T-Minus 2 Weeks ’til OKC: Talk Titles (and Darwin’s Appeal)

In two short weeks, we’ll be gathering in Oklahoma City for our Fall Conference (10/11-13)! […]

David Zahl / 9.27.18

In two short weeks, we’ll be gathering in Oklahoma City for our Fall Conference (10/11-13)! Our theme is “Grace in an Age of Distraction” and the details are coming together beautifully. The finalized talk titles are as follows:

  • Grace in an Age of Distraction I&II – Steven Paulson
  • In Praise of Distraction – Curt Benham
  • Marriage-Salvation Events – Ellis and Debbie Brazeal
  • Instagram Scrolling and Twitter Rants: Today’s Solutions to Luther’s Anfechtung – Kelsi Klembara
  • Grace in Distracted Parenting – Nathan Carr
  • Walker Percy on Distraction and Selfhood – Scott Johnson
  • The Distraction of Our Lives – Jady Koch
  • I’m So Worried: How God Loves Me Through Anxiety – Carrie Willard
  • Sinners in the Hands of—SQUIRREL! – David Zahl (ht AJ)

Keep your eyes peeled to the conference site for further details as they develop, including the menus from The Kitchen at Commonplace. And to whet your appetite even more, here’s one more passage from Steven Paulson, this time via his essay “Life Without a Preacher: Darwin’s Origin of Species,” ht AD:

“Is it any wonder why a person would prefer the law’s death to the gospel? Darwin did not reject the beginning of Genesis as a preached God because its science is faulty, but because its divine election is appalling. God elects humans over plants for no legal reasons. God elects Jews who had become idolaters and were taken away to Babylon, only to be freed by Cyrus, the strangest of all Messiahs… Yet, as Darwin traveled around the world he naturally asked, what about all these people who have never had a preacher? What about the unnamed animals of Galápagos? There must be a more rational way God operates than that. Why not make God into a silent pigeon breeder? So Darwin bravely went about discovering life without a preacher. Indeed, that life seems to be a much better arrangement than the election by baptism in opposition to the law—unless, of course, you are the weak.”

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