In November, 2008, the First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia hosted an insightful conference called The John 3:16 Conference, an event promising a scholarly evaluation of the recent Calvinist Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention >>>
Past president of the Southern Baptist Convention and Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Jerry Vines, led the scheduled event at Woodstock. And, it did not disappoint. Subsequent to the conference, B&H Academic published the papers and sermons delivered in 2008 in a book entitled Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism1. The book instantly became a huge seller and remains a definitive critique of strict Five-Point Calvinism.
On March 21-22, 2013, a second conference exploring similar themes will be hosted again in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Dr. Frank Cox and the North Metro Baptist Church2 will host The 2013 John 3:16 Conference. And, Dr. Vines will once again lead the conference.
A full list of conference speakers may be found online at Jerry Vines Ministries, a list including David Allen, Steve Gaines, Adam Harwood, Eric Hankins, and more. Among the plenary session topics are:
- For Whose Sins did Jesus Die?
- Does Regeneration Precede Faith?
- What Were Early SBC Leaders Views on Salvation?
- Is The Sinner’s Prayer Biblical?
There will also be both a Q/A time as well as breakout sessions led by panel speakers. Registration is $65 for general attendees and $55 for students (students should inquire at their respective college, university, or seminary registrar to receive academic credit for attending).
Any person interested in the Calvinist Resurgence among both evangelicals and Southern Baptists may greatly benefit from this conference.
Below are some links for your convenience:
- Register for The 2013 John 3:16 Conference
- Schedule for The 2013 John 3:16 Conference
- Speakers for The 2013 John 3:16 Conference
- Topics explored at The 2013 John 3:16 Conference
- Directions from Atlanta to the host church--North Metro Baptist Church
1the book includes some scholarly treatises not delivered at the conference