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Vision Conference™ Seminary Now™ Courses

Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight

R.H. Boyd, in partnership with Northern Theological Seminary, is excited to unveil an enhanced benefit of registering for the 2022 Vision Conference™. All 2022 registrants will receive immediate access to six streaming video courses at Seminary Now™. Seminary Now™ is a streaming video platform with short courses in Bible, theology, ministry, and contemporary issues. It is a tremendous resource to grow in one’s personal faith and capacity for ministry in an affordable, accessible way. Upon conference registration, attendees will gain immediate access to six virtual courses.

Jesus and the Gospels

In this new course, prolific author and speaker Scot McKnight makes accessible his decades of teaching and writing on Jesus and the Gospels. Join Dr. McKnight as he introduces the person of Jesus as He is revealed in the Gospels and in the testimony of the earliest Christians.

The course unpacks the historical context of the Gospels and their key literary features. Topics include: the Kingdom of God, the ethics of Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount, the parables, and the Resurrection.

James Choung

James Choung

Evangelism: Telling the Big Story

“Is our Gospel too small?” This is the question James Choung tackles in this engaging course on evangelism. James presents a way of talking about the Gospel that acknowledges that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross offers believers more than just a ticket to heaven. The Good News of the Gospel is that God is calling believers to participate in His work of restoring creation to its original design. Such work includes actively reconciling people to each other and to God, bringing healing and testifying to the goodness of the kingdom of heaven that is already and is still to come.

Choung’s Gospel diagram may revolutionize how the Gospel is shared and communicated across the nation for years to come. It presents a fuller picture of what the Good News is and makes it easier to share.

Esau McCaulley

Esau McCaulley

Rather than focusing on an individual making a one-time decision toward an eternally happy afterlife, the Gospel message presented here emphasizes the ongoing process of transformation in the life of the believer in Christian community, living out a missional life here and now.

Reading While Black

Growing up in the American South, Esau McCaulley knew firsthand the ongoing struggle between despair and hope that marks the lives of some in the African- American context. A key element in the fight for hope, he discovered, has long been the practice of Bible reading and interpretation that comes out of traditional Black churches. This ecclesial tradition is often disregarded or viewed with suspicion by much of the wider church and academy, but it has something vital to say.

Reading While Black is a personal and scholarly testament to the power and hope of Black biblical interpretation. At a time when some within the African-American community are questioning the place of the Christian faith in the struggle for justice, New Testament scholar McCaulley argues that reading Scripture from the perspective of Black Church tradition is invaluable for connecting with a rich faith history and addressing the urgent issues of our times.

Marshall Hatch

Marshall Hatch

He advocates for a model of interpretation that involves an ongoing conversation between the collective Black experience and the Bible in which the particular questions coming out of Black communities are given a place of validation and the Bible is given space to respond by affirming, challenging, and, at times, reshaping Black concerns. McCaulley demonstrates this model with studies on how Scripture speaks to topics often overlooked by White interpreters, such as ethnicity, political protest, policing, and slavery.

Ultimately McCaulley calls the church to a dynamic theological engagement with Scripture, in which Christians of diverse backgrounds dialogue with their own social location as well as the cultures of others. Reading While Black moves the conversation forward.

Tara Beth Leach

Tara Beth Leach

Black Church Studies

What is the Black Church? What role has it played in the culture and liberation of Black Americans throughout US history?

Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch takes viewers on a journey through the history and impact of the Black Church in America, from the religion of white slaveholders passed to enslaved peoples to the role of the church today in the era of Black Lives Matter. He teaches on the Civil War, Reconstruction, the development of Black denominations due to segregation, prominent Black church leaders and theologians, the Civil Rights era, and the new time of racial reckoning in America today.

The Black Church has guided culture, provided hope in hard times, and been the motivating and organizing force behind pushes for the rights of Black Americans. While church attendance is decreasing, Hatch contends that the Black Church still has an important role to play in American life.

Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Empowering Women in Ministry

Throughout Scripture and church history, women have been central to the mission of God. But all too often women have lacked opportunities to minister fully. Many churches lack visible examples of women in ministry and leadership.

Pastor Tara Beth Leach issues a stirring call for a new generation of women in ministry: to teach, to preach, to shepherd, and to lead. God not only permits women to minister—He emboldens, empowers, and unleashes women to lead out of the fullness of who they are. The church cannot reach its full potential without women using their God-given gifts. Leach provides practical expertise for how women can find their place at the table, escape impostor syndrome, face opposition, mentor others, and much more.

When women teach, preach, lead, evangelize, pastor, and disciple, and when men partner to embolden the women in their lives, the church’s imagination expands to better reflect God’s story and hope for the world.

Glorifying God in a Diverse World

What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God?

We live in a time of unprecedented intercultural exchange, where our communities welcome people from around the world. Music and media from every culture are easily accessible, and our worship experiences are infused with a rich variety of musical and liturgical influences.

Leading worship in multicultural contexts can be a crosscultural experience for everyone. How do we help our congregations navigate the journey?

Innovative worship leader Sandra Maria Van Opstal is known for crafting worship that embodies the global, multiethnic body of Christ. Likening diverse worship to a sumptuous banquet, she shows how worship leaders can set the table and welcome worshipers from every tribe and tongue.

Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God’s invitation for all peoples to praise him.

When multiethnic worship is done well, the church models reconciliation and prophetic justice, heralding God’s good news for the world. Enter into the praise of our King, and let the nations rejoice!

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