The Stone-Campbell Journal Student Paper Competition presented a wide range of topics for the 2019 competition. Topics included theodicy, gender equality, glossolalia, pneumatology and pacifism, while drawn from cognate areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Stone-Campbell history, and patristics. The SCJ Student Paper Competition provides an avenue for students and emerging scholars to test their ideas among like-minded mentors and peers. Judges from SCJ-affiliated institutions provide meaningful critique and assessment, mentoring students through the process of thinking holistically about their stated topic.
This year Andrew Nichols (Lincoln Christian Seminary) won the graduate division with his paper “Divine Medicine: Trials According to John Cassian” (Sponsor: Bob Rea). Kalman Mate (Great Lakes Christian College) won the undergraduate division with his paper “Begetting a Man: Eve’s Response in Gen. 4:1 to the Power Move Made by Adam after the Fall” (Sponsor: John Nugent). Both Andrew and Kalman received a free one-year membership in Stone-Campbell Scholars Community, which includes a one-year subscription to SCJ and free access to SCJ archives. They also received free registration to the 2020 SCJ Conference, plus a donation of books from participating publishers, including Baker.
Andrew and Kalman were chosen from three finalists in their respective divisions, each presenting their papers at the conference. Graduate finalists included: Eli Randolph (Harding School of Theology), “Classical Theism and Barton W. Stone’s Rejection of the Trinity,” and Nate Reiser (Abilene Crhistian University), “The Journey from Pacifistic Outsider to Accepted Patriot.” Undergraduate finalists included Keagan Franey (Central Christian College of the Bible), “The Morality of War: A Glance at War and Violence in the Christian Life,” and Daryl Struemph (Central Christian College of the Bible), “How Can Speaking in Tongues Be Reconciled Among the Church Today?” These finalists also received a free one-year membership in Stone-Campbell Scholars Community.
Seven students entered papers for the competition, representing five different schools, including Great Lakes Christian College, Lincoln Christian University, Abilene Christian University, Hardin School of Theology, and Central Christian College of the Bible. Student competition submissions for the 2020 SCJ Conference are due December 15, 2019. See competition rules and flyers on the SCJ Website under Conferences and Lectureships/ Student Paper Competition.