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

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 43:1 (Mar 2000)
Article: Reports Relating To The Fifty-First Annual Meeting Of The Society
Author: Anonymous

Reports Relating To The Fifty-First Annual Meeting Of The Society

The 51st annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society was held in Danvers, Massachusetts, November 17-19, 1999. It was the largest meeting the society has ever held with a total registration of 1344. The lovely Sheraton Ferncroft Resort was our headquarters. The exhibit rooms held more than fifty booths, and participating publishers offered generous discounts in making their books and other products available.

The program theme of “Eschatology” was explored during five plenary sessions and by many of the more than two hundred individual papers. Participants from fifteen countries came to fellowship, exchange ideas, critique one another and to keep up with the most recent scholarship in their disciplines. Seventeen study groups also met as part of the overall program.

President-Elect John Sailhamer served as program chairman and put together a superb array of speakers starting with Walter Kaiser’s “The Kingdom of God in Old Testament Theology” on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wednesday evening fellowship banquet featured a delicious meal served to 610 in the grand ballroom, followed by Wayne Grudem’s presidential address. He spoke on “Do We Act like We Really Believe That ‘The Bible Alone, and the Bible in Its Entirety, Is the Word of God Written’?” The full text of his message appears at the front of this issue.

On Thursday afternoon, two additional plenary sessions were held. Bruce Waltke’s topic was “The Kingdom of God in Biblical Theology,” and then Millard Erickson spoke on “The Kingdom of God in Systematic Theology.” A time of spirited questions and repartee followed both presentations. In the evening session, John MacArthur, Jr. challenged a large crowd with a very practical address on “The Kingdom of God in the Pastoral Ministry.” Darrell Bock rounded out the plenary sessions on Friday morning as he highlighted parts of his paper on “The Kingdom of God in New Testament Theology.” Each plenary speaker has been a member of our society for an average of thirty years.

Parallel sessions were conducted on the conference theme as well as other disciplines such as Old and New Testament, theology, philosophy, archaeology, and much more. Parallel programs were conducted by the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Near East Archaeological Society and the Adventist Theological Society. This year, a large comfortable lounge room was set aside for members to display resumes, for institutions to advertise available positions, and where informal interviews could take place.

During the first business session, held on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., president Wayne Grudem welcomed the conferees, and John Sailhamer,...

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