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Renewing the Evangelical Mission Conference

August 31, 2009

Ten leading theologians will address the topic "What is the Evangelical Mission in the Public Square" at a major conference at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Oct. 13-15.

Renewing the Evangelical Mission, taking place at Gordon-Conwell’s South Hamilton, MA campus, and held in honor of Dr. David F. Wells, will grapple with the theological mission of the church in an increasingly post-Christian, post-partisan and global context.

Among questions to be considered are:

Dr. Os Guinness, author, social critic, co-founder of The Trinity Forum, and a plenary speaker at the event, notes, “I am grateful to be an Evangelical, and to know why, but never have I met more people who are confused, restless or angry at what Evangelicalism has become. Nothing could be more timely than this conference and its themes, which will clarify and challenge us to be true to our identity and live up to our calling.”

Other plenary speakers, who are writers, professors and theologians at the forefront of evangelicalism,  include:

Dr. Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary California and co-host of the nationally-syndicated weekly radio talk show White Horse Inn

Dr. Bruce L. McCormack, Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary

Dr. Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, the University of Notre Dame

Dr. J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor in Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Senior Editor/Visiting Scholar of Christianity Today

Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
, President and Charles W. Colson Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary

Dr. Tite Tiénou, Senior Vice President of Education, Academic Dean and Professor of Theology of Mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Kevin J. VanHoozer, Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College Graduate School.

Dr. Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and a regular participant in international and ecumenical interfaith dialogues, most recently, in Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Dr. Lauren Winner, Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality, Duke Divinity School, and former book editor for Beliefnet.

The conference will be held in honor of Dr. David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor at Gordon-Conwell, and a recognized commentator on evangelicalism’s response to the culture. Dr. Wells is well known for his seminal books on contemporary evangelicalism: No Place for Truth, God in the Wasteland, Losing Our Virtue and The Courage to be Protestant.

The conference is designed for pastors, professors and theologically-minded lay persons with a stake in the identity and mission of the church.

Sessions will be held in the Academic Center on the Gordon-Conwell South Hamilton campus. Registration and more information are available at here or by contacting the Ockenga Institute at 1.800.294.2774.

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