The Stone-Campbell Journal Student Paper Competition provides students opportunities to grow in their studies and thought. Coordinator of the competition, Les Hardin (Johnson University Florida) says, “The papers this year were of an exceptionally high quality. The margins of victory were razor thin because every paper, in both divisions, represented significant depth. In listening to each of the presenters this year it wasn’t hard to tell that the state of emerging scholarship in the Stone-Campbell tradition is strong.” Seven papers were submitted for the undergraduate paper competition this year, ten in the graduate division.
This year Kory Eastvold (Lincoln Christian Seminary) won the graduate division with his paper "The Image of God in the Old Testament" (Sponsor: Paul Kissling). Samuel Guy (Kentucky Christian University) won the undergraduate division with his paper "A Politeuma Worth Pursuing: A Rhetorical Analysis of Philippians 3:20 in Light of Philippi's Sociological Composition" (Sponsor: Scott Caulley). Both Kory and Samuel 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 2018 SCJ Conference, a donation of books from participating publishers (including Baker and InterVarsity Press), and scholarships from a number of schools partnering with Stone-Campbell Journal.
Kory and Samuel were chosen from three finalists in their respective divisions, each presenting their entries at the conference. Graduate finalists included: Robert Ellis (Emmanuel Christian Seminary), "Septuagint Citations in Hebrews 10," (Sponsor: Jason Bembry) and Erik Masci (Abilene Christian Univeristy), "The Praise of Folly and Thoughts of the Reformation," (Sponsor: Doug Foster). Undergraduate finalists included Brian Cook (Johnson University Florida), "Divine Dissonance: A Study of Psalm 22 in Matthew," (Sponsor: Les Hardin) and Ben Hull (Johnson University Tennessee), "Victory Over Death in Hebrews 2:14-15," (Sponsor: Heather Gorman). These finalists also received a free one-year membership in Stone-Campbell Scholars Community.
Seventeen students entered papers for the competition, representing six different schools, including Johnson University, Kentucky Christian University, Pepperdine, Lincoln Christian University, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, and Abilene Christian University.
Student competition submissions for the 2019 SCJ Conference are due December 15, 2018. See competition rules and flyers on the SCJ Website under Conferences and Lectureships/ Student Paper Competition.