TUPELO – In an economy and culture that sometimes seem out of control, four theologians are coming to Tupelo to speak about God’s sovereignty over all of life.
The second annual Mid-South Theology Conference will focus on the topic “Living in the Hands of a Sovereign God,” and is sponsored by Lawndale Presbyterian Church, PCA.
The Rev. Mark Kuiper, senior pastor, said the tumultuousness of modern life, particularly in the midst of a recession, is leading people to ask what God has to do with all of it.
“I get frustrated when Americans act as though God exists to make sure our way of life is secure,” said Kuiper. “This conference will be a sober look at what our scriptures teach about the subject.”
Brad Prewitt, who helped organize the conference, said he’s encouraged by last year’s turnout of 600 and expects even bigger crowds this year.
“This is a great thing for Tupelo,” said Prewitt. “We’ve got a good mix of Baptist and Presbyterian speakers, from the conservative, reform tradition, and this topic is very timely.”
Among those set to speak is the Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile, author and senior pastor of First Baptist Church Grand Cayman. Anyabwile said a central tenet of reform theology is that God orders all things, good and bad, to work together for our salvation.
“We’re living in a historical moment when the voices of secularism are proclaiming that God is dead,” said Anyabwile. “And, sometimes in subtle ways, other times in gross ways, we see ourselves as the weavers of our own lives. That can be troubling when chaos and disorder set in. But, if we trust that God is in control of all, we understand that, even though bad things happen, as Dr. King said, we will see the long arc of God’s justice.”
Also speaking will be the Rev. Burk Parsons, minister of congregational life at St. Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., where he serves alongside renowned minister and teacher the Rev. R.C. Sproul, founder of Ligonier Ministries.
Parsons said that affirming God’s sovereignty doesn’t mean surrendering to determinism.
“So often we associate God with one sociopolitical platform,” said Parsons. “But, faith doesn’t boil down to putting a fish bumper sticker on your car. We need to have a faith that is humble, sincere and reverent. A faith that encompasses all of life. God is regularly concerned about every aspect of our lives, how we raise our children, how we spend our money, how we treat one another. That kind of concern should drive us to our knees, and motivate us to make disciples of the world.”
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