‘First-ever’ evangelical conference on transgender issues set for Oct. 5 in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A “first-ever” conference by evangelicals on the subject of transgenderism will be held Oct. 5 on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Transgender Confusion and Transformational Christianity is a preconference to the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) annual conference, which is focused this year on the subject of homosexuality. Speakers for the transgenderism conference, which is co-sponsored by Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), will include:

– Heath Lambert, executive director of Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and assistant professor of biblical counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

– Owen Strachan, president of Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

– R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

– Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Boyce College.

– James M. Hamilton Jr., professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“Christians today are confronting issues that would have been unfathomable even a decade ago,” said Lambert. “We are faced with news reports of parents allowing their children to choose their own gender, demands for cross-gender access to restrooms and the insistence that tax dollars be used to fund gender reassignment surgeries. Issues like these and many others require an urgent Christian response. That is why ACBC is happy to partner with CBMW for the first-ever evangelical conference on transgender issues. We want to help the church respond in the present crisis with the wisdom and love of Jesus Christ.”

Noting the “church desperately needs wisdom” on trangenderism, Strachan said, CBMW is “thrilled” to co-sponsor the conference.

“Whenever men and women are encouraged to embrace an unbiblical identity, we are at the ready with God-given truth,” he said. “Tragically, people today are being sold the lie that transgenderism will solve their deepest problems. At the ACBC preconference, we will show how the gospel alone resolves the very real issue of gender dysphoria. Beyond that, we will make clear that Christ is our only hope, and we will equip the church to go out and rescue those trapped in falsehood.”

Following the transgenderism preconference, ACBC will hold its annual conference: Homosexuality: Compassion, Care, and Counsel for Struggling People. The sold-out conference is expected to draw 2,000 participants from across the nation, said Lambert.

Plenary speakers, including Lambert and Mohler, will be:

–       Rosario Champagne Butterfield, formerly a tenured faculty member at Syracuse University where she taught English and women’s studies, and published in the fields of 19th-century British literature and culture, feminist and queer theory and psychoanalysis. She is the author of “Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert” and “Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ.”

– Sam Allberry, associate pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead, U.K., and author of “Is God Anti Gay? And Other Questions About Homosexuality, the Bible, and Same-Sex Attraction.”

– Stuart Scott, professor of biblical counseling at The Master’s College and Seminary, author of several books and a fellow and member of the ACBC board.

– Robert Jones, professor of biblical counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of “Uprooting Anger.”

Rejecting the so-called “reparative therapy” model of homosexual change, Lambert said the event would be a “first-of-its-kind” conference addressing homosexuality from an evangelical perspective centered in the “conviction that the grace of Christ alone empowers the change that God requires and the Word of God is sufficient to chart this course for transformation.”

Lambert added, “In the current cultural climate, evangelicals must believe more about homosexuality than that it is sinful. Christians must also believe people who struggle with homosexuality can change and must have conviction about how to help them change.”

In addition to the plenary session, professors, counselors, authors, theologians and other experts in the field will offer nearly 40 workshops during the three-day conference.

More information about both conferences is available at


OBU Pastors’ Conference to be held Sept. 24

ARKADELPHIA – The Ouachita Baptist University Pastors’ Conference will be held Sept. 24 at the school’s Walker Conference Center. 

Sponsored by Ouachita’s Pruet School of Christian Studies and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the conference’s theme is Second Corinthians: The Church’s Ministry Handbook.

George Guthrie, the Benjamin W. Perry professor of Bible at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., will serve as the conference’s speaker. Guthrie is a scholar of New Testament and Koine Greek and holds doctorate and Master of Divinity degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Masters of Theology degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.

The cost of the conference is $55. The registration cost includes a Baker Exegetical Commentary on 2 Corinthians written by Guthrie, session notes for preaching and teaching, a continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments, the opportunity to purchase Pruet School faculty-authored books at a discount and fellowship with fellow ministers.

Local accommodations include the Ouachita Guest House, Henderson House Bed and Breakfast, Hampton Inn Caddo Valley and Holiday Inn Express Caddo Valley.

For more information on the conference or to register click here.


Lake Ouachita Baptist, Mount Ida, celebrates 40th

Lake Ouachita Baptist Church in Mount Ida, will celebrate its 40th anniversary Sept. 20. Roy Brooks will preach during the 10 a.m. worship service, which will be followed by a potluck lunch. There will be a hymn sing from the Heavenly Highways songbook at 6 p.m. Other activities are planned throughout the week. For more information, call the church office at 870-867-2554.


First Baptist, Marked Tree, celebrates 106th

First Baptist Church, Marked Tree, will celebrate its 106th anniversary and homecoming at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27, followed by lunch and a time of singing and remembrance.


Piney Baptist, Hot Springs, celebrates 75th

Piney Baptist Church, Hot Springs, will celebrate its 75th anniversary  Sept. 27. The worship service will begin at 10:30, followed by a potluck luncheon and special program at 12:30 p.m. There will also be special displays and a video about the church’s history through the years. For more information, call the church at 501-767-3480.

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