Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Together for the Gospel 2016 - We Are Protestant - The Reformation At 500

So the theme of Together for the Gospel 2016  is "We Are Protestant". Since the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses falls in an off year, this year is the celebration of that world shaking event.Watch the brief video below.

T4G 2016: We Are Protestant from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.

This is from the theme webpage:

From the Occupy Movement to the Arab Spring, from the streets of Ferguson to the steps of the Supreme Court, protest seems to mark our age. Almost daily, we see images of people around the world publicly airing their beliefs — some good, some questionable.
Ours is not the first generation to protest. Names like Wilberforce, Gandhi, King, and Mandela come to mind, as do a litany of rallying cries: “Give me liberty or give me death,” “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work,” “Make love, not war,” “We are the 99 percent,” “Je suis Charlie,” “Black lives matter.”
Although causes will come to an end, there is an eternal and righteous one that towers above all others: the cause of Christ. It’s the cause for which men like Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli risked their reputations and lives when they set about to recapture the essentials of the Christian faith from the theological distortions of Rome in the 1500s.
So the video invokes Martin Luther King Jr., "Black Lives Matter" and Occupy Wall Street, among others. Ours is not that sort of protest so I am a little leery of lumping the Protestant Reformation in with the selfish, narcissistic and unwashed Occupy children. We will see as the conference draws closer but I am not excited about the video although I am about the topic. These are days to reestablish who we are and why in a day of desperate ecumenism and unequal yoking.

It also looks like C.J. Mahaney is back this time around. I am considering going to the Beauty of Complementarity pre-conference as that looks interesting and is sponsored by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. If you are considering attending, early bird registration ends, appropriately enough, on October 31st. Let me know if you will be there, I would love to meet you!

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