JOS Trinity Term Lecture – Herman Bavinck

The John Owen Society is excited to announce the lecture for this Trinity Term:

Lecture Title: ‘Herman Bavinck and the late modern Dutch social experiment’

Speaker: Dr James Eglinton, Meldrum Lecturer in Reformed Theology @ University of Edinburgh

Abstract: ‘Prior to key recent developments in scholarship on the Dutch neo-Calvinist theologian Herman Bavinck (1854-1921), the dominant trend was to set his participation in orthodoxy and modernity in antithesis. This led to the creation of a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ view of Bavinck as a figure constantly torn between these poles. This tendency has now been replaced with a more united view, in which Bavinck is seen to have held modernity and orthodoxy in critical equipoise. Such a shift in perspective requires careful thought on the sense in which Bavinck participated in modernity, and why he did so. In this lecture, I will explore the historical and social circumstances of Bavinck’s orthodox Reformed participation in modern culture. It will focus in particular on the liberalisation of Dutch society in 1848, when the drafting of a new constitution created a free, level playing field for all religious groups (including the previously persecuted Seceder group to which Bavinck’s parents belonged), and required each group to carve out its own place in the late modern Dutch social experiment. This perspective will be used to explain, for example, Bavinck’s choice to pursue theological studies at a mainstream university, and his eventual support for a ‘pillarised’ model of society.’

Date: 8 May 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
Cost: Free, but the John Owen Society would welcome any contributions towards our hosting of these events.

RSVP: please do register for the evening at johnowensociety@gmail.com

Please join with us in praying that this event would be of great benefit.  We look forward to seeing you there and sharing drinks and nibblies with you afterwards.

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First JOS Lecture for 2017 – RSVP now!

The John Owen Society is pleased to announce this term’s lecture! Continuing with the various 500 year anniversary celebrations of the Reformation in 2017, this lecture should be good food for the mind and soul.

Lecture Title: ‘Union with Christ: The Meaning and Promise of a Reformed Idea’

Lecture Abstract: Though a rather narrow topic at first blush, the ‘economic identity’ of Christ and the Spirit brings into view an impressive collection of the perennial questions with which theology continues to be engaged. In this term’s John Owen Society lecture, Mark Garcia will engage this topic from the perspective of Calvin’s theology, particularly as it informs his exegesis of Romans and opens up this vast theological expanse. Through a brief analysis of union with Christ and story in Calvin’s theology, Dr Garcia will point to several of the more significant features in Calvin’s model and raise some matters for reflection.

Speaker: Dr Mark Garcia is President of the Greystone Theological Institute. He is a Reformed theologian and pastor with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in systematic theology and has held academic posts at institutions including Cambridge University, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is author of Life in Christ: Union with Christ and Twofold Grace in Calvin’s Theology (Paternoster, 2008) as well as many journal articles and essays. His recent research has focused on horrendous evils and the atonement, the theological virtues, the theological ontology of the feminine, and the doctrine of Scripture.

Date: Monday 20 March 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
Cost: Free.  That said, we will be inviting attendees to become members of the John Owen Society on the evening, and welcome an optional contribution.  This is entirely optional but we would be greatly encouraged by your support as we endeavour to bring high quality Reformed lectures to Oxford.

RSVP: please do register for the evening at johnowensociety@gmail.com

Please join with us in praying that this event would be of great benefit.  We look forward to seeing you there and sharing drinks and nibblies with you afterwards.

DOWNLOAD: Tony Lane Talk @ JOS Michaelmas Term

Late last year, Prof. Tony Lane gave the Michaelmas Term lecture for the John Owen Society entitled: ‘Regensburg Article 5 on Justification: Compromising Patchwork or Ecumenical Breakthrough?’

In 1541, at the most famous of the many colloquies between Catholic and Protestant theologians, Bucer, Melanchthon, Gropper and Eck produced a brief agreed statement on justification by faith. Luther regarded it as a compromising patchwork of inconsistent ideas. Calvin saw it as a significant achievement. Who was right? Does the agreement have any ongoing significance for Catholic-Protestant relations?

If you would like to listen to the talk, click here to download it.

Stay tuned for any forthcoming works by Tony Lane on Regensburg, and also stay tuned for our next JOS event to be announced tomorrow.

 

Michaelmas Term Lecture 2016 – RSVP now!

Dear friends,

As you might have picked up from social media, the John Owen Society is pleased to announce this term’s lecture! In the lead up to the various 500 year anniversary celebrations of the Reformation in 2017, the subject matter of this lecture holds great relevance for the 21st century church.

Lecture title: ‘Regensburg Article 5 on Justification: Compromising Patchwork or Ecumenical Breakthrough?’
Lecture detail: In 1541, at the most famous of the many colloquies between Catholic and Protestant theologians, Bucer, Melanchthon, Gropper and Eck produced a brief agreed statement on justification by faith. Luther regarded it as a compromising patchwork of inconsistent ideas. Calvin saw it as a significant achievement. Who was right? Does the agreement have any ongoing significance for Catholic-Protestant relations?
Speaker: Professor Anthony Lane, London School of Theology (his bio here).
Date: Monday 21 November 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College, Oxford.
Cost: Free.  That said, we will be inviting attendees to become members of the John Owen Society on the evening, and welcome an optional contribution.  This is entirely optional but we would be greatly encouraged by your support as we endeavour to bring high quality Reformed lectures to Oxford.

Further details: As usual there will be book giveaways, and we will be announcing the plans for the John Owen Society this coming year.

RSVP: please do register for the evening at johnowensociety@gmail.com

Please join with us in praying that this event would be of great benefit.  We look forward to seeing you there and sharing drinks and nibblies with you afterwards.

Summer Conference 2016: Greystone Theological Institute & John Owen Society

‘The Death and Resurrection of Holy Scripture’

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Friday 2nd September (pm) – Saturday 3rd September 2016

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Dr. Mark Garcia, founder and director of the Greystone Theological Institute (greystoneinstitute.org) will be joining us in Oxford for the first Greystone Theological Institute & John Owen Society summer conference. The conference theme is the doctrine of Scripture. In four lectures over two days, interspersed with good food, wine, discussion and corporate worship, Mark Garcia will speak to the title:

‘The Death and Resurrection of Holy Scripture’

Engaging recent research in biblical studies, systematic, and historical theology, the lectures will discuss the ‘death’ of the Bible as the Church’s authoritative ‘Holy Scripture’ following the Reformation. With this death came the rise of the discipline of ‘biblical studies’, which increasingly treated the text of the Bible as any other. Dr. Garcia will explore the significance of the recent turn back to the text both within and outside the Reformed tradition. What promise is there for the ‘resurrection’ of the Bible as ‘Holy Scripture’? And how can this recovery of Scripture proceed, without leaving aside any of the many real benefits of critical study?

In a short conference geared towards theological students, pastors, and interested church members, Dr. Garcia will show how an eschatological-teleological vision for the ontology of Holy Scripture and a developed understanding of the relationship between Scripture and the church can move us towards a robust grasp of how Scripture speaks of itself.

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garcia-11Mark Garcia is a Reformed theologian and pastor. He has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in systematic theology and has held academic posts at institutions including Cambridge University, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is author of Life in Christ: Union with Christ and Twofold Grace in Calvin’s Theology (Paternoster, 2008) as well as many journal articles and essays. His recent research has focused on horrendous evils and the atonement, the theological virtues, the theological ontology of the feminine, and the doctrine of Scripture. He is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers.

Details:

• 4pm Friday 2nd September until 5pm Saturday 3rd September

• Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

• Cost £65 including food (accommodation to be arranged separately but there is some availability at Wycliffe Hall)

Places are limited to 25. To book please email johnowensociety@gmail.com

Trinity Term Lecture Coming Up Soon

Dear friends,

As you may have seen on Twitter or Facebook, the John Owen Society is pleased to announce our second lecture coming up within less than a fortnight.  Details are as follows:

Lecture Title: ‘”The Glorious, Indivisible, Trinitarian Work of God in Christ”: Atonement in Paul’s Salvation JG_Photo-Professionalsmall-crop1Theology’
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Gibson, Associate Minister at Cambridge Presbyterian Church and author of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Perspective.
Date: Wednesday 4th May
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Keble College, University of Oxford.
Cost: Free.  That said, we will be inviting attendees to become members of the John Owen Society for £10 on the evening.  This is entirely optional but we would be greatly encouraged by your support as we endeavour to bring high quality Reformed lectures to Oxford.

Further Details:
– With the kind support of Latimer Trust and Crossway Books, we have a number of books to give away on the evening.
– On the evening we will be announcing an excellent two-day conference on the doctrine of Scripture. Stay tuned for more information.

RSVP: please do register for the evening at johnowensociety@gmail.com

Please join with us in praying that this event would be just as encouraging – even moreso! – than the last.  We look forward to seeing you there and sharing drinks and nibblies with you afterwards.

An excellent evening

Thanks to all who came to the inaugural meeting of the John Owen Society on Monday evening.  It was greatly encouraging to have many folk in attendance, ranging from ordinands, faculty, clergy, laypersons and postgradutates.  Lee Gatiss gave a soul-stirring and intellectually stimulating paper on the life and theology of John Owen.  A fantastic night all round.

If you would like to listen to the talk, please head to the Church Society website.

If you would like to subscribe to hear about our next lecture, please email us at johnowensociety@gmail.com

Warm regards,
The John Owen Society Committee.

Updated Details for Tomorrow Night

Just a few additional details to what is looking forward to being a great night tomorrow:

  • Paid parking is available on surround streets from 6:30pm.
  • Entrance to the venue is from the Radcliffe Camera side of the University Church of St. Mary.
  • We have had a lot of RSVPs, so do come early for a decent seat.

See you there!

2016 Evening Lecture

The John Owen Society is pleased to announce its inaugural lecture on 25th January 2016.  Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss (Director, Church Society) will speak on ‘The English Calvin?  The Life and Legacy of John Owen’. Owen was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Dean of Christ Church and a Member of the British Parliament in the mid seventeenth century. He was also a prodigious Bible commentator and leading Reformed theologian. We pray that this society bearing his name will contribute to the rebirth of Reformed theology in Oxford in 2016.

What:The English Calvin? The Life and Legacy of John Owen” (Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss, Director Church Society) followed by drinks
When: Monday 25th January 2016, 7pm
Where: Old Clore Library, University Church of St. Mary, Oxford.
RSVP: johnowensociety@gmail.com