2016 Conference – Rightly Divided: Interpreting Tough Gospel Texts

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2016 USE_FORCharlie Fruit and False Followers: Matthew 7:15-23
Dr. Charles Bing
“You will know them by their fruits.” Know what? Know who? What does “fruit” mean in this passage? Is Jesus talking about a test for eternal salvation? This passage is used often and usually improperly, but it’s not really that tough to interpret!
Charles Bing served 25 years in pastoral ministry during which he founded GraceLife Ministries (GraceLife.org), which he now serves full time. Charlie (Th.M. and Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) also helped found the Free Grace Alliance and served as its president. With a pastor’s heart and perspective he travels the USA and the world sharing the message of grace with non-Christians, Christians, and ministry leaders. Besides writing many articles, he has authored four books and contributed to others. Charlie enjoys various activities in the wild outdoors and coaching high school pole vaulting. He and wife, Karen, live in Burleson, Texas. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren
fc2010Headshot Judged According to Deeds: Romans 2
Dr. Fred Chay
Many evangelicals teach that “we are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone” as they make works a necessary result and requirement for eternal salvation. Does Romans 2 teach that the path to heaven is a road of obedience? 
Fred Chay is currently Professor of Theology and Dean of Doctoral Studies at Grace School of Theology. He also is managing editor of Grace Theology Press.  Fred previously spent 21 years as a professor at Phoenix Seminary and Director of the D.Min.  program. Fred has been speaking, teaching and writing on theological topics concerning motivation and spiritual formation for more than 40 years. He spent many years as a pastor and has served as the Western Director of the Christian Medical Association. He is the founder and president of Grace Line, a ministry dedicated to motivating Christians toward Christian maturity through teaching, writing, speaking, and mentoring. He is a former president of the Free Grace Alliance. He and his wife, Marsha, have two adult children and one grandchild.
RogerFankhauser Outer Darkness: Hell or Something Else?   Matthew 22:1-14
Dr. Roger Fankhauser
Many believers jump to a quick conclusion about “The Outer Darkness.” Of course it is about hell – where else is there darkness, weeping, and gnashing of teeth? But maybe it’s not that simple. This presentation first examines the big question – is it hell or is it a negative consequence experienced by some believers? It then takes a panoramic view of different approaches to the passage taken by Free Grace thinkers.  
Roger Fankhauser worked as a chemical engineer for 13 years before attending Phoenix Seminary. He received his M.Div. in 1995 and Doctor of Ministry in 2006. His research topic was “Sexual Purity For Non-Addicted Christian Men.” He served as Senior Pastor of Shreveport Bible Church (Louisiana) for 11 years and for the last seven years, has served as Senior Pastor of Burleson Bible Church (Texas). Roger travels internationally helping equip church leaders. His “favorite” topic to teach these leaders is Bible Study Methods. Roger is the president of the Free Grace Alliance. He has been married nearly 40 years, has three children (five, including spouses), seven grandchildren and, with his wife, has served as a foster parent for several children. Both in ministry and life, Roger is committed to the message and practice of grace!
2016_conf_PR_WoodyWoodard_hs Forgive…or be Tortured? : Matthew 18: 21-35
Dr. D. M. “Woody” Woodward
Some Bible teachers have taught that if you do not forgive others, this is proof positive that you are bound for hell. What does Jesus mean when he says in Matthew 18:35 that if we refuse to forgive, we will be turned over to the torturers? Why is it essential to forgive? 
D. M. “Woody” Woodward has cherished grace theology since, at the age of 19, he heard Hal Lindsay speak on “The Guilt Trip.” Woody served on Campus Crusade staff from 1975-80, then entered Dallas Theological Seminary and majored in pastoral ministries, graduating in 1983. He is currently Senior Pastor at Kingwood Bible Church in northeast Houston. He earned the Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching under Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and wrote his thesis-project, “Sermon Ideation Groups.” Woody travels every year to Europe, ministering to preachers in Finland, Romania, and Czech Republic, often using the sermon group ideation format. His wife, Tracie, speaks at women’s retreats. They have three adult children in Austin, Texas.
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Appeals for Maturity: Evaluating and Heeding the Warning Passages of Hebrews
Dr. Christopher Cone
The warning passages of Hebrews are often met with confusion regarding their recipients, content, and implications. This presentation suggests an exegetical model for handling each of these warnings in context, and concludes that they ultimately demand a free-grace understanding. 
Christopher Cone serves as President of Calvary University (www.calvary.edu) and is the author and general editor of more than a dozen books. In addition to his many other degrees, Chris has earned two Ph.D degrees (Trinity School of Theology, University of North Texas). He previously served in executive and faculty roles at Southern California Seminary and Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute (as president and professor), and in pastoral roles at Tyndale Bible Church and San Diego Fellowship of the Bible. He also has held teaching positions at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Southern Bible Institute. His articles can be read at www.drcone.com.
2016_conf PR JodyDillow A Step by Step Procedure for Handling Frustrating Problem Passages
Dr. Joseph “Jody” Dillow
What should I do when I come across passages in the Bible which on the surface seem to conflict with the Free Grace understanding of salvation and rewards?  In this session we will discuss a practical step- by-step procedure for arriving at a valid interpretation of Scripture. To illustrate the procedure we will work though one example of a problem text. 
Joseph Dillow majored in Science at Oregon State University and then went to Dallas Seminary where he received a Th.D.  He taught briefly at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School before going overseas to develop a covert, biblical training program (called BEE) in Eastern  Europe during the 70’s and 80’s and in China in the 90’s.  Jody is the author of a number of books including Speaking on Tongues, The Waters Above: Earth’s Pre-Flood Vapor Canopy, The Reign of the Servant Kings, and Final Destiny.  He and his wife, Linda, live in Monument, Colorado and have five children and ten grandchildren.
2016 conf_PR_RichardHowe James, Dead Faith, Salvation, and Justification: James 2:14-26
Dr. Richard G. Howe
This session explores various positions regarding how James understands dead faith and justification, including Roman Catholic, Wesleyan, and Lordship. We will see that James is not at all talking about any contrast between real (presence of) and unreal (absence of) faith and we will untangle the grammar of the text regarding James’ interaction with his hypothetical objector. 
Richard G. Howe is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he still teaches part-time. Richard is also President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. He has a B.A. in Bible from Mississippi College, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. He has spoken and debated in churches and universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Africa on issues relating to the defense of the Christian faith. In their free time, Richard and his wife, Rebekah, enjoy international travel.


Workshop Audio Recordings  

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Dave Anderson, Jody Dillow, and Fred Chay – “Does Free Grace Theology  ‘Diminish the Gospel’?”

Tim Hill – “Walk Thru Hebrews”

Ron Allen – “Interpreting a Tough Messianic Text: Joel 2:23”

Dan Lash – “Interpreting the Gospels in Light of the the Anticipated Kingdom”

Larry Miller – “Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel”

Wendy Elliott – “Justification by Works: Understanding James 2:14-26 in its Context” 

Garth Oliver – “Simplifying Difficult Texts Through an Appeal to the Larger Context of the Story”

Richard Howe – “Having Said All These things: Brief Comments on Heb. 6:4-6a”

Joe Wall – “Assurance of Salvation: Considered Doctrinally and Experientially”

Grant Hawley – “Dispensationalism and Free Grace, Intimately Linked”

Bud Brown and Gordon Penfold- “Pastor Unique: Becoming a Turnaround Pastor”

Dan Hill – “The Challenges faced by the Free Grace Message on the Mission Field

Dave James – The Gospel of Roman Catholicism”