Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

Patristics Session Call for Papers

The Patristics section of the Christian Scholars’ Conference issues an open call for papers pertaining to the field of Patristics. We particularly encourage papers that address topics related to the interpretation of Scripture, but other topics are also very welcome. This open session will coincide with the fourth annual Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies, to be given by Margaret M. Mitchell.

Faculty members may submit proposals of 300-400 words describing the aim and scope of their papers. PhD students are invited to submit complete papers of approximately 10 pages, double-spaced. All proposals will be considered by a peer-review committee, which will organize two or more sessions, depending on the number and quality of proposals received.       
Please send proposals to Jeff Childers ( no later than January 23, 2017. Paper proposals should include the title of the paper and a brief bio of the author, which will appear in the CSC program, if the paper is accepted. We will notify you whether your paper is accepted by February 17, 2017.

Civil Rights Session Call for Papers

Woe to those who make unjust laws,

To those who issue oppressive decrees,

To deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,

Making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.

-Isaiah 10:1,2 (NIV)


The Church of Christ has a tenuous history of race relations.  To truly engage in conciliatory healing, it is important that we reclaim our memory that has shaped our tradition of a racially divided fellowship.  This difficult process can shape the future of our faith tradition. This section invites paper proposals from researchers in relevant fields in the social sciences and theology that examine the racialized culture of Churches of Christ, and the role that our tradition has played in developing and maintaining social structures that create unjust laws.  Furthermore, this section seeks proposals that inspire discourse towards strategies for addressing contemporary issues of race relations within this fellowship, specifically, and throughout society, broadly. 


Proposals of 300-400 words will be accepted through January 15.  Those submitting will be notified of the status of their proposals by February 15.  Accepted proposals must be completed and submitted to the session chair by May 15.  Please send proposals and queries to Tanya Brice, Benedict College,

Early Career Scholars in Theological Disciplines Section: Open Call for Papers

For the session, we invite proposals from graduate students working across the theological disciplines, including biblical studies, missions, practical theology, Christian history, and other theological fields. Doctoral students (Th.D. and Ph.D.) are invited to submit proposals of 300-500 words that indicate 1) the direction and scope of the argument and 2) the disciplinary perspective and resources employed. Master's degree students may also submit proposals; one spot on the panel may be filled by a pre-doctoral student with a highly competitive proposal.

Email your submission to Amanda Pittman ( by January 21, 2017. Students will receive word about their proposal by February 15. The three best proposals will be chosen in consultation with relevant faculty, one of whom will serve as faculty respondent in the session. One of the papers presented in this section will be selected for publication in an upcoming issue of Restoration Quarterly.



The Responsibility of Scholars Toward Church, Academy, and Society: A Roundtable Conversation

Dr. Shaun Casey, a 2017 Christian Scholars' Conference plenary speaker, will join the Early Career Scholars in Theological Disciplines section for a special roundtable discussion framed by the following question: What are the responsibilities of the Christian scholar toward various "publics", whether civic, ecclesial, or academic?

Doctoral students interested in participating in this roundtable discussion should submit a 300-500 word proposal in which they indicate what they would “bring to the table” in response to the prompting question. Each proposal should be academically rigorous and should move beyond criticism to a theologically constructive account of scholarly responsibility to the public(s) of their choice. In lieu of a traditional format in which individual papers are read and a single response is given, this session will be formatted as a moderated discussion between three doctoral student participants and Dr. Casey.

Email your submission to Amanda Pittman ( by January 21, 2017. Students will receive word about their proposal by February 15. The three best proposals will be chosen in consultation with faculty reviewers.


Missional Theology and the Future of the Church

This session welcomes scholarly submissions related broadly to missional theology and missional church practices in the US context. Papers that address specific contextual concerns (theological or practical) or offer constructive proposals for the twenty-first century church are of special interest. 

Authors should submit proposals (approx. 300 words) to Greg McKinzie ( by January 21, 2017. Authors will receive word about their proposals by February 15. The three best proposals will be chosen in consultation with peer reviewers. Papers presented in this section will be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Missio Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis.

Call for Abstracts to Business, Computing and Engineering Faculty / Doctoral Students

With a Special Invitation for Computer Science, Biology and Genetics

Faculty in the business, computing and engineering disciplines have a unique vantage point on this year’s Christian Scholars Conference theme of “Memory, Tradition and the Future of Faith”.  We teach and research rapidly changing and demanding subjects.  As Christians we have the extra challenge of integrating our disciplines with our faith and bridging the past with the future. 


This year we add a special invitation from Joe Deweese of Lipscomb University.  He is especially interested in developing multidisciplinary sessions that address the theme of "computing and engineering concepts in biology and genetics." 


In this Call for Abstracts, we invite business, computing, engineering and biology scholars to gather June 7-9, 2017 at the Christian's Scholars Conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. We will have traditional 90-minute paper sessions.  Further, we plan a poster and display session to highlight Business as Mission and Humanitarian Engineering work.


Topics can include, but are not limited to:


  • Computing and engineering concepts in biology and genetics.
  • Integrating faith and our disciplines:
    • Business as Mission (BAM) – including Missional entrepreneurship
    • Faith at Work
    • Humanitarian Engineering
  • Related Research Topics:
    • Corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line
    • Sustainable business models
    • Spirituality and Leadership – including Servant Leadership
    • Leading social enterprises
    • Value centered leadership
    • Business and religion – understanding each other
    • Other Engineering, computing and business related topics (such as ethical supply chains)
  • Pedagogy
    • Engineering and Business Missions
    • Co-Curricular activities in Colleges of Business, Engineering and Computing
    • Integrating faith in business, computing and engineering courses


We plan to concentrate our sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, highlighted by a combined paper/display session on Thursday with a luncheon for all participants.


Please email paper, poster or display abstracts (maximum 500 word) by February 1, 2017 either to:


1. for computing and engineering concepts in biology and genetics.


2. for all other abstracts.


All abstracts will undergo blind review.  We will then organize one or more sessions based on these submissions.