2023 Conference Info – The Theological Interpretation of Scripture

The 2023 National Conference for the Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics will be hosted at Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, North Carolina on September 20-21, 2023. There will be 10 papers presented and 2 discussion panels. Below you will find material needed to prepare you for participating in this years conference.

 I want to take this opportunity to alert everyone to the process for our upcoming Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics. Some items of interest:

1. The address for Shepherds Theological Seminary is 6051 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518.

2. An individual must be registered for the conference to have access to a downloadable version of the papers.  A password will be provided during the actual presentations.

3. We give presenters one month to update their papers in light of the discussion.  Then we post all papers for public access without passwords.

4. Each presentation is designed for 30 minutes of presentation followed by one hour of discussion.

5. There will be a few workshops to choose from as well as two panel discussions to close each day.

Hotel Opportunities

The list of hotels below were recommended and provided by our host, Shepherd’s Theological Seminary. 

Hotel Address Phone Number Distance from Conference
DoubleTree 500 Caitboo Avenue, Cary 27518 919-239-4777 1.2 miles
Hilton Garden Inn 131 Columbus Avenue, Cary 27518 919-377-0440 1.2 miles
Homewood Suites 555 Crossroads Blvd, Cary, NC 27518 919-745-8589 1.2 miles
Holiday Inn & Suites 5630 Dillard Drive, Cary 27518 919-851-1220 1.2 miles
Fairfield Inn & Suites 1120 Ledsome Lane, Cary 27511  919-277-9622 1.9 miles
SpringHill Suites 1128 Ledsome Lane, Cary 27511  919-277-9622 1.9 miles
Hampton Inn 201 Asheville Avenue, Cary  27518 919-859-9979 2.7 miles

Conference Schedule

“Theological Interpretation of Scripture”

Shepherds Theological Seminary, Cary, North Carolina

September 20-21, 2023

Papers can be downloaded from the website for council attendees.  Passwords will be given at the conference. The papers will usually be scrolled on a screen during the presentations.  Live streaming will be made available for all plenary sessions.  We ask all participants to register whether attending in person or by livestream.

All sessions will be plenary sessions.

Wednesday, September 20

8:00 am           Opening Session

Welcome – Mike Stallard

Introduction of the Steering Committee – Christopher Cone

Opening Statement and Review of Schedule – Mike Stallard

Opening Prayer – George Gunn


8:30 am           John Oglesby, AgathonEDU

                        “Roots of a Different Tree: Theological Hermeneutic”

10:00 am         Break

10:15 am         Jamie Bissmeyer, The Master’s Seminary

“A Better Hermeneutic?: A Comparison of TIS and LGH Approaches to Justification in Job”

11:45 am         Lunch

1:45 pm           Alex Morris, Baptist Bible Seminary

                        “Theological Interpretation of the Song of Songs: A Test Case”

3:15 pm           Break

3:30 pm           Ian Bacon, Calvary University

                        “An Examination of John Walton’s Misuse of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology”

5:00 pm           Dinner

7:00 pm           Panel Discussion

Tom Pittman, Mike Stallard, Chris Katulka, Christopher Cone, George Gunn
“To What Extent Can Dispensationalists Practice Theological Interpretation of Scripture?”

Thursday, September 21

8:30 am           Christopher Cone, AgathonEDU

                        “The Anti-Logic of the Theological Interpretation of Scripture: A Response to and Critique of Chris Gousmett’s Review of Redacted Dominionism

10:00 am         Break

10:15 am         Brandon Carmichael, Victory Baptist Church

“A Case Study of Theological Interpretation of Scripture – An Evaluation of Jamieson and Wittman’s Biblical Reasoning: Christological and Trinitarian Rules for Exegesis

11:45 am         Lunch

1:45 pm           BREAKOUT SESSION # 1

Tim Miller, Shepherds Theological Seminary

“Unbelieving Child and Qualified Elder:  A Case for ‘Faithful’ Children in Titus 1:6”


Cory Marsh, Southern California Seminary

“On Account of My Name: An Ecclesial Shift Through Righteous Suffering in John 15-16”

3:15 pm           Break

3:30 pm           BREAKOUT SESSION # 2

James Fazio, Southern California Seminary

“Re-assessing the Extent of Darby’s Influence on Dispensational Theology”


Adrian Isaacs, Canada Christian College

“Dispensational Distinctions in Redeemed Humanity as a Correspondence to God’s Tri-unity?”

5:00 pm           Dinner

7:00 pm           Pastor’s Panel

“How Does the Debate Over Theological Interpretation Affect Local Church Ministry?”

8:30 pm           Closing Prayer


* Schedule subject to adjustment