Join us for Karam Forum this November 18-19! Chris Brooks, Jennifer McNutt, Gavin Ortlund, David French, Michael Wear and more will help us collaborate to build the future of theological education. We’ll also hold our first-ever sessions with original scholarly papers, as we work toward launching our new peer-reviewed journal in Spring 2022.
Register for Karam Forum today! You can either gather with us live and in person in Ft. Worth, or join via Zoom from wherever you are!
Karam Forum will start in the evening on Thursday, Nov. 18, and finish up by midday on Friday, Nov. 19. So if you’re attending the ETS meeting in Ft. Worth, you just have to extend your trip by a day to join with us. And if you’re heading to AAR in San Antonio, you’ll have plenty of time to get there.
Karam Forum is a gathering for theological educators and Christian academics. Leading Bible and theology scholars will help you train a new generation of Christians who follow King Jesus by loving their neighbors in their daily tasks. Faithful discipleship to Christ involves working every day in homes, workplaces, and communities to help God’s world flourish. See our event website for more details.
Karam, the Hebrew verb meaning “to tend vineyards,” communicates the vast range of work that goes into creating a healthy and flourishing vineyard. Vineyards need tending – bearing fruit, flourishing, requires careful and creative work.
Throughout the Old Testament, Israel is described as a vineyard, a people planted and tended by God. The gleaning laws require that vineyards be places where people of all social stations have the opportunity to flourish interdependently, through a combination of generosity and diligent work. Most important to us is our Lord’s uses of the vineyard image. In particular, Christ said that he was the vine and we were his branches. This image sums up the Oikonomia Network’s commitment to whole-life discipleship as the root of all we do.
Blasts from the Karam Forum Past