Reports Relating To The Fiftieth Annual Meeting Of The Society -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 42:1 (Mar 1999)
Article: Reports Relating To The Fiftieth Annual Meeting Of The Society
Author: Anonymous

Reports Relating To The Fiftieth
Annual Meeting Of The Society

The 50th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society was held in Orlando, Florida, November 19-21, 1998. It was the largest meeting the society has ever held. The total registration was 1297. The spacious Radisson Twin Towers, each nineteen stories tall, was our headquarters. The exhibition hall was more than adequate to house nearly fifty booths in six unique diamond shaped settings. The participating publishers are to be thanked for the generous discounts they offered while making their books and other products available.

Over three hundred twenty papers were presented as participants from around the world came to fellowship, exchange ideas, critique one another and to keep up with the most recent scholarship in their disciplines. Fourteen study groups also met as part of the overall program.

President-Elect, Wayne Grudem, served as program chairman and put together a superb array of speakers on the conference theme, “Teaching Them All Things.” There were five plenary sessions. Roger Nicole, a charter member who was in attendance at the very first annual meeting of the society, gave an historical overview of the society, touching on its beginnings, growth in membership, papers and productions of all kinds, as well as its crises, with an exhortation to guard that which has been committed unto us. A question and answer time followed, including remarks by Sam Schultz, another charter member.

The fellowship banquet featured a delicious meal served to 545 in the grand ballroom, followed by Norm Geisler’s presidential address. He spoke on “Beware of Philosophy,” citing numerous philosophies this world offers. The full text of his message appears at the front of this issue.

On Friday afternoon, two plenary sessions were held. In Don Carson’s message, “Training the Next Generation of Evangelical Scholars,” he painted the landscape of the future for Christian higher academics. John Piper then addressed the subject of “Training the Next Generation of Evangelical Pastors and Missionaries.” He pointed out that one may learn much, but if the main thing is ignored or missing, all is lost. That one thing is to know God and to delight in him above everything else. Several questions succeeded Carson’s speech, but a holy hush of meditation followed Piper’s challenge before the large audience began to sing “Fairest Lord Jesus,” a capella.

A panel discussion attended by some nine hundred conferees on Friday evening finished out the plenary sessions. Luder Whitlock moderated the panel of Father Francis Martin, an invited guest, and J. I. Packer, who favored, and Robert Godfrey, who opposed, the Roman Catholic-Evangelical Document, “the Gif...

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