Friday, April 25, 2008

Southern Baptist Conference to Answer 5 Pt. Calvinism

John 3:16 Conference

Dates: November 6-7, 2008 (Thursday, Friday)

Location: First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia (Johnny Hunt, Pastor)

If you're interested in a critique of each of the five points of Calvinism, here's a conference you may be interested in: John 3:16 Conference.
This conference is not going to be a "Let's bash the Calvinists" conference. This conference is going to be a biblical and theological assessment of and response to 5-point Calvinism. It will be helpful for lay people as well as preachers.

Steve Lemke, one of the speakers, explains:
Southern Baptist scholars will be presenting a Biblical response to the well-known tenets of the Presbyterian Synod of Dort. . . . This conference is intended as a majoritarian Southern Baptist response to the "Building Bridges" and "Together for the Gospel" conferences.
Given the line-up of speakers, it seems geared toward older pastors and lay people within the SBC. Furthermore, it seems that it is only intended to be heard by those who actually attend the conference: "There will be no live or archived audio or video of this conference via the Internet."

It'll be interesting to see the number of attendees. Since it is being held in Johnny Hunt's megachurch, and since most of his people will probably attend, I expect there will probably be at least 7,000 people there. If so, expect the Baptist Press to play up the significance of this number.

Featuring: (exact schedule to be posted later)

John 3:16 - Dr. Jerry Vines

Total Depravity - Dr. Paige Patterson

Unconditional Election - Dr. Richard Land

Limited Atonement - Dr. David Allen

Irresistible Grace - Dr. Steve Lemke

Perseverance of the Saints - Dr. Ken Keathley

John 3:16 to the entire world - Dr. Charles Stanley

FROM JDW: I found this today in my email, and also saw it posted on the Society of Evangelical Arminians website. I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Johnny Hunt -- I've been acquainted with him for over 20 years. Dr. Jerry Vines is one of the Best Preachers I've ever heard/met, as are Dr. Paige Patterson, Dr. Richard Land, and Dr. Charles Stanley. I will likely attend this conference. Anyone want to join me there? I've been to FBC Woodstock a number of times. Besides, it will be FUN to see Southern Baptists come out as Arminians, yet retain that whole "unconditional perseverance of the saints" thing. :mrgreen:
We who've BEEN Arminian Baptists should at least SEND a committee to welcome them to our world!

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