In Partnership with Immanuel Fellowship:
A free event for friends and family!
Dr. T. David Gordon
Professor of Religon and Greek at Grove City College. Author, “Why Johnny Can’t Preach” & “Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns”
Rev. Paul T. Murphy
Pastor, Messiah’s Reformed Fellowship in downtown Manhattan
Jesus tells us that as Christians we are to be “in” the world but not “of” the world. How do we balance this distinction? As the culture becomes increasingly hostile to our faith, we need now more than ever a clear understanding of what it looks like for the church to be salt and light to the world around it.
Saturday, March 30
9 AM - Reformation Heritage Book Table opens; Coffee and Refreshments
9:30 AM - We Make Media and Media Make Us - Dr. T. David Gordon
10:30 AM - New Religion, New Culture, New Mission - Rev. Paul T. Murphy
11:30 AM - Complimentary Chick-fil-A lunch & Book Table Reopens
12:30 PM - Sola Scriptura Meets Aliteracy: Protestant Faith and Life Amidst Declining Literacy - Dr. T. David Gordon
1:30 PM - Q&A
Sunday, March 31
10AM - Dr. Gordon will be preaching at Community Presbyterian Church on “A Foolish Message.”
6PM - We will be having a combined evening service at Immanuel Fellowship Church, with Dr. Gordon preaching on “A Foolish Medium.”
Immanuel Fellowship: 6015 W H Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 | 269-375-4012
Session 1: We Make Media and Media Make Us: A General Introduction to 'Media Ecology’ - Cultural anthropologists have long recognized the reciprocal relationship between tools and us; we make tools, and those tools also make/remake us. This is true of media tools also, the tools we make to communicate/commune with one another. The field of Media Ecology studies the tools humans have employed to communicate with one another, with a special interest in how those tools re-shape culture, and how they re-shape the attitudes, values, and even the neurology of those who employ them.
Session 2: New Religion, New Culture, New Mission - "Culture is religion externalized” according to Henry VanTil. America has changed religions as seen in the cultural revolution all around us. How should Christians respond? Try to reverse course and return to the ‘good old days’? Retreat into a holy huddle and hang on until the Lord raptures us out of here? Or see it as a new mission in this post-Christian era?
Session 3: Sola Scriptura Meets Aliteracy: Protestant Faith and Life Amidst Declining Literacy - Both secular and religious historians have recognized the relationship between Renaissance and Reformation; each movement discovered (or re-discovered) the value of ancient wisdom,by discovering ancient languages themselves. Both Renaissance and Reformation were “literary” movements, in that sense; movements shaped by careful study of ancient texts. By the second half of the twentieth century, language (and literacy) began to decline in the West for the first time since the Printing Press, as language now had to compete with image (photograph, moving pictures, then television). What does it mean to be “People of the Book” (as our Muslim friends refer to us) when we are no longer people of books? What does Sola Scriptura mean in a world of texts, emails and Tweets?
Q&A - Dr. Gordon and Rev. Murphy will be joined by local pastors to answer your questions about Christians’ engagement with the culture.