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The Gospel Coalition 2017 National Conference celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, unleashed by God in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door. Six plenary talks will proclaim the gospel of grace from Paul's inspired letter to the Galatians. Another three plenary talks will recount God's work in the lives of Luther, John Calvin, and other leaders in the broader Reformed tradition. Among our usual lineup of workshops, more than 10 will explore in-depth Reformation issues such as why the Reformers didn't unite in one church and where their missional legacy continues today.

As we reflect on the momentous events that unfolded 500 years ago, we also give thanks for God's continued promise of faithfulness to his church. This conference celebrates God's work beyond Europe and North America and beyond the walls of the church into government, work, and the arts. The gospel of grace that inspired Luther and his generation continues to spread into every corner of our world and every corner of our lives. 

DON CARSON

DON CARSON

Don Carson is a New Testament scholar and research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is co-founder and president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois, and have two children.

JACKIE HILL PERRY

JACKIE HILL PERRY

Jackie Hill Perry is a writer and artist whose work has been featured on the Washington Times, The 700 Club, DesiringGod.org, The Gospel Coalition, and other publications. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexuality, she has been compelled to share the light of gospel truth through poems that have reached more than 1 million views on YouTube. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014. She and her husband, Preston, have one daughter.

MIGUEL NUNEZ

MIGUEL NUNEZ

Miguel Núñez serves as the senior pastor of the International Baptist Church, and is the founding president of Wisdom & Integrity Ministries, which has a vision to influence today’s generation with God’s revelation in the Spanish-speaking world. He lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he serves as pastor, teacher, writer, TV co-host, apologist, and as a frequent speaker throughout Latin America and the United States. He also holds an MD, ThM, and DMin. He has been married for more than 30 years to Dr. Catherine Scheraldi.

MELISSA KRUGER

MELISSA KRUGER

Melissa Kruger serves on staff as women’s ministry coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood.  Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and they have three children. She blogs for The Gospel Coalition at Wit’s End. You can follow her on Twitter.

KEVIN DEYOUNG

KEVIN DEYOUNG

Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. His three main responsibilities include preaching, leadership, and administration. He was born outside of Chicago in South Holland, Illinois, and attended Hope College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to serving at URC, he was the associate pastor at First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have six children.

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JOHN PIPER

JOHN PIPER

John Piper is founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For more than 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s the author of more than 50 books. More than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available for free at DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

JEN WILKIN

JEN WILKIN

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, author, and teacher of women’s Bible studies in Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Her passion is to see women become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe and grounded in the Word of God. You can find her at jenwilkin.net.

THABITI ANYABWILE

THABITI ANYABWILE

Thabiti Anyabwile serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. Prior to planting Anacostia, he served as an elder and pastor in churches in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and the Cayman Islands. He is the author of several books, including The Gospel for Muslims and The Decline of African American Theology. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church. Thabiti holds BS and MS degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

PAUL TRIPP

PAUL TRIPP

Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, and conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and works to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. He has written many books on Christian living and traveled around the world preaching and teaching. He is also the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, and they have four grown children.

RUSSELL MOORE

RUSSELL MOORE

Russell Moore serves as the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. He is a widely sought cultural commentator, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, and the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel. He blogs frequently and hosts a program called Signposts. He and his wife, Maria, have five sons.

NANCY GUTHRIE

NANCY GUTHRIE

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences nationally and internationally, and through books and DVDs such as the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series. She offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of child, through the GriefShare video series, and through books such as Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow.

TIM KELLER

TIM KELLER

Tim Keller is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. He was educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. In 1989, he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church with his wife, Kathy. Redeemer’s church-planting center has helped start more than 200 churches around the world. He is vice president of The Gospel Coalition and has also authored many books, including The Reason for God and Generous Justice. The Kellers have three sons.

KORI PORTER

KORI PORTER

Kori Porter serves on staff at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, as the associate director of campus ministry. She is pursuing an MA at Reformed Theology Seminary. Her joy is found in discipling college-aged women, evangelizing, and being discipled by older women in the body of Christ.

EVENT SCHEDULE

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    REFORMATION 500 and BEYOND

  • Indiana Convention Center
    100 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225

  • April 3-5, 2017

  • 8:00 PM

    Early Registration Opens

  • 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    ERLC Pre-Conference

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  • 10:00 AM

    Registration Opens

  • 1:00 PM

    Session 1: John Piper – Paul's Pilgrimage, Paul's Plea (Galatians 1)

  • 3:00 PM

    Session 2: Sandy Willson – Apostolic Confrontation: The Exclusive Sufficiency of Christ (Galatians 2)

  • 4:00 PM

    Session 3: Stephen Nichols – On Martin Luther

  • 5:15 PM

    Dinner Break

  • 7:30 PM

    Session 4: Kevin DeYoung – On John Calvin

  • 9:00 AM

    Session 5: Peter Adam – Living by the Promise: How to Read the Bible, Part 1 (Galatians 3)

  • 11:00 AM

    Session 6: Don Carson – The Gospel of Grace: How to Read the Bible, Part 2 (Galatians 4)

  • 12:00 PM

    Lunch Break

  • 1:30 PM

    Workshop: Round 1

  • 3:00 PM

    Workshop: Round 2

  • 4:30 PM

    Workshop: Round 3

  • 5:30 PM

    Dinner Break

  • 7:30 PM

    Session 7: Ligon Duncan – The Reformed Tradition Beyond Calvin

  • 9:00 PM

    Evening of Worship

  • 9:00 AM

    Session 8: Thabiti Anyabwile – Gospel Freedom, Gospel Fruit (Galatians 5)

  • 11:00 AM

    Session 9: Tim Keller – Boasting in Nothing Except the Cross (Galatians 6)

  • 12:00 PM

    Conference Ends

TALKS

Plenaries

John Piper | Paul's Pilgrimage, Paul's Plea | Galatians 1

Sandy Willson | Apostolic Confrontation: The Exclusive Sufficiency of Christ | Galatians 2

Stephen Nichols | On Martin Luther

Kevin DeYoung | On John Calvin

Peter Adam | Living by the Promise: How to Read the Bible, Part 1 | Galatians 3

Don Carson | The Gospel of Grace: How to Read the Bible, Part 2 | Galatians 4

Ligon Duncan | The Reformed Tradition Beyond Calvin

Thabiti Anyabwile | Gospel Freedom, Gospel Fruit | Galatians 5

Tim Keller | Boasting in Nothing Except the Cross | Galatians 6

Workshops - Round 1

Sugel Michelén | Spanish Track: La predicación como un agente de transformación

Una y otra vez, el Nuevo Testamento hace mención de que el siervo de Dios está llamado a predicar la Palabra de Dios, no sus propias ideas. Sin embargo, no siempre sabemos cómo cumplir con esta encomienda. En este taller se mostrará el inmenso valor de la predicación de la Palabra en transforma a los individuos, y cómo podemos predicar de esa manera.

Peter Adam | Answer These 14 Questions Before You Preach

Preparing to preach is hard work! This list of 14 questions will help you better understand the essential ingredients of sermon preparation. This useful checklist will help improve and focus your preparation, and show you what work still needs to be done before you're ready to preach.

Sam Allberry | Common Misconceptions About Singleness

We'll examine what the Bible says about singleness, and the common ways we often overlook or undermine this teaching in our churches.

Tom Nelson | Discipleship with Monday in Mind

The gospel speaks into every nook and cranny of life, including the work we're called by God to faithfully embrace for his glory and the furtherance of the common good. Tragically, many pastors and local church leaders fail to adequately equip congregants for their vocational callings. What's really at stake when our gospel-centered churches fail to connect Sunday worship with Monday work? What changes will lead us to greater pastoral faithfulness and more flourishing congregations? Join the author of new church-based curriculum on work as we explore practical ways we can more fully embrace whole-life congregational discipleship.

Trevin Wax | Faithfulness in an Age of Anxiety: Meeting Our Cultural Moment with Faith, Not Fear

Be equipped to discover the good in our culture's narratives, challenge the bad, and show how the gospel truly fulfills the desires of people today.

Nancy Guthrie and Tim Keller | Help Me Teach the Bible Live Recording

Some teachers seem to have a natural ability to gain insight into Scripture and communicate it in a compelling way. But is that true? We'll ask Tim Keller to share some of what he’s learned that has helped him become a better Bible teacher over the years.

Gregg Allison | Is the Reformation Over?

This workshop will focus on commonalities and differences between Roman Catholic theology and Protestant theology 500 years after the Reformation started.

Danny Akin and Matt Carter | Living Out Our Reformation Convictions: The Marks of a Great Commission People

This workshop will identify the marks of a Great Commission people and address the biblical, theological, and practical aspects of a Great Commission obedience.

Gloria Furman | Marveling at the Glories of Christ in the Book of Ephesians

This workshop aims to help women understand both the plotline of the Bible and how the book of Ephesians fits in Scripture; grow in their affection for Jesus as they see him exalted as head over all things and ruling with perfect, unimpeachable wisdom; and be equipped to live out their faith in the context of a lost and dying world, holding fast to the unshakeable truths in God’s Word laid out in Ephesians.

Kathleen Nielson | Mountains, Vineyards, and Birth Pangs: the Power of Metaphor in the Prophets

Working primarily from the book of Micah, we will examine what metaphor is and how it works; the beauty and benefit of embracing Scripture's inspired metaphors in our study and teaching; and the power of metaphor to point the way along whole-Bible trajectories, all of which lead to our glorious Lord Jesus.

Kevin DeYoung, Melissa Kruger, Kori Porter, Mary Willson and Sandy Willson | Pastors and Women in Ministry: A Conversation

How can we best cultivate effective partnership in gospel ministry among men and women in the local church? How can a church help equip women for ministry within local congregations? What are some reasons for and benefits of staff positions for women in the area of discipleship and women's ministry? This panel will address these and other questions relating to men and women ministering together under the leadership of pastors and elders.

Andy Davis, Ligon Duncan (Moderator), Stephen Um and John Yates | Pastor-Scholars in the Reformation

The reformers were theologians of the highest order. And many of them taught theology while serving as pastor of a local flock. What can pastors today learn from the reformers about their calling to preach the Word and shepherd God's people? Join us for a panel discussion on the pastor-theologian led by experienced leaders.

Zane Pratt | Protestants and Muslims: How Should We Relate to Islam?

This workshop will explore an evangelical perspective on current Christian/Muslim relations.

Bob Cutillo | Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age: Reimagining Health as Gift

It seems the more we control our health, the more anxious we are we'll lose it. Fueled by our fears, medicine makes promises it cannot keep based on a view of people that isn't true. But what if health were a gift to nurture, not a possession to control? How would that change the way we pursue healthy living and form health care? This workshop will explore the consequences of seeing the good of health within the greater purpose of our God-given destiny.

Vermon Pierre | The Prophetic Church

In this workshop we'll consider ways in which the church can and should "lean in" to prophetically engage—perhaps even reshape—our society along the lines of the gospel. We'll review some of the ways this has been done historically and also propose different models for how the church might be a prophetic witness in the culture today.

Jemar Tisby | A Reformation in Education: How Should Christians Engage Public Schools?

The Reformation ushered in a new wave of education reforms. Today, no less than 500 years ago, education needs transformation. In a public system that educates 50 million children and young adults, the question is not whether Christians be involved in reform, but how. This workshop considers several educational options, but focuses on public schooling, especially for low-income kids. Participants will learn some of the the history of education in the United States and walk away with practical strategies for how individuals and congregations can engage schools for the sake of justice and reformation.

Rob Smith | Singing the Blues as Believers: The Value of Congregational Lament 

Sung lament is something of a lost art in too many churches. Consequently, many contemporary Christians are oblivious to the blessings that come from groaning our griefs before the throne of grace and doing so together in song. This workshop explores why we’ve lost this "art," how we can recover it and, most importantly, the chief benefits that flow from voicing our lamentations in congregational songs.

Greg Thornbury | What Freud's Pastor Got Wrong—and Why that Matters for Us

In this workshop, we'll talk about the Rev. Oscar Pfister, an evangelical Protestant pastor, who was a close associate and friend of Sigmund Freud. Although Freud respected Pfister as both a cleric and a scholar, Pfister focused on points of his agreement with Freud's research and psychoanalysis rather than making much of the faulty presuppositions in Freud's worldview. Most disturbingly, it seems as though this "man of God" whom Freud and his whole family clearly loved, never insisted on the gospel's demands on Freud's life. Not only was Freud never converted, he was lulled into thinking there were powerful areas of overlap between his worldview and Pfister's. The story is a cautionary tale for those who mistake "relational evangelism" and "cultural engagement" for gospel-oriented worldview apologetics predicated on incommensurable presuppositions.

Mika Edmondson | What Has Geneva to Do with Ferguson?

Racial tensions have reached a fevered pitch over the past few years in the wake of numerous police shootings of unarmed black men. With few exceptions, white conservative evangelical churches have remained largely silent as their pastors and members wonder how the gospel applies to these issues. This workshop will examine how the gospel and the Reformed confessional tradition might inform our approach to racialized sin, injustice, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Issues to be covered include a brief look at how Reformers like Luther and Calvin applied Scripture to the social injustices of their day and how the Reformed confessions (like the Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and Westminster Standards) guide our thinking, speech, and actions around these pressing issues. Finally, we will consider practical steps that churches might take to begin having these conversations.

Miguel Nunez | Why Latin America Still Needs a Reformation

Five hundred years after the Reformation began, most of the population in Latin America, has heard about the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ and yet millions of people still do not know how a person can obtain salvation in and through the crucified and resurrected Christ they worship. For most of them, salvation is the result of grace plus good works. In addition, the latest and most popular gospel preached by the “evangelical” church in our region, is not gospel at all… the so-called, Prosperity Gospel. This time we need a Reformation so wide that it may include the evangelical church of our days!

Russell Moore | With Liberty and Jesus for All: Why Religious Liberty Is a Gospel Issue

The Bible Belt is collapsing. Our surrounding culture has become so secularized that being known as a Christian or belonging to a Christian church is no longer seen as part of being a good American, or necessary for social acceptance. But the disappearance of cultural Christianity is nothing to lament. Rather it's an opportunity to proclaim authentic Christianity, knowing that true gospel proclamation will always bring opposition. And that’s what the fight for religious liberty in every single era of the church is about. Join us as we consider how to train church members to stand up and assert the freedom of the church in a free state.

Workshops - Round 2

Juan Sánchez, Miguel Núñez, y Sugel Michelén | Spanish Track: Desde Wittenberg hasta la Patagonia: Preguntas y Respuesta

Sabemos que el evangelio es el poder de Dios para salvación, pero no siempre es evidente cómo debe aplicarse en las diversas situaciones alrededor nuestro. Este será un tiempo donde pastores experimentados procurarán responder a las inquietudes propias del ministerio hoy, según los presente realicen sus preguntas.

Graham Cole | Bible Reading and Hearing in the Work and Ministry of Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer saw Scripture as a gospel book. To that end he promoted the placement of the Bible in the vernacular in every parish church in the realm. His vision was of a Bible-reading, Bible-hearing, Bible-believing church. Is this a vision that today’s churches, especially those prone to faddism, need to recover?

Erik Raymond | Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age

We don’t often hear people speak about being content today. When we do, it's often in terms of what would be ideal rather than characteristic of our lives. However, when we read the New Testament and even some writers throughout church history, we see contentment was a jewel to be prized and pursued. In this session we'll consider what contentment is and how to pursue it in a discontented world.

Scott Manetsch | Early Reformed Pastoral Practice

The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century significantly reshaped the theology and practice of the pastoral office. This is particularly evident in reformed Geneva, where Calvin and his colleagues institutionalized a biblical vision of ministry that gave priority to preaching, sacraments, catechesis, church discipline, and pastoral collegiality and accountability. This workshop will explore pastoral practice in reformed Geneva and suggest ways Calvin’s model is relevant for faithful Christian ministry today.

Timothy George | Early Reformers: Why Didn't They Unite?

The Protestant Reformation was a renewal movement within the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, and there was great hope for church unity during the early years of the movement. This workshop will probe the reasons why this hope was frustrated before either Luther or Calvin were off the scene. We shall look at some key debates and divisions and also at the underlying doctrine(s) behind them.

Melanie Lacy | Engaging Children's Hearts So They Live for the Glory of God

How do we teach, train, and equip children to live courageously for Christ in an ever-changing world? How do we help them understand the difference between knowing about God and knowing God? This workshop from the author of New City Catechism curriculum will help us think about engaging children’s hearts and forming their minds so that they'll develop a vibrant relationship with God (and about how to avoid legalistic teaching while we’re at it!).

Don Carson | Evangelicalism and the Evangel

Who are evangelicals? Are they defined by their politics? Their denominations? Their history? By whether or not they call themselves evangelicals? Shouldn't there be a tighter connection between evangelicals and the evangel? And if so, shouldn't we devote more attention to what the evangel—the gospel—is? How would that focus affect our attempts to define evangelicalism?

Stephen Um | Gospel-Shaped Mercy

The gospel is all about justice and mercy: the just punishment of God falling on his Son, so that he can have mercy on sinners. But often times, justice and mercy have been absent from church ministry to the wider world. This Gospel-Shaped Mercy workshop explores how individual Christians and whole churches can and should be engaged in the relief of poverty, hunger, and injustice in a way that adorns the gospel of grace. Allow the gospel to shape your engagement with a world hungry for justice, love, and the grace of Christ.

Robert Smith Jr. | The Holy Spirit and Preaching

Evangelicals have affirmatively answered the questions concerning the reliability of the Bible and the centrality of Christ for Christian proclamation. But have they wholeheartedly established the sufficiency of the Spirit for Christian proclamation? This workshop is intended to teach the mind, stir the heart, and move the will in the areas of the rationale and implementation of the Holy Spirit for Christian proclamation.

Stephen Nichols | Luther's Distinctive Theological Contributions

What began as a protest, quickly developed into what Luther called a “theology of the cross” (or more accurately, being a theologian of the cross), and eventually emerged as the five Reformation solas. These solas helpfully summarize Luther’s theological contributions. But there’s more. Hymnody, preaching, missions, and even the meaning of our work all receive Luther’s attention. As we look back to Luther we find much that serves us well as we look ahead to the next Reformation.

Jon Nielson, Kori Porter, Chris Sarver and Courtney Wisted | Ministry for a Short Season: Hardships and Triumphs in College Ministry

Have you ever been disappointed in the results of campus ministry? Have you struggled to set the right expectations for what campus ministry can be, or what you should hope it will accomplish in the lives of students? This workshop, led by experienced campus ministers, will focus on their understanding of right expectations for gospel-centered campus ministry at strategic colleges and universities in our country. They’ll talk openly and honestly about discouragement and frustration in campus ministry, while also considering the beauty and strategic nature of Word ministry to students in this “short season” of life.

Michael Haykin | The Missionary Legacy of the Reformation

It has become a commonplace idea that the Reformers did not have a missionary vision for the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth. Nothing could be further from the truth, as we shall see in this workshop examination of the thinking of John Calvin and Thomas Cranmer.

Eric Washington | The Most Segregated Hour: Understanding the Historical Forces and Offering Possible Solutions to This American Evangelical Problem

Martin Luther King Jr. lamented that 11 a.m. on Sunday was the most segregated hour in America. Statistics suggest American Christians are more likely to worship with those in their same ethnic group. By focusing on this phenomenon among African American Christians, we'll consider what historical forces gave rise to the separate and independent church. How do American evangelicals understand this divide, and what are possible solutions?

Courtney Reissig | Not Just a Women's Issue: Why the Work of the Home Matters for Us All

The work of the home often conjures up images of the perfect Proverbs 31 woman or 1950s housewife. Even in today's society, we make the work of the home all about the kids (and little about the housework). These cultural trends, coupled with how we divide the work sharply along gender divides, causes us to miss the real contribution at-home work brings to society. This workshop will highlight some of the primary ways we devalue this work, while presenting a biblical paradigm for every single person (man, woman, and child) being a contributor to the work of the home.

Claire Smith | Pastors' Wives: Daughters of the Reformation

One of the most visible changes of the Reformation was the (re-)emergence of pastors’ wives and families. It remains a visible point of difference between Roman Catholic and Protestant churches. We will look at the biblical reasons for this change, and learn from our Reformation sisters how true service of God is found within the family and everyday life—not in the nunnery. They will help us see our priestly calling as women, wives, and mothers, and especially, as pastors’ wives.

Derek Rishmawy | Reaching Corinthians: Ministering to Millennials Without Selling Out

Fueled by the failed evangelicalism of their youth groups, secularizing cultural patterns, technologies, social imaginaries, and the democratization of theological knowledge in the internet age, greater numbers of young adults are showing little to no religious affiliation whatsoever. Drawing on the wisdom of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, as well as personal ministry experience, we'll consider the relevance of the gospel in our preaching, teaching, discipleship, and ministry to Millennials.

Kevin DeYoung | Reexamining Perspicuity: If the Bible Is So Clear, Why Are There So Many Different Interpretations?

This question is one of the biggest challenges to evangelical Christianity today. Maybe Roman Catholicism is right and we need a Magisterium. Maybe postmodernism is right and there's no meaning in the text. Maybe the skeptic is right to dismiss our carefully reasoned explanation of Scripture, because, after all, “That’s just your interpretation.” The objection can be more sophisticated, or it can be quite lazy. But the argument seems crushing . . . until you really think about.

Sammy Rhodes | The Silver Lining of Awkwardness

One of the saddest realities of life is that the things we need to talk about the most, we tend to talk about the least. From sexual addiction, to depression, to marital discord, the realities of life in a fallen world can be difficult to talk about, especially in the church. And yet the very place intimacy and connection happen are in moments of vulnerability where we share with others the fallen realities of our own stories. Awkwardness is an invitation to vulnerability. And vulnerability is where intimacy and connection happen, both with God and with one another.

Tony Reinke | Smartphone Smart: Finding Healthy Balance in the Digital Age

Christians employ more tools for communicating and now reach a larger immediate audience than any other generation in church history. Our smartphones open up unprecedented doorways for instantaneous publishing, but with these tools come a gamut of challenges that seem to make the undistracted Christian life nearly impossible. So where are our greatest gospel opportunities, and what are our biggest personal risks?

 Karen Swallow Prior | The Virtues of Reading: How Great Books Cultivate Virtue and Promote the Good Life

Reading great books can cultivate virtue in two ways: by modeling virtue, and by offering readers a way to practice virtues imaginatively through the act of reading. This talk will highlight some of the virtues embodied in classical literary works and demonstrate reading skills that cultivate both virtue and delight in the reader.

Jen Wilkin | Why It's Good that God Is Different from Us

God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible. We are not—and that's a good thing. But at the root of every sin lies our rebellious desire to possess these attributes. Our limitations are meant to point us toward a limitless God. Seeing God for who he is inspires us to worship and obey, and to testify with David that "the boundary lines have fallen for us in pleasant places."

Workshops - Round 3

Carlos Contreras, Greg Travis. Moderado por Juan Sánchez | Spanish Track: La necesidad de reformar la iglesia hispana: ¿Qué podemos hacer nosotros?

En este panel meditaremos en cuáles son los principales problemas en las iglesias actualmente a lo largo del mundo hispanohablante, y cuáles serían los pasos a dar para acercarnos más a lo que Dios espera de Su pueblo.

Michael Haykin | Anabaptists and the Radical Reformation

The Anabaptists, a term that covers a wide number of theological communities, have often been ignored or caricatured in histories of the Reformation era. This workshop will focus on the theological vision of the evangelical Anabaptists and what that vision means for us today.

Jackie Hill Perry | Art: What's the Point?

In a culture brimming with artists and art, it can become unclear as to why art even exists in the first place. Is it an opportunity for self-exaltation? If not, how am I to serve others with this gift? Does art only exist for the joy of the artist or is there a higher goal in mind? God has many artists in the church, but why has he given them this talent?

Tim Keller | Calvin's Company of Pastors Today

Calvin created a community that developed, trained, and nurtured preachers and pastors. It went far beyond the traditional “ministers fraternal,” but also looked considerably different from traditional denominational regional structures. Other TGC seminars will present the historical record of what Calvin did. In this seminar, we'll brainstorm how these kinds of communities could be established in our towns and cities today, and what they would look like.

Jarvis Williams | Christ Died for Our Sins: Representation and Substitutionary Atonement in Romans

This workshop will discuss selected texts in Romans that present Jesus's death as a representation and a substitution. Only a substitutionary death in Romans accomplished soteriological benefits for those for whom Jesus died.

Cameron Cole |A Deeper Gospel for More Effective Discipleship in Youth Ministry

Very often we reduce the Gospel to “Jesus gets me to heaven" in youth ministry. This workshop will look at a fuller understanding of the implications of the Gospel, looking particularly at the ordo salutis. We will discuss how elements of salvation, such as union with Christ, adoption, glorification, justification, etc., can be applied to the issues we observe in modern teenagers lives (social media addiction, dysfunctional or absent parents, social isolation, performance culture, etc.) for the sake of more effective discipleship.

Graham Cole | Gospel-Centric Anglicanism: Thomas Cranmer & The Forty-Two Articles of 1553

This workshop explores Cranmer’s deepest convictions as can be seen in the Forty-Two Articles of 1553. Thomas Cranmer believed his Bible. For him the Word of God written was the supreme authority in all matters of religious controversy. The Forty-Two Articles of 1553 reflect this deep conviction. It also evidences another of Cranmer’s deepest convictions. The Bible contains all things necessary for salvation. His Anglicanism was both Biblio-centric and gospel-centric. In today’s world, wherever these twin convictions inform Anglicanism there is life. Wherever these convictions are abandoned there is only spiritual decline. This is not only true of Anglicanism.

Richard Coekin | Gospel DNA: Apostolic Ministry Principles and Church Planting 

Planting and growing Reformed, evangelical churches in hostile secular cities has been done before . . . by the apostle Paul! Closer examination of his seminal training in Acts 20 reveals his “Gospel DNA”—electrifying theological principles for multiplying biblical ministries in a pagan world—illustrated from God’s grace in a diversity of London contexts. If you want to know how to penetrate post-modern cynicism, plant with limited resources, prepare mission-hearted leaders, or prioritize with confidence come and learn from our legendary apostle Paul.

Sarah Walton and Kristen Wetherell | Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections That Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering

About 25 percent of Americans struggle with chronic pain, and women make up a disproportionate part of that group. For many of us, pain and suffering may never subside this side of glory, and we want more than to merely get through it with gritted teeth. We'll learn how God can and is using suffering, as well as how pastors and lay leaders can minister to the quarter of their congregation quietly experiencing it this side of heaven.

Scott Manetsch | The Institutes and More: Calvin's Theology

The Genevan reformer John Calvin is often called a man of a single book (homo unius libri). While it's true that Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion has had enormous significance in Christian history, the reformer’s theological and pastoral contribution extends well beyond this important book. This workshop will explore some of the lesser known dimensions of Calvin’s rich theological legacy.

Claire Smith, Rob Smith | Is This the End of Gender? 

The world is changing rapidly around us. Many believe that gender not only exists on a broad spectrum but can even be chosen and changed at will. Others believe the binary nature of gender remains but that they have simply been born in the wrong body. This workshop aims to help us grapple with what’s going on, how we got here, what the Bible teaches about gender, and how we can speak with both clarity and compassion to the challenges created by the transgender revolution.

Paul Tripp | Parenting Is Gospel Ministry

Parenting is much more than controlling the behavior of your children. Parenting is actually about heart exposure and heart change. We know only Jesus Christ can create the kind of lasting change in the human heart that will change behavior. Come and learn what it means to have the gospel shape what you say and do with the children who have been entrusted to your care.

Julius Kim | Preaching the Whole Counsel of God: Design and Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons

This workshop will introduce the primary elements involved in the preparation and presentation of gospel-centered sermons from all the Scriptures. Both the interpretive and communicative parts of the preaching task will be discussed.

Isaac Adams, Kevin DeYoung, Jonathan Leeman, Russell Moore and Curtis Woods | Race, Political Partisanship, and the Unity of the Church (9Marks Panel)

Perhaps one of Satan's greatest exploits in American church history is to keep the church divided along racial lines. These days the ethnic lines divide fairly consistently along partisan lines, with white evangelicals often moving rightward and minority Christians often moving leftward. At worst, this divide compounds fear and mistrust, and exacerbates our disunity. Is this an accurate assessment? If so, what can be done? Can unity in the gospel be achieved only by overcoming partisan differences?

Timothy George | Reformation Before the Reformers

The Reformation did not begin, like Minerva jumping from the head of Luther, on October 31, 1517. This workshop will examine some of the vital currents of pre-reform that paved the way for the emergence of a distinctive Protestant articulation of the gospel in the 16th century. We shall look at Wycliffe, Hus, Savanarola, and Erasmus, among others.

Melissa Kruger | Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood

Motherhood is filled with demands. Babies cry. Diapers leak. Dishes pile. As our children grow, so does the number of activities clamoring for our attention. Yet, one encounter can help shape every interaction: time in the Word. In this session, we’ll consider how God’s presence in our lives leaves a lasting impression on our children. While the specific application for different ages may vary, every mother needs wisdom, joy, patience, kindness, and love. We find these treasures and more as we walk with God in the season of motherhood.

Jonathan Gibson, Kent Hughes and Jeffrey Jue | What to Do When Scripture Is Inspired But Our Interpretation Isn’t

This workshop with professors from Westminster Theological Seminary will help you build confidence in listening to Scripture tell its own redemptive story. We'll find out whether God himself has anything to say about how to interpret his Word consistently as a whole, and how to take that Word and apply it to people’s lives.

Albert Mohler | When to Stand Together, When to Stand Apart: Principles for Social Cooperation without Compromise

We now find ourselves on the underside of a moral revolution unprecedented in human history. As this revolution progresses, evangelicals, conservative Roman Catholics, and other advocates of traditional Western morality will find themselves united on matters of public policy, even while maintaining significant theological disagreements. In this session, we will explore how gospel-believing Christians can faithfully engage the culture alongside social allies without diminishing the clarity of the gospel.

Jared Wilson | Why the Gospel’s Exclusivity Is Compelling

In a world brimming with inspiring messages promising fulfillment, custom-designed to accommodate our preferences and predispositions, how is it that the message of the cross—offensive, scandalous, foolish—still captures the spiritual imagination and commands such magnetic response? What is it about this historic announcement that makes it so repellant to some and yet so compelling to others? In this session based on John 10:22–30, we'll see that even though so many claim making the faith more inclusive will increase its ranks, the provocative exclusivity of the gospel actually wins souls to Jesus.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Venue

Indiana Convention Center The conference will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

 

100 South Capitol Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46225

Hotels

There are rooms available at multiple hotels, including The Westin, Marriott Downtown, Crowne Plaza, Hyatt Regency, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Omni, and Springhill Suites. Each of these hotels are conveniently located near the convention center. We have set up PassKey Reservations to help you see all the room options, price points, distance, amenities and negotiated concessions (Internet, parking discounts, etc). Make your reservation here

Flights

The Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is approximately 12 miles from the convention center. See Ground Transportation section for info on travel between the airport and convention center. 

We've obtained special airline discount codes for 2017 National Conference attendees. When booking your flight, make sure to use the flight discount codes! 

UNITED 
Go to united.com and click All Search Options. Enter airport codes, dates, etc and in the promotions and certificates field enter ZXFT678898. 

DELTA 
Go to delta.com and click on Advanced Search under the Book a Trip tab. Enter in the airport codes, dates, and meeting event code: NMP76. 

SOUTHWEST 
Discount code forthcoming!

Ground Transportaion

Downtown Indy Express

The Downtown Indy Express operates from 8:00am to 11:00pm seven days a week and travels between the airport and downtown Indianapolis. For further details or to book your reservation, visit their website.

Hertz

Hertz has provided a special discount for National Conference registrants! Click here for more details. You may call 1-800-654-2240 to book your rental or book online at www.hertz.com. When calling or booking online, use discount code: CV022L4821.

Uber

Download the Uber App to book your ride from the airport to downtown Indianapolis. For further details, visit their website.

 

Driving

If you are driving to Indianapolis or renting a car, please see here for a downtown parking map.

Other Options

Please see here for a full listing of ground transportation options, including public transportation, taxis, rental cars, etc.

Dining Options

Restaurants

There are many great restaurants within walking distance of the convention center. See here for a map and list of restaurants in the downtown area.

Local Attractions

Canal Walk

The Canal Walk is part of the Indiana Central Canal, which was dug in the early 1800s, in an effort to facilitate interstate commerce. Today, the refurbished Canal Walk (stretching north through White River State Park to 11th Street) serves the downtown community as a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers and sightseers (while the canal itself includes a steady stream of pedal boats, which may be rented west of the Indiana State Museum).

 

Children's Museum

Located just minutes from downtown, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis features five floors of fun and interactive learning that have the power to transform the lives of children and families across the arts, world cultures, sciences, and humanities.

 

Eagle Creek Park & Marina

One of the nation's largest city parks, Eagle Creek Park covers over 3,900 acres of land on the northwest side of town. As the park's trails beckon to hikers and birders, its 1,400-acre lake--a frequent host of U.S. Rowing's National Championship--welcomes fishermen and sailors. As well as picnic areas and a swimming beach, the park offers rentals for canoes, kayaks, Hobie Cats, sailboats, pontoon boats, wind-surfing and pedal boats--as well as lessons for the aforementioned.

 

Freedom Springs Aquatics Park

Freedom Springs Aquatics Park in Greenwood has a new state-of-the-art aquatics facility featuring a lazy river, lap pool, slides, zero-depth entry pool, kids’ play zone, and more!! You will find everything you need for a SPLASHtacular family time! Get all the details on their website: updates, hours. prices, specials, and more.

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Internationally famous, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to both the world's largest and second-largest single-day sporting events. The Speedway celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2011! The track opened in 1909 and is the world's largest spectator facility. It is so large that you could fit the Roman Coliseum, Vatican City, Wimbledon Campus, Rose Bowl, Yankee Stadium and Churchill Downs inside the 2.5-mile oval. Since 1911, the Speedway has been the home of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the Indianapolis 500. The Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race has become one of NASCAR's most coveted races since the inaugural event in 1994. The Speedway also hosts the popular Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race on its 2.621-mile road course, highlighted by the world's best motorcycle riders competing at more than 200 mph.

 

Indianapolis Zoo

Located downtown in White River State Park, the Indianapolis Zoo is a 64-acre accredited zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden. Since opening in 1964, the zoo takes pride in providing year-round and lifelong recreational learning experiences for its more than 1 million annual visitors and instilling in them a sense of stewardship for Earth's plants and animals.

 

Mass Ave Arts District

Known affectionately as Mass Ave, this five-block area is ripe with theaters, restaurants, art galleries and, most attractively for shoppers, a number of eclectic, independent boutiques.

 

White River State Park

As America's only cultural urban state park, White River State Park (WRSP, to its friends) offers a unique blend of green space (Military Park, the Central Canal, White River itself) and cultural attractions - including the Indianapolis Zoo; White River Gardens; the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; the NCAA Hall of Champions; the IMAX Theater; the Indiana State Museum; Victory Field and a premier outdoor concert venue, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park.

VENUE INFO

Indianapolis Convention Center
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225

CONTACT INFO

events@tgc.org

CONFERENCE PRICING

Extra Early Registration
Through July 31
Regular Tickets $149
Groups (5-9)* $139
International ** /
Student Ticket ***
$99
Early Registration
Through Oct 31
Regular Tickets $174
Groups (5-9)* $149
International ** /
Student Ticket ***
$99
Regular Registration
Through Jan 15
Regular Tickets $199
Groups (5-9)* $169
International ** /
Student Ticket ***
$99
Final Registration
While Supplies Last
Regular Tickets $219
Groups (5-9)* $194
International ** /
Student Ticket ***
$99

* Groups of 10 or more may qualify for additional discounts. Email events@tgc.org for more details
** International: Must reside outside US
*** Student: At least 9 credits Spring 2017

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