Summer Conference – Day 3

It is our great pleasure to invite you to day 3 of this year’s Summer Conference, which will be held entirely online. You can find out a little more our event programme and incredible speakers by scrolling through this page!

Tickets are free but please consider donating a £10 daily attendance gift, which will be used to support our Students in Need Fund.

We really hope you can join us and we look forward to meeting you virtually!


Today we will be joined by keynote speaker John Goldingay, along with Brad Embry, who will be speaking on Scripture & Violence. Whether it is to get a taste of theological education or take some time to invest in vocational training or professional development, LST’s Summer Conference will inspire and equip you for all walks of life including the church, home and workplace.

Time Wednesday
09:00 Welcome & Worship
09:15 Keynote Speaker - John Goldingay: Daniel and Jeremiah
10:15 Comfort Break
10:30 Scripture & Violence: Brad Embry
12:30 'Meet The Principal' Lunch
13:30 Worship & Prayer
14:00 Topic Seminar
15:00 MA Presentation
15:15 Closing
15:30 Finish

Today’s Speakers

John Goldingay

John Goldingay will be our keynote speaker throughout the four days, leading a series entitled, Jeremiah Then and Now. John has previously worked in a parish in Finchley, and then moved on to teach at St John’s College Nottingham and at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, where he was also priest-in-charge of St Barnabas, Pasadena. He now lives in Oxford and he and his wife Kathleen are members of the congregation at Christ Church Cathedral, but he still teaches online for Fuller. He is the author of a number of books on the Old Testament and has been working on a commentary on Jeremiah of which these lectures will be a spin off. In his spare time with Kathleen he walks along the Thames, listens to jazz, watches BBC I-player, marvels at how Britain is both different and the same, and tries to relearn how to speak British and to learn modern Hebrew.

Daniel and Jeremiah

Jeremiah lived and worked at a time when the people of God had put out of mind the old truths about God and about what God had done for them. They had put out of mind how they had related to God in the past and how God expected them to relate to him in the present. Jeremiah confronted them about these facts, but found people rejecting him because it was a way of rejecting God. He lived on into a time of catastrophe when he could whisper to them that God might not have finished with them.

His book is complicated and his theology is complicated but we will try to find our way through both, and also imagine Jeremiah and Ezekiel and Daniel comparing notes about the issues they need to deal with.

Before the conference, you will receive written versions of the talks that you can read ahead of time if you wish, and you can email questions arising from them. In the sessions Dr Goldingay will talk a bit but spend much of the time engaging in dialogue with these questions, and other questions that people ask live.

John Goldingay SC 2020

Brad Embry

Brad Embry on the topic of Scripture and Violence, Scripture and Faith: Finding a place for Violence in a Faithful Worldview.

Brad Embry is an Associate Professor of Old Testament at Regent University. Before coming to Regent, Brad served as an Associate Professor of Old Testament at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA for seven years and as an Assistant Professor of Bible at the International College and Graduate School in Honolulu, Hawaii for one year. Brad completed his PhD at Durham University under C.T.R. Hayward (2005). His current research interests mainly concern the Israelite histories, especially Joshua and Judges, with an emphasis in biblical theology. He lives with wife Kori and 4 sons in Chesapeake, VA.

Scripture & Violence: Finding a place for Violence in a Faithful Worldview

In this presentation and discussion, I want to explore a few examples of violence and violent actions contained in Scripture. How are we to understand the appearance of violent actions or moments in Scripture and, in some way, accommodate them to our understanding of scripture and its witness to a life of faith? To foster some discussion, I hope to develop this discussion in three steps. The first will be to offer a close reading or interpretation of one or several passages containing violent actions. Second, having come to an understanding of some of the finer points in these moments of violence, I would like to develop some conversation about the affect violence has in the telling of the stories of which they are a part. This will, hopefully, foster some thoughts or methods by which we can develop a sense of the “use of violence” in Scripture. Finally, if we can come to an understanding of the “usefulness” of violent stories in the Bible, I hope to foster some conversation about how we, as readers of Scripture and in a context of faith, might develop postures towards violence and violent activities. In other words, can we work towards developing a “theology of violence” that is both sensitive to the text and its worldview and healthful to a contemporary life of faith?

Brad SC 2020