Book Launch & Public Lectures: Matthew Bates
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Matthew Bates back to his alma mater on Sept. 20th and 21st for three lectures on the themes of the gospel, salvation, and discipleship. Our first lecture will be on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 PM, and the remaining two will be on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 am and 10:45 AM. The lectures will be held here at Regent in Room 100 and will be followed by a question and answer period. This is a bookstore-sponsored event and will be offered free-of-charge.Matthew Bates is the Assistant Professor of Theology at Qunicy University in Illinois. He is the author of three excellent books, "The Hermeneutics of Apostolic Proclamation" (Baylor University Press, 2012), The Birth of the Trinity (Oxford University Press, 2015), and mostly recently, "Salvation by Allegiance Alone" (Baker Academic, 2017). On Bates' work in "Salvation by Allegiance Alone," Michael Gorman wrote "his argument for saving faith as embodied, enacted allegiance is rooted in solid scholarship and presented with both zeal for the kingdom and concern for the church. This is a much-need corrective to many misunderstandings." Scot McKnight also labelled "Allegiance Alone" an "outstanding book." Matthew is also the co-host of the excellent Biblical Studies podcast, OnScript. He is an accessible author and speaker, who writes and speaks in service of both the church and the academy.
These three lectures will be recorded and made available for purchase on Regent Audio following the event. Here are the lectures titles and descriptions:
Friday, Sept. 20, 7:30 PM: Renovating the Gospel & Book Launch: "Gospel Allegiance"
In our churches today, the gospel has been reduced to trusting in Jesus's work on the cross. We might also give a brief nod to Jesus's resurrection. Yet this is not how the Bible frames the gospel. It is time for a gospel renovation.
Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30 AM: Saved by Allegiance Alone
Faith is a slippery word. Discover why saving faith is best understood as allegiance.
Saturday, Sept. 21, 10:45 AM: Practicing Gospel Allegiance Today
The gospel-allegiance model raises intriguing theological questions for the church. Yet right now the church must take practical steps to cultivate greater allegiance to Jesus the king.