“I Am With You Always”: Reformed Christendom Responds to Arminius
2018 Cheyenne Reformation Conference
October 13, 2018
Featuring: Dr. R. Scott Clark
In the late 16th and early 17th century, less than a century after the Reformation had first been consolidated, the Reformed Churches across Europe and the British Isles found themselves fighting for their spiritual (and physical) lives and for the gospel of grace. The greatest threat they faced did not come from Spain or Rome but from within their own churches as a Reformed minister worked to undermine the very gospel Luther and the Protestants had recovered.
Northwoods Presbyterian Church (PCA) invites you to join us this fall for our annual conference as we commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the Synod of Dort.
As always, we trust this will be an edifying and encouraging time of learning and fellowship. Will you join us this fall as we consider our topic – “I Am With You Always”: Reformed Christendom Responds to Arminius.
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Northwoods Presbyterian Church
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Dr. R. Scott Clark
Dr. Clark has taught at Westminster Seminary California since 1997, during which time he also served as Academic Dean (1997–2000), and has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, and Concordia University, Irvine. He has been a minister in the Reformed Church in the United States and is presently a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. He has served congregations in Missouri and California.
Among his publications are Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey (co-editor and contributor); Recovering the Reformed Confession; Caspar Olevian and the Substance of the Covenant; Covenant, Baptism, and Election; Classic Reformed Theology (series editor), Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry (editor and contributor); Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment (co-editor and contributor); Companion to Reformed Orthodoxy (contributor); A Companion to Paul in the Reformation (contributor); Sober, Strict, and Scriptural (contributor); Reforming or Conforming? (contributor); The Faith Once Delivered (contributor); Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes (contributor); The Pattern of Sound Doctrine (contributor); The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century (contributor); The New Dictionary of Theology (contributor); Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (contributor); The New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (contributor); and The Compromised Church (contributor). He has also written for The Westminster Theological Journal, The Concordia Theological Quarterly, The Confessional Presbyterian, and for a variety of popular magazines and websites.
Dr. Clark and his wife, Barbara, have two children and reside in Escondido.
B.A., University of Nebraska;
M.Div., Westminster Seminary California;
D.Phil., Oxford University
9:00 – 10:15 Session 1: The Crisis Then and Now
The crisis faced by the Reformed churches was the result of series of religious, political, and theological challenges that came to a head at the Great Synod of Dort (1618-19). We will look at the protestant struggle for survival, Arminius’s challenge to the Reformation, and the ecclesiastical response.
10:45 – 12:00 Session 2: The Dordrecht Rules
The Canons of Dort were not a systematic theology but a pastoral and theological defense of the gains of the Reformation. We will look at the grace of election, the grace of atonement, the grace of conversion, and the grace of perseverance.
1:15 – 2:30 Session 3: Final Thoughts
The contemporary relevance of the controversy and the canons for confessional protestant and reformed churches and Christians today.
2:45-3:45 Q&A session