Mark Dever, Tim Keller, Al Mohler, and David Powlison*
Last week Josh Harris and I traveled to Louisville, Ky., and the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary which hosted the Gospel Coalition Council Colloquium. This was a gathering of about 50 evangelical leaders (of various denominations and movements) and their guests from around the nation. What we all have in common is the conviction that the gospel message is of first importance. “Colloquium” is just a fancy word for academic discussion.
The limited number of participants made it possible for extended and stimulating discussions of a range of theological and practical issues. We covered current trends in such topics as the Trinity, homosexuality, pastors and politics, the historical nature of Adam and Eve, Islam, etc. The focus of all this was to determine how these matters will affect our churches.
The conference was led by Don Carson and Tim Keller, widely respected leaders in the church today. Because of the informal nature of the conference, there were plenty of opportunities for informal conversations with old friends (like David Powlison) and building relationships with new ones.
This was my first visit to the campus of Southern. The staff and people we encountered there could not have been kinder or more hospitable. One of the benefits for me was that Josh and I were able to enjoy unhurried times of fellowship together. We return excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our church as we serve our faithful God and pursue the mission he’s given us to make disciples.
*This panel moderated by Mark Dever weighed the topic of homosexuality—how public opinion has changed rapidly against the traditional view and how new laws pose new challenges for churches. What should we expect in the coming years? What can we do, and what should we change? Image credit: Carl Larsen