International Professor to come to Canberra in 2016

Tuesday December 22 2015 by Katherine

On 5 October, Dr Middleton delivered a lecture on the Importance of Lament in the Life of Faith. The lecture centered on the biblical act of crying out to God during times of grief and stress, and how lament is often the pivot towards hope and healing. Dr Middleton drew on examples from the Psalms, particularly Psalms 39, as well as the writings of C.S. Lewis.

Watch the full lecture below.

St Mark’s is pleased to announce it will host Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis Richard Middleton in October 2016.

Professor Middleton, who teaches at Northeastern Seminary on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College at Rochester in New York state, will travel to Australia for a month as part of a research sabbatical.

Professor Middleton will spend two weeks at St Mark’s affiliate in Adelaide, St Barnabas Theological College, before coming to Canberra from 2 – 15th October.

He will deliver a public lecture on Wednesday October 5, 2016 entitled 'The Importance of lament for the life of Faith'. The lecture will be at the Chapel of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Cutlure starting at 7.30pm.

His expertise is on the Old Testament, Genesis, Psalms and Job, 1 and 2 Samuel, Creation theology, Eschatology and Christian worldview.

Among the activities planned at St Mark’s is an evening public lecture on the importance of lament for the life of faith followed by a day seminar on the ethics of divine and human power in connection with the imago Dei through the book of Job.

The author of six books is currently working on a new book, tentatively entitled, The Silence of Abraham, The Passion of Job: Explorations in the Theology of Lament (to be published by Baker Academic).

He is comparing Abraham’s ominous and silent attempt to sacrifice his son in Genesis 22 (the Akedah) and Job’s outspoken challenge to God in response to his sufferings (which God finally affirms as “right” speech, at the end of the book).

Professor Middleton’s most recent book, A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology (2014), which has endorsements from Walter Brueggemann, Donald A. Hagner, and James K.A. Smith among others, won the 2014 Word Guild Award – Biblical Studies Category and the 2015 Canadian Christian book Award for Biblical Studies.

St Mark’s Director Andrew Cameron said the event would be of interest to scholars, clergy, pastors, ministry workers and anybody interested in biblical exegesis and/or the topic of lament.

Richard Middleton blogs at Creation to Eschaton and is a Theological Fellow for BioLogos and you can follow him on Twitter @JRichMiddleton
Below is a video of Professor Richard Middleton speaking at the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) Jubilee conference in 2015 about The Destiny of God’s Good Creation.