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Michael Horton at PCRT 2014

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On May 2-4, 2014, Michael Horton will join Phillip Johnson, Richard Phillips, and Derek Thomas at the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. This year, the conference will be hosted by Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Now in its 41st year, the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology played an important role in the birth of White Horse Inn and Modern Reformation. When Dr. Horton was 13 years old, he convinced his parents (then living in California) to take him to the PCRT where he met and had lunch with James Montgomery Boice. That newly formed friendship developed into a full-fledged partnership in helping the church rediscover the solas of the Reformation.

Dr. Horton will give two plenary addresses on Saturday, May 3rd. The first session is titled, The Uncorrupted Gospel. The second session is titled, Evangelism and the Holiness of God. He will also give a seminar on Saturday afternoon titled, Ordinary Holiness: Ephesians 4:1-16.

This year, the PCRT conference takes up the theme, “Profaning the Sacred: The Beauty and Holiness of the Bride of Christ.” Here’s the conference description:
In the Old Testament, we often read of the sacred vessels of the temple being taken away for the service of idolatry. The profaning of God's sacred things symbolized the turning of Israel to false gods. Even worse were those occasions when idols were brought into God's house, showing that Israel had forgotten the holy obligations of Scripture. The New Testament sees God's people going out into the world with the Gospel, making holy those who were lost in sin. Yet the danger of secularizing the sacred remains. Often in the name of evangelism, worldly influences may corrupt the holy things of worship, ministry, and Christian living. When this happens, the church loses relevancy in the culture and, as the Bible so frequently shows, true spiritual power for the cause of salvation is lost, even when there may be great numbers of people and other worldly indicators of success.

With this in mind, the 2014 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology will consider the holiness of the Christian church, together with its worship, ministry, and life. There are several reasons for this topic. First, is the perennial need of God’s people to protect God's holy things from worldly corruption. This need is particularly great today when so many professing Christians and churches are adopting the ways of the world to do the work of God. God calls Christians, pastors, and churches to be holy, and this means that we must not allow his holy things to be profaned. This raises important questions for us to answer: how does a zeal for evangelism often mask the importing of worldly influences? What constitutes genuinely holy worship? Does zeal for holiness involve legalism or is it a true mark of God's grace?

You can register for the conference here.

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  • Hello. We have followed you for years and you have a wonderful ministry. Our website that I listed has Philip Johnson and other creationist listed on it. Could you ever have the PCRT as a webinar also? Many people such as myself cannot travel and would love to to participate. We would pay the registration fee and all. There are so many secular events that do this. This would open the door to many Christians and Secular people.

    God Bless,

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  • Guest - Laura Streno

    I find this to be a VERY POWERFUL statement/question....
    "Does zeal for holiness involve legalism or is it a true mark of God's grace?" Wow... this is a LOADED question. One that I would love to dig into. I believe it is a true mark of God's grace that should transform us without legalism. I think this is the question of the Century! Jesus said; "You will know a tree by it's fruit." If there is no fruit of the Spirit in a person's life... no transformation then it means that a person is not experiencing the TRUE grace of God. On the other side of this issue... I see far too many 'christians' in total legalism in order to bare some kind of 'fruit' so as not to be seen as 'unholy.' Not wanting to be hypocrits. Then that legalism brings nothing but a curse. Their fruit is not fruit at all. And too many are being ruled by a 'performance' gospel. We seem to be tossed back and forth between the extremes on waves that take us far out to sea. A vast majority do not understand what it means to be transformed by GRACE. We do not know what it looks like. We desperately want it. Where is the water Jesus told us he has to give us?

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