Feb 8, 2014

2014 National Conference Preview — Derek Thomas

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Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss. He is also the senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, and editorial director for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Among Dr. Thomas’ many books are Praying the Saviour's Way and Calvin's Teaching on Job.

Here's a preview of what he'll be addressing at our 2014 National Conference in March:

Saving the World

Throughout history, well-meaning Christians have sought to save and change the world through earthly means. In this session, Dr. Derek Thomas will explore what it means to be a remnant. He will affirm that Sodom was destroyed not because of a lack of hospitality, as liberals claim; nor because of perversions, as conservatives claim; but because God did not find ten righteous men in the city. Dr. Thomas will explain that we change the world by being the church.

How Then Should I Live in This World?

Ours is an ethically confused world. Materialist scientists tell us that since all is matter, there is no ultimate basis for judgments of "good" and "evil." Relativists claim that what is "good" for one person or culture may not be "good" for another person or culture. Some Christians have largely absorbed the secularist worldview to the point that their lives are virtually indistinguishable from the lives of nonbelievers. In this session, Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas will help Christians get a grasp on the true foundation of ethics in the Word of God, and he will examine how this foundation helps us to make wise decisions on a wide range of issues.

Derek Thomas has spoken at many Ligonier conferences and you can find his past messages here. Below is a message, "Be Ye Holy" from our 2009 National Conference, "The Holiness of God," where he explained the importance and necessity of individual sanctification as well as the means God has provided for it.

**2014 National Conference
Overcoming the World: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture

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On March 13–15, 2014, we will host our annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Our theme is "Overcoming the World: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture." Please consider joining us as we look to God's Word, considering Christ's victory over the world, what it means to be in the world but not of the world, how we are to engage non-Christian worldviews, and other topics. Register today and save $20.