Join us in Phoenix, Arizona on March 1st and 2nd for a conference on faith and culture.
Our Conference Theme: Faith That Sees Through the Culture (Understanding Biblical Dualities That Help the Christian’s Confidence to Live in Faith while Living in the Culture)
Most Christians are familiar with basic biblical concepts like “world,” “kingdom,” “creation,” etc, but many believers are confused about them because they are not necessarily aware that such concepts have two, distinct aspects or two sides of the same coin. For example, there is only one saving gospel, but the gospel is both inclusive and exclusive at the same time. When Christians are not familiar with both sides, then they are less confident in their faith and more apt to be confused. Thus, our goal at this conference themed Faith That Sees Through the Culture will present these both-and sides of major biblical teachings. This is what we mean by dualities: there are two sides/dual aspects of these major teachings. When these are known, then we see more clearly through the lens of faith as we walk by faith and not by sight in our very challenging culture today.
Session 1: Biblical Dualities for a Strong Foundation (Rev. Espinoza)
Session 2: Biblical Dualities for What is Real, Who We Are, and To Whom We Speak (Rev. Espinoza)
Session 3: Biblical Dualities for Where We Are, When We Are, and What We Say (Rev. Espinoza)
Session 4: Biblical Dualities for the Way of the Fool and the Way of the Wise (Rev. Packer)
Rev. Alfonso Espinosa, PhD, is the senior pastor of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Irvine, CA. He has been an LC-MS pastor for 27 years and taught in Lutheran schools during his parish ministry, including 17 years as an adjunct professor of theology at Concordia University Irvine. He is the author of Faith That Sees Through the Culture (CPH 2018); one of the authors of The Lutheran Difference (CPH 2010) on God the Son and Creation; a study-notes contributor to The Lutheran Study Bible (CPH 2009), and a Reformation Theology Research Award winner for his essay entitled “C.F.W. Walther On Sanctification” in the book C.F.W. Walther: Churchman and Theologian (CPH 2011). He serves as vice-chair for the LC-MS Board for National Mission. He is blessed with his wife, Traci, eight children, and grandchildren.
Rev. Andrew Packer is the pastor, headmaster, and a teacher at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Steadfast Lutherans site and is on the Board of Directors of Steadfast Lutherans. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with an M.Div. in 2012. He was ordained and installed as the pastor of Our Savior on June 24, 2012. He has been married to Destiny since 2001. God has graciously blessed them with six children so far.