Evangelical / LDS National Student Dialogue Conference wrapup

First, I sat in a breakout session with John Thomas of Brigham Young University-Idaho, who basically lead a group discussion on “Dealing with Difficult History.”  He recommended for us all to pick up the latest book, written by three LDS scholars on the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

Secondly, I briefly sat in to listen to the panel discussion on “Evangelical Churches, why so many, and do they work together?”  The three pastors were Pastor Mike Imperial of First Presbyterian Church, Pastor Dave Nelson of K2 the Church, and Pastor Jim Ayers of Valley Assembly of God.

Because of my time schedule, I need to head back to Idaho Falls, thus missing the last session of the conference, “The Role of Grace & Works As It Relates To Doctrine & Tradition”.  Some one will have to fill me in later on the talks by Dr. Craig Blomberg (Denver Seminary) and Dr. Camille Fronk (Brigham Young University).


  1. Wow, you really went the extra mile in live-blogging the sessions, Todd. Sounds like this was quite a big event. I’m going to keep an eye out for articles in the SLC papers.

  2. I just posted my own thoughts on the conference:


    Also, for those interested in a biblical exegesis in support of my views on dialogue, I’d suggest a review of a few of the sources in my workshop bibliography, including the article by Terry Muck, and the book on Hindu-Christian dialogue by Bob Robinson. These sources do a good job at establishing a biblical basis for the types of dialogue and related issues I advocate. A copy of my workshop outline is available via email by request to those interested.

  3. Honestly, I think the Christian controversy over inter-faith dialogue in England began way back with Stott disagreeing with his godly mentor D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

    I don’t think Stott appreciated how Lloyd-Jones through his uncompromising truth proclamations with denominational liberals would in effect stunt or altogether shut down interfaith dialogue. I think this frustrated Stott. I believe both famous evangelicals, Stott and Packer, disagreed with the respected Lloyd-Jones on missiology through dialogue.

  4. I appreciate your thoughts on this, Todd. But regardless of the situation in England, I think Stott provides a good definition of dialogue, and missiology provides solid insights and principles to assist in reflecting on and participating in this process.

  5. queenes, are you referring to the last session that I missed?

    Could you provide a little synopsis (a few quick sentences) of these last speakers’ messages, and why you thought they were the best?

    That would be great.

  6. The panel presentation was intriguing, even in how the three preachers sat and in what order they spoke.

    At the front table facing the audience, Mike sat on the right. He spoke first, laying out the historic doctrines of the faith. Notes lay spread in front of him. He wore a tie.

    Secondly, Jim, on the left side of the table, affirmed his agreement in all that Mike just shared. But he mentioned that in the fast growing, explosive, missionary Pentecostal movement (my sidenote – growing much faster than the LDS religion), Christians desired a restoration of being able to freely express all the gifts of the Spirit. He had no notes. No tie.

    Finally, in the middle of the two, Dave chatted, the most gregarious and animated of the preachers. He mentioned growing up with an Arminian background; and yet, in his last church, the senior pastor mentor led him more toward an understanding of the rich, Calvinist persuasion. Dave appreciated all his religious instruction.

    But in starting K2, Dave asserted at the very beginning and for any visitor today, doctrinal hobby-horses are not allowed. If he senses this within a visitor, he encourages them to attend the evangelical church of that particular conviction.

    He noted that while growing up within the Christian culture, he knew those who had all their doctrine right, but their lives didn’t match up. So presently, he emphasizes right living. And of course, the big push today is our biblical responsibility to the poor.

    But he did confess this, Tate. The contemporary voices of evangelicalism might be swinging too far in one direction where Christians are loosing a strong grasp of the doctrines in the Word.

    From this young preacher, whom I am sure you would like, I thought that to be a fair observation.

    I slipped out before the Q & A time started.

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