Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we unfortunately have to cancel the 2020 Canadian Rockies Theological Conference. We are terrible sorry for this. Those who have booked travel and hotel should cancel. Refunds for registration will be made in full. Registration reimbursement cheques will be mailed out to all registrants. If any en route registrations come in, the cheques will be destroyed, and the people contacted. We ask for patience as we figure out how best to facilitate this. If you have any questions, please contact conference coordinator, Pastor Karl Johnson.
For years we have heard of how people in our society have been becoming less religious, and we have wondered what we ought to do to about it. However, in our quest to make the Gospel relevant to people’s lives we have all too often come up with all sorts of thinly disguised self improvement programs which simply become another law to condemn us, but with little to no word of grace to accompany it. Unfortunately, this often makes Christians appear to those outside the faith to be hypocrites who do not live according to the very standards which we extol.
But our mission remains the same; To be a community where the love of God in Jesus Christ is proclaimed to all. A community of people who know they don’t measure up, but also know that they are loved. How can we be this sort of Christian community?
Adam Francisco is executive editor of 1517 Publishing and scholar in residence at 1517. He earned his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2005 and has taught — and continues to teach — history at Concordia University (Irvine, California) and Concordia College (Bronxville, New York). He is a member of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, the Sixteenth Century Society, the International Society for Christian Apologetics, and sits on the editorial committee of the Concordia Theological Quarterly. He is also the author of Martin Luther and Islam: A Study in Sixteenth-Century Polemics, co-editor of Theologia et Apologia: Essays in Reformation Theology and Its Defense, and a contributing scholar for Modern Reformation magazine. Adam and his wife, Rachel, have four children and live with the swallows in San Juan.
Chad Bird holds master’s degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He draws upon his expertise as a former professor of Old Testament and Hebrew to cohost the podcast, 40 Minutes in the OT. Chad has authored several books, including The Infant Priest: Hymns and Poems, Christ Alone: Meditations and Sermons, Why Lutherans Sing What They Sing, Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places, Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, and his latest, Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life. He has also authored pieces in The Federalist, Modern Reformation, the Lutheran Witness, Concordia Journal, and elsewhere. Two of his hymns were included in the Lutheran Service Book.