The Meaning of Church Authority: Second Annual DC Regional Convivium Irenicum
April 28$15 - $25
The Meaning of Church Authority
Second Annual DC Regional Convivium Irenicum
April 28, 2018
For several centuries following the Reformation, Protestants gave much thought to these questions, while many evangelicals today wouldn’t know where to begin. Which suggests we have a default setting toward individualism, and any talk of church authority sounds intuitively authoritarian. Luther argued that every believer could contradict popes and counsels based on Scripture. The pope in turn predicted the church would splinter into a thousand pieces. And does not our own era of “Internet churches” prove him correct?
9:00-9:30 AM: Coffee served.
9:30-10:30 AM: Jonathan Leeman (9Marks), “Matthew 18:20 and Church Authority as a Matter of Agreement on What Scripture Teaches”
10:30-10:45 AM: Break
10:45-11:45 AM: Bradford Littlejohn (The Davenant Institute), “‘The Word of God is Living and Active’: The Power of God’s Words and Human Words in the Life of the Church”
11:45 AM-12:45 PM: Lunch (provided onsite)
12:45-1:45 PM: Matthew Tuininga (Calvin Theological Seminary), “‘The Kingdom of Christ is Spiritual’: Spiritual and Political Power in the Church”
1:45-2:00 PM: Break
2:00-3:15 PM: Panel discussion (Jonathan Leeman, Bradford Littlejohn, Matthew Tuininga, Chad van Dixhoorn, Joseph Minich)
Attendees will be welcome to continue conversation at a local pub following.