The Reign of Heaven...What on Earth? The Heart of the Gospel of Matthew
Dr. O. Wesley (Wes) Allen, Jr., Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, will teach a one-day course for the Houston Lay School of Theology.
In this workshop, Dr. Allen and class participants will examine the first gospel in the New Testament—the Gospel of Matthew—through the lens of its eschatology, that is, its theology of the end of times and the return of Christ. Modern readers often miss how strong an apocalyptic worldview this gospel offers. We will not only discover how much the Gospel of Matthew emphasizes eschatology, but also we will uncover clues for a non-literal way to understand eschatology in the twenty-first century.
The Houston Lay School of Theology is sponsored by Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, in cooperation with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Houston. The school meets each February and August, offering an opportunity for laity and others to explore issues of spirituality, theology, religion, and church leadership with faculty and leaders from Perkins.
Online registration is available through February 6, 2017.