Main Session #1: “Christianity and the Death of the Old Testament: Problems, Causes, and Ways Forward” by Kyle Rapinchuk
Summary: In this session, Dr. Rapinchuk explores the reality that the Old Testament is dying in the life of the Church today. On account of infrequent use in sermons, worship music, and general reading, there is strong reason to fear a day quite soon in which the Old Testament becomes irrelevant for evangelicals. Using the work of Brent Strawn in his book The Old Testament is Dying, the diagnosis is more dire still. Comparing the Old Testament to a language and exploring the way languages die, Strawn shows how the Old Testament is far more sick than we feared. Dr. Rapinchuk continues to expound upon Strawn’s work and suggests some ways forward that will help save the Old Testament and the Christian gospel.
Dr. Kyle Rapinchuk (PhD, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Christian Worldview at School of the Ozarks, a classical Christian laboratory high school of the College of the Ozarks. Dr. Rapinchuk and his wife Kristin have also served as Campus Missionaries with the Missouri Baptist Convention in their role as Ozarks BSU Directors. He is the co-founder of The Classical Thistle, a website devoted to promoting classical Christian education in a 21st century context.