This year marks the 500th anniversary of the events, doctrinal disputations, and movements that birthed what we know as the Protestant Reformation. Sparked in 1517 by the activities and writings of Martin Luther in Wittenburg, Germany, the phenomenon that ensued forever changed the global Christian church as well as leaving an indelible mark on Western culture as a whole. As heirs of this movement, come join us as we celebrate what it meant for the church then, consider what it means for us today, and converse about where that Reformational spirit may lead us in the future.
Friday, OCTOBER 27:
2:30 PM: Pre-Conference Session 1 “The Need for Reform, Then and Now “ with Scott Manor
3:30 PM: Pre-Conference Session 2 “Reforming the Local Church” with Rob Pacienza & Doug Sauder
7:30 PM: Session 1 “Future of the Church” with Ed Stetzer
Saturday, OCTOBER 28:
9:00 AM: Session 2 “Creature of the Word” | Mike Allen
10:15 AM: Session 3 “Catholic God, Protestant Gospel” | Scott Swain
11:15 AM: Session 4 “Of Scrolls, Skins, Texts & Typewriters” | Sam Lamerson
Sunday, OCTOBER 29:
10:00 AM and 11:15 AM: Reformation Sunday Worship Services at Coral Ridge
Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than one million individuals each week.
Dr. Mike Allen serves at Reformed Theological Seminary as John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean of the Orlando campus. He teaches core courses related to systematic theology and historical theology. Dr. Allen’s research interests range widely over the various topics of Christian doctrine and eras of church history. He is eager to guide students to grow in their ability to retrieve theological riches from the past for the sake of renewing contemporary reflection, worship, and witness. He is presently writing a volume on sanctification that is rooted in Reformational teaching on Christ and grace. With Dr. Scott Swain, he serves as general editor of the T & T Clark International Theological Commentary series and the New Studies in Dogmatics series for Zondervan Academic.
Dr. Scott R. Swain is President and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Swain has served on the RTS faculty since 2006, having previously taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His main research interests include the doctrine of God, theological interpretation of Scripture, and modern Protestant theology, and he has published a number of books and essays on these topics. With Dr. Michael Allen, he serves as general editor of two series: Zondervan Academic’s New Studies in Dogmatics and T & T Clark’s International Theological Commentary.
Dr. Samuel Lamerson is currently the President of Knox Theological Seminary and Professor of New Testament. Dr. Lamerson’s teaching philosophy can best be summed up in a quotation from William Butler Yeats; “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” He desires to light a fire in his students that will cause them to become life-long students of the Word of God. He uniquely combines academic research and teaching with over 30 years of pastoral experience, ranging from senior pastor to director of children’s ministries. Dr. Lamerson has contributed in a number of ways to New Testament scholarship. His book English Grammar to Ace New Testament Greek is widely used across the United States in New Testament Greek classes. He has also written articles for the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, The Lexham Bible Dictionary, and contributed a chapter to the book New Testament Studies.
Dr. Scott Manor is the Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Knox Theological Seminary. He believes in the importance of understanding how our Christian heritage informs our faith today, especially as it relates to the historical and theological developments of the early church. Dr. Manor completed his PhD in Early Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The primary focus of his research is on the relationship of textual authority to issues of orthodoxy and heresy in the early church.
Doug Sauder is the Lead Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. He shepherds his church to fulfill their mission to make disciples in South Florida and beyond by mobilizing the church body to action. It starts with the teaching of the Word, worship, and prayer, and then emanates outward in connecting with people and reaching beyond the body of believers, building up the Kingdom of God. Doug desires to make disciples who will then transform their community, and then ultimately God will get the credit.
Rob Pacienza is the Lead Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Knox Theological Seminary, Rob feels it is critical that the church focus on what the Gospel is and what the Gospel does in every area of life. Rob shepherds his congregation by acknowledging we live in a broken world and our only hope is in Jesus, the one who saves sinners and promises the renewal of ALL things. Rob’s desire is to see how the Gospel brings about renewal in these four areas: people, relationships, communities, and culture.
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For specific questions or more information, please contact Adam Masterson: 954-334-5177.