Thursday, December 6, 2012

Register NOW for the 2013 Theology Conference

One of the most profound truths of the Christian faith is the creation of humankind in "the image of God." Theologians, preachers, teachers and students of the Bible of all sorts have pondered the significance and meaning of this staggering tenet of the doctrine of man.

Dr. Nelson Kloosterman will explore this topic during the 2013 Greenville Seminary Spring Theology Conference on The Doctrine of Man. His lecture will be entitled "Man as Imago Dei in the Thought of Herman Bavinck." This message will explicate key ideas in the teaching of the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck, regarding the essential unity of humanity, the necessary value of the incarnation of Jesus Christ, and the destiny of humanity. These notions continue to play an important role in preaching the gospel, in Christian living, and in the church's hope for the future of the world, according to Dr. Kloosterman, ethics consultant for Worldview Resources International of St. John, Indiana.

Dr. Kloosterman's second lecture is "Cultural Mandate and Great Commission: An Integrationist Model," will answer how Genesis 1:26-31 and Matthew 28:18-20 are related. This message will open up these passages with a view to enhance understanding of the integration of nature and grace, of creation and redemption, and of time and eternity, all of which can be expressed as "the church's calling to missional cultural obedience."

Registration is now open for this timely and significant conference. For full information about the conference, visit our web site conference pages. Online registration is available at this web address. Tap the blue circle to register at Early Bird Registration Rates, which end Feb. 1. Tuesday and Wednesday evening sessions are open to the public and will be broadcast on the Internet through SermonAudio facilities.

The full roster of speakers and their topics is as follows:
  • Dr. Richard Belcher — "The Supernatural Creation of Man" (including examination of modern theories of theistic evolution)
  • Dr. Guy Waters — "The Covenant of Works"
  • Dr. Joel Beeke — "Temptation and Fall" (free Tuesday evening service)
  • Mr. Matthew Holst — "Red in Tooth and Claw? An Exegetical Evaluation of the Doctrine of Death Before The Fall"
  • Dr. Bill Vandoodewaard — "Thomas Boston and the Four-fold State"
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman — "Imago Dei – Man, the Image of God"
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa — "Original Sin" (free Wednesday evening service)
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman — "The Cultural Mandate and the Great Commission – An Integrationist Model"
  • Mr. Gabriel Fluhrer — "Beware Lest Any Man Spoil You: Questioning the Philosophy of Science Used to Question the Bible's Doctrine of Man"
We see the Doctrine of Man as an increasingly important topic at this time as the biblical understanding of man's origins, nature and purposes is under concerted attack. It is critical for all believers and especially leaders in the church to examine these issues thoughtfully. We hope to see many turn out for this conference and ask that you please encourage your pastors and elders to consider attending.