Lawndale Presbyterian to host 'Christ and Culture" conference

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Two scholars renowned among Reformed Christians will visit Tupelo’s Lawndale Presbyterian Church on Feb. 17 and 18 for the annual Mid-South Conference on Christ and Culture.
This year’s conference is themed “Christ, the Mediator: Hope Amidst the Wreckage.”
The church organized the conference “to bring area believers together to consider through nationally-known preachers and theologians big themes and important concepts within God’s Word,” said organizer Brad Prewitt. “In this fifth installment we welcome two exceptional teachers, one Baptist and one Presbyterian, to focus on Christ’s gracious role as our mediator.”
Dr. Douglas Kelly is the Richard Jordan professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary campus in Charlotte, N.C. Among his many publications are “If God Already Knows, Why Pray?”and “Preachers with Power: Four Stalwarts of the South.” He also co-edited Calvin’s Old Testament Commentaries. He has preached and taught in many nations across the globe.
“I would like to help our audience grasp the centrality of Christ as the mediator, to give them a view of … our need as sinners to be brought back to God and his love,” Kelly said.
Dr. Tony Merida is lead pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C., and associate professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His publications include “Faithful Preaching” and “Orphanology,” and he speaks frequently to pastors’ conferences and about orphan care.
Feb. 17 events include an 11:30 a.m. luncheon for pastors and church leaders with Kelly and Merida, a family-style supper at 5 p.m. and a speaking session from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The conference continues Saturday morning at 9:30 and continues until noon.
Nursery and children’s activities run concurrent with conference sessions. For more information or to reserve a space, call at (662) 844-6795 or email

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