EFCA Theology Conferences

July 20, 2016

Episode 133: Think Biblically, Preach Systematically with Graham Cole

Faithful Christian leaders know that their preaching and teaching of God’s Word needs to communicate both the meaning of Scripture in light of the Bible’s big, overarching story of redemption as well as help us understand, in basic categories, what we should believe and how we should live. On this episode of the podcast, we share a conference message by Dr. Graham Cole entitled, “Think Biblically, Preach Systematically.” In this message, Dr. Cole helps us understand our preaching and teaching in light of the relationship between Biblical Theology, which focuses on understanding the meaning of the text and Systematic Theology, which helps us understand (in organized categories) what we should believe and how we should live.

Dr. Cole serves as Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology and is the Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.

June 23, 2016

Episode 131: Scott Manetsch on Baptism and the EFCA

Many people (including some within our EFCA family) are surprised to learn that we allow the practice of both believer’s baptism and infant baptism in our churches. To help us better understand our commitment to unity on this issue, the 2005 EFCA Theology Conference took up the task of examining “Baptism and the EFCA.” On this episode of the podcast, we share a message from that conference by Dr. Scott Manetsch, which provides a helpful historical overview of the doctrine and practice of baptism, from the early church through the Reformation.

Scott serves as Professor of Church History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

June 09, 2016

Episode 130: Leith Anderson on "Evangelicals in 21st Century American Culture"

Do you consider culture to be the friend or enemy of the gospel of Jesus Christ? In 2014, the EFCA Theology Conference wrestled with questions like this as it took up the theme of "Christian Faithfulness in a Changing Culture." On this episode of the podcast, we share a thought-provoking conference message from Leith Anderson titled, “Evangelicals in 21st Century American Culture.” In this message, he challenges church leaders to think carefully about the enduring issue of how we should understand the relationship between culture and the gospel.

Leith served as the senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for 35 years before retiring in 2011. He currently serves as the president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

You can find more from the 2104 EFCA Theology Conference here.

April 27, 2016

Episode 124: John Woodbridge on the History of Biblical Authority

For more than four decades Dr. John Woodbridge has been helping EFCA pastors and church leaders understand and apply the lessons of church history. On today’s episode, we share his conference message from the 2015 EFCA Theology Conference, entitled, “The History of Biblical Authority: Nine Pointers.”

Dr. Woodbridge serves as Research Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.

You can find more from the 2015 EFCA Theology Conference here.

April 13, 2016

Episode 122: The Significance of Silence

Historically, the EFCA has made an intentional decision not to divide over secondary issues. We often refer to this deeply held value as “the significance of silence.” In 2015, the EFCA Theology Conference wrestled with “the significance of silence” as it relates to our inclusion of Calvinist, Arminian and Lutheran understandings of the doctrine of salvation. On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Tom McCall’s conference message on the Arminian/Wesleyan understanding of salvation.

You can read more about "the significance of silence" on Greg Strand’s blog.

You can find more (including DA Carson’s message on Calvinism and David Luy’s message on Lutheranism) from the 2015 EFCA Theology Conference here.

March 07, 2016

Episode 118: An Introduction to the Present-Day Discussion of the Doctrine of the Scriptures by D.A. Carson

In 2015, the EFCA Theology Conference focused on the doctrine of the Scriptures. On this episode of the podcast, we share a message from the conference by D.A. Carson entitled, "An Introduction to the Present-Day Discussion."

Dr. Carson serves as Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.

You can find more resources from our 2015 EFCA Theology Conference here.

February 29, 2016

Episode 117: Washed and Waiting: A Personal Testimony, Theological and Ecclesial Reflections by Wesley Hill

Most would agree that we find ourselves in the midst of a cultural sea-change in the area of human sexuality. In light of this, our 2013 EFCA Theology Conference focused on this topic. On this episode of the podcast, we share a conference message by Dr. Wesley Hill in which he shares his personal testimony as well as his theological and ecclesial reflections on this important topic. The episode includes an introduction and Q&A with EFCA’s Greg Strand.

Dr. Hill serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA.

You can find more from our 2013 EFCA Theology Conference on Human Sexuality here.

February 22, 2016

Episode 116: Shepherding God's Church: The Privilege of Being a Pastor by Dr. Bill Kynes

The 2016 EFCA Theology Conference challenged us to think deeply about the doctrine of the church. On this episode we share a conference message by Dr. Bill Kynes titled "Shepherding God's Church: The Privilege of Being a Pastor."

Dr. Kynes serves as the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, Virginia.

You can find more resources from our 2014 EFCA Theology Conference here.

February 17, 2016

Episode 115: The Church: A Visible Community by Dr. Michael Lawrence

This year, our EFCA Theology Conference challenged us to think deeply about the doctrine of the church. On this episode of the podcast we share a conference message from Dr. Michael Lawrence called “The Church: A Visible Community.”

Dr. Lawrence serves as the Senior Pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR.

You can find more resources from our 2016 EFCA Theology Conference here.

January 28, 2016

Episode 112: The Church: A Missional Community by Dr. Greg Waybright

The 2016 EFCA Theology Conference challenged us to think deeply about the doctrine of the church. On this episode of the podcast we share a conference message from Dr. Greg Waybright called “The Church: A Missional Community.”

Dr. Waybright is the pastor of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA and the former President of Trinity International University.

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