Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics: Dispensationalism and the Gospels

The Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics is a national discussion group consisting of traditional dispensational theologians from a host of Bible colleges and seminaries across the country who try in an irenic way to discuss hermeneutical and theological issues based around a chosen topic. The meetings are primarily designed with Bible college and Seminary professors as well as pastors in mind, but others who are interested in what we are doing are welcome to attend. The theme this year is “Dispensationalism and the Gospels.”

Schedule of Events

Tuesday Evening, September 18

  • Council participants arrive and check in to a hotel near Southern California Seminary.
  • Steering Committee meets for dinner, discussion, and planning.

Wednesday, September 19

8:30 am – Opening Session

  • Welcome from Southern California Seminary
  • Introduction of the Steering Committee – Wayne Slusser
  • Opening statement and review of schedule – Mike Stallard
  • Opening Prayer – George Gunn

9:00 am – Elliott Johnson, Dallas Theological Seminary, “Dispensational Features in the Gospel of Matthew”
10:30 am – Break
10:45 am – Mike Stallard, Friends of Israel, “The End of the Jewish Age in Preterist Interpretations of Matthew”
12:00 noon – Lunch
2:00 pm – Christopher Cone, Calvary University, “Parallelism of Fulfillment and Foreshadowing: Considering Affinity and Dissimilarity in Johannine and Matthean Use of OT Prophecy”
3:30 pm – Break
3:45 pm – James Fazio, Southern California Seminary, “‘Dispensation’ Biblically Defined: A Consideration of Christ’s and the Apostle’s Use of the Greek Term(s) oikonom(-ia/-os)”
5:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – George Gunn, Shasta Bible College, “Averting Dispensational Departure: Corrective Suggestions for Colleges and Seminaries”
7:30 pm – Panel-led Discussion, “How Do We Answer the Non-dispensational View that Jesus is the ‘New Israel’?”

Thursday, September 20

8:30 am – Neal Cushman, Bob Jones University, “The Postponement of the New Exodus Theory in Covenant Theology”
9:00 am – H. Wayne House, Faith International University, “What Did Jesus Teach the Disciples About the Postponement of the Kingdom, and What Did They Understand?”
9:30 am – Break
9:45 am – Q & A Panel Discussion – Cushman, House
10:45 am – Brief Presentation & Discussion:  Mike Stallard & James Mook, “The Title/Name ‘Son of God’: Divine and Human”
12:30 noon – Lunch
2:00 pm – Cory Marsh, Southern California Seminary, “Jesus as the True Vine: A Transition of Economies Announced at John 15”
3:15 pm – Break
3:30 pm – Workshops

  • Tim Little, Faith Baptist College & Seminary, “The Identification of the King of Babylon in Isaiah 14”
  • Chris Burnett, Masters Seminary, “Dispensational Parameters for a Conservative Missiology”

5:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Pastor’s Panel, “Dispensationalism, the Gospels, and the Local Church”
8:30 pm – Closing Prayer

 * Schedule subject to adjustment


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