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2019 NABPR Meeting Program

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

Campbell University • May 20-22, 2019 • Raleigh, NC

All events will occur at the First Baptist Church, 99 North Salisbury Street Raleigh, NC 27603.

Greetings from the Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Welcome to the Annual May Meeting of NABPR. Save the date for 2020: Baylor University will host our Annual Meeting on May 18-20. Also, mark your calendar for November 23, 2019. This year’s plenary speaker for our November meeting will be Dr. Charles Kimball. At this year’s meeting, we will consider changing our dues structure for the first time since 1992. Adam D. J. Brett has been leading an ad hoc committee who has been looking into revising and simplifying dues payments. He will give a report at the Annual Business Meeting. Many thanks go to Steve Harmon, our President, Christine Jones, Vice-President, and Glenn Jonas, our on-site coordinator. We are grateful to the First Baptist Church and Campbell University for their support of NABPR and this meeting. I look forward to seeing you in Raleigh.
Daniel Mynatt
Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Greetings from Campbell University

Welcome to Raleigh and the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, meeting this year with the Baptist History and Heritage Society and the Association of Ministry Guidance Professionals. Campbell University is honored to host your gathering and affirms the important work you do as scholars and teachers. I hope this gathering of colleagues over the next few days enriches your understanding of the Christian faith informed and inspired by its Baptist heritage and strengthens your commitment to a life of intellectual inquiry and engagement. Thank you for your influence on students during the most formative stages of their lives and for serving the colleges and the universities represented at this annual meeting. I hope the conference is beneficial to your personal and professional development and that you enjoy your time here in the vibrant city of Raleigh and the beautiful state of North Carolina.
Brad Creed, President Campbell University



  • Registration is online at NABPR.orghttps://nabpr.org/meetings/registration/
  • Conference Fee: Before May 1: $95. After May 1: $125
  • All graduate student registration is compliments of NABPR.
  • All events will occur at the First Baptist Church, 99 North Salisbury Street Raleigh, NC 27603



  • The registration fee covers the conference meetings, the banquet on Monday, lunch on Tuesday, light breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday, and coffee breaks.
  • If you wish to bring a guest to Monday’s banquet, the cost is $22.50 per unregistered guest. This option is available through the online registration.


  • If you are staying at the Holiday Inn or any other hotel where you can walk to the First Baptist Church, please park there for the entire event.
  • The First Baptist Church will provide 10 spaces. When you come to Registration, you can request a parking pass (first come-first served). Be sure to park in the lot behind the church rather than beside the sanctuary, or your car will be towed.
  • Otherwise, please use one of the pay lots.


  • If you have questions or concerns, email Danny Mynatt at dmynatt@umhb.edu. Danny will forward your question to the appropriate person.

Program for 2019 Annual Meeting

Monday, May 20

  • 3:00-6:00 Registration Check-in Location TBD
  • 3:30-5:00 Executive Committee meeting Location TBD
  • 6:00 Dinner: TBD Program: TBD

The location of the Break Area for the conference is to TBD.

Tuesday morning, May 21

  • 8:00 am – 8:30am – Continental Breakfast (Location: TBD)

Tuesday, May 21 – Session I 8:30 – 10:15

  • Old Testament I — Room TBD — Presiding:
    • A Prophetic Response to Monotheism: Is YHWH the God of the Nations as Well?
      Anna Sieges Beal, Gardner-Webb University
    • Blending Royal and Divine Identities: The Rhetoric of Merging King and Deity in Ancient Near Easter Art and Psalm 21
      Richard A. Purcell, Emory University
  • New Testament/Christianity in Late Antiquity I — Room: TBD — Presiding:
    • Siblings, Scribes, and Satan: Rhetorical Composition in Mark 3:20-35
      Daniel Glover, Baylor University
    • Passio Marculi and the Construction of Memory and Identity in 4th and 5th Century North Africa
      Kenneth A. Vandergriff, Florida State University
    • Christ Behind Culture
      Cody Carpenter, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

Tuesday, May 22 –Session I 8:30 – 10:15

  • Church History I — Room: TBD — Presiding:
    • You Are Still Eve: The Nature, Purpose, and Role of Women Throughout Christian History Joseph E. Early, Jr., Campbellsville University
    • Footnoting Augustine: The Legacy of De Doctrina Christiana in the Reformation Era
      Emily Buck, Fuller Theological Seminary
    • The Evolution of Holy War Terminology
      Adam Peeler, Emory University
  • Theology I — Room: TBD — Presiding:
    • Theosis as Huiosis: An Afro-Thomistic Contextualization of Deification
      Jackson Adamah, Duke Divinity School
    • The Image of God in Contemporary Theology
      Daniel W. Houck, Southern Methodist University
    • The Possibility of Theology in A Secular Age
      Tracey Mark Stout, Bluefield College
  • Practical Studies I — Room: TBD — Presiding:
    • Masculinities and Trauma: A Pastoral Analysis in Three Domains
      Matthew S. Beal, Boston University
    • A Hermeneutical Approach to Baptist Spirituality: A Catholic-Baptist-Pentecostal Trialogue on the Question of Experience
      J. August Higgins, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality, Oblate School of Theology
    • “Pastor, During Those Four Days That Lazarus Lay Dead, Where Was He?”
      Ben D. Craver, Wayland Baptist University

10:30-11:30 Plenary Session I— Room: TBD

Two Roads Diverged: The Civil Rights Movement Comes to First Baptist Church Raleigh
Glenn Jonas, Campbell University

  • 11:30-12:00 — Business Session
  • 12:00-1:15 — Lunch — Room TBD

Tuesday, May 21 – Session II 1:30 – 3:15

  • Old Testament II — Room: TBD — Presiding: TBD
    • The Achievements of Robert Alter
      Thomas J. Millay, Baylor University
    • The Four Senses of the Text: Gabriel Fackre’s Pastoral Hermeneutic as a Model for Integration of Theological Disciplines in the Interpretation of Scripture
      Barry A. Jones, Campbell University Divinity School
  • Church History II — Room: TBD — Presiding: TBD
    • “The World That Now Is and the World That Is to Come”: Hanserd Knollys’ Eschatology
      Bill Pitts, Baylor University
    • George Liele Was the First Baptist Missionary. So What?
      John Inscore Essick, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
    • The Distinctive Theology of Ministry of Baptist Preaching Giant, John Claypool
      Doug Weaver, Baylor University
  • Theology II — Room: TBD — Presiding: TBD
    • Operant Pneumatologies in Church Decision-Making
      Jon Kara Shields, University of Notre Dame
    • et’s Get Together: The Intersecting Traditions of Practicing Communities
      Amy L. Chilton, Wingate University and Fuller Theological Seminary
    • “But Did It Happen?”: Understanding Textual Reference in James Wm. McClendon, Jr.’s Thought
      Spencer Boersma, Acadia Divinity College
  • Pedagogy I — Room: TBD — Presiding: TBD
    • Privilege, Bias, and the Classroom: A Panel Discussion on (or Resources for a) Critically Reflexive Pedagogy
      Anna Sieges Beal (Gardner-Webb University), Scott Ryan (Baylor University), other panelists TBD
  • Practical Studies II — Room: TBD — Presiding: TBD
    • Race, Education, and Poverty: Finding Salvation in the Louisiana Delta
      Marc J. Boswell, Together for Hope, Louisiana
    • Responding to the Leadership Shortage in Rural Churches: Some Lessons from History and Cross-Cultural Missions
      Kelly Malone, Southwest Baptist University

Tuesday, May 21 – Plenary II 3:30 – 5:00

  • Plenary — Session II — Room TBD

Baptists and Public Policy
Amanda Tyler, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Tuesday Evening, May 21 – Free Time & Dinner on your own

Wednesday Morning, May 22 – Continental Breakfast
8:00– 8:30am Location: TBD

Wednesday, May 22 – Session III 8:30 – 10:15

  • Church History III —Room: TBD — Presiding:
    • The Importance of Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery for Baptists
      Adam DJ Brett, Syracuse University
    • Slavery, Racism, and Theological Higher Education: A Response to Southern Seminary’s Report on Slavery and Racism
      Andrew Gardner, Florida State University
  • Theology III — Room: TBD — Presiding:
    • To Sing against Singing: Roland Hayes’ Music and the Christ of his Spirituals
      Thomas Breedlove, Baylor University
    • Palliative and Apocalyptic Monuments: Theologically Assessing Confederate Statues
      Ryan Andrew Newson, Campbell University
  • Pedagogy II —  Room: TBD — Presiding:
    • Teaching Christian History with The Wesley Bros Online Comics: Pedagogical Reflections
      Scott C. Ryan, Baylor University
    • Experiential Learning and the Short-term Mission Trip: Moving from Experience to Transformation
      Dennis J. Horton, Baylor University
  • Practical Studies III  — Room: TBD — Presiding:
    • Silence, Tears, Ordination and Resistance: Historical, Theological and Pedagogical Perspectives on Women and the Church
      • The Silencing of Women in the Church: History, Problems, and Pedagogy
        Jennifer A. Garcia Bashaw, Campbell University
      • The Humble Foolishness of God: Margery Kempe’s Tears
        Kate Hanch, Garrett Evangelical Seminary/Northwestern University
      • Silence, Speech, Shame, and Distortions: What Truths Are We Willing to Hear About Baptists and Sex?
        Kathryn House, Boston University
        State of Clergywomen in the U.S.: A Statistical Update
        Eileen Campbell-Reed, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Wednesday morning, May 22 – Plenary Session III 10:30-12:00, Room: TBD

Panel: Discussion of Mikeal C. Parsons, Crawford Howell Toy: From the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to Harvard University (Perspectives on Baptist Identities, no. 2; Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2019)

  • Presiding: Mandy McMichael
  • Panelists:
    • Bill Leonard, Wake Forest University School of Divinity
    • Carol Vaughn Cross, Samford University
      Glenn Jonas, Campbell University
  • Response:
    • Mikeal C. Parsons, Baylor University

Save the Date! 2020 Annual Meeting May 18-20, 2020
Baylor University Waco, TX

⤓ Download the 2019 Program as a PDF. The PDF is the official version.