Many in Cookeville aren’t yet aware of the Humanitas Forum on Christianity and Culture, so I want to help spread the word. This forum brings speakers to town to address topics related to the question: What does it mean to follow Jesus in a post-Christian world?
The lectures — and the Q&A sessions which follow them — are always excellent, and provide a wonderful opportunity to engage in discussion on a wide range of important issues. My wife and I look forward to Humanitas night each month, usually making a date night out of it!
As much as I’ve enjoyed all of the lectures in the last couple years, I’m even more excited about the lineup of speakers for this Fall! I’ve read books and essays by all three, and have heard two of them speak before. I hope you’ll join us for the first one this Friday to hear Trevin Wax, whose blog Kingdom People is one of the very best on the Internet. This former pastor and missionary to Romania is also the author of Counterfeit Gospels and Holy Subversion (read my review here), and is currently editing a new small group curriculum for LifeWay Christian Resources. Here is the blurb for his talk, called “Retreat or Advance? How the Gospel Forms a Christian’s Role in Society”:
Why on earth are Christians here? Is evangelism to be our primary role? Or, are we to be salt and light in society? These options present twin dangers: (1) We can neglect our prophetic role in culture. (2) We can confuse our activism with the mission of the gospel itself. In this lecture, Trevin Wax will unpack the implications of the biblical gospel and challenge Christians to keep the message of the cross central, for the glory of God and for the good of our public witness in the world.
These events probably aren’t the best choice to bring young children, but that’s no reason not to come! Laurie and I are happy to help arrange babysitting for children… we know lots of great, responsible sitters, and by bringing children from multiple families together we can help share the cost as well. Let me know if you’re interested!
The lecture will be this Friday evening at 7:00 (doors open at 6:30) in Cody Hall, on the campus of Nashville State Community College. The address is 1000 Neal Street. Admission is free. They usually last between 90 minutes and 2 hours.