Together for the Gospel A biennial conference for pastors April 12 – 14, 2016 Louisville, KY

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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.

These Reformers stood for:

  • Scripture alone (not man’s wisdom)
  • by grace alone (nothing we earn)
  • through faith alone (nothing we accomplish)
  • in Christ alone (no other mediator)
  • for God’s glory alone (not for our praise)

A half millennium later, it is these beliefs, not tradition or cultural heritage, that make us Protestant. We were born in bearing witness, in testifying, in protest, and we do not shrink back from suffering abroad and opposition at home. However fraught with danger, opportunities abound for Protestants to “testify publicly” to God’s grace in Christ.

Join us in April, as we come together to remember the burning truths of the Reformation, apply its spirit of protest to our times, and take courage for life and ministry.

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