Wayne Grudem has to be one of the most significant figures in the evangelical movement. He has published more books than I could attempt to count off the top of my head. But the one that he is known best for is his Systematic Theology, a text where innumerable young students have cut their theological teeth. That has certainly been the story on the campus of Southern Seminary and Boyce College where I teach. It would be difficult to overstate the influence of Dr. Grudem on an entire generation of theological students.
That is why I am so excited that Dr. Grudem will be in town later this month to lead a conference on the campus of Southern Seminary. Dr. Grudem has recently co-authored the book The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution with Barry Asmus, and the conference will be an elaboration of the themes in this work. Grudem and Asmus contend that the solution to poverty “lies in a comprehensive development plan that integrates the principles of a free market system with the Bible’s teachings on social ethics.” They take their first principles from scripture and make a compelling case for developing the wealth of nations in order to alleviate poverty in the world. Both Dr. Grudem and Asmus will be on campus to speak at the conference.
I heard a presentation of this material at a private gathering of Southern Seminary faculty last Spring, and it was really compelling and very well done. I’m so happy that we are going to be able to share this with our students and anyone else in the community who wants to attend.
The conference will be held on the campus of Southern Seminary on September 26-27, 2014. If you can make it to Louisville for this event, I highly recommend it. It will feature some outstanding breakout speakers, including Gregg Allison, Anne Bradley, John Stevens, and David Kotter. SBTS students can attend this as one of their free conferences for the year. Otherwise, the student price is a real value at $30. For more information, visit the conference website.
I hope to see you there!
Wayne Grudem is research professor of theology and Biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Ariz. He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Div. and a D.D. from Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. (in New Testament) from the University of Cambridge, England. He has published over twenty books, including Systematic Theology, Business for the Glory of God, and Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (co-edited with John Piper; Book of the Year for Christianity Today, 1992). He was also the General Editor for the ESV Study Bible (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Book of the Year, 2009). His newest book, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution (Crossway, co-authored with Barry Asmus), was published in August, 2013.
He is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a co-founder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible. He and his wife Margaret have been married since 1969 and have three adult sons.
Barry Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Dr. Asmus was named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speakers in the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a privatizing Social Security conference for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China and Peru, Dr. Asmus encouraged government leaders to focus on economic freedom.
Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books including The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution, published in 2013 with co-author Wayne Grudem. As a Professor of Economics, he was twice voted University Professor of the Year and was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education. Dr. Asmus is an advocate of free market economics and delivers his ideas in an enthusiastic and energy filled presentation.
Friday | September 26
5:00pm | Conference Check-In Begins
5:30pm | Dinner (Optional Add-On)
7:30pm | Plenary Session 1
9:00pm | Dessert Reception
Saturday | September 27
8:00am | Breakfast
9:00am | Plenary Session 2
10:00am | Break
10:30am | Breakout 1: all speakers present separately
11:30am | Breakout 2: all speakers present separately
12:30pm | Lunch
1:30pm | Plenary Session 3
2:30pm | Break
| Plenary Session 4
BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS:
Gregg Allison | Why Are You Here? Heavenly Work vs. Earthly Work
Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
David Kotter | Tools of Economics & the Church’s Ethical Decisions
Assistant Professor of N.T. Studies, Colorado Christian University
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
Anne Bradley | Why Does Income Inequality Exist?
Vice President of Economic Initiatives, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
John Stevens | The Era of the Marketplace Professional