Monday, 14 July 2014

Toward an Evangelical Feminism: Scripture, Theology, Gender

The Institute for Christian Studies and Wycliffe College are co-sponsors of this year's Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (CETA) Fall Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday October 18, 2014 at Wycliffe College in Toronto. Marion Ann Taylor, Professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College, will be the keynote speaker. Conference papers will be eligible for the Jack and Phyllis Middleton Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible & Theology.

See the Call for Papers here. (due August 15)

Earlybird registration is available online now!  Visit the event page for full information and updates.

Nik Ansell in Vienna

Senior Member Nik Ansell is in Austria this month. Last week he presented a paper titled "Too Good to Be True? The Female Pronoun for God in Numbers 11:15” at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) International Meeting in Vienna.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Doug Blomberg in England

Later this month, Acting President Doug Blomberg will be participating in the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, in York, UK. He will present a paper titled "Willing Acceptance of Others".

Lambert Zuidervaart Publishes Adorno Bibliography

Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart has published an extensive annotated bibliography on Theodor Adorno, a prominent German social philosopher and cultural critic and a leading member of the Frankfurt School. This commissioned bibliography is available online at It is part of the Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy edited by Duncan Pritchard and published by Oxford University Press.

The link to this item in our IR is:

Jeff Hocking Publishes “Liberating Language”

A revised edition of a paper Student Services Officer Jeff Hocking gave at the AAR/SBL meeting in 2011 has been published in the inaugural edition of the theopoetics journal: Theopoetics: A Journal of Theological Imagination, Literature, Embodiment, and Aesthetics Vol. 1, No. 1 (2014). The title of the article is: "Liberating Language: Rubem Alves, Theopoetics, and the Democratization of God-Talk."

The full text is available online with a free registration for the journal:

Daniel Rudisill Presenting “Loving Wisdom” in Hamilton

Junior Member Daniel Rudisill will be giving a lecture titled "Loving Wisdom: Philosophy as Philosophia" at the American Scientific Affiliation’s annual meeting at McMaster University in Hamilton, which will be held July 25-28.

Prayer Letter: July 2014

Tuesday, July 1: Today we celebrate Canada Day. Let us thank God for the many blessings we receive due to our good fortune in living Canada. Also, while we are grateful for our lives here, we also pray for those people living in countries plagued by poverty and war.

Wednesday, July 2: We offer prayers of thanks for our most valued partners—our supporters our. ICS mission is sustained by your prayers and generosity, personal notes and emails of appreciation and encouragement. We are truly blessed to have your partnership of continued faith and commitment to our work.

Thursday, July 3: We offer prayers of thanks for the successful Economic Justice conference held in Edmonton in May.

Friday, July 4: To all our members of the ICS community in the United States, we pray for blessings as you celebrate Independence Day.

Monday, July 7: As our annual Phone-a-thon ends, we offer prayers of thanks for the diligent work of the volunteers, and the wonderful support of the ICS community. We are truly blessed!

Tuesday, July 8: Today we pray for God to bless and guide our students who are finishing their MA thesis, or working towards important stages of our programs like comprehensive exams, thesis defenses, etc.

Wednesday, July 9: We ask God's help and guidance for all those who are doing advancement work for ICS. Please pray that support for the vision and mission of ICS continues to grow.

Thursday, July 10: Summer is here and many people are planning vacations. Many members of the ICS community will be traveling in the summer months to spend time with family and friends. We pray for safe travel and that the time spent with loved ones will be rich and refreshing.

Friday, July 11: Today we ask for God's help for those who are struggling with illnesses. We pray to God for strength, patience and for good results from treatment.

Monday, July 14:
Today we offer prayers of praise for the talents of Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart who has published a bibliography on Theodor Adorno.

Tuesday, July 15: We pray for stamina and wisdom for Senior Member Doug Blomberg as he continues in his roles as Acting President and Academic Dean.

Wednesday, July 16:
We pray for safe and pleasant journeys and we pray for rest and renewal for the Senior Members and Administrative Staff who are enjoying vacations this month.

Thursday, July 17:
Summer is a time for crops to grow healthy and strong to harvest for the leaner months. We pray for farmers, that their crops will flourish, and for those who are hungry, that they may have what they need.

Friday, July 18: The CPRSE’s Justice and Faith project, in partnership with the Christian Reformed Church and the Centre for Community Based Research, continues its work over the summer. We pray for wisdom for all partners as they head into the second year of the project.

Monday, July 21:
Today the Co-Chairs of the Board of Trustees (Henriette Thompson and Aileen Van Ginkel) will meet with the Leadership Team (Doug Blomberg, Ed Hayley and Ron Kuipers) to follow up on decisions about ICS's strategic direction and plan for the coming academic year. Please pray for the Holy Spirit's guidance in this discussion.

Tuesday, July 22: Today we offer prayers of praise for the talents of Student Services Officer Jeff Hocking who has published a paper in the journal Theopoetics.

Wednesday, July 23: We ask for energy as we prepare for the seven new Junior Members who will be arriving in September.

Thursday, July 24: We pray for blessings for the Friends of ICS Board and all those who are doing advancement work in the US.

Friday, July 25: We ask God to bless and guide Senior Member Ron Kuipers and Allyson Carr as they continue their work with our Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics.

Monday, July 28: ICS Acting President Doug Blomberg will be attending the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values in England this week. We pray for safe travel and blessings on Doug and all who attend this event.

Tuesday, July 29: Junior Member Dan Rudisill will be giving a lecture in Hamilton. We pray for blessings on all who attend this meeting.

Wednesday, July 30: Senior Members often spend much of the summer developing course curriculum and giving attention to research projects. We are extremely grateful for the work of our Senior Members and ask for God's blessing on them.

Thursday, July 31: We celebrate the addition of seven new Junior Members to the ICS community this fall, and we remember them in our prayers as they make the necessary preparations and transitions over the summer in order to begin their studies in September.