Will Christ literally rule on the earth for 1,000 years? What role does Israel play in the millennium? What kind of activities will occur during the millennium? These and other questions will be addressed by leading scholars and theologians as they give a wide range of perspectives on the millennial reign of Christ?
The theme of the 2012 Criswell Theological Lectures is Future Kingdom: Perspectives on the Millennial Reign of Christ. The event will be held on October 12, 2012, from 10AM-4PM on the campus of Criswell College (directions below).
10:00 AM Welcome – Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President of Criswell College
10:15 AM The Millennium from a Preterist Perspective – Dr. Don Preston, President, Preterist Research Institute.
11:00 AM The Millennium from a Traditional Dispensationalist Perspective – Dr. H. Wayne House, Distinguished Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies, Faith Evangelical Seminary
11:45 AM Lunch
12:30 PM The Millennium from a Postmillennialist Perspective – Dr. Kenneth Gentry, Executive Director of GoodBirth Ministries
1:15 PM The Millennium from a Progressive Dispensationalist Perspective – Dr. Craig Blaising, Executive Vice-President & Provost, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
2:00 PM The Millennium from a Amillennialist Perspective – Dr. Gregory K. Beale, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
2:45 PM The Millennium from an Historical Premillennialist Perspective – Dr. Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
3:30 PM Roundtable Discussion – Moderated by Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President of Criswell College and Professor of Ethics & Philosophy and Dr. Barry Creamer, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Humanities, Criswell College
4:00 PM Concluding Remarks – Dr. Jerry A. Johnson
Craig A. Blaising serves as Executive Vice President and Provost as well as Professor of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a position he has held since joining Southwestern in 2002.
Dr. Blaising earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1971, his Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1976 and 1979, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1988 from the University of Aberdeen.
Before joining Southwestern, Dr. Blaising served for 7 years on the faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he held the Joseph Emerson Brown Chair of Christian Theology, the oldest endowed chair at a Southern Baptist Seminary. He also served administratively at Southern as Associate Vice President for Doctoral Studies and Director of the Advanced Master of Divinity Program. Prior to joining Southern, Dr. Blaising served for 15 years on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary where he attained the rank of Professor of Systematic Theology with tenure.
Dr. Blaising is a member and past president (2005) of the Evangelical Theological Society, and holds memberships in the International Association of Patristic Studies, the North American Patristics Society, and the Society of Biblical Literature.
Dr. Blaising has published several works in the areas of patristics, eschatology, dispensationalism, and biblical and systematic theology.
He and his wife, Diane, have two children and are members of Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
Dr. Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. He holds the B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, the M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and the Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Craig is the author of twelve books and has co-authored or co-edited eight more, along with dozens of journal articles and chapters in multi-author works. His books include three on the historical reliability and interpretation of the gospels (one specializing in John), two on interpreting and preaching the parables, three commentaries (on Matthew, 1 Corinthians and James), a textbook on Jesus and the Gospels and another on Acts through Revelation, two books on material possessions in the Bible, and a handbook on New Testament exegesis.
For almost fifteen years, Craig was the lead teacher for an adult Sunday School class at Mission Hills Baptist Church in Greenwood Village, CO, and also served two terms on the elder board. Today he regularly preaches and teaches in a variety of churches on Sunday mornings. On Sunday evenings, he attends and is part of the leadership team of Scum of the Earth Church in urban Denver, an outreach ministry to “the right-brained and left out” young adults of the metro area.
Craig’s wife, Fran, was once a registered nurse and then a missions pastor. She is currently adjunct professor of Intercultural Ministries at Denver Seminary and is pursuing her Ph.D in Missiology through the International Baptist Seminary in Prague. Craig and Fran have two daughters: Elizabeth (Little), who is married and is employed as a lay student worker at her Methodist Church in Canterbury, England; and Rachel, who is majoring in biochemistry at the University of Rochester, New York.
The Blombergs like to travel, especially during summers, often combining vacation with overseas ministry. Although he faithfully roots for Colorado sports teams, he is also a lifelong Chicago Cubs baseball fan and still fantasizes about seeing them in a World Series some year before he dies.
Gregory K. Beale serves as professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, a position he has held since 2010.
Dr. Beale earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Southern Methodist University, Dallas in 1971 and 1976, his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1976, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1981 from the University of Cambridge.
Before joining Westminster, Dr. Beale served as the Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College from 1999 to 2010 and the coordinator of the M. A. in Biblical Exegesis program in the fall of 2001 for the Wheaton College Graduate School. Dr. Beale served as Assistant Professor of New Testament from 1984 to 1986, Associate Professor from 1987 to 1992, and Professor from 1992 to 2000 at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also served as Guest Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion from 1980 to 1982 and as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion from 1983 to 1984 at Grove City College.
Dr. Beale is as member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and holds memberships in the Institute for Biblical Studies, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Society of Biblical Literature, and the Tyndale Fellowship.
Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is married and has three, married grown children and four grandchildren. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Tennessee Temple College (1973). He attended Grace Theological Seminary for two years (1973–1975), but while there he left dispensationalism and transferred to Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi where he received his M.Div. (1977). After several years of pastoral ministry, he earned a Th.M. (1986) and a Th.D. (1987) from Whitefield Theological Seminary, both in the field of New Testament.
He is the author or co-author of about thirty books, many of them on eschatology. Among those books are his 600 page He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation. He is a contributor to two of the Zondervan CounterPoint series: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (ed. by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (ed. by C. Marvin Pate).
He is Executive Director of GoodBirth Ministries, a religious educational ministry committed to sponsoring, subsidizing, and advancing serious Christian scholarship and education. There he is completing work on a 1000 page commentary on the Book of Revelation from an evangelical preterist position. He is also a writer with Tolle Lege Press, where he is the administrator of the Postmillennialism.com website. He pastors a Presbyterian church in South Carolina.
H. Wayne House is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology, Law, and Culture at Faith Evangelical College and Seminary in Tacoma, Washington. He was Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology and Culture at Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University, and Professor of Law at Trinity Law School. He has a Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law, a Doctor of Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, a Master of Arts in Patristic Greek from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Theology and Master of Divinity from Western Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Classical and Hellenistic Greek from Hardin-Simmons University. He received the Certificate in International Human Rights from the famed Institut International des Droits de l’Homme, Strasbourg, France (1998). He teaches as adjunct or visiting professor at a number of seminaries in the United States and the South Pacific.
He has been author, co-author, or editor of nearly forty books and author of more than seventy theological and legal journal and magazine publications, and a contributor to several books, dictionaries and encyclopedias. Among his many books are Nelson Study Bible (NT editor); Nelson's Illustrated Bible Commentary (NT editor); The Battle for God; Charts on Open Theism and Orthodoxy; Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences; Charts of World Religions; Charts of Cults, Sects, and Religious Movements; A Christian View of Law; Restoring the Constitution; Israel: the Land and the People; God's Message, Your Sermon: How to Discover, Develop, and Deliver What God Meant by What He Said; Intelligent Design 101; Reasons for Our Hope: An Introduction to Christian Apologetics; Answers to Common Questions about Jesus; Answers to Common Questions about Angels and Demons; the House Visual Study Bible (Olive Tree Bible Software); and is General Editor of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series (Logos software).
Dr. House serves on the board of different organizations, including the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (of which he was founding president); Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA Center); Evangelical Ministries to New Religions, served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1991), and is a Member of the Pre-Trib Study Group. He has been leading study tours to Mediterranean and Middle East fifteen years.
He has been married to Leta Frances McConnell for forty-four years and has two grown children, Carrie and Nathan, and five grandchildren. His wife enjoys working around the home, tending her backyard, sewing, and playing with the grandchildren, and he enjoys playing with the grandchildren, reading in a variety of subject areas, and travel to ancient lands and sites.
Dr. Don Preston has been married 43 years to Janis K. Preston and has two children. He received the Doctor of Divinity degree from Vision International University of Romana, California, in June of 2010. Dr. Preston is currently president of the Preterist Research Institute, a non-profit institute dedicated to the positive proclamation of the good news that we are not in the last days, and the world is not just about to end. He has also served as Minister for the Ardmore Family of God (formerly the Ardmore church of Christ) for 16 years.
Dr. Preston is a sponsor and host of an annual conference known as the Preterist Pilgrim Weekend, held every July at the Ardmore Convention center, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. In addition to appearances on various radio shows, he is a co-host with William Bell of Memphis, Tn. of a popular Internet radio program called, “Two Guys and the Bible,” which airs each Tuesday evening at 6 PM central time at AD70.net. He also owns three websites: www.eschatology.org, www.bibleprophecy.com, and www.donkpreston.com.
Dr. Preston conducts numerous seminars and debates around the world, having engaged in formal debate with some of the leading evangelicals of the day, including James Jordan, Joel McDurmon (last July, in Ardmore) C. Marvin Pate, David Englesma, Harold Hoehner, Randall Price, Thomas Ice and others.
He is also the author of twenty books on preterist (fulfilled) eschatology, including We Shall Meet Him In The Air and The Wedding of the King of kings, 450+ pages, which is the first and only commentary on 1 Thessalonians 4:13f, written from the preterist perspective. The book is causing a good deal of interest and excitement in the Christian community. Preston’s book Who Is This Babylon, has been positively peer reviewed, and received a positive review in the official publication of the Russian Academy of Science. This book has been called “ground-breaking” by some reviewers.
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