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Michael S. Horton

Michael S. Horton

J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics

 

Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. He is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. Additionally, Dr. Horton is host of the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity. He is also editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. Dr. Horton is author of more than twenty books. His most recent publications are Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples (Zondervan, 2010), Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever (Crossway Books, 2014), and Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World (Zondervan, 2014), Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story (Zondervan, 2016).

PLENARY I: Created in the Image of God

What distinguishes us from chimpanzees?  In addition to identifying the obvious physical differences, we usually make the case that this difference lies with something within us, that is, the rational soul.  Interestingly, the Bible also identifies it as something between us and God; that is, a covenantal commission.  What is unique about this commission that God gives only to us through our father Adam? Through this talk, we’ll explore what it means to be created in the image of God and why this still matters today.


David VanDrunen

 

DAVID VANDRUNEN

Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics

 

Dr. VanDrunen, a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, began teaching at Westminster Seminary California in 2001. He formerly served as a pastor of Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Hanover Park, IL, and currently serves on the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s Committee on Christian Education and Subcommittee on Ministerial Training. He does much of his current research and writing at the intersection of systematic theology, biblical studies, ethics, and legal and political theory. Dr. VanDrunen is the author or editor of eleven books, most recently Aquinas Among the Protestants and God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life. 

PLENARY II: Righteousness and Life

Many Christians don’t realize that their union with Christ at salvation actually presupposes their union with Adam in sin. We read in Genesis that God required the First Adam to obey him in perfect righteousness, promising him everlasting life if he did so. But he failed, plunging all of humanity into sin and death. But the Last Adam, Jesus Christ, offered that perfect righteousness and has won that everlasting life in the new creation for all who trust in him. This talk will guide us through this glorious story of the  righteousness and life we have in Jesus Christ, the Last Adam.


Bryan D. Estelle

 

Bryan D. Estelle

Professor of Old Testament

 

Dr. Estelle has taught at Westminster Seminary California since 2000. He is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Prior to taking his position at WSC, he was a pastor in an Orthodox Presbyterian congregation in Maryland and was involved in planting a church in Oregon for the Presbyterian Church in America. Dr. Estelle is the author of Salvation through Judgment and Mercy: The Gospel According to Jonah, and Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif. 

PLENARY III: The Creation Mandate through the Bible

In Genesis chapter 1, we read of the so-called “creation mandate” that was given as a command to Adam and Eve. Much of the language from that mandate is repeated after the flood in Genesis 9.  Furthermore, many have connected it with the Great Commission in Matthew 28. But what about Abraham? Did that command change? And how does it apply to us today? This talk will help us understand better the connection of the “cultural mandate” with the church as the church, rather than with other institutions we may find in our society.


S. M. Baugh

 

S. M. BAUGH

Professor of New Testament

Dr. Baugh has taught Greek at Westminster Seminary California since 1983 and New Testament and Greek since 1991. He is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Dr. Baugh wrote the two main textbooks used for Greek I–III: New Testament Greek for Interpreters (third edition) and A First John Reader. His other recent books are a commentary on Ephesians in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series and The Majesty on High: Introduction to the Kingdom of God in the New Testament.

PLENARY IV: Creation Kingship and the World to Come

It might surprise Christians that the book of Hebrews discusses topics such as creation/new creation and the first Adam/Last Adam. But the author to the Hebrews has much to say about both the kingdom of God and about Christ’s role in it as royal High Priest. This talk will explore an important passage in Hebrews 2 where the author affirms our role and rule in the new creation through the pioneering role of Christ as the Last Adam.


A. Craig Troxel

 

A. CRAIG TROXEL

Professor of Practical Theology

 

Dr. Troxel previously served as pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Wheaton, Illinois since 2007 and as pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Glenside, Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. His introduction to the ministry was by itinerating in congregations of the Church of God (Anderson, In.) in Wasilla and Fairbanks, Alaska. Dr. Troxel has published numerous articles in publications such as Westminster Theological JournalPresbyterionFides et HistoriaCalvin Theological JournalTrinity Journal as well as New HorizonsOrdained Servant and Modern Reformation. He is the author of What is Man? and What is the Priesthood of Believers? (P&R), and has a forthcoming book, With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will Toward Christ (Crossway). His research interests include pastoral theology, Reformed spirituality, the doctrine of the church, and biblical teaching on the heart.

PLENARY V:  Sojourners East of Eden

Israel’s redemption from her former slavery never drifted far from her corporate memory. This was due to God’s frequent and gracious reminders that they were once sojourners in the land of Egypt. Likewise, we Christians must never forget who we were before our release from the shackles of sin and death. This talk will focus on our identity as a saved sojourner east of Eden. In addition to this, we will explore how our gratitude for this redemption from sin’s bondage ought to not only evoke compassion and empathy for fellow sons of Adam and daughters of Eve who wander east of Eden—just as we once did—but also inform the ways that we reach out to them.


Joel E. Kim

 

JOEL E. KIM

President and Assistant Professor of New Testament

 

Rev. Kim has taught New Testament at Westminster Seminary California since 2005 and in May 2017 was appointed as the fourth president of WSC. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and has served as Associate Pastor of Segaero Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Rev. Kim taught historical and systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary and International Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, as well as in Taiwan and Indonesia. He is the son of a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. He has served on the English Ministry pastoral staff of Korean-American churches during his M.Div. studies at Westminster Seminary California and subsequent to his graduation in 1997, in California and Michigan. 

PLENARY VI:  Finding Hope in the Last Adam

Where can we find hope in the midst of the often hopeless experiences of life?  This talk will explore the wonderful passage of 1 Corinthians 15 as it reveals the peace-inducing hope that comes to those who put their trust in the Last Adam, Jesus Christ. In the midst of our trials, temptations, and tribulations, we need to be reminded of the encouraging reality of who this last Last Adam is and how only he can provide the hope and confidence we desperately need.