Our God is Mighty to Save: June 22, 2017

Faithful witness to God and his perfections has always been central to the task of Christian theology, yet in the ebb and flow of theological discussion the doctrine of God has not always been front and centre. Recent decades have seen a new interest in the doctrine of God and a recognition that it is vital, not only for theological discussion, but for the Christian church.

Join us for a stimulating and challenging day as we think about how we witness faithfully to our God who is mighty to save.

The day will feature three leading theological thinkers from Australia and New Zealand who will share their recent thinking with us.

The keynote speaker is Christopher R.J. Holmes from the University of Otago. He is author of The Holy Spirit (Zondervan Academic, 2015) in the New Studies in Dogmatics series. It was awarded the 2015 Australian Theological Forum’s annual book award for Best Theology Book. Chris will be joined by David Höhne from Moore Theological College and Andrew Sloane from Morling College.

Our God is Mighty to Save: exploring the Doctrine of God is supported by the Australian College of Theology.


9am Registration

9:30 Welcome
Christopher Holmes, Some Biblical Reflections on What God Is
David Hohne, Action and Attribute: the Wrath of God Amidst His Perfections
11:30 Coffee
11:45 Andrew Sloane, The Good News of the Suffering God
12:30 Lunch
1:45 Christopher Holmes, Revisiting the God/world Difference in Conversation with Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth
2:30 Coffee
2:45 Round Table
3:30 Close


Christopher R.J. Holmes is Associate Professor (Systematic Theology) in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and an Anglican Priest. Chris is the author of many articles and book chapters on various Christian doctrines, especially as they related to the Theology of Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is also the author of three books, Revisiting the Doctrine of the Divine Attributes (Peter Lang, 2007), Ethics in the Presence of Christ (T&T Clark, 2012), The Holy Spirit (Zondervan Academic, 2015). His latest book is Our Supreme Good: Spiritual Explorations in the Doctrine of God, to be published by IVP Academic in 2018.

David Höhne is a senior lecturer in Theology, Philosophy and Church History at Moore Theological College and Director of Moore’s Accredited Online Learning programme. He has published widely on Systematic Theology, Western Philosophy and Christian living with his most recent work focussing on the doctrine of the Trinity in the Reformation tradition (forthcoming SPCK, 2017). He enjoys bringing the best out of his post-graduate students and ministry amongst the people of Newtown and Erskenville Anglican Churches.

Dr.Andrew Sloane is Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought, and Director of Postgraduate Studies at Morling College. He qualified in medicine and practiced briefly as a doctor before going into Baptist ministry. He taught at Ridley College in Melbourne (1996–2002), before moving to Morling College in 2002. He has published in Old Testament and hermeneutics, ethics, philosophy, and theology. His most recent book, Vulnerability and Care (T&T Clark, 2016) explores Christian reflections on the nature and goals of medicine. Andrew is married to Alison, and they have three adult daughters. They currently attend Northside Baptist Church, with a view to being involved in planting churches in the local area.


Complete the form below to register.

Registration cost: $55
Student price: $35
Both include tea & coffee and lunch.

Christ College is also hosting a Post-graduate Research Student day on June 21 with Christopher Holmes as guest presenter. Research Students interested in attending should contact Greg Goswell, the Postgraduate Coordinator at ggoswell@christcollege.edu.au.

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Where is Christ College?

1 Clarence St Burwood NSW.
Parking and transport: Limited 2 hour ticketed parking is available in the surrounding streets. Free unlimited parking can be found a few blocks from the college. Please do not park at Burwood RSL Club as Club parking is for Club patrons only.
Burwood Train Station is about a 7 minute walk from the college.