2011 Torrey Conference: The Sabbath Soul
Schedule of Sessions
Wednesday Oct 19
9:30-11am………... Dr. Lauren Winner
1:30-3pm…………. Dr. Lauren Winner
3:10-5:30pm…………..Reflection and technology fast
7-9pm……………….Dr. David Talley
Thursday Oct 20
9:30-11am………….Dr. David Talley
1:30-3PM……………Dr. Sandy Richter
3:10-5:30pm………….. Reflection and technology fast
4:15-5:00pm……………… Fireside Chat: Dr Sandy Richter (Caf Banquet Rm)
7pm…………………. Dr. Sandy Richter
Friday Oct 21
9:30-11:30am……….. Dr. Don Sunukjian*
*worth 2 spiritual development conference credits*
Main Sessions are held in Chase Gymnasium.
Satellite Sites: Crowell Auditorium & Sutherland Auditorium.
ALL sessions count for Conference Credit, except Fireside chats.
Reflection Times: Scanning at Chase Gymnasium Lobby
Credit will be given for only 1 of the 2 reflections times per day. All reflection time scanning will be in front of the Gym from 12-12:30pm & 5:30-6pm. Bring your reflection sheet & your card to receive credit.
Fireside Chats: DO NOT count for Conference Credit.
LAUREN WINNER / PH.D. / ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY, DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Lauren F. Winner is the author of numerous books, including Mudhouse Sabbath and Girl Meets God. She has appeared on PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today. Winner has degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, and holds a Ph.D. in history. The former book editor for Beliefnet, Lauren teaches at Duke Divinity School, and lives in Durham, North Carolina. Lauren travels extensively to lecture and teach. During the academic year of 2007-2008, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and during the academic year of 2010-2011, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. When she’s home, you can usually find her curled up, on her couch or screen porch, with a good novel.
SANDRA L. RICHTER / PH.D. / PROFESSOR OF OLD TESTAMENT / WESLEY BIBLICAL SEMINARY
Sandra Richter is Professor of Old Testament at Wesley Biblical Seminary and Affiliate Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. She received her MA from Gordon-Conwell and her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University's Near Eastern Language and Civilizations department. One of her particular contributions at Wesley and Asbury has been the creation of an Israel Studies program specializing in historical geography and archaeology. Dr. Richter has taught as an adjunct professor at Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as an instructor at Harvard Divinity School, and as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. Her current research interests include ongoing work in the Book of Deuteronomy as well as the intersection between biblical law and contemporary environmental issues. Dr. Richter is a popular speaker in both academic and lay venues largely because she is uniquely gifted in bringing the technicalities of the Academy within the reach of the laity.
DAVID TALLEY / PROFESSOR OF OLD TESTAMENT / TALBOT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, BIOLA UNIVERSITY
With varied ministry experiences, including student development, counseling, pastoring, and teaching psychology and Old Testament studies, Dr. Talley brings a blend of scholarship and practical application to his classroom instruction. He co-pastors a local church, and enjoys research in the areas of Old Testament theology, the Pentateuch, and the prophets. His dissertation research on the judgment of pain in Genesis 3 continues to be a focus in his research as he formulates a perspective on godly living in a difficult world. Dr. Talley is passionate about understanding and teaching the truths of God's Word, discipling and equipping others, and "passing on the faith" to the next generation. His work has been published in The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Christian Research Journal. Dr. Talley travels extensively with the goal of partnering with the international church and training leaders, especially with a focus on impacting Muslim nations with the gospel. He has traveled to South Korea, Kenya, Thailand, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Honduras, Dominica, Nigeria, Mexico, and the Congo to equip believers.
DONALD R. SUNUKJIAN / PH.D. / PROFESSOR OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY AND LEADERSHIP / TALBOT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, BIOLA UNIVERSITY
Dr. Sunukjian's life-long love has been preaching, both as a pastor and a teacher. His passion is to see God's Word presented with accuracy, clarity, interest, and relevance. With doctorates in theology and communication and 14 years as a senior pastor, he brings both scholarship and experience to the classroom. He has contributed to The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Biblical Preaching, Bibliotheca Sacra, Walvoord: A Tribute, and The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching. Dr. Sunukjian has conducted pastors' conferences in most metropolitan centers of the United States and maintains a regular preaching schedule.
About This Year's Theme...
The Torrey Conference is 76 years old this year. That’s a serious tradition. Of course, the conference draws its name from R.A. Torrey, whose appointment in 1911 was decisive for Biola’s future. Torrey’s vision was to provide biblical training that would unite theory and practice, and while much has changed around us, this aim has remained at the heart of this conference.
This year’s theme focuses on Sabbath and its related concepts in the Scriptures. Our subtitle is taken from Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” The Scriptures are not anti-action, but they do oppose action apart from God—the not-knowing-God gluttony that craves personal accomplishment, material security, adrenalized pleasure, the resources of others, and all else that we fall into when we fall out of an intimate awareness of God in our midst.
Sabbath says, “Stop. Hush. Enough. Know Him.” Stop the pleasure seeking long enough to discover delight, that Godly seventh day discovery that what He created “ is good!” Stop the obsession with productivity, our manic manna gathering, long enough to know that God will keep caring and keep providing even when we stop working. Stop the pursuit of self-glorification, and glory instead in the rest offered us in the Cross. And stop the exploitation of earth and neighbor that happens when we cannot stop.
Sabbath says stop all that and start again, each day, to know—to trust--that He is God. And see if such trust might just change everything.
Lord, may your Spirit “still us” that we might trust and delight in You.
Dr. Todd Pickett
Dean of Spiritual Development
Welcome from President Corey.
VIDEO: Session #3: Dave Talley, "Exodus 20:10: "The seventh day is a Sabbath..."
VIDEO: Session #4: Dave Talley, "Matthew 11:28: "Come to me...and I will give you rest"
VIDEO: Session #5: Sandy Richter, "The "Rest" of the Land in the Old Testament"
VIDEO: Session #6: Sandy Richter, "The "Rest" of the Creature in the Old Testament"
R. A. TORREY
(1856-1928) was an American evangelist, pastor, educator and writer. At age 33 he was called by D. L. Moody to head what became the Moody Bible Institute. He later became the first dean of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA), from 1912 to 1924. His pastorates included Moody Memorial Church and the Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles.
At his funeral, it was said: "Those who knew Dr. Torrey more intimately knew him as a man of regular and uninterrupted prayer. He knew what it meant to pray without ceasing. With hours set systematically apart for prayer, he gave himself diligently to this ministry." A short biography of R.A. Torrey is available at www.believersweb.org.