More than We Imagine: Salvation and the Mission of God


A congregation’s understanding of salvation determines its practice of mission. Unfortunately, popular understandings of salvation are far too small, limiting a congregation’s ability to participate in God’s saving work in the world. The news is not all bad, however, as biblical scholars and theologians are helping us move past limited understandings to make us more aware of the grandeur of God’s saving presence. Streaming ’17 has invited some of the world’s top scholars writing on salvation themes to lead our conference conversation. Come and share in a salvation that is more than we’ve imagined.

Join us for this important conversation, Oct 5-7.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – October 5-7, 2017





Dr. Michael J. Gorman holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, where he has taught since 1991 and where he is also Special Assistant to the President for Faculty Development. Dr. Gorman earned his M.Div. and his Ph.D. in New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of twelve books and many articles on biblical interpretation and on ethics. Among his books are Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission (2015); Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology (2009); and Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross (2001). Dr. Gorman is an active member in the United Methodist church, and a frequent teacher and speaker in churches and institutions of higher education of many traditions. His passion is for high-level scholarship in the service of the church’s work of discipleship and mission.


Lois Malcolm (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is a professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary, where she has been teaching since 1994. She grew up in the Philippines as the daughter of missionaries. Before becoming a theologian,  she received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (from the University of Minnesota) and  taught linguistics and English as a second language courses in the U. S. and overseas.  Her books include Holy Spirit: Creative Power in Our Lives (Fortress, 2009); God, an edited volume for The Westminster Collection of Sources of Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012), and three forthcoming books: A Theological Commentary on Second Corinthians for the Belief series (Westminster John Knox); Sophia Cries Out in the Street: Wisdom in Christian Theology (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press); and Christian Understandings of God: The Historical Trajectory, The Fortress Historical Trajectories Series (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press).


Mark Heim is the Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology at Andover Newton Theological School and a visiting professor of theology at Yale Divinity School. He has been deeply involved in issues of religious pluralism and Christian ecumenism. He is the author of Is Christ the Only Way? (Judson Press, 1985), Salvations: Truth and Difference in Religion (Orbis, 1995), The Depth of the Riches: A Trinitarian Theology of Religious Ends (Eerdmans, 2001) and a book on the atonement, Saved From Sacrifice: A Theology of the Cross (Eerdmans, 2006). An ordained American Baptist minister and former pastor of a New Hampshire church, Heim has served as chair of the American Baptist Churches’ Committee on Christian Unity and represented his denomination on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council and World Council of Churches. He has served on numerous ecumenical commissions and interfaith groups, including the Christian—Muslim relations committee of the National Council of Churches and the planning team for the current Muslim—Baptist dialogue in North America.



Aaron Metcalf is the preaching minister for the Westside Church of Christ in Beaverton, OR. Aaron’s training for ministry include both a BA in ministry and an MDiv from Abilene Christian University. A native Oregonian, Aaron is committed to living out his calling in ministry in the Pacific Northwest. A frequent speaker at conferences and Bible lectureships, Aaron’s preaching and teaching bring together theological imagination and creativity. Aaron, and his wife Chelan, have two children, Ella and Myles.