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Reformed Theology and the Mission of God in the 21st Century is the theme of the World Reformed Fellowship 4th General Assembly meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil March 23-27, 2015.

Plenary speakers, gospel preachers, worship leaders, workshop teachers, and discussion facilitators will be gathering from around the world for this 5-day global conference being sponsored by MacKenzie University and the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. Church leaders will be focusing on “Critical Issues Facing the Global Church.” Countries represented include Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nepal, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uganda, USA, etc.

Plenary speakers include (in order):

  • Sam Logan: World Reformed Fellowship International Director
  • Luder Whitlock: History of World Reformed Fellowship 1
  • Paul Gilchrist: History of World Reformed Fellowship 2
  • Christopher Wright: The Langham Partnership
  • Doug Birdsall: The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization
  • Thomas Schirrmacher: The World Evangelical Alliance
  • Ligon Duncan: The Gospel Coalition
  • David Baer: The Overseas Council
  • Christine Schirrmacher: The Challenge of Islam 1
  • Stephen Tong: The Challenge of Islam 2
  • Diane Langberg: The Abuse of Women
  • Jim Gamble: The Trafficking of Humans
  • Boz Tchividjian: The Sexual Abuse of Children in Religious Envirnonments
  • Phil Monroe: Ministering to Victims of Sexual Trauma
  • Flip Buys: The Prosperity Gospel
  • Sheryl Haw: The Biblical Response to the Poor
  • Steve Childers: The Vision for Global Church Planting

Live Streaming and Recording

Although registration is closed, Mackenzie University will arrange for live Internet streaming of all Assembly plenary sessions (with the possible exception of Dr. Christine Schirrmacher’s presentation on Islam). Mackenzie University will also record (audio only) all plenary sessions.

Sam Logan

Sam LoganDr. Samuel Logan has served as the International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship since July 1, 2005, and he will end his tenure in that position on March 27, 2015. He was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1943. He attended Princeton University (B.A., 1965), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1968), and Emory University (Ph.D., 1972). He taught at Barrington College in Rhode Island from 1970 to 1979 and worked at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) from 1979 to 2007. He was a Visiting Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1988 – 1989, and he served as Special Counsel to the President at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, from 2007 to 2013. Dr. Logan has worked extensively with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and with the Association of Theological Schools, serving the latter organization on its Executive Committee, as Chair of its Research Grants Selection Panel, and as Chair of its Nominating Committee. He has Chaired accreditation teams for both Middle States and ATS. He is a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, presbytery of New York and New England. Dr. Logan’s publications include The Preacher and Preaching (editor and contributor), Sermons That Shaped America (co-editor and contributor), and numerous articles on Jonathan Edwards. Dr. Logan edited the papers of the 2006 General Assembly of the World Reformed Fellowship and these were published in August of 2007 under the title Confronting Kingdom Challenges: A Call to Global Christians to Carry the Burden Together. He also edited the papers of the 2010 WRF General Assembly in Edinburgh, Scotland, and these were published in August of 2013 under the title Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus Into the World. Dr. Logan and his wife Susan live in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and have two sons and two grandsons.

Luder Whitlock

Luder WhitlockDr. Luder Whitlock is the Executive Director of The CNL Charitable Foundation, the Seneff Family Foundation and president of Excelsis. From 1978 to 2001 he was president of Refornmed Theological Seminary. It grew from a small regional school to one of the most innovative as well as one of the ten largest seminaries in North America with seven US campuses, a virtual campus and gateway extension programs in Asia, South America, and Europe. He was cited in Christianity Today as one of the five seminary presidents most influential on theological education during the last half of the Twentieth Century. He was chairman/president of the Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents for 8 years and on the executive committee of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the U.S. and Canada for 10 years, including a two-year term as president. His service to higher education included the boards of the National Commission on Higher Education, the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, the International Theological Seminary, Covenant College, Montreat College, Institute for Worship Studies, the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His years of ministry have been marked by an effort to bring mutual understanding and cooperation within the worldwide evangelical community. That led him to serve on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), World Evangelical Fellowship (North America region), Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, WRF and Greater Europe Mission. He is on the board of Langham Partnership. He was Director of Strategic Development for Redeemer City to City for planning and implementing its highly successful global church planting effort. He was a co-founder and first chairman of the Church Planting Center which now serves several denominations. He was executive director/president of The Trinity Forum. He also helped establish and served on the board of Lifework Leadership, a highly successful model for training emerging business leaders in cities. Dr. Whitlock was executive director of The New Geneva Study Bible and a major revision, published as The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible. The author of The Spiritual Quest, he has contributed to more than 20 other volumes and more than 20 periodicals.

Paul Gilchrist

Paul GilChristDr. Paul R. Gilchrist currently is the Executive Secretary Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the World Reformed Fellowship. After two pastorates in Pennsylvania, he served in the administration and as Professor of Biblical Studies at Covenant College and adjunct Professor at several seminaries. He served as Stated Clerk of the Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod for eleven years and then served for ten years as full-time Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCA.

He served as Chaplain at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, Israel, and was one of the founders of and Seminar Teacher for World Fellowship of Reformed Churches (now the World Reformed Fellowship). Currently, Dr. Gilchrist is Professor of OT with the Advanced Studies on the Great Commission with Evangelism Explosion International. Dr. Gilchrist has published numerous articles and given lectures in countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Chris Wright

chriswrightDr. Christopher Wright was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1947, the son of missionary parents, and nurtured as an Irish Presbyterian. After university in Cambridge, he started his career as a schoolteacher in Grosvenor High School, Belfast. Then, after completing a doctorate in Old Testament economic ethics in Cambridge, he was ordained in the Anglican Church of England in 1977 and served as an assistant pastor in the Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Tonbridge, Kent. In 1983 he took his family to India and taught at the Union Biblical Seminary (UBS), Pune for five years as a mission partner with Crosslinks (formerly BCMS). While at UBS he taught a variety of Old Testament courses at BD and MTh levels. In 1988 he returned to the UK as Academic Dean at All Nations Christian College (an international training centre for cross-cultural mission). Then he was appointed Principal there in September 1993. In September 2001 he was appointed International Director of the Langham Partnership International. This is a group of ministries originally founded by John Stott, committed to the strengthening of the church in the Majority World through fostering leadership development, biblical preaching, literature and doctoral scholarships. (www.langhampartnership.org). Chris is also the Chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group. Chris and his wife, Liz, belong to All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, where Chris enjoys preaching from time to time as a member of the Staff team. Among his books are: User’s Guide to the Bible (1984), God’s People in God’s Land: Family, Land and Property in the Old Testament (1990), Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament (1990), Walking in the Ways of the Lord: The Ethical Authority of the Old Testament (1995), Old Testament Ethics for the People of God (2004), The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (2006), The God I Don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith (2009), and The Mission of God’s People: Biblical Theology for Life (2010).

Doug Birdsall

doug-birdsallDr. Doug Birdsall is the honorary chairman of the Lausanne Movement, a global network of Christians launched in 1974. He has been the executive chairman of Lausanne, and provided overall leadership for the Third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town South Africa. Drawing over 4,000 participants from 198 countries and from a wide variety of denominations, Cape Town 2010 was the most diverse gathering of Christians in history. He was the president of American Bible Society until October 2013. Birdsall received is a graduate of Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Harvard University, and Oxford Centre of Mission Studies. Birdsall and his wife, Jeanie, began their career as missionaries in Japan with LIFE Ministries in 1980. Five years later he became LIFE’s director of staff for Japan, and in 1991 Birdsall was named president of the mission. Birdsall re-organized the agency to focus on developing Christian leaders, and led its expansion throughout Asia and name change to Asian Access. Today Asian Access trains pastors and Christian leaders in more than a dozen Asian countries. In 1999 Birdsall was appointed director of the J Christy Wilson Center for World Mission at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2004 he was named executive chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. In 2007 he stepped down from presidency of Asian Access to focus entirely on the Lausanne Movement. He continues to serve on the Asian Access board. As chairman of the Lausanne Movement Birdsall wrote and spoke frequently on matters pertaining to Christian Mission. Birdsall is a fifth-generation Christian minister. In 1975 Birdsall married Jeanine Rowell. All three of their children were born in Japan.

Thomas Schirrmacher

Thomas-Schirrmacher5Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher is Chair of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, professor of ethics at Martin Bucer European Theological Seminary and Research Institutes (Bonn, Zurich, Innsbruck, Prague, Istanbul, Sao Paulo), as well as professor of the sociology of religion at the state University of the West in Timisoara in Romania and Distinguished Professor of Global Ethics and International Development at William Carey University in Shillong (Meghalaya, India). As an international human rights expert he is President of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights, Ambassador for Human Rights of the World Evangelical Alliance and director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn, Cape Town, Colombo). The World Evangelical Alliance represents 600 million Christians. Schirrmacher earned three doctorates in Theology (Dr. theol., 1985, Netherlands), in Cultural Anthropology (PhD, 1989, USA), and in Sociology of Religions (Dr. phil., 2007, Germany) and received three honorary doctorates in Ethics (ThD, 1996, USA), in Theology (DD, 1997, USA) and International Development (DD, 2006, India). He has authored and edited 94 books, which have been translated into 17 languages. His newest books include Human Trafficking (2014), Fundamentalism: When Religion Turns Violent (2013), Racism (2012), Indulgences: A History of Errors (2011); and The Persecution of Christian Concerns Us All: A Systematic Theology (2011).

Ligon Duncan

ligon-duncan-bio-2014Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III is the Chancellor & CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. He served as Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church (1837) in Jackson, Mississippi for 17 years (1996-2013). He is co-founder of Together for the Gospel, Senior Fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (having served as both Chairman of the Board and President), and was President of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan served as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (2004-2005). He studied at Furman University, Greenville, SC (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., MA, cum laude); and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Ph.D.). Duncan has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife Anne have two teenagers and they reside in Jackson, Mississippi.

David Baer

David BaerDr. David Baer became president of Overseas Council in 2004. Previously he served as president of Overseas Council partner, ESEPA Seminary in San José, Costa Rica. During his graduate studies, he gave lectures in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament at the University of Cambridge. He is an Old Testament scholar and has worked particularly on the theology of Isaiah (When We All Go Home: Translation and Theology in LXX Isaiah 56-66). David earned the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Wheaton College, the Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and holds the PhD in Old Testament from the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the John Stuart of Rannoch Hebrew Prize at the University of Cambridge and holds certificates in German and Spanish as a foreign language. David’s passion is the training and mentoring of Christian leaders of vision, integrity and competence who are immersed in the Great Conversation. He believes that every Christian leader is designed for life-long learning, both formal and non-formal, and is committed to that task in his own life. “I was raised in a Pennsylvania Dutch family that taught me to honor God and trust in Jesus, but my faith became my own during my teenage years. My family came under the care of a pastor whose robust evangelical faith and lifestyle we could only admire. This man challenged me to attend Wheaton College – where I was exposed to pastor-scholars who took both spiritual life and their hunger to understand with the utmost seriousness. It was a kind of rebirth for me, and I came to understand that Christians have a vocation to serve God’s world with excellence, commitment and joy. I am convinced there is no more important task than preparing articulate, committed, passionate and intelligent servant-leaders for Christ’s people.” David and his wife, Karen, have six children and seven grandchildren.

 Christine Schirrmacher

Christine SchirrmacherProf. Christine Schirrmacher, PhD is a well-known international scholar of Islamic Studies, currently teaching as Professor of Islamic Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the department of Islamic Studies and Near Eastern Languages of the State University of Bonn, Germany and the Evangelical-Theological Faculty (ETF) (Protestant University) at Leuven, Belgium. In 2013 she was teaching at the chair of Islamic Studies at the university of Erfurt, Germany, and in 2014, as a guest professor at the university of Tuebingen, Germany. She studied Islamic Studies, comparative religions, history and German literature and holds an M. A. and a PhD in Islamic Studies. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with the Muslim-Christian controversy in the 19th and 20th century, her thesis for her postdoctoral lecture qualification (“Habilitation“) focused on contemporary Muslim theological voices on apostasy, human rights and religious freedom. She regularly lectures on Islam and security issues at different government institutions of security policy in Germany. She also teaches at the Academy of Foreign Affairs of the Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany and is a consultant to different advisory bodies of society and politics, e.g. to the Human Rights Committee of the “Bundestag“, Berlin, Germany, i. e. the German federal parliament. She is director of the International Institute of Islamic Studies (IIIS) of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and its regional counterpart, the “Institut für Islamfragen“ (Institute of Islamic Studies) of the German, Swiss and Austrian Evangelical Alliance, as well as “Commissioner for Islamic Affairs“ for WEA. She is member of the “Gesprächskreis Nachrichtendienste, Berlin” (Intelligence Discussion group), of the International Society for Human Rights, of the “Deutsch-Jordanische Gesellschaft” (German-Jordanian Society) and curatorium member of the “Evangelische Zentralstelle für Weltanschauungsfragen” (Protestant Centre for World View Questions), an academic documentation and advisory centre of the Protestant Church of Germany. She has visited many Muslim majority countries of the Near and Middle East, and has been speaker at national as well as international conferences dealing with Islam, held by non-religious, Christian and Muslim organisations. She is engaged in current dialogue initiatives, like the conference “Loving God and Neighbour in Word and Deed: Implications for Muslims and Christians” of the Yale Centre for Faith and Culture, Yale University, New Haven, 2008 or the “Berlin Forum for Progressive Muslims“ of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2011/2013. She has widely published on the subjects of Islamic theology as well as comparisons between Islamic and Christian theology, on political Islam and islamism, on Islam and democracy, on women in Islamic societies, on sharia law, on human rights in Islam and on integration and radicalization of Muslims in Europe. Besides many scholarly articles, she published about 15 books in German, translated into English, Spanish, Kiswahili, Romanian and Korean. Her two volume introduction Der Islam – Geschichte, Lehre, Unterschiede zum Christentum (1994/2003) (Islam – History, Dogmatics, Differences to Christianity) is widely used at seminaries and in educational programs. Among her recent publications are Frauen und die Scharia – Die Menschenrechte im Islam (2004/2006) (Women and Sharia Law – Human Rights in Islam), Der Islam – eine Einführung (2005) (Islam – A Short Introduction), Die Scharia – Recht und Gesetz im Islam (2008) (The Sharia – Law and Order in Islam), Islamismus – Wenn Glaube zur Politik wird (2010) (Islamism – When Faith turns out to be Politics), and Islam und Demokratie – ein Gegensatz? (2013) (Islam and Democracy – an Antagonism?)

Stephen Tong

Stephen TongDr. Stephen Tong was born in 1940 in Fukien, China and he currently resides and ministers in Jakarta, Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim nation. In his ministry spanning 58 years, given his start at age17, he has introduced 33 million people to Christ. He graduated from Southeast Asia Bible Seminary in Malang, Indonesia and later he served as faculty of his alma mater teaching theology and philosophy for 25 years. He was founder and professor of the International Reformed Evangelical Seminary in Jakarta. He has guest lectured at many leading theological seminaries in Asia. As a world renowned evangelist, this servant of God has preached in Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America. In 2008, Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) granted a Honorary Doctor to Dr. Tong, and in 2011, the endowment of the Stephen Tong Chair of Reformed Theology was established at WTS where Prof. Dr. Jeffrey K. Jue has been named as the first occupant of the chair. Removing barriers to Christian faith while leading people back to Christ via unified biblical principles marks his vision and mission. As an evangelist firmly rooted in Reformed theology, he has influenced hundreds of thousands to become full-time ministers of the Gospel. Fulfilling the Cultural Mandate, he has also served as a composer, a conductor, an artist and an architect. He has an extensive knowledge of the arts, music, philosophy, science, antiques and architecture. He has composed more than 200 hymns and has designed more than 30 buildings all over the world. He designed and built Aula Simfonia Jakarta, a concert hall with 1227 seats that is considered as one of the best concert halls in the world. He also established Sofilia Fine Art Center, a museum of many Western and Eastern art collections. In addition to his desire to educate the generation in good understanding of art and culture, he also founded Calvin Christian School to educate children from year 1-12. It is his belief that the sound Reformed theology, based on the Bible, should be the foundation of school education.The Seminary, Concert Hall, Museum, and Christian School are all residing in Reformed Millennium Center Indonesia in Jakarta which he designed himself; it is one of the largest Chinese Christian evangelical church facilities in the world, with 600,000 square feet of space. As the biggest hall in the facilities, Messiah Cathedral serves as the church main sanctuary and it can accommodate more than 4500 seats. Dr. Tong has written 75 books, including Theology of Evangelism, Strategy of Evangelism, Between God and Man, Holy Spirit and Gospel, The Examples from Christ, and Culture and the Fall. He is the founder and the President of the Stephen Tong Evangelistic Ministries International (STEMI) which has established offices in the US, Europe, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Taipei. He is a member of the International Consultants of the Lausanne Committee of World Evangelization.   He has been a main speaker at the General Assembly of the World Reformed Fellowship in Johannesburg 2006, Second Lausanne Congress in 1989, International Prayer Assembly in Seoul 1985 and as the Seminar Leader in Amsterdam 1988 (sponsored by Billy Graham Association). In 1996, Dr. Tong founded the Reformed Institute for Christianity and 21st Century in Washington D.C., to equip Christians for global evangelization by training them in the areas of Reformed theology, apologetics, evangelism, and the critical study of Eastern and Western cultures. Since 2000, Dr. Tong has preached expository sermons on the Gospel of John, Book of Romans, Hebrews, James and other topics in Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Taipei every week. Finally, he has founded Reformed Center for Religion and Society (RCRS) to carry out the role of Christians in public realm of Indonesia. It has hold many important public seminars such as Human Rights and Religious Freedom. For the speakers of its seminars, RCRS has invited many prominent figures such as the late K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid (a prominent Muslim figure who was the former president of Indonesia), Ir. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (a staunch Calvinist who is the current Governor of Jakarta), and Dr. Os Guinness.

Diane Langberg

Diane LangbergDr. Diane Langberg is a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Willow Grove, PA. She is a psychologist with expertise in trauma, including violence against women and sex trafficking and she delivered a plenary address on this subject to the 7,000 people attending the World Conference of the American Association of Christian Counselors in Nashville, Tennessee, in November of 2009. Dr. Langberg is clinical faculty at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA and works with the Global Trauma Recovery Institute training counselors and many others around the world in trauma care.

Dr. Langberg has made several trips to Rwanda where she is setting up training programs to assist Rwandans in working with victims of trauma. Among Dr. Langberg’s many books are the following: Counsel for Pastors’ Wives (1988), On the Threshold of Hope (1999), and Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2003), and Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores (to be released Fall, 2015). She directs a large Christian counseling practice with 16 counselors.

Jim Gamble

Jim Gamble - Irish cop fighting child sex tourist in Cambodia (Belfast Telegraph)Jim Gamble’s policing career began in Northern Ireland over 30 years ago. In what was a rapidly changing and often-volatile environment he gained significant experience in public order and counter terrorist commands. As Head of Special Branch in Belfast he oversaw anti-terrorist responses in Northern Ireland, the UK and abroad. After graduating from the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill, Jim was appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable to the National Crime Squad (NCS), based in London. He quickly rose to become the Deputy Director General. As a central figure in the UK’s fight against organised crime he oversaw a complex and highly intricate portfolio, ranging from firearms, kidnap, hi-tech and financial crime, central intelligence coordination, professional standards and security. As more complex threats began to impact on children via the development of the Internet he promoted the concept of a Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) and became its first Chairman. The VGT combines the resources and skills of key transnational law enforcement organisations including US Homeland Security, the Australian Federal Police, Interpol, the RCMP, the United Arab Emirates and Italian National Police. In 2006 Jim was appointed by the then Home Secretary as the first Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. In bringing together a team of police officers, industry experts, government officials and advisors from specialist charities he built what is now recognised as a world-leading concept in child protection. During his time in CEOP he developed a diverse set of child protection initiatives including the CEOP ‘Most Wanted’ platform, the Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU), the UK and Overseas Tracker teams, the ‘ThinkUKnow’ education campaign and the online ‘ClickCEOP’ report button. Jim was the UK’s most senior Chief Officer responsible for Child Abuse Investigation, Internet safety and counter-trafficking policy. He also held the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) National Portfolio on Domestic Abuse. In 2010 he was appointed to lead the initial Scoping Review of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jim is a previous winner of the Police Professional Leadership award and is a recipient of the Queens Police Medal (QPM). He retired from the police service in 2011. A highly regarded media commentator and public speaker he has addressed major policing and child protection events across the globe including the Rio World Congress (III) against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents. He has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees including the Education Select Committee in 2012 and the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in October 2013 regarding online child protection. He has also spoken many times at the House of Lords and was guest speaker for the World Congress of Cardinals on child protection at the Vatican. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at ‘INEQE Safe and Secure’, a risk, security and child protection consultancy, which produced the CFAB ‘Child Trafficking Awareness’ App for the 2012 Olympics. In April 2013 he was appointed as the Independent Chair of the City of London & Hackney Safeguarding Children Board.

Boz Tchividjian

Boz-TchividjianBorn in Vevey, Switzerland, Boz grew up in south Florida, and spent the past 14 years in central Florida after attending Stetson University. He is a former Assistant State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit (1994-2001). While in that position, he was chief Prosecutor, Sexual Crimes Division, where he gained much experience in cases involving sexual abuse and harassment. In 2001, Boz joined the law firm of Landis, Graham, French, P.A. in DeLand, Florida. Landis, Graham, French, P.A. was formed in 1902 and is one of the oldest law firms in the State of Florida. During his time at ’Landis’, Boz developed his practice primarily in the areas of Labor & Employment, Personal Injury, and Probate & Estate. He also served for many years as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University. During his time in central Florida, Boz also served as the attorney for the Child Advocacy Center in Daytona Beach, Florida , as well as serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the Center. He served as Lecturer for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association Seminars and as a Speaker at the Florida Conference on Child Abuse . He has also lectured extensively in the area of business ethics.In late 2003, Boz helped found G.R.A.C.E. He has spend the past  years developing GRACE and creating relationships with other Christian organizations who have a similar passion concerning this subject. Boz has also spoken extensively on this subject at various events including the conferences sponsored by the American Association of Christian Counselors and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA)  Boz and his family live near Lynchburg, Virginia where he serves as a law professor at Liberty University School of Law. Boz is blessed to be a grandson of Dr. Billy Graham and recently published his first book entitled, Invitation – Billy Graham and the Lives God Touched.

Phil Monroe

Phil MonroeDr. Philip Monroe is Professor of Counseling & Psychology at Biblical Seminary, Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He directs both the MA in Counseling program and the Global Trauma Recovery Institute at Biblical. Dr. Monroe is a licensed psychologist and practicing counselor at a Christian counseling center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. His primary passion lies in enabling the church to minister to hurting individuals and his focus is helping counselors build effective counseling skills and relationships so that lives may be transformed and give glory to God.

Other interests include the area of ethics, racial reconciliation, and critical thinking skills. A requested speaker, his contributions to the wider counseling community include articles, book chapters, and numerous presentations at conferences. Dr. Monroe is a member of New Life Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He lives in Roslyn, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kim, and their two sons. His personal and professional musings may be found at www.wisecounsel.wordpress.com.

Flip Buys

Flip BuysDr. P. J. (Flip) Buys was born in South Africa in 1947 and he holds the degrees B.A., Th.B., Th.M., and Ph.D. The doctoral dissertation he completed in 1989 was entitled The Relationship Between Evangelism and Church Nurturing: A New Testament Exegetical Study. As an ordained minister in the Reformed Churches in South Africa, he is an experienced, pastor, cross cultural missionary, church planter and initiator of community development projects in the midst of the challenges of poverty and HIV AIDS victims, orphans. He is also an adjunct professor of Missiology at Northwest University in Potchefstroom He was the founder of Mukhanyo Theological College, Masibambisane Community Development Corporation and Mukhanyo Christian Academy (a Christian private school focusing on quality education for orphans and vulnerable children). Dr. Buys has published numerous academic and popular books, pamphlets, and articles about holistic Christian ministry and church growth in Africa. He was also a founding member and served on the International Steering Committee of TOPIC (Training of Pastors International Coalition). He is married with two children and one grandchild. On March 27, 2015, Dr. Buys will assume the position of International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship.

Sheryl Haw

Sheryl HawMs. Sheryl Haw grew up in Zimbabwe and has spent just over 20 years in relief and development work, which includes development of the first quality and accountability certification process of for aid organisations, ensuring they deliver a high standard of participatory service to communities in need. She studied theology at London School of Theology and University of Gloucestershire (OTC) and helped develop the Masters in Mission and Development (Integral Mission) course at All Nations Christian College (UK).

Sheryl joined Micah Network in 2010 as their international director. Hers is a role that seeks to promote and support organisations and local churches seeking to apply integral mission in their contexts. Her passion is to see transforming mission (mission itself needs to transform and our mission work needs to be transforming.)

Steve Childers

Steve Childers Headshot 2015 1.1 MBDr. Steve Childers is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary-Orlando (RTS.edu/Orlando) and Founding President and CEO of GCA continuing as Pathway Learning ( (www.PathwayLearning.org ) – with the mission to educate aspiring church leaders to start, grow, and multiply gospel-centered churches among all nations. He is an experienced church planter, pastor, and educator of church leaders who has written church leadership training curriculum and helped train thousands of church leaders from more than 300 denominations representing over 50 countries (7 languages) on 5 continents.

As resident professor at RTS-O since 1995, Steve teaches missions, church planting, church renewal, evangelism and spiritual formation (discipleship). He is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Steve has also done doctoral studies in global mission at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of World Mission in Pasadena. Steve and his wife, Becky live in Orlando, Florida and have three adult daughters, one granddaughter and are expecting two more grandchildren in Fall 2015. You can learn more about Steve and his ministry through his blog (SteveChilders.org), Facebook page (Steve.Childers), and Twitter (SteveChilders).

Frame Book Cover Volume 2Good news! Dr. John M. Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 2 (P&R) has just been released.

Dr. Frame has distinguished himself as a prolific author and one of America’s foremost theologians and philosophers—significantly shaping the thought of Evangelicalism today. Many of today’s most influential Christian leaders and authors, like Tim Keller and John Piper, readily acknowledge the significant impact John Frame has had on them. He is also a dear friend and colleague who has significantly shaped my theology, life, and ministry for many years.

Although widely known and deeply respected in church leadership and academic circles for decades, his works are now, finally, becoming more known to the general public.

After publishing his massive (1276 pages), award-winning Systematic Theology in November 2013 he began following the tradition of John Calvin (Tracts and Treatises),[1] Jonathan Edwards (Miscellanies),[2] B. B. Warfield (Selected Shorter Writings),[3] and Herman Bavinck (Selected Shorter Works),[4] finishing his writing career by publishing “everything he’s always wanted to write but hasn’t” in his Selected Shorter Writings.

Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings Volume 1 was published in March 2014. The second volume was published this month by P & R Publishing. This volume (384 pages) contains 26 short, pointed essays summarizing some of Frame’s central (and a few peripheral) ideas about Scripture, theological education, theological method, apologetics, ethics, and the church, along with some essays regarding some interesting personal reflections. Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 2, begins with:

“Inerrancy: A Place to Live,” one of Frame’s shortest and clearest presentations of this aspect of the doctrine of Scripture. This essay is complemented later in the book by

“Let God Be True: Scripture and Certainty.” Other essays include

“Why Theology Needs Philosophy,” (presaging Frame’s epic History of Western Philosophy and Theology),

“The Academic Captivity of Theology,” (Frame’s highly controversial evaluation of the traditional model of seminary training for pastors),

“The Demise of Systematic Theology,”

“The Heart of the Atonement,”

“The Bible on the Problem of Evil,”

“Tolerance,”

“Two Levels of Divine Blessing,”

“What Denomination Should I Join?,”

“Worship That Pleases God,”

“My Exceptions to the Westminster Standards,” and (just for fun)

“Triperspectival Dieting,” and much more.

As in his first volume, in volume 2 you’ll find a wide array of important topics written in Frame’s inimitable style of clarity and robust charity. You’ll learn new ways to apply the Scriptures to real life and ministry (“Theology is application!”). And along the way you’ll be inspired and challenged as you mine the riches of these winsome and provocative essays.

If you’re interested in learning more about the life, theology, and ministry of John Frame, I’ve written these 4 brief blog posts I hope you’ll find helpful:

Coming Soon: The 100 Books That Have Most Influenced John Frame’s Thought by Frame and Childers


[1] John Calvin and Henry Beveridge, Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2004).

[2] Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 13, The Miscellanies: A–500, ed. Thomas A. Schafer (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994); vol. 18, The Miscellanies: 501–832, ed. Ava Chamberlain (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2000); vol. 20, The Miscellanies: 833–1152, ed. Amy Plantinga Pauw (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002); vol. 23, The Miscellanies: 1153–1360, ed. Douglas A. Sweeney (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004).

[3] Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Selected Shorter Writings, ed. John Meeter (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001).

[4] Herman Bavinck, Selected Shorter Works (Portland, OR: Monergism Books, 2011).

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DO YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLANT OR GROW A CHURCH?

Most church leaders would love to learn the nuts and bolts of how to plant and grow a church but they don’t know where to start. They have the desire, but not the tools. That’s where Steve Childers’ church planting and development course* will help you.

*the course will be offered live (in person on the RTS-Orlando campus only), not by video streaming.

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Christian leaders from more than 50 countries, representing over 300 denominations and mission agencies, have taken this training.
 
 
For the past 25 years Dr. Steve Childers has trained thousands of church planters, pastors and missionaries (in 7 languages on 5 continents) to start, grow, and multiply gospel-centered churches.

 

NOW YOU CAN TAKE THIS TRAINING AT RTS-ORLANDO THIS SPRING!

Lectures, discussions, and learning activities will allow you to formulate your own culturally contextualized vision, philosophy, mission, values, and strategy that can find immediate application in the field.
The primary outcome of the course will be a personalized Church Planting and Development Plan the student can actually use in planting and growing a gospel-centered church. Note: This Church Planting and Development Plan normally meets the required criteria of most denominations and mission agencies for church planting or development.

SIGN-UP NOW!

The first weekly training session is on Tuesday, February 10 from 6pm-9pm and will continue to meet weekly until May 12th. If you or anyone you know would like to take this course, please contact RTS Orlando’s registrar at lconley@rts.edu or you may call 407-278-8832.

Although this accredited course is being made available for those pursuing an M.A. or M.Div degree, it is also being made available to the general public for the special audit price of $150.00–that’s $1200.00 off the normal price of the course. Please let the RTS registrar know if you want to take the course for credit or audit.

 

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Pastor Larry Kirk (Right) baptizes a new member at Daytona Beach. Childers & Kirk are best friends for 30 + years.

As a Baptist pastor, Bill Kynes offers 3 reasons why he believes Baptists should not deny church membership (and require adult baptism) to adult believers baptized as infants.

This is an excerpt from a blog post on the Gospel Coalition website (June 2014), “Why I am ‘Baptist’ (With a Small ‘B’)” by Bill Kynes, the senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, Virginia and a Council member of the Gospel Coalition.

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Senior Pastor Bill Kynes

So if I hold to this theology of believers’ baptism, then why am I not a Baptist (with a capital “B”)? Why would we as a church accept the baptism of a believer who was baptized as a infant as a valid baptism for the purpose of church membership? I offer three reasons.

 Humility

I recognize that paedobaptism has been the practice of the overwhelming majority of Christians throughout most of church history. This includes the practice of the Protestant Reformers to which I owe a great theological and spiritual debt.

I humbly recognize that I could be wrong about paedobaptism (and the conclusion that the great majority of Christians through history were never really baptized), and for this reason I am hesitant to insist upon my position on baptism as a grounds of church fellowship.

Charity

Even if the baptist position is correct, I still want to receive my paedobaptist brothers and sisters as fellow believers based upon our common understanding of the gospel. Evangelical paedobaptists recognize the three aspects of the gospel I have outlined, but in their practice of baptism they separate them in time. They baptize the infant children of Christian believers—objectively declaring the gospel to them before they can understand it.

They do this with the prayer that their subjective and personal response of faith will come at some point in their life (whether it occurs at a clearly recognized moment in time or not). And then later, at some public act of confirmation, the social aspect of that personal faith is recognized as, upon their profession of faith, that person is received as a communicant member of the church.

Our unity in the gospel outweighs our differences in the practice of baptism in relation to the timing of those three aspects of the gospel. Charity in the gospel calls me not make those differences a barrier to church fellowship.

Theology

Baptism presents a visible and objective declaration of the gospel, and its validity as such is not nullified by the absence of the proper subjective response of faith. In those cases in which that subjective response is not present at the time of baptism, it remains a valid baptism, though not an effective and completed one. This is similar to the preaching of the gospel. Its validity is not nullified by a failure of the hearers to repent and believe. But when they do, that preaching achieves its appointed end.

On this ground, I can accept the paedobaptism of someone who has come to faith as a valid baptism, though only their subsequent response of faith and the recognition by the church of the reality of that faith complete that baptism and make it effective.

However, since I am convinced that baptism properly ordered according to God’s design embodies in one act the objective promise of God in the gospel, the (Spirit-inspired) subjective response of faith, and the social recognition of that faith by the church, I practice the baptism of professing believers. Furthermore, I will “re-baptize” those previously baptized as infants who so request it, though I believe this is a matter of personal conscience of the believer and is not required.

That’s how I operate as a “baptist with a small ‘b.'” I recognize that this understanding has its own problems as we seek to work it out in the life of our church, but I offer it as a way of allowing our common grasp of the gospel to overcome our historical and theological differences with regard to baptism that prevent us from welcoming one another in the fellowship of the church. I long for our “Gospel Coalition” to be realized in the context of the local church so that we might live out that statement made famous by Richard Baxter:

“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity,”

and that we might better embody that more recent rallying cry:

“Together for the gospel!”


Click here to read the entire blog post “Why I am ‘Baptist’ (With a Small ‘B’)” by Bill Kynes, the senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, Virginia and a Council member of the Gospel Coalition. On this post by Kynes there are also links to other blog posts on differing views of baptism in Evangelicalism.

Click here to read the related post by Steve Childers, “My Brother(s) in Error About Baptism”

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Steve Childers baptizing his granddaughter.

While in a small gathering of church leaders, one of the leaders jokingly referred to me, in a truly good-humored manner, as “…Steve Childers, my brother in error.” Everyone in the room received the comment as it was meant, a friendly-jab, and laughed out loud–including me. The error he was referring to was my belief that baptizing infants is biblical. I suddenly realized that I was the only one in the room (among 15-20 leaders spending that day together studying the bible, praying, and sharing) who believed in infant baptism.

Even though I bit my lip and resisted the temptation to respond with more than laughter and a smile, I must admit it was hard for me not to mention several other “brothers” (especially one theologian (deceased) whom I knew this leader had the highest respect) who join me in this “error.” I was reminded that, although my belief in baptizing babies is the minority view in Evangelicalism in North America today, the opposite is true when looking back at the history of Christianity—especially the Reformation and the 18th Great Awakenings. R.B. Vincent writes,

“…The overwhelming majority of Christians whom God has used in the past centuries of the Church not only practiced infant baptism but did so because they believed the Scriptures taught it. The great evangelical theologian of the Ancient Church, Augustine, held to the practice and so did the great Reformers: John Hus, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox. Those devout scholars, John Wycliff and William Tyndale, who labored to give us the English Bible, and all the translators involved in the King James Version held that the practice was biblical.

When we come to the Eighteenth Century, we find both John and Charles Wesley, George Whitfield and Jonathan Edwards, men whom God used in the conversions of untold thousands, all practiced infant baptism. This is true also of the overwhelming majority of the Christians who were involved in settling and founding the United States—from the Pilgrims on the Mayflower to the Huguenots from France.

These were not people who did things because of tradition; they laid down their lives that they might worship God strictly according to the instructions given in Holy Scripture. They held to justification by faith and the necessity of the new birth. To their number must be added most of the authors of the great Evangelical hymns which have stirred the hearts of so many Christians, hymns such as “Amazing Grace” and “Rock of Ages…[1]

After 2000 years of church history, guess what? True followers of Christ, who embrace the essential doctrines[2] of Christianity, still have disagreements regarding non-essential doctrines (not essential for salvation). So what should we do? I’ve always loved this historic phrase:

“In essentials, unity;

in non-essentials, liberty;

in all things, charity.”

This phrase has been called “the watchword of Christian peacemakers[3]” by the distinguished 19th century church historian, Philip Schaff. And I love that no one knows for sure who originally wrote it. Although it’s often been wrongly attributed to Augustine, its origin is most likely rooted in the early 17th century where we find it in the Latin writings of relatively unknown church leaders. Many believe that the English Puritan Richard Baxter (1615-1691) is responsible for popularizing this phrase throughout the English-speaking world of his time.

Whatever the origin of this phrase, it sets before us a desperately needed way for followers of Christ to demonstrate to the watching world the unity we all share in him (“the communion of the saints”). But we must not try to achieve this by reducing what we believe to just a few doctrines we can hold in common with all followers of Christ. History has proven that normally puts us at risk of losing all orthodox Christian beliefs. Nor must we allow ourselves to continue bringing shame on the name of Christ by isolating ourselves from and wrongly criticizing Christians with whom we don’t agree on all the “non-essentials.”

The Christian leader who poked fun at me recently for believing in infant baptism, was doing so in the context of lovingly and graciously including me in an inner-circle of leaders who did not believe what I did about baptism. Why did he do that? Because he believed what desperately needs to be recaptured in our day: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.” This is why I really look forward to my next time with him and these dear “brother(s) in error.”

Click here to read a related post, “A ‘Baptist’ (With a Small ‘B’) On Infant Baptism”


[1] Reference: http://rbvincent.com/BibleStudies/Infbapt.htm

[2] I consider examples of essential doctrines as including affirmations in the Apostles Creed, Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone), Sola Gratia (by grace alone), Solo Christo (through Christ alone), Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone).
[3] Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, vol. 7, p. 650

Marsden PhotoProfessor of History Emeritus at Notre Dame, George Marsden is one of today’s foremost historians and award-winning authors who has written extensively on the relationship between Christianity and American culture—especially American Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism (Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism, Reforming Fundamentalism, Fundamentalism and American Culture, etc).

He is most well known for his award-winning biography of Jonathan Edwards (Jonathan Edwards: A Life), a prominent 18th century American pastor, theologian, and philosopher who played a critical role in the First Great Awakening and Christian revivals in Colonial America.

Marsden has recently written another groundbreaking book reflecting on how American public life might better accommodate the rise of religious pluralism. In The Twilight of the AmericaMarsden Twilight Bookn Enlightenment (Perseus Books, Feb 2014) he seeks to explain why Christianity has become increasingly excluded from the public sphere, resulting in an assortment of religious crises and “culture wars.” Marsden offers an insightful analysis of the decline of culture in America since the 1950’s along with thought-provoking ways to consider applying Protestant principles from the early republic to today. For more, read the Amazon summary below:

In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood at a precipice. The forces of modernity unleashed by the war had led to astonishing advances in daily life, but technology and mass culture also threatened to erode the country’s traditional moral character. As award-winning historian George M. Marsden explains in The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, postwar Americans looked to the country’s secular, liberal elites for guidance in this precarious time, but these intellectuals proved unable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart its course. Their failure lost them the faith of their constituents, paving the way for a Christian revival that offered America a firm new moral vision—one rooted in the Protestant values of the founders. A groundbreaking reappraisal of the country’s spiritual reawakening, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment shows how America found new purpose at the dawn of the Cold War.

Course Summary

  • What: Spiritual Formation for Church Leaders Course (5-day intensive)
  • Who: Taught by Steve Childers, RTS-Orlando professor
  • Where: RTS-Orlando Campus
  • When: January 12-16, 2015
  • Learners: M.A., M.Div Credit Students - AND – Lay and Clergy Auditors (Non-Students)
  • Registration: Limited registration from November 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  • Information: For more information contact Lanny Conley at lconley@rts.edu
  • Syllabus: To see the complete syllabus and credit requirements Click Here

Course Description

“My people’s greatest need is my personal holiness.” – Robert Murray McCheyne

Church leaders must lead from character before skill. One of the greatest needs in the church today is for church leaders to recapture the primacy of developing Christian character (holiness) first in their lives, and then in the lives of those they serve. But to do so, without falling prey to the classic errors of legalism, moralism, and/or antinomianism (easy-believism), is very difficult.

Spiritual Formation is a course Steve Childers has taught for many years both in the classroom and on the field, in the USA and abroad, in English and other languages, for credit (masters and doctoral) and just to help church leaders not give up when drowning under the life-crushing load of personal and ministry demands.

In this course emerging and seasoned church leaders will be encouraged and equipped to be continually growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ through experiencing a safe place where the riches of the gospel are deeply and refreshingly explored, and applied to real life and ministry.

Course Instructor

Steve Childers is Associate Professor of Practical Theology (since 1995) at Reformed Theological Seminary, in Orlando, Florida, where he regularly teaches evangelism, spiritual formation, church planting, church renewal, and missions. He has earned masters degrees from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and a doctorate from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Steve has a1 Steve Childers Headshot 2014 1.1 MB - Version 2lso done doctoral studies in leadership development and global missions at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of World Mission in Pasadena, California.

Steve is the founder and President of GCA, continuing as Pathway Learning (http://www.PathwayLearning.org), a church leadership training organization that provides innovative educational pathways for church leaders. Steve has planted and pastored two churches. Since then he has written church planting, renewal, and multiplication training curriculum and helped train thousands of church leaders from more than 300 denominations representing over 50 countries in 7 languages on 5 continents. Steve’s book, All Things New: The Gospel of the Kingdom and parallel ecourse are scheduled for release in 2015. Steve and his wife Becky live in Orlando, Florida, and have three adult daughters and one granddaughter.

Course Objectives

  A Mind for Truth

  • To understand and articulate a biblical theology of personal spiritual growth and renewal, especially as it relates to the centrality of the cross and the gospel
  • To understand the biblical imperative for personal holiness and the priority of ongoing spiritual growth and renewal in the life of the church leader today
  • To understand the biblical nature of the gospel’s transforming power, especially as it relates to the Kingdom of God and mission of the church
  • To understand, evaluate, and appreciate various principles, methods, and models used today to help people grow spiritually
  • To be acquainted with the literature relating to personal spiritual growth and renewal (especially English Puritan literature, e.g. John Owen, Richard Baxter, et al.) and be able to think biblically and critically about how it can be used properly and effectively in the student’s life and ministry

  A Heart for God

  • To experience spiritual growth and renewal through applying the biblical concepts of gospel-driven spiritual formation to the heart
  • To diagnose and repent from the core idols (sin beneath the sin) that draw the student’s heart affections away from Christ
  • To appropriate the transforming pardon and power of the gospel of Jesus Christ through setting the student’s heart affections on Him by faith
  • To show love for God and others by loving God’s Law, obeying it by God’s grace, and allowing it to lead the student to Jesus Christ for transformation into His image
  • To practice spiritual disciplines (such as meditating on Scripture, prayer, journaling, fasting, witnessing, etc.) as a means of setting the student’s heart affection on Christ
  • To be an agent of personal spiritual growth and renewal in the lives of others

  A Life for Ministry

  • To lay a strong foundation for future studies in the dynamics of how the gospel brings spiritual growth and renewal both personally and corporately
  • To lay a strong foundation for the practical development of church–based ministries of spiritual growth and renewal, especially for those planning to be church planters, pastors, and missionaries
  • To obtain a set of criteria for evaluating spiritual growth and renewal principles, methods, materials, programs, and trends

Course Readings (Optional for Lay and Clergy Auditors)

  • Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor. Banner of Truth.
  • Bridges, Jerry, The Disciplines of Grace. Navpress.
  • Keller, Tim, The Prodigal God. E.P. Dutton.
  • Lovelace, Richard, Dynamics of Spiritual Life, An Evangelical Theology of Renewal. [Chapters 2-8]. (200 pp), Renewal as a Way of Life, A Guidebook for Spiritual Growth. Wiph and Stock Publishers. (204 pp)
  • Miller, Jack, The Heart of a Servant Leader. P & R Publishing (319 pp)
  • Miller, Paul. A Praying Life. NavPress (260 pp)
  • Packer, J.I., Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in our Walk with God. Baker Books. (256 pp), The Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life. Crossway Books (368 pp), Knowing God. InterVarsity Press. [Chapters 15, 18, 19] (55 pp).
  • Prior, Kenneth, The Way of Holiness: The Study in Christian Growth. InterVarsity Press (172 pp).
  • Smith, Scotty, Objects of His Affection: Coming Alive to the Compelling Love of GodSimon and Shuster (260 pp)
  •  Wright, N. Thomas: Surprised by Hope. Harper Collins (356 pp)