two Related Calls for Papers:

(1) JIS XXXII 2020 on the overall theme: “The Digital Challenge: How to Humanize Technology.” Call for Papers on JIS web: https://www.jis3.org/callforpapers .

(2) ICSA IX. World Congress on: “Social Media & Intimacy: An Alternative Reality?,” Hilton Pasadena, California, USA, 30 July-1 August 2020. Call for Papers/Registration on JIS web: https://www.jis3.org/icsaix2020 .

We plan as well a JIS 2020 Special Section on: “The Future of Education Revisited.”

ETS Executive Director Search

Dear Members of the Evangelical Theological Society:

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I trust you are well. I am writing to let you know that the Executive Committee of ETS has asked me to serve as chair of the search process that will seek, with God’s help and guidance, to find the right person to follow Mike Thigpen in the role of ETS Executive Director.

I think we all agree that Mike has provided excellent leadership for ETS in recent years. We will certainly miss Mike’s capable oversight for the work of ETS, but we are excited for him as he prepares to begin his new role as Provost at Phoenix Seminary early this coming summer.

Those who will serve with me on the search committee include:

  • Gregg Allison, Professor of Theology and Historical Theology at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Gregg serves as Secretary of ETS.
  • Don Carson, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Theologian-at-Large for The Gospel Coalition. Don serves as Vice President of ETS.
  • Dan Estes, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Cedarville University.
  • Mike Kruger, President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Mike recently completed his term as President of ETS.
  • Stefana Dan Laing, Assistant Professor of Divinity and Theological Librarian at Beeson Divinity School.
  • Eric Moore, Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Moody.

All of these people have been quite active in the life and work of ETS through the years.

We want to invite full members interested in serving in the role of Executive Director to submit a CV and cover letter. These materials should be submitted through the ETS website at: https://www.etsjets.org/EXD_CVs (Please note you must be a current full member and be logged in to the site to access the form.) We would also invite you to encourage full members you know that might be interested in serving in this role to consider submitting their materials. CVs and cover letters will be received until the end of the day on March 16, 2020 (approximately one month). We hope to have the new Executive Director in place by July 1, 2020 if at all possible. A job description for the position can be found here: https://www.etsjets.org/files/Opportunities/EXD_Job_Description.pdf

Let me thank you in advance for your faithful prayers for this process as well as your prayers for the Evangelical Theological Society.

Faithfully,

David S. Dockery
President, International Alliance for Christian Education
Distinguished Professor of Theology, Southwestern Seminary

Call for Proposals

72nd Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society

Nov 17 - 19, 2020, Providence, RI

Theme: “Christianity and Islam”

The proposal period will open on Monday, March 2, 2020. The submission deadline for proposals will be Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 5:00pm (Pacific).

To view the Call for Proposals please click here
To view the Section call for proposals please click here

Society Votes to Increase Dues

At the Annual Meeting in San Diego last month, the Society voted to increase membership dues. It had been 20 years since the last increase. Over the course of the last two decades, the cost of membership related services (journal production, website maintenance, staff, etc.) has increased dramatically. The increases will enable the Society to continue its operations on a solid fiscal footing each year.

The new rates are

  • $50 full members
  • $45 associate members
  • $30 retired members (full or associate)
  • $30 student members

The new rates were effective December 1, 2019.

Journal Subscription Rate Increase

At its meeting last month, the Executive Committee approved a change in JETS subscription rates. Beginning Dec 1, 2019 the new rates for JETS are:

  • $45 1 year
  • $90 2 years
  • $135 3 years

It had been 20 years since the last increase to the subscription prices. The increase in production prices over the last two decades made the move fiscally necessary. Even with the increase, JETS continues to be competitively priced in the academic journal market.

The Society of Christian Philosophers invites applications for its Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship Program

The Society of Christian Philosophers invites applications for its Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship Program, with fellowships to begin fall 2020. The GSCT Fellowship program is intended to equip graduate student members of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, or the Evangelical Theological Society with an opportunity to take up to one academic year to develop competency in an empirical science connected with their research. Up to five fellowships will be awarded.

2019 ETS Annual Meeting App Available!

Download the ETS Annual Meeting Program app onto your iPhone or Smartphone for access to the program, maps, list of exhibitors, advertisements, special events, and more. The program app is updated immediately with each change in the program so you will never get caught at a cancelled session when using the app.

Download the app at the App StoreTM

Download the app at Google PlayTM.

Theologians Without Borders Coming to ETS Annual Meeting

If you want to check out Theologians Without Borders, look for Dr Ian Payne and Dr Stephanie Black at our display stand (#321) at the Annual Meeting, November 2019 in San Diego.

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies/ICSA IX Congress 2020 Call for Papers

Two related Calls for Papers of interest:

(1) Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXII 2020 on: “The Digital Challenge: How to Humanize Technology.” On JIS web: https://www.jis3.org/callforpapers . Mss. deadline: January 15, 2020.

(2) ICSA IX. World Congress on: “Social Media & Intimacy: An Alternative Reality?,” Hilton Pasadena, California, USA, 30 July - 1 August 2020. On JIS web: https://www.jis3.org/icsaix2020. Deadline for 250-word Abstracts: January 30, 2020.

2019 Schedule Draft has been posted

Click here to view the 71st Annual Meeting Schedule Draft.

Please email all edit requests to meeting@etsjets.org by July 1st.

If you would like to moderate one of the Theme or Discipline Specific sessions please complete this webform.

Attention Women of the Evangelical Theological Society

A Facebook group has been started for women who are ETS members or who are considering membership as well as women who work for evangelical publishers exhibiting at ETS. It's meant to be a setting where collaboration, encouragement, and networking can take place. If you are a woman and a Facebook user, please find us and request to join! If you know of women you'd like to encourage to join and participate, please pass the word along and they can request to join.

Theologians Without Borders FULL WEBSITE GOES LIVE

Beginning to tackle the resource imbalance in global theological education, Theologians Without Borders now has a comprehensive interactive online website to make help meet opportunity. What’s new? Right from the website, Western scholars can now enquire about being a field partner with Theologians Without Borders; Theological educational institutions can now upload teaching-visit opportunities to Theologians Without Borders. Check out: www.theologianswithoutborders.org.

Paper Proposal Notification Timeline

Proposals submitted to Section open sessions have been notified whether the proposal was accepted, declined, or moved for consideration in a discipline specific session.

Proposals submitted to discipline specific and theme sessions will be notified by June 1 if the proposal has been accepted, declined, or held for potential inclusion if cancellations occur.

The status of proposals are updated when decisions are made. To view the status of your proposal, click the View My Proposal(s) link in the Annual Meeting Proposal System menu.

Theologians Without Borders opens its doors!

Beginning to tackle the resource imbalance in global theological education, Theologians Without Borders has now opened its doors. What’s the idea? The West has material resources and many more PhDs. But it is the Majority World (MW) church that is growing in leaps and bounds. Many Western (W) scholar-teachers want to help and are willing to visit to teach in the MW. When these visits work well, they are amazingly productive for both the visitor and the students, helping grow more strategic leaders right where they are needed most.

Call for Applications: Theology as Interdisciplinary Inquiry Workshop, May 2 - April 8, 2019

Center of Theological Inquiry is accepting applications for the Theology as Interdisciplinary Inquiry Writing Workshop for Early Career Scholars.

The worship is a 6-week intensive at CTI in Princeton, NJ, May 2 - April 8, 2020.

The center welcomes applications from early career scholars-doctoral, post-doctoral, and pre-tenure-who address the methodological question of theology as interdisciplinary inquiry in their own current research.

JETS 62-1: Early Electronic Access Now Available

The March issue of JETS is now available online. Click here to check it out. Members and subscribers will receive their paper copy in late March/early April.

Thanks,
ETS Staff

2019 Annual Meeting Student Scholarship

Scholarship Program Accepting Nominations

We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Annual Meeting Student Scholarship program. After a thorough review of the program's effectiveness over the last 6 years, two key changes have been made. The first is that the scholarship is no longer regional. Nominees may reside anywhere in the US or Canada. (We hope to be able to expand the program to additional international regions in the future.) The second change is that the program now exclusively targets doctoral students.

The Program's Purpose

This program is designed to help academically promising doctoral students who find participation in the Society economically prohibitive, or who come from a traditionally underrepresented group to get to know the Society, its functions, its leaders, and the role it plays in supporting conservative evangelical scholarship. The goal of the program is to encourage and support students, who might otherwise not participate in the Society, to appreciate the value of membership and the profitable part that it might play in their academic and ministry futures.

Nominating a Student

Full or associate members who want to nominate a student should send an email to rallinson@etsjets.org that includes the following:

  • Nominee's name and email address
  • Description of the member's relationship with the nominee
  • Description of how the nominee fits the scholarship criteria

Nominations must be received by May 31st. Nominees will receive an email from the ETS office with application instructions.

For complete information on the scholarship program, please see: ETS Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Program

Call for Articles & Book Reviews

The Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin seeks articles and book reviews for publication. The NEASB is a peer-reviewed journal published annually by the Near East Archaeological Society. Articles and book reviews pertain to biblical archaeology or Bible backgrounds. Inquiries and manuscripts should be sent to the editor (mhassler@vbts.edu).

Theologians Without Borders

Introducing Theologians Without Borders

As we all know, there is a resource imbalance in global theological education. The West has material resources and many more PhDs. But it is the Majority World (MW) church that is growing in leaps and bounds. Many Western (W) scholar-teachers want to help and are willing to visit to teach in the MW.

Web Version of the Program App

We now have a web version of the ETS Annual Meeting Program App.

Use this link to access the program app using your computer, tablet, or smartphone:

Web version of the program app

2018 ETS Annual Meeting

Download the ETS Annual Meeting Program app onto your iPhone or Smartphone for access to the program, maps, list of exhibitors, advertisements, special events, and more. The program app is updated immediately with each change in the program so you will never get caught at a cancelled session when using the app.

Download the app at the App StoreTM

Download the app at Google PlayTM.

Moderators Needed

There are still Annual Meeting sessions that need moderators. Please click here to see the list of sessions that need moderators. If you would like to moderate one of these sessions please complete this form.

Paper Proposal Notifications

All paper proposal notifications have been sent. If you did not receive an email notification regarding the status of your paper proposal please log in to your member account. Then click on the "View My Paper Proposal(s)” link in the "Annual Meeting Proposal System” menu on the left side of the homepage. The status column will show one of the following:

  • Approved - means that the proposal was accepted and that you will be receiving session details by June 15th.

Call for Submissions

The Luther Rice Journal of Christian Studies, the academic publication of Luther Rice College & Seminary, exists to edify Christian leaders through scholarly articles and practical essays relevant to Christian life and ministry. The editorial board seeks submissions addressing various theological and practical topics in harmony with historic evangelical orthodoxy. For submission guidelines and inquiries, contact the editor at Journal@LutherRice.edu.

William Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek
770.484.1204 x 5612
www.LutherRice.edu

The 2018 Proposal Period Is Closed

Verifying That Your Submission Was Received

To view your proposal(s), please use the View My Paper Proposal(s) link the Annual Meeting Proposal System box on the left side of the homepage. (You must be logged in to view your proposals.)

If you see:

  • Submitted, your proposal was received and is awaiting adjudication.
  • Moved, your proposal was not accepted in the program unit session where it was submitted, but was rated highly enough to be considered for use in the discipline specific sessions.
  • Approved, your proposal was accepted. You will be contacted by email with session details. (See below for notificaiton timing.)
  • Declined, your proposal was not accepted. Unfortunately, due to the high volume, we are not able to provide individual feedback on declined proposals.
  • Held, your proposal was rated highly, but there was not room for it in the program. In the event of a cancelation in an appropriate session, we may contact you regarding the potentail of adding your paper to the program.

Notification Timeline

Call for Article Submissions

Presbyterion, the academic journal of Covenant Theological Seminary, is expanding in size and frequency of publication. It seeks submissions of articles in the fields of biblical studies, theology, church history, and practical theology. Preference will be given to articles that 1) are about 3,000-6,000 words in length, and 2) exhibit excellence in scholarship from a Christian perspective. Relevance to pastoral practitioners is also a plus. For initial review please send a Word file or pdf to the editor at bob.yarbrough@covenantseminary.edu.

Teaching Opportunity in the Ukraine (UPDATED)

There is an opportunity to teach at the Zaporozhye Bible College and Seminary in Ukraine in their MTh program.

ZBCS is a missionary endeavor. It is a nonprofit organization. All visiting professors are in effect short term missionaries. You would need to raise your own airfare and bring 350 Euro (or equivalent) for food and transport.

Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies Call for Papers

The Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies (JBTS) is a new open-source online journal in the field of biblical and theological studies (viewable at jbtsonline.org). The journal will also be available in print through Wipf & Stock.

Written from an inter-denominational evangelical point of view, the journal is reviewed by an editorial board of faculty that represent several academic institutions throughout the world.

Message from the Executive Committee

Dear Fellow ETS Members,

The goal of this short communication from the Executive Committee of the Evangelical Theological Society is to
• clarify the impact of the resolutions adopted at Annual Meetings, including the most recent one
• reaffirm the Society’s foundational convictions
• express our commitment to review, renew, and refine our processes

Clarify the Impact of Resolutions Adopted at Annual Meetings
There have been a number of questions about the resolutions that were adopted at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting. Many of these relate to the content and meaning of the resolutions themselves, but the most urgent questions concern the impact of the resolutions—must members affirm them? Will they be used for screening membership? Do they have binding force, or indeed any force at all?

Request for Moderators for the Discipline Specific and Theme sessions

If you would like to moderate a Discipline Specific or Theme session please complete this Online Form. These sessions are marked in the Draft with a D (Discipline) or T (Theme).

The deadline to volunteer to moderate a session is July 31st.

Annual Meeting Paper Proposal Notifications Completed

We have completed all of the paper proposal notifications. If you did not receive the email informing you of the status of your paper proposal please click on the "View My Paper Proposal(s)" link to the left in the "Annual Meeting Proposal System" box.

If your paper proposal was accepted, you will receive an email with your session details by July 15th. Please email any name, affiliation, and/or title corrections to meeting@etsjets.org by July 31st. Corrections received after July 31st will not be included in the printed program.

Teaching Opportunity in the Ukraine

There is an opportunity to teach at the Zaporozhye Bible College and Seminary in Ukraine in their MA program.

ZBCS is a missionary endeavor. It is a nonprofit organization. All visiting professors are in effect short term missionaries. You would need to raise your own airfare and bring 250 Euro (or equivalent) for food and transport.

ETS Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Program

The ETS Executive Committee is pleased to announce the Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Program. This program is designed to help academically promising students who find participation in the Society economically prohibitive, or who come from a traditionally underrepresented group to get to know the Society, its functions, its leaders, and the role it plays in supporting conservative evangelical scholarship. The goal of the program is to encourage and support students, who might otherwise not participate in the Society, to appreciate the value of membership and the profitable part that it might play in their academic and ministry futures.

Scholarship recipients will receive a two-year benefit package including:

Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Program FAQ

Do you have questions about the Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Program? Visit the Scholarship FAQ page. The FAQ is updated regularly as we get new questions about the program.

Inaugural Issue of Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament

The first issue of a new peer-reviewed journal titled Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament is now available at www.jesot.org. The issue includes 5 new articles and 15 book reviews that can be freely downloaded online and can be purchased in print through Wipf and Stock Publishers. The journal features articles by Michael S. Heiser, Eugene H. Merrill, Joel E. Anderson, Todd Scacewater, and John F. Hobbins.

Website Feature: ETS Members Publications

For years the Society published an annual list of new and forthcoming publications by its members in the Annual Newsletter. This year marks a significant transition as we move the publications listing online. With this new system, ETS members can now login and post their new publications online as they are published. The online listing will allow anyone to view the most recent publications by our members, search for publications by subject, and current members will be able to search for publications by author. The five most recent publications will be listed in the right margin of the homepage. (This section will appear once the first new publications have been entered.)

The New Publications page and each of the subject listings is RSS compatible, so whether you want to keep track of all things new or you want to follow a particular subject, just add the feed to your favorite RSS reader and you'll stay up to date with the latest in evangelical scholarship from ETS members. Follow the links on the search page for all the various access options.

New Website Feature: ETS Career Connections

The ETS Career Connections pages are designed to help potential employers and job candidates to connect. Through the Career Connections Candidate Listing service, ETS members who are seeking academic employment will be able to post basic contact, education, and speciality information. Candidates will also be able to post a PDF of their CV materials so that interested employers will be able to see their credentials in more detail.

Through the Career Connections Opportunity Listing service, institutions will be able to post new job listings. With space for detailed position descriptions and contact information, institutions will be able to advertise clearly their open positions to evangelical scholars around the world.

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