What is Summer Seminary?
Join us for a free, power-packed summer teaching series with distinguished scholars from Denver Seminary and Denver University. Speakers will be teaching on critical topics of faith in contemporary culture. All seminars are free and run from 9:50-10:50 in the morning.
Where is it happening?
Summer Seminary is a partnership between professors from Denver Seminary, and Denver University, and St. James Presbyterian Church in Littleton. All seminars will be located at:
Where Can I Get More Information?
Download our 2018 Summer Seminary brochure and help spread the word. For additional information on the speakers and the topics that they will be discussing, call our office during business hours, at (303) 794-6851.
2018 Summer Seminary Speaker Lineup
June 10, 2018
Christians and Social Justice
Patty Pell, MA
Our community, country and world swirl with concerns around social justice. There are seemingly increasing numbers of uprisings around issues and practices of injustice, domestically and around the world. As we have experienced, these issues can also be polarizing. How do issues of justice relate to the Gospel, mission and the Kingdom of God? As followers of Jesus, what place and role are we called to by God in scripture in addressing them?
Join us as Professor Patty Pell, Director of Justice and Mission Program at Denver Seminary addresses this important topic for our day. Professor Pell received her BA from the University of Wyoming and her MA in Biblical Studies – Old Testament from Denver Seminary. She has served in ministry as a campus staff member, Area Director and Associate Regional Director and Training Specialist with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She has also ministered as a College Pastor, Adult Ministries Pastor and Pastor of Community Outreach. She most recently led a church planting team that established an immigrant and refugee congregation in Greeley, Colorado.
Professor Pell’s passion for justice and reconciliation has led her to spend several summers directing student groups in urban Denver, India and Kenya as well as teach courses in Old Testament in Uganda. She spends time volunteering with English language learners in the public schools, with refugee service providers and in immigration reform.
She has published several books and study guides with InterVarsity Press including Esther: Character Under Pressure; Hospitality: God’s Call to Compassion; Motherhood: Being Grounded in Christ; N.T. Wright Commentary Series Study Guides for Luke, Hebrews, Romans, 2 Corinthians and 1 & 2 Thessalonians.
June 24, 2018
Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls
Alison Schofield, PhD
Some call the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls the greatest archeological discovery of the 20th century. The scrolls include the oldest manuscripts of the Old Testament in the world, as well as many other documents from the Jewish community near Jerusalem dating back to the time of Jesus. This summer, Denver is abuzz as the only U.S. location for an exquisite exhibition on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including actual fragments of the 2000 year old scrolls and artifacts from the Qumran caves at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? What is their significance for the Bible? What light do the documents and artifacts shed for our understanding of what it meant to be God’s people in the time of Jesus, and for today?
We are excited to have Dr. Alison Schofield, University of Denver Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaic studies, specializing in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dr. Schofield earned her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in the area of Judaism in Antiquity, her Masters from John Hopkins University in Near Eastern Studies: Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic languages. Dr. Schofield’s additional fields of interest include the religious and cultural influences of ancient Israel, Egypt and Babylonia and her primary research languages are Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Akkadian, Ugaritic, and Ethiopic.
Dr. Schofield is the author of From Qumran to the Yahad: A New Paradigm of Textual Development for The Community Rule (EJ Brill, 2008) and she has published articles in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Dead Sea Discoveries, volumes of collected essays, and in various encyclopedias on early Judaism and the Bible. She has also been featured on the History Channel, Travel Channel, and PBS Colorado particularly for her work with the Scrolls. (EJ Brill, 2008) and she has published articles in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Dead Sea Discoveries, volumes of collected essays, and in various encyclopedias on early Judaism and the Bible. She has also been featured on the History Channel, Travel Channel, and PBS Colorado particularly for her work with the Scrolls.
In addition to her academic and archeological work, Dr. Schofield is on the board of The Sanctuary church in Denver.
July 8, 2018
Making Sense of the Middle East
Hélène Dallaire, PhD
How do we make sense of the Middle East crisis? In some ways, it might be argued that the conflict goes back to the sons of Abraham, 4000 years ago; in other ways, the current tensions took a new turn 70 years ago this year. What is the conflict between Israel and Palestine all about? What makes this small geographical area so important? One thing everyone agrees on: what happens in the Middle East affects the rest of the world in unparalleled ways. How are Christians to understand, think about and respond to the crisis? Is real peace possible in Jerusalem (it’s name literally means “city of peace.”)?
We are blessed to have our dear friend Dr. Hélène Dallaire back by popular demand to help us untangle the complexities of this important topic. Dr. Dallaire is the Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages as well as the Director of Messianic Judaism at Denver Seminary. Dr. Dallaire has served on the faculty for 12 years, before that the director of Hebrew language instruction at Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH, on the faculty of Alliance Biblical Seminary in the Philippines and ten years of pastoral ministry in Canada. She is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance, as well as a member of the Society of Biblical, Literature, the American Academy of Religion and the national Association of Professors of Hebrew.
Dr. Dallaire is a prolific author, including her recent books: Biblical Hebrew: a Living Language [Eerdmans, forthcoming] and The Syntax of Volitives in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite Prose (Eisenbrauns, forthcoming). She has authored commentaries on “Joshua” in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Zondervan) and “Esther” in The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary (Baker). In addition to her books, Dr. Dallaire regularly presents academic papers on biblical literature, contributes chapters to scholars books and articles in scholarly journals.
July 22, 2018
Christian Understanding and Responding to Islam
Doug Groothuis, PhD
What is important for followers of Jesus to understand about Islam? How are we to best relate and respond to Muslims with grace and truth? Aren’t all religions basically the same, especially the three “Abrahamic faiths,” including Christianity and Islam? These are important questions for our day, and back by popular demand, we are grateful to have Dr. Doug Groothuis help us navigate our way.
Dr. Douglas Groothuis joined the faculty in 1993 and is professor of philosophy. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Philosophical Society, and Society of Christian Philosophers.
Dr. Groothuis received a PhD and a BS from the University of Oregon, and an MA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has served as adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University, visiting instructor in apologetics for Westminster Theological Seminary, and instructor at the University of Oregon .
He is a prolific author, including his highly acclaimed Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Christian Faith, Walking Through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness-A Philosopher’s Lament (2017), Philosophy in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic (2016), Unmasking the New Age, Confronting the New Age, Revealing the New Age Jesus, Christianity That Counts, Deceived by the Light, Jesus in an Age of Controversy, The Soul in Cyberspace, Truth Decay, On Pascal, and On Jesus. He has written for scholarly journals such as Religious Studies, Sophia, Research in Philosophy and Technology, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philosophia Christi, Trinity Journal, and Asbury Theological Journal as well as for numerous popular magazines such as Christianity Today, Moody Magazine, The Christian Research Journal, Christian Counseling Today, Modern Reformation and Perspectives. He has also written editorials for a variety of newspapers.
August 12, 2018
Paul’s View of Women
Erin Heim, PhD
One of the most controversial topics in New Testament studies is Paul’s view of women. Some have read the passages in his letters and were left with a diminished view of women; others have read the same passages and were left with a diminished view of Paul. The issue has divided Christians; creating camps of complementarians on one side and egalitarians on the other. What did Paul really write, and what did he mean in regards to a biblical view of women? Was Paul for equality of women, or not? Were his words for another time, or for today? We are grateful to have Dr. Erin Hiem address this vital topic for our day, the vitality of the church and our witness in the world.
Erin Heim joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 2014 as assistant professor of New Testament. She is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Institute for Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, and Christians for Biblical Equality.
Dr. Heim earned a PhD from the University of Otago, an MA from Denver Seminary, and a BMus from the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral thesis, Adoption in Galatians and Romans (Brill, 2017), was named an exceptional thesis in the division of humanities at the University of Otago. She has also authored numerous articles and essays on Pauline theology, Theological Interpretation of Scripture, metaphor in the Bible, and the use of the Pauline adoption texts in contemporary discourse on adoption.
Dr. Heim is a co-host of the OnScript podcast, which features conversations on current biblical scholarship. Currently, her research is focused on feminine metaphors in Scripture, identity, and spiritual formation.
August 26, 2018
Engaging the Mystery and Dynamic Nature of The Trinity
Sung Wook Chung, PhD
One of the great mysteries of God is the doctrine of the Trinity: God is one yet God is three. How do we wrap our minds around this mystery with intellectual and theological integrity? How does it make the Christian understanding of God unique? If the mystery of the Trinity is true, what difference does it make? What does it tell us about God? What does it tell us about us? Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear from Dr. Sung Wook Chung as he addresses this vital topic at the heart of who our dynamic God is, and who we are called to be.
Dr. Sung Wook Chung joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 2005 and serves as Professor of Christian Theology and Director of the Korean Initiative. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Evangelical Theological Society, Calvin Studies Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and the Karl Barth Society of North America. He also serves Kurios International, a global missional organization, as president and chair of the board.
Dr. Chung earned a DPhil from the University of Oxford and an MDiv from Harvard University. He also earned a BA from Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea, and Whitworth University, Spokane, WA, USA. Dr. Chung served in the Bible and religion department at King College, Bristol, TN from 2000–2005. While working as a professor of theology, he also served the Tri-City Korean Church as pastor.
He has published numerous articles and books, both in English and Korean. He has authored Admiration and Challenge: Karl Barth’s Theological Relationship with John Calvin, and edited Alister McGrath and Evangelical Theology: A Dynamic Engagement, Christ the One and Only: A Global Affirmation of the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ, Karl Barth and Evangelical Theology: Convergences and Divergences, A Case for Historic Premillennialism: An Alternative to “Left Behind” Eschatology (co-editor), John Calvin and Evangelical Theology: Legacy and Prospect, Jürgen Moltmann and Evangelical Theology: A Critical Engagement, Essays in the Majority World Theology (co-editor forthcoming) and Christian Theology in Korea: An Introduction (forthcoming).
Dr. Chung has also contributed to Evangelical Theological Method: Five Views (forthcoming), Vital Faith Bible, Dictionary of Everyday Theology and Culture, The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology, andGlobal Dictionary of Theology. He also authored in KoreanSystematic Theology Made Easy (translated into Indonesian), Christian Apologetics Made Easy, The Cross Theology and Spirituality, The Key Words of the Reformation, Trinitarian Theology and Spirituality, A Theological Dialogue with John Calvin, Apostles’ Creed for Group Study Bible, and Three Doctors’ Dialogue on Theology, Science, and Literature. He also translated the works of Paul Tillich’s The Theology of Peace, Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections and Concert of Prayer, Michael John Cusick’s Surfing for God (co-translator) and Alister E. McGrath’s Evangelicalism and the Future of Christianity into Korean. He is a frequent conference and seminar speaker.