Christianity and the Death of the Old Testament rectangle“Christianity and the Death of the Old Testament” is the first conference in our Lead U Conference Series, which arose in conjunction with our Lead U Discipleship Courses, first taught at fbcBranson. This event aims to provide teaching and tools to ensure that we take seriously all of God’s Word and are better prepared to read the Old Testament with Christian eyes.

Primary Conference Sessions (Audio and Video)

Main Session #1: “Christianity and the Death of the Old Testament” by Kyle Rapinchuk

Main Session #2: “#Blessed: Old Testament Blessing and Its Application Today” by Rusty Osborne

Main Session #3: “The Old Testament as Christian Scripture: An Ending in Search of a Story” by Stephen Dempster

Main Session #4: “Old Testament Theology” by Stephen Dempster

Main Session #5: “The Old Testament and the Mission of God” by J. Daniel Hays

Conference Breakout Sessions (Audio)

Breakout Session #1A: “Reading and Teaching Old Testament Prophecy” by Rusty Osborne

Breakout Session #1B: “Sinai and the Saints: Reading and Teaching the Old Testament Legal Material” by Jay Todd

Breakout Session #2A: “Reading the Old Testament in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context” by Steve Andrews

Breakout Session #2B: “Reading and Teaching Old Testament Narrative and Poetry” by Kyle Rapinchuk

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Steve Andrews (PhD, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion) is Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Midwestern Seminary, where he has served since 1998. Before coming to Midwestern, Andrews was Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Seminary. Andrews has co-authored the Holman OT Commentary on 1 & 2 Samuel (with Robert D. Bergen), which has also been translated into Korean for the Main Idea series. Dr. Andrews translated Zephaniah for the Holman Christian Standard Bible and edited Ezekiel for the same volume. He has contributed chapters in the The Biblical World and Its Impact: Precept and Praxis (Eisenbrauns) and The World of Jesus and the Early Church (Hendrickson). (Full bio at http://www.mbts.edu/about/faculty/stephen-j-andrews/).

Dr. Stephen Dempster (PhD, University of Toronto) is Professor of Religious Studies at Crandall University. Dr. Dempster is the author of numerous academic articles on the Old Testament canon and biblical theology. He has also authored two books, Dominion & Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible and a forthcoming commentary on Micah in the Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Series. (See his full bio at http://www.crandallu.ca/staff/stephen-dempster/).

Dr. J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of the Pruett School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. Dr. Hays and his wife Donna were missionaries to Ethiopia from 1982 to 1987, where they were involved in theological education and water development.  He has been on the faculty at OBU since 1992. Dr. Hays is the author of numerous books, including The Temple and the Tabernacle and From Every People and Nation. He has also co-authored Grasping God’s Word and Living God’s Word with his OBU colleague J. Scott Duvall. (Bio from http://www.obu.edu. See full bio at http://www.obu.edu/christianstudies/daniel-hays/).

Dr. Rusty Osborne (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at College of the Ozarks. He is also an elder/pastor at Christ’s Covenant Church in Branson, MO. Dr. Osborne is the editor for two journals, the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament and Faithful Lives, and he has published chapters and articles in several books and journals. He and his wife, Sara, have four children: Sophia, Eleanor, Moses, and Henry.

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.

Dr. Jay Todd (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies and a Division Chair at College of the Ozarks. He is also an elder/pastor at Christ’s Covenant Church in Branson, MO. Dr. Todd is the author of Sinai and the Saints and Remember, O YahwehHe and his wife Christina have three children: Maisy, Lily, and Isaac.