Biblical Theology Workshop for Women
No matter how much you already know or don’t know about the Bible, if you are a woman who wants to know your Bible better, this workshop is for you!
Do you ever read the Bible and have a sense that there is a deeper meaning or significance to what you are reading that you can’t quite figure out? Or do you sometimes wonder why some people have been able to draw things out of a passage in the Bible that you didn’t see until they pointed it out? If so, I hope you’ll make plans to come to a Biblical Theology Workshop for Women. Our aim will be to increase our Bible skills so that rather than being bored by, or intimidated by the Bible, we’ll become more intrigued by it, moved by it, more confident that we’re grasping what it is communicating to us.
Over three sessions, we’ll review the key events of the Bible’s story and the major sections of the Bible. I’ll demonstrate telling the story of the Bible through the lens of one of its important themes. We’ll work together on tracing a few themes through the various sections of the Bible. Then we’ll look at the opening of each of the Gospels and discover how a growing understanding of major biblical themes adds to our understanding when we see those themes arise in specific passages of the Bible. The three sessions, held either on a Friday night and Saturday morning or an all-day Saturday schedule, will be energetic, interactive, and fun.
Locations and Dates for Workshops:
Houston, TX • Christ the King Presbyterian Church • September 13, 2019—SOLD OUT/WAITLIST
Houston, TX • Christ the King Presbyterian Church • September 14, 2019—DUE TO CANCELLATIONS, A FEW SEATS AVAILABLE
Louisville, KY • Sojourn Church • September 20-21, 2019—SOLD OUT/WAITLIST
Orlando, FL • Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando • September 27-28, 2019—SOLD OUT/WAITLIST
Wake Forest, NC • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary • October 5, 2019—SOLD OUT/WAITLIST
New Orleans, LA • Lakeview Christian Center • October 11-12, 2019
Grand Rapids, MI • First Byron Christian Reformed Church • November 2, 2019—SOLD OUT/WAITLIST
Atlanta, GA • Perimeter Church • January 24-25, 2020
Birmingham, AL • Briarwood Presbyterian Church • February 1, 2020
Jackson, MS • First Presbyterian Church • February 8, 2020
Greenville, SC • First Presbyterian Church • February 21-22, 2020—SOLD OUT/WAITLIST
Kansas City, MO • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary • February 29, 2020
Chattanooga, TN • First Presbyterian Church • March 6-7, 2020
Tulsa, OK • River Oaks Presbyterian Church • March 27-28, 2020
St. Louis, MO • Chesterfield Presbyterian Church • April 4, 2020
Denver, CO • Park Church Denver • May 2, 2020
San Francisco, CA • NorthCreek Church • May 9, 2020
Belfast, Ireland • May 16, 2020 (Registration not yet available)
Some of these venues have more seats than others, and some are more likely than others to fill up quickly with women from the host church or seminary, so if you want to come, we encourage you to register earlier rather than later. You’ll also save some money by registering early. And if we’re not coming to your city, we hope you’ll consider getting a group of friends together to make a trip to a city where a workshop is being offered.
How much does the workshop cost?
The pricing is different for the various workshops depending on how early you register and whether or not a meal is included at that particular workshop. Most (but not all) Friday night and Saturday morning workshops do not include a meal, and most (but not all) all-day Saturday workshops include lunch. An early bird registration at a workshop with no meal cost added is $20. (I know! What a deal!) The prices go up from there based on when you register and the cost of a meal, if one is included. You’ll find the price for the workshop you’re interested in when you click the registration information button above, which will take you to the Eventbrite registration page.
Can we register a group? Is there a group rate?
We do hope you’ll encourage a group from your church or a group of friends to come with you, but there is no group discount since the earlybird price is already so low, and most workshops are filling up while the earlybird rate is still being offered. We recognize that it may be common practice to purchase a large number of tickets not yet knowing who exactly will use them. We respectfully ask you not to do so but to purchase tickets only for those who have actually indicated they are planning to come.
The workshop I wanted to attend says “SOLD OUT/WAITLIST.” How do I get on the waitlist? Will I actually get a ticket?
You can add your name to the waitlist by clicking the “Tickets” button on the event page and selecting “Join Waitlist.” Please note that you will need to do this for every person who wants a ticket, as tickets are released only one at a time (in other words, if a woman on the waitlist gets an opportunity to buy a ticket, she can only ever buy one, not enough for a group). Once you have added your name to the waitlist, make sure that emails from Eventbrite are not filtering to your junk or spam folder. If a ticket is released to you, you will get an email notification, and you will only have two days to claim it. Be sure to have your payment information ready, as you can only click the “Claim My Ticket” button in your email one time.
We have no way of predicting how many women on the waitlist will get tickets, but we urge you to add your name to it. You never know! If current ticketholders cancel their registration or if the host ends up able to add more seats, a ticket may become available to you. And even if you don’t get a ticket, we will use these waitlists to gauge demand for future workshops, and women on these waitlists will have the first opportunity to register for a future workshop in their area.
Is there anything I need to prepare prior to the workshop?
No. Just bring a pen and your Bible. We strongly suggest that you bring a printed Bible. However, you might also find it helpful to download a Bible app onto your phone or tablet that you can use to search quickly for a particular word. We recommend putting the ESV Bible app or Biblegateway app on your phone or tablet before you come. We’ll supply you with a workbook and a clipboard to write on when you arrive.
You can leave your fears about being exposed for what you don’t know at home, as well as your pride about what you do know. We’re all just there to learn together. And that includes me. Now, if you really, really want to get a head start, you could spend some time comparing Genesis 1-3 and Revelation 21-22 and look for ideas or images you find in both places. I’ll give you some time to do this in one of the sessions, but it won’t be enough to find all that is in there.
Can you explain what you mean by “biblical theology”?
Yes. But first, don’t let the term “biblical theology” intimidate you. Sometimes people react negatively to the word theology, thinking that it about dry doctrine or something overly academic rather than personal or meaningful. But that’s not at all the case. Theology is what we believe about God. And any time we’re engaging with the Bible, trying to understand what it reveals to us about God, we’re doing theology. This means that we’re all theologians and can become better theologians from wherever we are now.
When people hear the term “biblical theology,” they often think we are talking about theology that is biblical as opposed to unbiblical. But really we’re talking about a way of understanding and approaching the Bible that recognizes that even though the Bible is made up of various kinds of literature and was written down over centuries by forty human authors, it is actually telling one cohesive story about what God is doing in the world through Christ. Through biblical theology we can trace the Bible’s story from Genesis to Revelation through the development of a number of central themes that serve to communicate a coherent message about the person and work of Christ.
Perhaps another way to think about biblical theology is to think of it in contrast to its important companion, systematic theology. In systematic theology, we ask what the whole of the Bible has to say about a particular topic such as sin, justification, the Holy Spirit, the nature of God, or humanity, and put it into a coherent summary. Biblical theology, then, is more about tracing particular themes that develop in the story of the Bible from creation to consummation, such as kingdom, sacrifice, feasting, or temple.
Are there any resources you suggest to learn more about biblical theology?
Ten Things You Should Know About Biblical Theology by Chris Bruno
Biblical Theology in Discipleship by Nancy Guthrie
What is Biblical Theology and Do We Need It? by D. A. Carson
An Introduction to Biblical Theology by D.A. Carson
Will there be additional workshops offered in other cities? Yes. We’re talking with potential hosts in a number of cities—focusing on cities in the West, Northwest, North and Northeast—and will be announcing those cities and dates when they are nailed down. Check back here or sign up for my newsletter if you want to be sure to be notified when additional workshops are added.