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Reclaiming the Subversive Nature of Baptism

Sabbatical Lecture  |  April 24, 2018  |  11:10 a.m. | Room 205, Main Building

The purpose of this lecture is to rediscover the significance of baptism as conveyed by the texts of the New Testament. Returning to the earliest interpretation and practice of this rite may be helpful for our present understanding of it. I believe that, with some exceptions, the church has too often misappropriated the role and meaning of baptism. I hope to suggest some ways by which this misunderstanding can be undone so that we may recover the relevance baptism had for our ancestors in the faith.

All are welcome to attend this sabbatical lecture.

April 24, 2018

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

Born in Azul, Argentina, on October 29, 1950, Vena attended the Buenos Aires Bible Institute of the Christian and Missionary Alliance from where he graduated in 1975 with a Th.B. He came to the U.S. in August of 1976 to attend Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he obtained a M.Div in 1980. During his time at Bethel he served as a minister in an independent Hispanic congregation in Minneapolis.

In 1980 he entered Princeton Theological Seminary, from where he graduated in 1981 with a Th.M. Back in Argentina he was ordained in 1985 by the Reformed Church and was appointed to serve in two different congregations of the Presbyterian Church, first as interim minister and later as senior pastor. From 1983 to 1989 he completed his Th.D. in ISEDET (Instituto Superior de Estudios Teológicos) in Buenos Aires. Invited by the Church of Scotland, he spent nine months in New College, University of Edinburgh, doing post-doctoral research.

He was called in 1995 to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as an assistant professor of New Testament Interpretation and director of the then Center of Hispanic Ministries. He was promoted to associate professor in June of 2000 and granted tenure in October of 2001. In May of 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor. Apart from many articles and essays, written both in English and Spanish, he has published numerous books.