Beholding the Holy Spirit Afresh, in Scripture, in History, and in Contemporary Life


Join us October 26th and 27th for the Fall 2018 gathering of Southern Seminary’s bi-annual Theology Conference. This conference will provide insightful scholarly perspectives on various aspects of the Holy Spirit’s person and work. Conference attendees will listen to presentations from scholars who have published major works on the Holy Spirit, and take advantage of unique opportunities to dialogue with fellow students, pastors, and faculty. Join us as we seek to behold the Holy Spirit afresh, in Scripture, in history, and in contemporary life.

Student scholarships will be available at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.


Dr. Bruce A. Ware

Ware is a highly esteemed theologian and author in the evangelical world. He came to Southern Seminary from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he served as chairman of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology. Prior to this, he taught at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Bethel Theological Seminary. Ware has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews and, along with Thomas Schreiner, co-edited  Still Sovereign. He also has authored God’s Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism;  God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian FaithFather, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance; Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God; and The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ.

Dr. James M. Hamilton

Before coming to Southern, Hamilton served as assistant professor of biblical studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Houston campus and was the preaching pastor at Baptist Church of the Redeemer. He has written God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology and God’s Indwelling Presence: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments. He has contributed chapters to many other books, and has authored many scholarly articles. He currently serves as the preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church.

Dr. Graham Cole

Graham Cole is Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Vice-President of Education, and Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology. He is also Vice-President of Education for Trinity International University. He is the author of four books: Engaging with the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers and He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom, and The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation.  He has also authored over a hundred book chapters, articles and book reviews. He is an ordained Anglican minister, and has taught theology and philosophy of religion on three continents.

Dr. Christopher Holmes

Christopher R.J. Holmes (ThD, Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto) is associate professor (Systematic Theology) in the Theology Programme at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Prior to coming to Otago, he was Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at Providence Theological Seminary in Manitoba, Canada. Chris is an Anglican Priest, and is the author of many articles and book chapters as well as four books. His latest book is The Lord Is Good: Seeking the God of the Psalter (IVP Academic, 2018). His current book project concerns the names of God and the Christian life.

Dr. Matthew Levering

Matthew Levering holds the James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary.  He is the author or editor of over forty books on topics in dogmatic, sacramental, moral, historical, and biblical theology.  He is the translator of Gilles Emery’s The Trinity, and with Gilles Emery he co-edited The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity.  Among his books are Scripture and Metaphysics: Aquinas and the Renewal of Trinitarian Theology and Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: Love and Gift in the Trinity and the Church He co-edits two quarterly journals, Nova et Vetera and International Journal of Systematic Theology.  Since 2004, he has been a participant in Evangelicals and Catholics Together, and from 2007-2016 he served as Chair of the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology.  He co-founded the Chicago Theological Initiative and has directed the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine since 2011.


Friday, October 26, 2018

11:30 a.m. Check In | Pavilion
1:30 p.m. Session I
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Session II
5:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Session III
8:30 p.m. LifeWay Reception

Saturday, October 27, 2018

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Session IV
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Session V


Regular Rate | $175

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Student scholarships will be available at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.

Registration Terms and Conditions

Refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds must be requested before September 26, 2018. A $25.00 processing fee per registrant will be charged. Refunds cannot be granted for any reason after September 26, 2018.

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