Description: The expression Blessed Alliance was first introduced in, Lost Women of the Bible. It is the kingdom strategy God unveils when he commissions his male and female image bearers to represent him and to do his work in the world together. He commissioned both to rule and subdue as his vice-regents; both to be fruitful and multiply by living fruitful lives and multiplying other image bearers to embrace God’s vision. And then “he blessed them” (Gen. 1:27-28). This is how God called humanity to work in every dimension of his creation. The enemy’s strategy dismantled the Blessed Alliance. Humanity was cut off from their Creator and divided from one another. Jesus came to rebuild the Blessed Alliance. We want to explore what it is? How it differs from simply “getting along”? How does it proclaim to a broken humanity that Jesus has come and transforming how human beings love one another and serve God together.
Presenters: Frank A. James, DPhil, Ph.D., President and Professor of Historical Theology, Missio Theological Seminary and Carolyn Custis James, BA Sociology, MA Biblical Studies, Author, Activist, Adjunct Professor, Missio Theological Seminary
Carolyn Custis James is an award winning author. Her books include Finding God in the Margins, Malestrom, Half the Church, and The Gospel of Ruth. She is a consulting editor for Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament, and an adjunct professor at Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She’s a member of Evangelicals for Justice and blogs at www.carolyncustisjames.com, Huffington Post/Religion, and as a Leading Voice at Missio Alliance. Her work focuses on the intersection between Christianity and twenty-first century cultural issues facing women and men globally and has earned her recognition by Christianity Today as one of “50 Evangelical Women to Watch.”
Frank A. James III is President and Professor of Historical Theology at MISSIO Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He formerly served as Provost and Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He studied history under Alister McGrath for his DPHIL at Oxford University and added a second PHD in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary/Pennsylvania. He is the author of 9 books and numerous academic articles. He authored Peter Martyr Vermigli and Predestination, coedited with Heiko Oberman of Via Augustini: Augustine in the Later Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation (Brill) and with Charles Hill of The Glory of the Atonement (IVP). He is the one of the founding members of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. His latest book is Church History: From Pre-Reformation to the Present (Zondervan). He has also been a consultant and script writer for a historical documentary film series.[member_only]