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Westminster Conference 2018

February 2019 | by Ben Hutton

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December 4-5 witnessed two days of excellent ministry at Regent Hall, London. Six papers were read on a variety of subjects.

Paul Wells opened with a treatment of Amyraldism. He analysed Amyraldism in conflict as well as the nature of the divine decree and election. It was a technical, balanced paper prompting helpful discussion.

Geoffrey Thomas spoke warmly on A.W. Pink. He covered his life, conversion and pastorates. Pink’s magazine, Studies in the Scriptures, was discussed and reference made to the industrious support of his wife.

Pink was a gifted expositor, exemplified in such works as The Sovereignty of God, The Life of David and An Exposition of John.

Phil Arthur closed day one with a paper on the Great War and Christianity. His subdivisions were British folk memory; Why did the war take a such a toll; War and spirituality; The great disappointment; Sideshow of lasting consequences and Did the Great War prove fatal for Christianity?

Arthur argued that the decline of Christianity was not down to the Great War. The decline began in the 19th century following the Downgrade Controversy and Darwinism. It was a superb analysis of a critical period.

Day two opened with Dr James Eglinton speaking on Herman Bavinck. We learned of Bavinck’s life and work in Amsterdam. ‘Why read Bavinck?’ was discussed, whetting appetites for the mammoth Reformed Dogmatics.

Jeremy Walker spoke passionately of John Owen’s Christologia. Four key terms were explored: context, content, connections and conclusions. The book emerged from a time of political turmoil, but it remains a thoroughly spiritual work, exhorting us to look to Christ.

Nigel Graham gave a closing talk on David Brainerd. He explored his life, his diary and its impact. It was a fitting end to an uplifting conference.

Ben Hutton