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NES Faculty & Staff Retirement

Paul Livermore
Professor of Bible & Systematic Theology — NES

page21-1“I worked in the Religion and Humanities Division for two years as the student helper. Although I may have been there to assist the professors and students, I received so much from all them that has lasted far beyond my days at Roberts. Not only did I get to know Dr. Livermore better through working directly with him, but I also picked up a job on the side to help clean their house. It was nice getting to know Dr. Livermore and Alice on a personal level. I will never forget one day in class when Dr. Livermore mentioned that he had asked Alice to be “his roommate.” If I could sum up my time with in and out of class with Dr. Livermore in one word, that would be respect. He showed so much respect for me and everyone around him. Different passages in the Bible also remind me of Dr. Livermore, particularly the Beatitudes and the passage in Matthew about the lilies of the field as those were the two we could choose from to memorize in Jesus of Nazareth.” — Amy Clark ’97

 


NES Faculty Authors

Smyth & Helwys Commentary on Colossians
Author: Dr. Nijay Gupta

page21-2The temptation is all too common for busy pastors — deciding on a message or position and then looking for a text of scripture to back it up. The practice of “text-jacking” raises concern for Dr. Nijay Gupta, Assistant Professor of Biblical Theology and Exegesis. His approach to addressing the issue is evident in his recently released commentary on Colossians (Smyth and Helwys, 2013) and in the development of his current project that focuses on Paul’s theology of the redemption of the mind. Rather than “plundering the text,” his study promotes using scripture as a source of reflection, to slow down in scripture reading as he looks at God’s work of salvation. In an effort to build a bridge between church and academe, Gupta takes heady esoteric concepts and translates them for ready application into pastoral messages—including diagrams and charts that take the reader beyond a “this is interesting” approach to exegesis to a greater understanding of salvation as a process involving the whole self.

Likewise, Gupta’s recent articles in the Lexham Bible Dictionary, a project by Logos Bible Software, focus on “New Testament Ethics,” “Christology” and “The New Perspective on Paul.” Their extensive use of links to outside sources and other information make them a useful resource for both seminarians and clergy.

Keep track of Gupta’s research at his blog site, Crux Sola. www.NijayGupta.wordpress.com

 


A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology
Author: Dr. J. Richard Middleton

page21-3Being Heaven bound is more than just distracting, it misconstrues the real vocation of a christian. So argued Dr. J. Richard Middleton, professor of biblical worldview and exegesis, in a 2006 article that gave rise to his new book by the same name, “A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology.” Having always been interested in eschatology as a means to understand God’s purposes for the world, Middleton is particularly mindful of the need for the church to have a clear and systematic statement of God’s intent to redeem creation. Written primarily for pastors, theological students and educated church people, the book unpacks the biblical roots of this teaching and how it motivates us to live holistically, embodying the kingdom now instead for yearning for Heaven hereafter. Employing key Old Testament and New Testament texts, he makes the case that the “ultimate blessed hope for the believer is not an otherworldly heaven,” as one reviewer notes, but that it is “participation in a new Heaven and earth brought into fullness under the transformation of God’s kingdom.” The release date for the book is late fall 2013.

Middleton’s upcoming research includes the preparation of a chapter for the Livermore tribute on orthodoxy and orthopraxis titled “Does God Come to Praise Job or to Bury Him? The Function of YHWH’s Second Speech from the Whirlwind.”