For the last 18 years, the ‘God’s Glory, our Joy’ conference has been held in the North West of England. This year’s trio of talks was on the theme of ‘Courage and Consistency’.
Mike Judge (pastor of Chorlton Evangelical Church in Manchester and editor of this august publication) gave the first talk on ‘Cultural Shift and Evangelical Compromise’.
He charted some of the major changes in UK society over the last 60 years and some of the ways in which evangelical Christians and churches have gone soft.
Mark Stocker (pastor of Spring Road Evangelical Church in Southampton) gave a talk with a title borrowed from Jonathan Edwards and changed a little; ‘Sinners in the hands of a cosy God’.
He spoke about the doctrine of hell and those who would relegate it to the sidelines or replace it with alternatives such as annihilationism.
Rhys Curnow (of Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church) spoke on ‘Male and Female: Shifting Roles and an Unchanging Bible’. He began by outlining what the Bible says about male and female, and how this works out in marriage, in general life, and in the local church.
Rhys went on to address the way our Western world now thinks of gender as a cultural and social construct which can (and should) be changed at will.
He concluded by addressing the ways churches and Christians have accepted those changes, quoting sources to illustrate evangelical hermeneutics twisting in the winds of culture.
The conference was closed by worship, as David Campbell, pastor of North Preston Evangelical Church, preached on the closing promise of Jesus to the church at Laodicea, ‘The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father’.
All talks are freely available from the conference website, ggoj.org.uk