2020 Thematic Bible Conference

The Thematic Bible Conference is still on for 2020, but because of the plague we are holding it online only. Registration is available now.

W4CAA will hold its annual Thematic Bible Conference in Princeton this Memorial Day long weekend, 23–25 May 2020, to the theme ‘Luke: Jesus in Jerusalem’. Participation is available through your own Internet connection, wherever you are.

Please register below; because we are meeting online, walk-in registration does not exist.

The 2020 Thematic Bible Conference, ‘Jesus in Jerusalem’ (19.28–24.53), finishes the study of the Gospel of Luke after the 2018 conference (Jesus in Galilee, 1.1–9.50) and the 2019 conference (Luke 9.51–19.27). The plan thereafter is to continue on to the Acts of the Apostles, which was Luke’s sequel to his Gospel.

The passages we shall be studying inductively in groups are:

Bible studyPassage 
1Luke 19.28–20.18Saturday
2Luke 20.19–21.4Saturday
3Luke 21.5–38Sunday
4Luke 22.7–38Sunday
5Luke 23.1–56Monday
6Luke 24.1–53Monday

Conference schedules and locations

The conference schedules will be somewhat different from past years’ schedules.

East Coast

The North American East Coast conference schedule is as follows (Eastern Daylight Time):

All DaysEvent 
10:00–11:00Morning PrayerBy the 1662 Prayer Book
11:00–12:00(🍴 Lunch) 
12:00–13:30Talk 1, 3, 5Litany at 13:00 on Sunday
14:00–15:30Bible study 1, 3, 5Leaders trained beforehand
16:00–17:00(🍴 Tea/dinner) 
17:00–19:00Talk 2, 4, 6Q & A at 18:30
19:00–20:30Bible study 2, 4, 6Leaders trained beforehand
20:45–21:30Evening PrayerBy the 1662 Prayer Book

West Coast

The North American West Coast conference schedule is as follows (Pacific Daylight Time):

All DaysEvent 
07:00–08:00Morning Prayer 
08:00–09:00(🍴 Breakfast) 
09:00–10:30Talk 1, 3, 5Litany at 10:00 on Sunday
11:00–12:30Bible study 1, 3, 5Leaders trained beforehand
13:00–14:00(🍴 Lunch) 
14:00–16:00Talk 2, 4, 6Q & A at 15:30
16:00–17:30Bible study 2, 4, 6Leaders trained beforehand
17:45–18:30Evening PrayerBy the 1662 Prayer Book


The England conference schedule is as follows (British Summer Time):

All DaysEvent 
15:00–16:30Bible study 2, 3, 5Leaders trained beforehand
17:00–18:30Talk 1, 3, 5Evening Prayer at 18:00 on Sunday
19:00–20:30Bible study 1, 4, 6Leaders trained beforehand
21:00–22:00(🍴 Dinner) 
22:00–00:00Talk 2, 4, 6Q & A at 23:30
00:00Good night! 


This year, we have Alastair Roberts, Peter Wong, and Richard Yen returning as speakers, and Michael Yung speaking at the Thematic Bible Conference for the first time.

Alastair Roberts, PhD Dunelm., is our plenary speaker on Saturday, giving two talks: ‘The Final Week’ and ‘Death and Resurrection’. Dr Roberts is a Teaching Fellow of the Theopolis Institute and the Davenant Institute, a leading evangelical blogger and writer, and one of the hosts of the Mere Fidelity podcast. He has lectured in Christian Ethics at London Seminary, and is author of two books from Crossway: Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption through Scripture (2018) and Heirs Together: A Theology of the Sexes (2019). He blogs at alastairadversaria.com and also serves as Editor of the Politics of Scripture section of Political Theology Today.

Peter Wong, our plenary speaker on Sunday, will give a few talks: ‘Prepare Not to Prepare’ and ‘Three Stories’ (Luke 20.45–21.19), and ‘Three Crosses and Three Trees’ (Luke 23.32–49). He is a Bible teacher, general secretary, and founder of Hadavar Yeshiva (For the Nations). His passion for teaching the Scripture in its original context has become a life’s journey of research and ministry, bringing to our Christian faith the unique perspective of understanding its Hebraic roots. He has been blessed with friendships with distinguished scholars in this field and studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Institute for Hebraic-Christian studies, and the Biblical Life College and Seminary. Peter is passionate that all Christian believers should know our rabbi Jesus. Inspired by the Lord in his first trip to the Holy Land in 2004, Peter has turned his home into a museum for biblical artifacts and a garden for biblical plants. Christians of all ages can now see, touch, smell, and even taste Scripture. Today, his home museum and biblical garden has become Hadavar Biblical World 夏達華聖經世界 in Hong Kong. Peter also leads study tours to the Holy Land and Turkey, with a passion to inspire others to study Scripture in its cultural context.

Richard Yen, PhD (genetics) and MD (anæsthesiology), will give a talk on Monday, ‘How Jesus Uses Question as Effective Teaching Tools’. He has been with the West Coast Chinese Christian Conference since 1971. He founded both the W4C Alumni Association and a first-class pharmaceutical company. His work developing an effective countermeasure against lethal doses of irradiation is recognized by the US government, including the National Institute of Health and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He is the sole inventor of more than 60 USA and international patents. His latest book, The Origin of Adam, published by the Trinity Broadcasting Network, discusses Genesis in light of the latest findings of human genetics.

Michael Yung, PhD, will give a talk on Monday, ‘Systematic Computer-programming-inspired Hybrid Textual Outline of a Long Passage’. He has been a coworker and adult Sunday school teacher at the Chinese Bible Church in West Los Angeles for more than 30 years and was actively involved in the WCCCC movement in the 1970s and 1980s. His passion is inductive Bible study, and with his background training in engineering he is interested incorporating knowledge from mathematics and physics into our understanding of biblical teachings.


Registration for the 2020 conference is now available. Please register and pay as soon as you can! Mail checks out by 15 May or pay online.

Everyone who pays and attends this conference will receive a $25 credit for the West Coast Chinese Christian Conference (WCCCC), held 28–31 December 2020.

AdultsNo early rate$75 (£60)
Students and unemployedNo early rate$50 (£40)
Trained Bible study leadersNo early rate$25 (£20)

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