The Carson Conversation

* Note – this is now ‘sold out’ so don’t just roll up and expect to get in. I’m told there is a ‘wait list’ for people keen to attend.

Theologian Don Carson is coming to town next week and as part of his time here we are having a meeting focused on the emerging church.

Carson is well known worldwide for many of his excellent biblical commentaries and is regarded as a world class theologian. He is also known more recently for his Becoming Conversant with The Emerging Church, a book that critiques those of us seeking to experiment with new forms of mission and church.

He does say some good things in the book, but sadly he paints with a very broad brush and makes generalisations about the EC worldwide based on very limited observation and interaction. As one who seems to fit that category whether I like it or not, I was disappointed with the way he described us.

In my reading I am yet to find anyone who has been able to get a response from Carson to emerging churchers who felt misrepresented (is that still the case folks) so this event may be a bit of a first. I am looking forward to it and hope it will be a profitable time for everyone.

I have read his book and listened to his online talks re the EC but I’m not sure exactly where he sits today.

The event is at the Baptist Theological College in Bentley on Wed Sept 6th from 10.00-12.20 and its $10.00 to get in.

The proposed schedule is below:

10:00 – 10:10am – Welcome (Brian Harris)

10:10 – 11:00am – Don Carson

11:00 – 11:20am – Morning Tea

11:20 – 11:35am – Response (Andrew Hamilton)

11:35 – 11:50am – Response (Geoff Westlake)

11:50 – 12:00pm – Response (Don Carson)

12:00 – 12:20pm – Open discussion

12:30 – 1:30pm – Lunch

Might see you there!

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