2014 Theology Conference

Join us for a unique theological learning experience that has been designed to promote face-to-face interaction among attendees and speakers. Reformed Forum has always been about making Reformed theological conversation available and accessible to anyone who is interested. For the past six years, we have done this mainly through our website and podcasts. Now you have the opportunity to be an active participant in the discussion for an entire weekend. Attendance is limited to 104 participants, which ensures that each attendee has the opportunity to participate in personal exchanges with our speakers and theological contributors.


Our plenary speakers will be Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary and Dr. Lane G. Tipton, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster. Dr. Oliphint plans to develop the conference theme in light of his work in his book God with Us, and Dr. Tipton plans to break new ground in the debates regarding a republication of the Covenant of Works in the Mosaic Administration. Camden Bucey, Jim Cassidy, Jeff Waddington, and other Reformed Forum contributors will also be speaking and/or leading breakout sessions on a variety of topics.


Our theme is “The Sons of God”. Scripture speaks of several different sons of God. Adam is called the son of God (Luke 3:38). The nation of Israel is as well (Ex 4:22). Climactically, Jesus Christ came to the earth as the now incarnate eternal Son of God. These three, as the representative protological, typological, and eschatological son, respectively, bear upon the life of Christians, who will be revealed as the sons of God in glory (Rom 8:19). This overarching theme offers an exciting opportunity to develop a full range of biblical-theological, systematic, apologetic, historical, and practical themes. Download the program


Friday, October 10th

2:00–4:00 pm Pre-conference — A live recording of Christ the Center with Lane Tipton on Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutics, Divine Authorship, and the Christotelism Debate. [audio] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3P6y__0JEo 7:30–8:30 pm Plenary Address — The Son’s Pre- and Self-Existence, K. Scott Oliphint [audio] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0f5c61qCRs 8:30–9:30 pm Dessert Reception

Saturday, October 11th

8:00–8:45 am Light Breakfast 9:00–10:00 am Plenary Address — Covenant History and the Tale of Three Sons, Lane Tipton [audio] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-x4xWUbhWc 10:15–11:15 am Breakout Sessions

  • K. Scott Oliphint — The Antithesis and the Image of God (45 total seats)
  • Camden Bucey — Becoming a Son of Glory: Christ’s Pattern for the Christian Life (30 total seats)
  • Jeff Waddington—Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon “The Excellency of Christ”: A Sweet Conjunction of Opposites (15 total seats)
  • Jim Cassidy—Karl Barth’s Christology: Van Til’s Critique Revisited (8 total seats)

11:30 am—12:30 pm Plenary Address — Theological Principles from Cornelius Van Til’s Common Grace, K. Scott Oliphint [audio] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJF0CkuHbrY 12:30–1:30 pm Lunch 1:45–2:15 pm Logos Bible Software Presentation 2:30–3:30 pm Plenary Address — Redemptive History, Merit, and the Sons of God, Lane Tipton [audio] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTB7r10Ap-4 4:00–5:00 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Lane G. Tipton—Redemptive History, Merit, and the Sons of God [plenary followup] (45 total seats)
  • Jared S. Oliphint and Jonathan M. Brack—Questioning the Progress in Progressive Covenantalism: A Reformed Critique of Kingdom through Covenant (30 total seats)
  • A. Craig Troxel—Issues in Church Discipline and Officer Training (15 total seats)
  • Logos Bible Software Training (8 total seats)

Sunday, October 12th

9:30–10:30 am Morning Worship Service — Sermon from Romans 8:29, The Glorious Family Resemblance, Camden Bucey [audio] 11:00 am-12:00 pm Sunday School — Lane Tipton [audio] 12:30 pm Fellowship Meal provided by Hope OPC


Pre-conference + main conference—$99 Main conference—$79 Register here through Ticket Leap.

Hotel Information:

A block of rooms is reserved at the Comfort Suites in Grayslake for the group rate of $93.40/night. The rooms are being held until September 10th. After that date, the rate will still be honored, but room availability is not guaranteed. Phone number: (847) 223–5050


Hope Presbyterian Church (OPC) 18215 W. Belvidere Rd Grayslake, IL 60030

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