Dr. Robert A.J. Gagnon, Associate Professor of New Testament from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing on October 15, 2016 in Johnston, IA.
Gagnon has taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary since 1994, prior to that he was a visiting professor of religion at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Gagnon earned a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His main fields of interest are Pauline theology and sexual issues in the Bible. He is a member both of the Society of Biblical Literature and of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas [Society of New Testament Studies]. He is also an ordained elder at a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pittsburgh.
Gagnon is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics, co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views. In addition, he has published scholarly articles on biblical studies in Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Novum Testamentum, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, and Horizons in Biblical Theology.
He is also author of article-length encyclopedia entries in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics, Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology, and Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. In addition, he has been quoted in, or has written for, the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, U.S. News and World Report, Christianity Today, Christian Century, and other news outlets and popular magazines.
“I am excited to have Dr. Gagnon as a keynote speaker. I can’t think of a person better suited to address how the Church should engage and respond to the LGBTQ agenda that has permeated our schools, culture and politics. He has been an excellent resource to the Church for years boldly addressing homosexuality from a biblical and theological perspective,” Shane Vander Hart, founder and editor of Caffeinated Thoughts and co-host of Caffeinated Thoughts Radio, said.
Gagnon will be joined by Dr. Nathan Oppman from The FAMiLY Leader for a panel discussion about the LGBTQ agenda after Dr. Gagnon’s message. Oppman has previously worked for the Family Research Council, Bob Jones University and for the South Carolinians for Responsible Government Foundation before joining The FAMilY Leader. Oppman has a B.A. in Political Science, M.A. in History, and EdD in curriculum and instruction and history from Bob Jones University.
The Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing is a Christian worldview conference for students and adults. This year the Briefing will address the question: A the Church intersects with our society and culture how should Christians individually and the Church collectively respond:
- To the rise of ISIS and Islamic terrorism, including homegrown terrorism?
- To the LGBTQ agenda and those who promote it?
- To the growing threat to our religious liberty?
- To the abortion industry and the culture of death our courts continue to defend?
- To a culture that is increasingly hostile to our faith and biblical truth?
Those interested in attending the 2016 Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing can register online at CTBriefing2016.com.