Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
Our EFCA 2017 Theology Conference was excellent! We learned, we worshiped, we were encouraged – and we encouraged one another, and we were equipped.
Resources from the Conference have been posted: Reformation 500: Theology and Legacy – God’s Gospel and the EFCA
On the website you will have access to the recordings of all the messages, and you will also find notes that accompanied many of the lectures. You will also be able to peruse or download the Notebook, which consists of information about the speakers, an introduction to the Conference, and bibliographies of each of the lecture themes.
In light of this year being the 500th anniversary of the posting of Luther’s 95 Theses, I encourage you to “attend” this exceptional Conference by using these outstanding resources. In fact, I encourage you to do it with others. Plan to listen and discuss the material as a ministry team. If you desire to go further, consider choosing one of the books listed in the bibliographies. If you want some recommendations of some key books to read this year on some specific topic or theme of the Reformation, or even Pre or Post-Reformation, ask in the Comment.
We remember and celebrate the theology and legacy of the Reformation. We do so by focusing on some common and known truths about the Reformation and the resultant fruit from the Reformation. We also emphasize some lesser-known truths from the Reformation that have also shaped our theology and left a legacy. We do so not because it was the discovery of something new, or because that historical period of time is the pinnacle of the work of God.
Rather, we recognize the Reformation as an important time at which the gospel was rediscovered, which formed and shaped all that followed. Furthermore, we do not today want to recapture the historical time period of the Reformation. Rather, we ask God to revive and reform again, based on the truth of the Word of God, the theology of the Reformers, with the prayerful desire we leave a faithful legacy for the glory of God and the good of his people.