Prayer: The Language of God's Royal Priests

Tuesday, 3/21/23 at 7:00PM

About the Event

Have you ever wondered, why, as God’s children, we are called to commune with God in prayer, even when he knows everything? What is prayer exactly and how should we be praying to a Holy God? Are there different ways to pray? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, then join us for a four-week class on prayer with Dr. Larry Perkins. Pre-registration is requested, but drop ins are also welcome. Email Rebecca van den Brink, our Director of Discipleship and Care Ministries, with any questions you may have.


March 7th: Framing the purpose of prayer (Romans 8:18-27)
March 14th: Jesus' teachings about prayer (Matthew 6:1-15)
March 21st: Terms for prayer (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13)
March 28th: Examples of Christian prayers in the New Testament
            The Christian Church in Jerusalem (Acts 4:23-31)
            Paul for the Colossian Christians (Colossians 1:3-11)
            Peter's prayer for Christians in the Eastern Roman Empire (1 Peter 1:3-13)

About Dr. Larry Perkins
Dr. Larry Perkins is a graduate of the University of Toronto Ph.D. program in Septuagint Studies (1980), the University of British Columbia (B.A.(Honours), M.Ed.), and the Oxford University (B.A., M.A.(Oxon)).  Larry Perkins has published various Septuagint-related articles. His dissertation, completed under the direction of Prof. John Wevers, considered the translation technique of the Syro-Hexapla of Deuteronomy, seeking to provide greater precision in the use of this source for establishing the Old Greek text of Deuteronomy.

Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at ACTS. His teaching occurs primarily in Greek exegesis with a focus on Old Testament and New Testament issues and Septuagint Studies. He is completing 45 years of teaching with NBS. He is also a Fellow in the John William Wevers Institute of Septuagint Studies, a leading Canadian research network related to Septuagint Studies. 

A member of the network of scholars that produced A New English Translation of the Septuagint, he contributed the translation for the book of Exodus. A commentary on the Septuagint of Exodus is in process. Other publications include The Art of Kubernēsis, Leading as the Church Board Chairperson (2019), and The Pastoral Letters: A Handbook on the Greek Text (2017).

Recent publications include articles on the interpretation and understanding of various texts in Greek Exodus, including Divine Distinctiveness in Greek Exodus (with special focus on the plague narrative) (2022), Yahweh’s κατοικητήριον (Exod 15:13, 16-18): The Nature of Yahweh’s Relationship to the Land of Canaan in Greek Exodus (2020), Observations on the Plague Narrative in Greek Exodus: Strategies Used by the Translator to Shape the Narrative (2019), and Reshaping the Story – Tracing The Translator’s Hermeneutical Fingerprint  in Exodus 19 (2012).

As well, he has published various articles related to Mark’s Gospel, namely, "Drinking it New in the Kingdom of God" (Mark 14:25) – an Assertion of Ownership? (2021), Mark 13:14 – A Cryptic Prophecy of the Messiah’s Death? (2019), Mark’s Use of the Verb Σκανδαλίζεσθαι and The Interpretation Of Jesus’ Visit to Nazareth (2012), The Interpretation of the Clause “Let the reader understand” in Mark 13:14 (2009), The Use of Jeremiah in Mark's Gospel (2009), and The Use of Exodus in Mark’s Gospel (2006).

He is President Emeritus of Northwest Baptist Seminary, having served as president from 2000-2010. He also served as Dean of the Associated Canadian Theological Schools (TWU) (c. 1995-2005).

Dr. Perkins is married to Judith and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have four children, twelve grandchildren, and one great grandchild.