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Dr. Archie Spencer

Archie Spencer, Th.D.

Associate professor in the John H. Pickford Chair in Theology

Education

  • Th.D. The University of Toronto School of Theology, Toronto, Ontario, 1999. Specializing in the Theology of Karl Barth. (Anthropology and Ethical Ontology)
  • Th.M. Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1994 Specializing in the Theological Anthropology of Origen of Alexandria. (J. I. Packer, Supervisor)
  • M.Div. Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1987
  • B.Th. Central Pentecostal College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1983

Ministry Experience

  • Credentialed and Ordained into Pastoral ministry with the Pentecostal assemblies of Canada, serving in various capacities and Churches from 1983- 1994.
  • Credentialed as an Ordained minister with the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec from 1995-2001. Served as senior Pastor from 1999-2001 at Port Colborne Baptist Church, Port Colborne Ontario.
  • Currently credentialed as an Ordained minister with The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptists in British Columbia/Yukon district. The credential change occurred as a result of taking a teaching position at Associated Canadian Theological Schools.

Publications

Book Reviews:

  • Luigi Giussani, The Religious Sense, tr. J. Zucchi. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 1997. Reviewed in the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry, Vol. 2, 1999. Link to review
  • Luigi Giussani , At the Origins of the Christian Claim, tr. Vivian Hewitt, Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 1998. Reviewed in the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry, Vol. 3, 2000. Link to review

Book:

  • Clearing a Space for Human Action: Ethical Ontology in the Theology of Karl Barth, New York: Peter Lang Press, October, 2003 (A reworked version of my ThD dissertation)

Articles:

  • “Culture, Community and Commitments: A Response to the Theology of Stanley Grenz”, Scottish Journal of Theology. It has been approved for publication and is forthcoming with a response from Professor Grenz. Link to article
  • “The Pluralist and Inclusivist Appeal to General Revelation: A Systematic Theological Investigation”, in Stanley Porter and Anthony Cross, (eds.), Semper Reformandum: Essays in Honor of Clarke Pinnock, London: Paternoster Press, October, 2003. Link to article

Articles on the Northwest Website:

Personal Website and Blog:

Conferences and speaking engagements:

  • Evangelical Theological Society, November 2001, Denver, Colorado. Presentation on the theology of Stan Grenz: Culture Community and Commitment: A Response to the Theology of Stan Grenz.
  • Evangelical Theological Society, November, 2002, Toronto, Ontario. The Pluralist and Inclusivist Appeal to General Revelation: A Systematic Theological Investigation
  • Meeting of Responsibles for Communion and Liberation, La Thuile, Italy. August 23rd, 2003 “The Religious Sense and the Nature of Spiritual Experience: A Reflection on Ps. 63 and the Theology of Luigi Giussani.”
  • Meeting of Friends, Rimini, Italy, August 24-30, 2003. This is the largest cultural event in Italy, sponsored by Communion and Liberation, with 1,000,000 in attendance over a period of five days. There I delivered two presentations.
    • Session I: A review of Luigi Guissani’s thought on American Protestantism entitled: “Bridging the Catholic Protestant Divide: Luigi Guissani’s Charitable Interpretation of American Protestantism”.
    • Session II: Presentation of a paper entitled: “Freedom as the Love of Life, the Good and the Education of Desire: A Prescription for the West”.
    • This past February 1-4 I Presented a Paper at an event sponsored by the University Catholica Milano and the Italian Cultural Center of Milano on “The Christo-Ecclesiological Anthropology of Luigi Giussani.I have presented several papers and responses to papers here at ACTS and TWU since 2001.

Courses taught and in preparation for teaching

  • Believers Church Theology
  • God the Creator Sustainer and Redeemer (God, Christ and Anthropology)
  • Redemption Accomplished, Applied and Actualized, (Soteriology, Ecclesiology, Eschatology)
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Theological Foundations for Christian Ethics
  • Christ in Contemporary Theology, (ThM level course in preparation for spring 2005; focus on Contemporary theology through the rubric of Christology)
  • Karl Barth and Evangelical Theology, (ThM level course in preparation for fall 2005)
  • The Catholic-Evangelical dialogue, (ThM level course in prep for spring, 2006)

Areas of Interest – Professional