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The Westminster Conference will take place later this year, God willing, in central London at Regent Hall on Oxford Street. As usual, there are two days of lectures and discussion, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December. The outline for the two days is below, and the brochure can be downloaded to obtain the booking form. More information can be found at the conference website.

Sin and sanctification in John Owen (Sinclair Ferguson ~ Elder at St. Peter's Free Church, Dundee). John Owen is one of the monumental figures of the seventeenth century. His profound scriptural sensitivity to sin and understanding of sanctification form some of the deepest currents of his work both as a theologian and as a pastor. This paper will explore these complementary and contradictory elements of Christian experience through the lens of Owen's wrestling with the issues.

"On the side of God": Andrew Fuller's pastoral theology
(Jeremy Walker ~ Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley). Andrew Fuller is recognised as a theologian and for his friendship with and support of William Carey. However, these labours cannot be divorced from his principles and practices as a pastor and a preacher. This was his primary calling. It informed and was expressed in everything else in which he was involved. This paper will draw together some of the convictions recorded, conclusions reached and counsels expressed by Andrew Fuller in the realm of pastoral theology.

The atonement and evangelistic preaching in John Owen (David Pfeiffer ~ Minister of Cheltenham Evangelical Free Church). Apparent tensions between convictions about the definite extent of the atonement joined with commitments to the freeness of the gospel offer are perennial issues in Christ's church. Few men have contended for the former more effectively than John Owen and his works breathe a lively and transparent concern that lost men should trust in the only Saviour of sinners. David Pfeiffer will help us to see these elements of Owen's labour in healthy parallel.

Erasmus and the Greek New Testament (Peter Hallihan ~ retired from pastoral ministry; Editorial Consultant for TBS). Erasmus of Rotterdam (1469-1536) was the genius sometimes described as the prince of the humanists. Perhaps his most enduring contribution to learning and religion was his edition of the Greek New Testament of 1516, which became the basis of most vernacular translations of the Scriptures for the next three centuries. Peter Hallihan will give us insights into the man and his work, tracing some of his influences and influence.

Jonathan Edwards and the religious affections
(Paul Helm ~ formerly Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King's College, London). The name of Jonathan Edwards, together with select elements of his theology, has become more prominent in the thinking and practice of Reformed evangelicals in recent years. Ready reference is made to well-known but not always well-understood works such as Edwards' study of the religious affections. Paul Helm will take a fresh look at this book, emphasising its setting and its sources, helping us grasp the substance and application of Edwards' work.

Isaac Watts and the gift of prayer
(Benedict Bird ~ ThM Student and Greek Teacher at London Theological Seminary). Best known for his hymnody, Isaac Watts was also an influential theologian. He considered prayer to be not only a duty but a precious privilege, and he wrote to assist the saints in learning to pray. He showed that prayer is a gift, but one that can be developed. Prayer is not always high on the agenda in the church of Christ, and not often developed to a high degree when it is. In his Guide to Prayer, Watts directs us still to cultivate "this holy skill of conversation with God."
You can't be serious!' is one of the most common reactions when I tell people we're planning to tackle a serious study of the entire book of Romans in just under 24 hours. You can almost see their minds racing as they imagine a marathon, through-the-night, verse-by-verse exposition of the most famous of Paul's letters. So, after their panic attack has subsided, I gently tell them that's not quite what we have in mind.

Romans in a Weekend, as it was first called, began in Philadelphia back in the 80's under the leadership of ames Boice and Sinclair Ferguson. Their aim was to provide a carefully crafted overview of the book, supported by study guide materials that would allow people to feel at ease with a book that so often intimidates them. It by no means tried to say all that could be said about Romans, but it said enough to encourage people to really get into it for themselves. 

The mini-conference proved so successful in Philadelphia that it morphed into Romans in 24 Hours and effectively went coast-to-coast across the States and even as far as Scotland. Well, after over a decade since it was last aired, the idea has been revived, adapted for a 21st century audience (Ro24) and is being re-launched in Bryn Mawr, PA at Proclamation Presbyterian Church. Sinclair Ferguson will be back as one of its keynote speakers along with Liam Goligher and Mark Johnston. Dr. Ferguson will be preaching both services in Proclamation on the next day, which happens to be Reformation Sunday.

Here's a great opportunity to be exposed to a first rate introduction to the Book of Romans and discover why this book has in so many ways shaped the growth of Christians and Churches through the ages all over the world.

Be sure to register for the conference!

Editor's note:  Watch Mark Johnston, senior pastor of Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA and iam Goligher, senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, PA, talk about the history and idea behind the Romans in 24 Hours conference: 

Be sure to look for other Alliance videos at YouTube by entering "Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals" in the YouTube search bar.

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals seeks other event venues and concepts like Romans in 24 Hours.  If you would like to host an event or just want to learn more about the Alliance, contact: Robert Brady, executive director at 215-546-3696 ext. 33 or by email at rbrady@AllianceNet.org.

Event link: http://www.Romansin24Hours.org
Registration link: https://info.alliancenet.org/civicrm/event/register?id=1034&reset=1
Video link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWzCL6mzVtk&feature=em-upload_owner

Sinclair Ferguson Interview

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The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, host of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology has partnered with Philadelphia Biblical University to bring world class Reformed pastor theologians to campus.

Jonathan Master, Dean of their School of Bible and Ministry, Director of the Center for University Studies there, and Chair of the Alliance's Princeton regional Conference on Reformed Theology was the primary motivator of this partnership. Working with Dr. Todd Williams, President, to introduce not just the students, but the faculty, as well as future pastors to new Gospel ministers.

This year they invited Sinclair Ferguson, during PCRT week, to visit campus. There, he spoke at chapel, dined with students, met with professors, and even took questions in an apologetics class. Also as a part of his visit, Ferguson was interviewed by Master, which can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3qmRvYcLQo

Sinclair Ferguson comes to Central PA

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News from our friend, Steve Burlew at Banner of Truth Trust,

What: Reformation Mini-Conference
Date: Friday, Oct. 29
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Place: Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA
Speaker: Dr. Sinclair Ferguson
For attendees there is no cost, registration, or need to RSVP, and there will be no offering taken.