The Stone-Campbell Journal Student Paper Competition took on a different shape for the 2020 conference. The ever-challenging limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic relegated the competition to a virtual platform, and students faced the challenge not only of presenting well, but doing so while navigating technology issues. The resiliency of these students was impressive, and the presentations of their research was as edifying for those attending virtually as it would have been in person. Not only for their research, but also for their flexibility and graciousness in a virtual environment, they are to be commended.
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 Samuel Guy (Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan) won the graduate division with his paper “What is אדם that You are Mindful; A Comparison of אדם in Gen 1 and 2” (Sponsor: Jason Bembry). Michael Wood (Johnson University Florida) won the undergraduate division with his paper "The King’s Invitation: A Study of Matthew 22:1-14” (Sponsor: Les Hardin). Both Samuel and Michael 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, a donation of books from participating publishers, and the offer of scholarships from participating schools in the Stone-Campbell tradition.
Samuel and Michael were chosen from the finalists in their respective divisions, each presenting their papers at the conference. Graduate finalists included: Ryan Eidson (Lincoln Christian University), “Growing into Humanity’s True Identity to Fulfill God’s Purpose: Imago Dei in Irenaeus of Lyons” and Troy LaRue (Abilene Christian University), “Cracks in the Foundation: Epistemology and Austin McGary.” Undergraduate finalists included Alec Bell (Hope International University), “The Assuring Hope of Christ versus a Skeptical Fear from Hollywood: An Exegetical Analysis of 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11” These finalists also received a free one-year membership in Stone-Campbell Scholars Community.
Seven students entered papers for the competition, representing six different schools, including Hope International University, Johnson University, Lincoln Christian University, Abilene Christian University, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, and Cincinnati Christian University.
Student competition submissions for the 2021 SCJ Conference are due January 5, 2020. See competition rules and flyers on the SCJ Website under Conferences and Lectureships/ Student Paper Competition.