The Rev. Dr. Spencer Boersma

The Rev. Dr. Spencer Boersma

Course Supervisor Religious Studies & School of Theology

Contact Information

Thorneloe University at Laurentian
935 Ramsey Lake Rd
Sudbury ON P3E 2C6

I teach Christian Ethics.

My research interests are in systematic theology and ethics, continental philosophy, Baptist theology, and literary approaches to theology.

I have a B.R.S. and M.T.S. (research) from Heritage College and Seminary, where I did my master’s thesis on the evangelical postmodern theological method of Stanley J. Grenz. I have recently completed my doctorate of theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, with a dissertation on the intersection of narrative theology and baptist identity in the thought of James Wm. McClendon, jr.

Reviews

  • Review of On Freedom, Love, and Power, by Jacques Ellul, Journal of the Toronto School of Theology 28/2 (Fall 2012).
  • Review of Lyotard and Theology, by Lieven Boeve. Journal of the Toronto School of Theology 31/1 (Jan 2015).
  • Review of The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, Jr. 2 vols., edited by Ryan Andrew Newson and Andrew C. Wright, McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 16 (2014-2015).
  • Review of Contesting Catholicity: Theology for Other Baptists, by Curtis W. Freeman, McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 16 (2014-2015).

 

Academic Papers Presented

  • “Participation and Interpretation: Hermeneutical Lessons from Saint Bonaventure’s Tree of Life,” Wycliffe Centre for Scripture and Theology – Spring Colloquium (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, May 19, 2012).
  • “The Symphony of the Word: The Theological Exegesis of Stanley Grenz,” Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (Wilfred Laurier University, May 27, 2012).
  • “Liturgies of Our Failures: Engaging James K. A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies.” Canadian Evangelical Theological Association – McMaster Divinity School Fall Conference (McMaster Divinity School, October, 2012).
  • “Leaving Modernity Takes Practice: The Promise of Typological Reading in James Wm. McClendon, Jr.’s ‘baptist’ Vision,” Evangelical Theological Society, Ontario and Quebec Regional Meeting (Heritage College and Seminary, September 14, 2013).
  • “Job as Christ, the Father as Whirlwind?: A Figural Interpretation of Job,” Wycliffe Centre for Scripture and Theology – Spring Colloquium (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, May 18, 2013).
  • “Is Catholic-Baptist an Oxymoron? Assessing Recent Proposals for Baptist Catholicity in Harmon and McClendon/Yoder,” Evangelical Theological Society, Ontario and Quebec Regional Meeting (McMaster Divinity School, October 2013)

I am the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Sudbury. I serve on the boards of Teddy Bear Day Care and Elgin Street Mission. I also participate in the Garson-Falconbridge Community Action Network.


Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone. — (Karl Barth).

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