About the Conference Theme

 In 1779, the famous Olney hymn book was published which provided some of the church’s most cherished and enduring hymns. Among the 281 hymns penned by John Newton was an adaptation of Psalm 87. It began with these words: “Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion City of our God.” Newton was a minister in the Church of England whose conversion story was told in his most famous hymn, Amazing Grace. Perhaps a close second is Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken where he described the beauty and blessedness of that which Jesus loved and that for which he gave his life. Every now and then, a hymn appears that is so complete in its subject matter that to learn it and sing it infuses a full-orbed theology of its theme into our hearts. Glorious Things is such a hymn as it touches the Doctrine of the Church in a comprehensive way.

 One particular item is worthy of note. Newton based this hymn on an Old Testament text which speaks symbolically of the Church as “Zion, the City of God.” This is to be expected in Reformed ecclesiology since it teaches that the people of God are one in both Testaments. It must be recognized that literalism cannot always be applied to biblical interpretation. The terms used to describe Israel and the Church do often find themselves overlapping. For example, Paul referred to the Church in the New Testament as “the Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16). Furthermore, it was said to John in the Revelation, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb….And he showed me the holy city Jerusalem” (Rev. 21:9-10). Here the Church and the City are essentially the same entity. Newton simply followed this interpretive approach with Psalm 87.

 This year’s conference is about the Church. What is more, the various sermon titles are phrases drawn from Newton’s famous hymn, Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken. The hymn will provide a basis for unity of theme and suggest those topics to be considered in this our fifteenth annual Reformed Bible Conference. Do help us pass the word, and do plan on coming to any, many, or all of our meetings.


2019 Reformed Bible Conference
Speaker Schedule

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March 17, 2019  
  Ephesians 3:20-21; cf. Pslam 87
 "Round Each Habitation Hovering: The Church and the Glory of God",
  Pastor Kevin C. Carr
March 24, 2019

 Colossians 1:14
"On the Rock of Ages Founded: The Church and the Son of God",
Pastor Jon Hartman

March 31, 2019  
 Isaiah 62
"Zion, City of our God: The Church and the People of God",
  Pastor Nathan Lee
April 7, 2019  Revelation 14:1-13
"With Salvation’s Walls Surrounded: The Church and the Protection of God", Pastor Eric Anderson
Revelation 7:9-17

 Romans 11:33-36
"Solid Joys and Lasting Pleasures: The Church and the Triumph of God",
  Pastor Ivan Fiske




Introducing Our Speakers

Rev. Kevin C. Carr, D. Min., Th. M. — Pastor,
First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Hinckley, MN;
former Missionary to the Navajos, Western Indian Ministries, Inc., Window Rock, AZ.;
Graduate, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Th. M. in Reformation and
Post-Reformation Theology (2013).
Rev. Jon Hartman, M.Div.—Pastor,
Barnes Community Church, Barnes, WI;
graduate, St. Cloud State University;
graduate Bethel Theological Seminary
Rev. Nathan Lee—Pastor, Grace PCA, Duluth,MN;
graduate, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, M.Div. (2014)
Pastor Eric Anderson — Pastor, Lifespring Church, Crosby, MN;
graduate, Bethel University (2001); Co-chair, Common Slaves Network.
Rev. Dr. Ivan Fiske, D.Min.—Pastor, Quamba
Baptist Church (BGC), Quamba, MN; graduate,
Bethel Seminary, M.Div. and Covenant Theological
Seminary, D.Min. (2009)

A freewill offering will be received