Each year the SCJ Conference conducts a student paper competition to encourage top students to develop their skills in research, writing, and defending a worthy topic in Bible, theology, or history. Directed by Rick Cherok, Cincinnati Christian University for its first ten years, Les Hardin, Johnson University Florida, has been the director since 2011. Preliminary judging is done to narrow down to three finalists for both the undergraduate and graduate categories. Finalists earn the opportunity to present their papers in special sessions at the conference from which judges determine the winner in each category. Winners are announced at the final session of the conference. All finalists receive a free one-year online subscription to SCJ. The two winners receive complimentary books plus a $2500 scholarship to any of ten participating Stone-Campbell connected seminary or graduate school.
This year six schools entered students into the competition. These entries came from Lincoln Christian University, Great Lakes Christian College, Nebraska Christian College, Milligan College, Johnson University Florida, and the University of Alabama. Below are the students who have been selected finalists, along with their schools, paper titles, and faculty sponsors.
Tommy Moehlman (Lincoln Christian University) "Reimagination And Reinterpretation: An Analysis Of The Characterization Of Jacob And Esau In Jubilees"
Sponsor: Paul Kissling
Jonathan Totty (Lincoln Christian University), "Irenaeus On the Economy of God"
Sponsor: Steve Cone
John Young (University of Alabama) "Redrawing the "Blueprints" for the Early Church: Changes in Christadelphian Historical Ecclesiology During the Movement's First Two Generations"
Sponsor: Daniel Riches
Undergraduate: Josh Bush (Great Lakes Christian College) "Elastic Covenant: The Dangers Of Elongating The Noahic Covenant"
Sponsor: John Nugent
Kory Eastvold (Lincoln Christian University) "What, Then, Shall We Say?": The Interpretation of Romans 4.1"
Sponsor: Frank Dicken
Michaela Miller (Milligan College) "When Tradition Is A Trap: Revisiting The Purpose Of Philippians 2:1-11"
Sponsor: Jeff Miller