2014 Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series

DOCTRINE FOR DISCIPLES: Acting Out what Is in Christ

March 18 - 19  |  RTS Orlando Pamplin Chapel  |  11:00a - 12:00n and 1:00 - 2:00p both days

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Ph.D

Dr. Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is currently Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a post he also held from (1998-2009). Previously he was Blanchard Professor of Theology at the Wheaton College Graduate School (2009-2012) and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1990-98).

He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Is There a Meaning in this Text? The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge (Zondervan, 1992), The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2003) The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2005 - named best theology book of 2006 by Christianity Today), Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker, 2005 - named best biblical studies book of 2006 by Christianity Today), Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and the forthcoming Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine (Westminster John Knox, 2014).

He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Journal for Theological Interpretation, and Pro Ecclesia. He is also the North American Consultant for the forthcoming edition of the New Dictionary of Theology. In 1999 he appeared on the cover of Christianity Today as one of the six "new theologians" featured in the lead story. He was the 2003 Westmont College Alumnus of the Year. He is married and has two daughters (and seventeen doctoral students). He is an amateur classical pianist and serious reader, and finds that music and literature help him integrate academic theology and spiritual formation.


Disciples who want to follow Christ need to understand what God is doing in Christ to renew all things; they need doctrinal direction as they walk across the social stage in the great theater of the world. Doctrine ministers this understanding and gives this direction. In an age where things are falling apart and centers are no longer holding, doctrine centers us in the one in whom all things hold together: Jesus Christ.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Local Church as Theater of the Gospel 
: At Play in the (Mission) Fields of the Triune God
WHAT ARE PASTOR-THEOLOGIANS FOR? Doctrine as Theatrical Direction 

STAGING THE PLAY IN TEN THOUSAND PLACES: Doing Church on Earth as It Is in Heaven

Invitation from Our Academic Dean
The doctrine of union with Christ is “vital” in two senses. It is an “essential” or “indispensable” doctrine, encapsulating within itself every facet of God’s saving purpose from beginning to end. It is also a “lively” doctrine, both life-giving and life-directing. In this year’s  Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series, it is our privilege to welcome one of the world’s leading systematic theologians, Kevin J. Vanhoozer of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, who will address the implications of union with Christ for the study and practice of theology. The title of the series is: “Doctrine for Disciples: Acting Out What Is in Christ.” The series will be of great interest to students, pastors, and others involved in Christian ministry.

Please join us as we engage this vital topic in the 2014 Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series at RTS Orlando. The lectures are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you.

THE KISTEMAKER ACADEMIC LECTURE SERIES (KALS) are named in honor of New Testament Professor Emeritus Simon J. Kistemaker, Ph.D. These annual lectures offer scholarly insight into diverse topics in Biblical and theological studies as well as practical theology.

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