ACU's Ministry Summit features New Testament scholar from Duke

Posted April 13, 2007 Richard HaysRichard B. Hays, New Testament scholar and chair of the Biblical Division at Duke Divinity School, will be the plenary speaker at Abilene Christian University's Ministry Summit April 19-20. This year's summit will focus on the topic "Reading Scripture in Community."

At the summit, church leaders will come together to discuss topics in ministry and the practices of reading Scripture in church and community. Hays is considered a leading New Testament scholar for his work on the letters of Paul, New Testament ethics and the ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel's Scripture.

Hays' book titled The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation was named one of the 100 most important religious books of the 20th century by Christianity Today. He has lectured around the world, and currently serves as convener of a research group on "The Identity of Jesus" sponsored by the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J.

In addition to sessions with Hays, the summit will feature breakout sessions on topics including "Historical-Critical Reading as a Spiritual Practice," "Lectio Divina and Communal Discernment," "Reciting Scripture in Public Worship," "Pathways into Incarnational Community" and "Using Multiple Voice Readings in Public Worship."

The registration fee for the summit is $60. Registration for ACU Doctor of Ministry students is $30, and ACU faculty, staff and graduate studies students may attend at no charge. For more information on the summit or registration, visit the Summit website.


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