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NABPR 2018 Meeting at Gardner-Webb Program

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC

May 21-23, 2018

Greetings from the Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Welcome to the Annual May Meeting of NABPR.

Save the date for 2019:  Campbell University School of Law has committed to host our meeting on May 20 – 22, 2019.  The 2019 meeting will be a joint meeting with the Baptist History and Heritage Society.

The November meeting in Boston was successful.  Mark your calendar for November 17.  Dr. Nancy Ammerman did a wonderful job as our plenary speaker.  We plan to keep the Saturday morning tradition alive in Denver.

Many thanks go to Doug Weaver, our President, and the Gardner-Webb University faculty and staff who have worked hard to bring about another successful meeting.  The online registration and payment portal made the logistics much easier.

I look forward to seeing you in Boiling Springs.

Daniel Mynatt
Executive Secretary-Treasurer


Greetings from Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb University had the privilege of hosting the Annual May Meeting of the NABPR in 2011, and we are delighted to do so again this year. Welcome to Boiling Springs, North Carolina and the Gardner-Webb campus. We hope you enjoy the conference and your time in our town and the surrounding area in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Steven R. Harmon

Associate Professor of Historical Theology
Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity
NABPR Vice President



Registration is now open at: https://nabpr.org/meetings/registration/

Conference Fee:  Before May 1: $95. | After May 1: $125.

All graduate student registration is compliments of NABPR.


We regret that on-campus housing is not available for this meeting; There are multiple hotel options. The first hotel listed is located near the Gardner-Webb campus and has a block of rooms reserved for our conference at a discounted rate.


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.

All conference sessions will take place in the Tucker Student Center, located on Lake Hollifield between the Ernest W. Spangler Football Stadium and the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center.

Plenty of unrestricted parking will be available adjacent to Tucker Student Center in the large parking lot in front of Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center as well as in other spaces designated for visitor parking in lots throughout the campus.

For those traveling by air, the Gardner-Webb University campus is located 47 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (estimated 55 min. drive) and 47 miles from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (estimated 59 min. drive).

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

Monday, May 21

  • 3:00-6:00 — Registration/Check-in (Faith Hall Foyer, Tucker Student Center)

  • 3:30-5:00 — Executive Committee Meeting (Room 353, Tucker Student Center)

  • 6:00 — Dinner: Stewart Hall (Tucker Student Center)

    • Program:
      • Joseph S. Moore, Assistant Professor of History, Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, and Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Enhancement at Gardner-Webb University and author of Founding Sins: How a Group of Antislavery Radicals Fought to Put Christ into the Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2015).

The Break Area for the conference will be located in the Foyer outside Stewart Hall in Tucker Student Center.

Tuesday morning, May 22

  • 8:00-8:30am — Continental Breakfast — Stewart Hall foyer, Tucker Student Center

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

    • Old Testament I — Chapel (Room 228, Tucker Student Center) — Presiding: Gerald Keown
      • The Theology of Joel in Aimee Semple McPherson’s Sermons and Writings
        Lacy K. Crocker Papadakis
        Baylor University, Doctoral Student
      • Hawkman, Wonder Woman, and Manasseh: the Contextualization of a Figure
        P. Scott Henson
        Gardner-Webb University
      • The Ascension of Enoch and Muhammad: A Comparative Analysis of 2 Enoch and the Bukhari Hadith
        Zachary J. Dey
        Gardner-Webb University, Master of Divinity/ Master of Arts Student
    • New Testament I — Hope Hall (Tucker Student Center) —  Presiding: Jim McConnell
      • Echoes of Exodus in the Epistle to the Hebrews
        David M. Moffitt
        University of St Andrews
      • Mercy as “Clemency”: Paul’s “Mercy” Language against a Roman Imperial Backdrop
        Gregory M. Barnhill
        Baylor University, Doctoral Student
      • A Shift in Eschatological Thought from The Similitudes to Mark 13
        Jeremiah Hamby
        Gardner-Webb University, Master of Divinity/ Master of Arts in Religion Student
    • Church History I — Room 139 (TSC) — Presiding: Glenn Jonas
      • Reclaiming the Bible: Martin Luther and LGBTQ+ Inclusion
        Adam Peeler
        MacAfee School of Theology, Master of Divinity Student
      • Baptist Theological Education and the Politics of Space
        Andrew Gardner
        Florida State University, Doctoral Student
    • Theology I  —  Room 141 —  Presiding: Kent Blevins
      • Watery Vulnerability and Impious Resistance:  Perpetua’s Martyrdom, Our Baptism
        Mark S. Medley
        Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
      • Relational Theopsychology: Trinitarian Theology and Matrixial Anthropology for Psychosocial Transformation.
        Matthew Beal
        Boston University School of Theology, Doctoral Student 
      • Sharing in Salvation: The Ritualizing Martyrdom and Eucharist in Early Christianity
        Kenneth A. Vandergriff
        Florida State University, Doctoral Student
    • Pedagogy I —  Room 353 —  Presiding: Tim Crawford
      • Privilege and “Standard” English:  Reframing Expectations of Student Writing
        Dalen C. Jackson
        Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
      • Which Way has the Pendulum Swung? Exploring Biblical Ignorance vs. a Fundamentalist Shift in Students in Baptist Higher Education
        Amy Stumpf
        California Baptist University
      • The Telos of Theological Education: Knowledge or Formation?
        Seth Heringer
        Toccoa Falls College

  • 10:30-1:15 —  Tuesday, May 22 — Plenary Session I

    • Annual Business Session
    • Lunch
  • 10:30-11:45  —    Plenary Session I   —   Room: Stewart Hall (Tucker Student Center)

A Multi-Disciplinary Response to Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective (Perspectives on Baptist Identities series; Mercer University Press, 2018)
Presiding:  Alicia Myers, Campbell University

  • Panelists:
    • Steven R. Harmon, Gardner-Webb University (Historical Theology)
    • Diane Lipsett, Salem College (New Testament)
    • Kristopher Norris, Wesley Theological Seminary (Ethics and Public Theology)
    • Amy L. Chilton, Azusa Pacific University (Systematic Theology)
    • Ryan Andrew Newson, Campbell University (Theology and Ethics)
  • 11:50-12:15  — Business Session
  • 12:15-1:15 — Lunch — Location: Faith Hall (Tucker Student Center)


  • 1:30-3:15 —  Tuesday, May 22 —  Session II

    • Old Testament  II —  Chapel (Room 228, Tucker Student Center) — Presiding: W. H. Bellinger, Jr.
      • Enemies and Evildoers in Book V of the Psalter
        W. H. Bellinger, Jr.
        Baylor University
      • Violence and Lament in the Digital Age: A Year of Teaching Psalm 137 Online
        Kim Bodenhamer
        University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
      • Sing It Again, Psalm: The Rhetorical Dynamics of Story and Refrain in Psalm 136
        Rebecca W. Poe Hays
        Baylor University, Doctoral Student
    • New Testament II  —  Chapel Room 228 (Tucker Student Center) — Presiding: Mitchell Reddish
      • Jesus the Anti-Prophet (?)
        Cody Carpenter
        McAfee School of Theology, Master of Divinity Student
      • Subjecting and Confining: The Language of Conflict and the Structure of Romans 1–11
        Scott C. Ryan
        Baylor University
    • Church History II  — Spectrum Theater, Room 139 (Tucker Student Center)— Presiding: James Byrd
      • The Gospel in Flames: Lynching and Orthodoxy
        Glenn Jonas
        Campbell University
      • David Gordon Lyon (1852-1935): Forgotten Baptist Scholar, Adopted Harvard Son, Faithful Friend and Colleague
        Mikeal Parsons
        Baylor University
      • Harry Marsh Warren and the Baptist Roots of Modern Suicide Prevention
        John Inscore Essick
        Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
    • Theology II — Room 141 (Tucker Student Center) — Presiding: Mark Medley
      • Humans as Animal Loquens; or Recovering James McClendon’s Lost Strand
        Brandon Morgan
        Baylor University, Doctoral Student
      • Recovering the Spirit of Ubuntu: Toward an African Political Theology
        Jackson Adamah
        Duke Divinity School, Master of Theology Student
  • 3:30 – 5:00 — Tuesday, May 22 — Plenary II

  • Plenary Session II — Room: Stewart Hall, Tucker Student Center
  • Race, Memory, and Violence in the Future of Baptist Studies: Latino/a, Black, and White Perspectives

    • Presiding:  Doug Weaver, Baylor University
    • Panelists:
      • João Chaves, Baptist University of the Américas
      • Malcolm Foley, Baylor University, Doctoral Student
      • Christopher Moore, Catawba Valley Community College
    • Response:  Doug Weaver, Baylor University
  • 5:15 — Tuesday Evening, May 22 — Free Time and Dinner on your own

  • 8:00-8:30AM  — Wednesday Morning, May 23 

    • 8:00-8:30AM — Continental Breakfast —  Stewart Hall foyer, Tucker Student Center

  • 8:30-10:15  — Wednesday, May 23 —  Session III

    • Practical Studies I  — Room 141 (Tucker Student Center)— Presiding: Eric Holleyman

      •  Preaching by Immersion: Homiletics for the Age of Virtual Reality
        Jennifer Garcia Bashaw
        Campbell University
      • Feeling the Weight: Re-Conceiving a Baptist Theology of Ordination After #MeToo
        Kathryn H. House
        Boston University School of Theology, Doctoral Fellow
      • Blessing or Blessed? Toward an Ethic of Hospitable Service
        Tom LeGrand
        Gardner-Webb University
    • Old Testament III  — Room Hope Hall (Tucker Student Center) — Presiding: Kim Bodenhamer

      • The Makings of a Despondent Queen: An Analysis of Esther 2:12-18
        Mariah Q. Richardson
        Gardner-Webb University, Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Religion Student
      • Comparing Rhetoric in Art and Text: Considering the Rhetorical Function of Images
        Richard Purcell
        Emory University, Doctoral Student
    • Theology III — Room: Room 228 (Tucker Student Center) —  Presiding: Ryan Andrew Newson

      • Baptists Hearing Voices and Seeing Things: Imagining Radical Practices of Local Church Theology
        Amy L. Chilton, Fuller Theological Seminary & Azusa Pacific University
        Steven R. Harmon, Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity
      • Aquinas on Grace and Altruism
        Daniel W. Houck
        Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Research Fellow at the Henry Center
    • Church History III — Room 139 (Tucker Student Center) — Presiding: Loyd Allen

      • According to Luther: The Nature, Role, and Purpose of Women
        Joe Early
        Campbellsville University
      • Martin Luther’s Influence on the Religious Education of Children: The Centrality of the Gospel and Laity Involvement in Faith Development
        Emily Buck
        Fuller Theological Seminary, Doctoral Student
  • 10:30-12:00 — Wednesday morning, May 23 – Plenary Session III

    • Plenary Session III  — Stewart Hall, (Tucker Student Center)  —  Presiding: W.H. Bellinger, Jr.

      • Panel: Discussion of Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons, Acts of the Apostles Through the Centuries (Wiley, 2016)
      • Panelists:
        • John Essick, Baptist Seminary at Kentucky
        • Alicia Myers, Campbell University
        • Scott Shauf, Gardner Webb University
      • Response: Mikeal Parsons, Baylor University
Save the Date!
2019 Annual Meeting

May 20 - 22, 2019
Campbell University 
School of Law 
Raleigh, NC


Download a PDF of the DRAFT Version of the NABPR Program.

CFP: You say you want a revolution

NABPR Region-at-Large Call for Papers
Meeting Jointly with the College Theology Society
Saint Catherine University, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Thursday, May 31, to Sunday, June 3, 2018

The NABPR Region-at-Large invites proposals for the 2018 College Theology Society/NABPR joint meeting around the theme of this year’s CTS Conference: “You Say You Want a Revolution? 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective.”  The following are some suggested topics, but other proposals are also welcome, especially in the area of biblical studies.


Prospects for the Third Reconstruction

Some scholars of race have identified the First Reconstruction (1865-1877) and the Second Reconstruction (1945-1968) as crucial eras of change in racial politics in the United States, with global implications.  Churches played important roles in these eras of change, and renewals of theological reflection emerged from each era. Also following each of these eras came periods of consolidation, backlash, and regression. In recent decades, leaders have called for a Third Reconstruction.  What are the prospects of another era of theological ferment and political change in racial politics?


Sexual Revolution and Baptists

The variety of Baptist bodies continue to struggle and disagree about the acceptance and status of LGBTQ persons in the church. Self-selected groups of Baptists and baptists have recently published statements in the UK, The Courage to be Baptist: A Statement on Baptist Ecclesiology and Human Sexuality, and the US, The Nashville Statement. What do these statements reveal about current theological and biblical discourse on sexuality, or about broad patterns of political and cultural change?


Nonviolence and Baptists

Nonviolence has a long tradition in Baptist life that neither began nor ended in 1968 with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the 20th-century’s foremost promoters of nonviolence. However, recent Baptist elisions with certain Reformed and evangelical theologies over the past half century, coupled with a renewed American militarism, have significantly muddied this picture of Baptists as a nonviolent people. We invite papers that address the history of Baptist pacifism and nonviolence and its possibility as a resource for an age becoming quickly known for its guns and its wars.


Topics in Baptist History, 1968-2018

It may be true of every fifty-year period since the first baptists appeared in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but many new groups and directions have emerged among Baptists in the past half-century.  We invite papers exploring a wide range of historical topics.


Baptists and Ecumenism since 1968

Though Baptists historically have been linked to separatism, the revolutionary fervor of 1968 and beyond spurred on various ecumenical and cooperative efforts even among Baptists, whether in terms of theological conversation or political cooperation. We invite papers that explore these new ecumenical impulses in Baptist life.


Please submit paper proposals of 500 words or less, including one’s current institutional affiliation and position, to both Mike Broadway and Jason Hentschel by Friday, January 19, 2018.

  • Mike Broadway, Shaw University Divinity School, 
  • Jason Hentschel, University of Dayton, 

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NABPR-SE Regional Meeting Program March 2018

Update: There has been a venue change for SECSOR. The meeting will now be taking place at: Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center.

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Southeast

2018 Southeast Regional Meeting

Friday, March 2, 2018

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center.

2:30-3:00pm Registration and Refreshments

3:00-3:05 Welcome

  • Welcome from the President— Alicia Myers, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek, Campbell University Divinity School
  • Announcement of Program— Andrew Gardner, Florida State University

3:05-3:40 Presidential Address:

  • Blessed Among Women? Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament Alicia Myers

3:40-4:30 Panelist Responses and Discussion:

  • Diane Lipsett, Salem College
  • Mimi Walker, Druid Hills Baptist Church, McAfee School of Theology
  • Thomas Dixon, Campbell University

4:30-4:35 Break

4:35-5:00 Business Meeting

  • 2019 SECSOR meeting
    • NABPR-SE meeting Action Items
    • Location
    • Election of officers
    • Miscellaneous business

5:00 Adjournment


Download a PDF of the Flyer

Program for the 2017 Annual Meeting of NABPR at AAR/SBL in Boston

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

2017 Annual Meeting
at AAR/SBL in Boston, Massachussets

18 November 2017, 9:00-11:30 AM
Westin Copley Place—Essex North (Third Level)

  • 9:00 Gathering for Coffee and Conversation
  • 9:30 Greetings and Program Overview Steve Harmon, Gardner-Webb University NABPR Vice President
  • 9:35 Introduction of President’s Address
  • 9:40 President’s Address Doug Weaver, Baylor University and NABPR President

Baptists and the Interplay of Word/Spirit/Experience
By Doug Weaver

  • 10:05 Responses from the Association Moderated by Steve Harmon
  • 10:20 Introduction of Keynote Address Rady Roldan-Figueroa, Boston University
  • 10:25 Keynote Address Nancy Ammerman, Boston University
    • Dr. Ammerman is  Professor of Sociology of Religion, Sociology Department and School of Theology; Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences.

Being Baptist in this Moment
By Nancy Ammerman


  • 11:00 Responses from the Association Moderated by Rady Roldan-Figueroa
  • 11:15 Fall Business Meeting Danny Mynatt, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and NABPR Executive Secretary-Treasurer
    • Introduction of the Nominating Committee Steve Harmon
      • Bill Pitts, Baylor University (chair)
      • Mel Hawkins, Carson-Newman University
      • Meredith Stone, Hardin-Simmons University
      • Election of the Dissertation Scholarship Committee
    • Update on Change to the NABPR Constitution Danny Mynatt
    • Update on NABPR Social Media Adam DJ Brett
  • 11:25 Invitation to the National Meeting Steve Harmon

May 21-23, 2018, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC

  • 11:30 Adjournment Steve Harmon

2018 NABPR Call for Papers

  The Call for Papers is now closed. Please see the 2018 Program. 

Call for Papers
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
Annual Meeting
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs, NC
May 21 – 23, 2018

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) invites paper proposals in any area pertaining to scholarship in Religion.  In an effort to develop innovative conversations among scholars, papers which create integration between traditional disciplines or broaden the margins of disciplinary conversations are encouraged.   Although many NABPR members work primarily in the traditional disciplines of Biblical Studies, Church History, Theology, etc., proposals are encouraged from any field, including Ministry Studies.

Paper or panel proposals on any aspect of pedagogy related to the teaching of Religion are encouraged.

Proposals must be received by January 15, 2018.  Send a 300-word abstract to:

Doug Weaver
Department of Religion
Baylor University
One Bear Place # 97284
Waco, TX 76798-7284

  • Papers will be scheduled into a 30 minute time period, including discussion.
  • Proposals will be accepted or denied by March 1, 2018.
  • Graduate Students are encouraged to submit proposals.
  • The price of registration for Graduate Students is waived for the Annual Meeting.


John Inscore Essick (Baptist Seminary of Kentucky) invites NABPR members interested in presenting on a panel or in a session addressing migration and/or pedagogy and migration for the May 2018 meeting at Gardner-Webb to contact him at .

Membership Requirement

Authors of accepted proposals must be members of NABPR in good standing by May 1. Authors must pay dues for the current year and be registered for the Annual meeting. Accepted Papers which have not met these criteria will be removed from the program. Inquires about dues and membership status should be directed to Joyce Swoveland:

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