Issues in Focus Conference

Saturday, August 3, 2024

In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,
always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;
yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience . . .
1 Peter 3:15-16

The Issues in Focus Conference is a young adult gathering designed to help and encourage biblical thinking about worldview issues. It addresses questions about current issues that every Christian should be able to answer. The date for this year’s gathering is Saturday, August 3.
Cost: The registration fee is $25. It includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and conference notes.

Theme: “You Are What You Love:” The Essential Role of Affections in Worldview Development

Societal changes are gathering momentum. It seems that every day we witness a fulfillment of the Apostle Paul’s prediction that “evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). How can anyone resist being swept along by crowds racing toward moral disaster? Some think that arming ourselves with a better understanding of apologetics will protect us. Others believe that we just need a deeper understanding of what the Bible says about various worldview issues. As important as these are–even essential for Christian growth–Christians need something else even more.  Many who know the truth will fail to stand for it. Only the right kind of love for God will make a difference between those who fail and those who stand. So above all, we need the right affections–trained and transformed. 

Speaker: Ryan Martin

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Ryan Martin has served in pastoral ministry since 2010 and currently pastors Columbiaville Baptist Church in Columbiaville, Michigan. He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy (historical theology) degrees from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation was on the role of affections and passions in the theology of Jonathan Edwards. He also published,  Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: “The High Exercises of Divine Love,” (T&T Clark, 2019). 

Conference Book Deal

Jonathan Edwards on the Good LifeReceive a copy of Jonathan Edwards on the Good Life (Moody Press), by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney. The conference price is $5, a 50% discount. Here is what others are saying about his work:

Everyone says Jonathan Edwards is important. Quite frankly, however, his writing style is pretty dense by contemporary standards, so few pastors and other Christian leaders have invested much time reading him. This new series tackles the problem. Here is the kernel of much of Edwards’s thought in eminently accessible form.
 D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Jonathan Edwards is surely one of the most influential theologians of the eighteenth century.  Now, at last, we have a wide-ranging and representative sample of his work published in an attractive, accessible and, most important of all, readable form. The authors are to be commended for the work they have put into this set and I hope it will become an important feature of the library of many pastors and students of the Christian faith.
– Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College



  1. The Nature of Affections
  2. The Necessity of Gracious Affections for Worldview
  3. Affections, Imagination, and Worldview
  4. Discipling the Affections
  5. Q&A


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