We are living in a day where Jesus is trying to be owned by political parties both on the left and the right. Some paint Jesus as a glorified community organizer and others would attempt to drape him in the American flag. In times such as this, it is importance to reconsider the politics of Jesus, and this is why want to direct your attention to an important seminar to be held later this Fall.
On October 9-10 at First Baptist Church of Durham, NC, the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture along with the North Carolina Baptist State Convention are The Politics of Jesus Seminar, and they write the following:
The modern church finds itself riddled with internal contradictions between the teaching of Jesus and politics. The demands of caring for the poor, the elderly, and children fiercely interact with the issues of war, economics, abortion, and homosexuality. Christians of all denominational associations struggle to construct a comprehensive and biblical view of the state without compromising the content of the gospel. Does the Bible offer any help when dealing with issues of politics? Did Jesus speak directly to matters of government? Can theological conservatives be socially active without compromising evangelism? What can Christian history teach the modern church about the political future?
Evangelicals have not always addressed public issues with clarity, charity, and a depth of research which commended their view before the watching eyes of the world. Often, they have responded to complex problems and issues with overly simplistic platitudes without regard for the vast network of issues which lie beneath the surface of modern problems.
This seminar is designed for pastors, church leaders, government and public policy leaders, medical ethicists and physicians, business and entrepreneurial leaders, members of the legal community, university students and members of the social services community to listen and interact with key evangelical leaders from around the nation on matters of culture, government, and politics. Issues which will be directly addressed include marriage, political activity by the church, Islamic theology, and racism.
The conference schedule and addresses are:
6:30 p.m. – October 9
TOPIC – Adorning Our Savior’s Teaching: How the Gospel Matters for Public Life
David P. Nelson, Ph.D.
Senior Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
8:00 p.m. – October 9
TOPIC – Babylon: An Ancient Assessment of a Present Reality
Andrew M. Davis, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Durham, NC
9:00 a.m. – October 10
TOPIC – The Pulpit and the Public Square: Some Observations from the Ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Nathan A. Finn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Church History, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
10:00 a.m. – October 10
TOPIC – Remaking the Future: The Looming Challenge of Resurgent Islam and Evolving Transhumanism
C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago, IL
1:00 p.m. – October 10
TOPIC – Marriage: If Not Sacred – What?
Gregory Alan Thornbury, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Christian Studies, Union University, Jackson, TN
2:00 p.m. – October 10
TOPIC – The Ancient Church of Antioch and the Future Southern Baptist Convention
Ken D. Fentress, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor, Montrose Baptist Church, Rockville, MD
I am happy to see that my good friend Owen Strachan who is the managing director of The Henry Center for Theological Understanding will be live-blogging this event. Owen’s commentary will worth checking out. To register or for more information, be sure to go to their website.