Christian study — Exploring the prophetic role of the Gospel for today and the future

For evangelicals, the divinity of Jesus Christ is clear and understood. But, what role will humanity have with the role of the gospel into the future?

A continuation of a seminar series at George Fox University’s Portland campus will explore answers to that question in practical ways that are theologically sound, organizers said in a press release. ‘The Future of the Gospel: Why Humanity of God’s Son Matters Every Day,’ is planning to “Gather ministry leaders in the Pacific Northwest to explore what it looks like to embody Christianity in today’s culture,” said Andy Campbell, GFU’s facilitator of online education.

According to organizers, “workshops led by local pastoral and lay leaders will give attendees an opportunity to flesh out the gospel in new ways, and those who attend will be invited to share how their community is living out the good news of Jesus Christ today.”

Cherith Fee Nordling of Northern Seminary in Chicago, will be the preliminary speaker at the seminar. She is a regular lecturer at colleges and seminaries across the nation. The daughter of well-known theologian and author Gordon Fee, she has taught graduate level courses at Westminister Theological Center, Vineyard Leadership Institute and the Trinity Learning Community. The title of her lecture will be “Why the Humanity of Jesus Matters Every Day.”

Other guests slated to speak are Bob Hyatt, who planted Portland’s Evergreen Community Church in 2004; Deborah Loyd, a church planter and collaborative pastor at The Bridge Church in Portland; Miriam Mendez, founder and lead pastor at Esperanza Church in Portland; Ben Sand, chief executive officer of the Portland Leadership Foundation; Mark Strong, lead pastor of Life Change Christian Center in Portland; and Randy Woodley, a Native American author, activist and innovator who is a professor at the George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

George Fox is hosting this event in partnership with the Missio Alliance, “a fellowship of churches, denominations, schools and networks partnering together to see the church in North America equipped for fuller and more faithful participation in God’s mission,” states the alliance’s website.

“This definitely is open to the public. Anyone who has an interest in Christianity and culture is welcome,” Campbell said.

“The Future of the Gospel: Why Humanity of God’s Son Matters Every Day,” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 in Room 155 at the seminary’s Portland Center, 12753 S.W. 68th Ave. in Tigard. The cost is $30 for individual registration and $40 for those who would like a boxed lunch. Online registration as well as more information is available by visiting More information is also available by calling 503-554-6150.

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