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As you head into the weekend, just wanted to encourage you to consider attending the Common Slaves Fall Conference next weekend, held at Lifespring Church in Crosby, MN. We’re looking forward to great fellowship, great singing, and above all, a great time sitting under the ministry of the word and the instruction of our brothers as they open up to us those Wonderful Doctrines of Grace that have nourished and refreshed the souls of the saints throughout the ages. They are significant enough to have served as part of the core of the Reformed tradition and the unity of the Common Slaves, and we look forward to their exposition. Conference starts at 8:30 Friday morning and will conclude in plenty of time to get you home.

Registration is free and required; further details are also free and highly recommended. They can both be found here: 2021 Common Slaves Fall Conference: The Wonderful Doctrines of Grace

2021 Common Slaves Fall Conference: The Wonderful Doctrines of Grace

This Fall’s conference is an examination of the doctrines of grace from both a theological and pastoral perspective. We’ve asked our presenters to wrestle through some of the tensions and practical implications of these doctrines which are definitional in Reformed soteriology. As is our custom, we’ve sought out men with decades of faithful pastoral ministry to open the Word for us.

The fall conference is designed with pastors and elders in mind, but all are welcome. Registration is free but required for planning purposes, and you can do so below. We’ll receive any voluntary gifts at the conference if you wish to help defray some of the costs. We are so grateful to the saints of Lifespring for once again graciously hosting and underwriting this conference. Conference details are below the registration.

Conference details:

Date: Friday, October 29, 2021
Time:
8:30AM-4:30PM
Place: Lifespring Church, Crosby

Schedule:

8:30-9:00 Welcome & Sing

9:00-9:40 Session 1 – Dale McIntyre (Cornerstone Community Church, Grand Marais): Totally Depraved: Sweet Old Ladies Can Still Go to Hell

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-10:40 Session 2 – Bob Dalberg (Berean Baptist Church, Ely): Responsibility of Man and the Unconditional Election of God

10:40-11:00 Break

11:00-11:40 Session 3 – Ivan Fiske (Quamba Baptist Church): The Infinite Christ and His Limited Atonement

11:40-1:00 Lunch Break (Celebrity guest speaker?)

1:00-1:20 Announcements / Sing

1:20-2:00 Session 4 – Kevin Sorenson (Albion E-Free Church): Ungatherable Chicks and Irresistible Grace: How the Spirit Overpowers the Will

2:00-2:20 Break

2:20-3:00 Session 5 – Dan Erickson (Chisholm Baptist Church): The Active Role of the Believer in Persevering to the End

3:20-4:00 Kevin Carr (retired from First Presbyterian Church of Hinckley [PCA]): Praxis of Grace: How the Doctrines of Grace Shape Pastoral Care 

4-4:30 Closing

Upcoming Events

Just wanted to give you a heads up and invite for two events coming up in the near future (if God wills!):

First, it’s been a while since we’ve had what we call our “Combined Worship Service,” where we invite members of all the churches who participate in the Common Slaves to come together for an evening of simple worship: Singing, Scripture, Preaching, and Fellowship around a meal. We’ve got one coming (finally!), so here’s the details:

Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Quamba Baptist Church
Speaker: Dr. Ardel Caneday
For a text, we’ve assigned Dr. Caneday The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant from Matthew 18:21-35

Secondly, our fall conference is coming up in October. This one is generally geared toward pastors and elders, though any who wish to attend are certainly welcome. We’re getting back to the basics of Reformed theology, and have assigned five of our own members each a different petal of the TULIP, concluded by a pastoral exhortation from the recently retired Dr. Kevin Carr. More details to follow, and even the scant ones I’m offering now are subject to change:

Friday, October 29, 2021
Common Slaves Fall Conference: The Wonderful Doctrines of Grace

Time: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Place: Lifespring Church, Crosby
Theme: The Doctrines of Grace

Speakers / Assignments:
Dale McIntire (Cornerstone Community Church, Grand Marais): “Totally Depraved: Sweet Old Ladies Can Still Go to Hell” 

Bob Dalberg (Berean Baptist Church, Ely): Responsibility of Man and the Unconditional Election of God

Ivan Fiske (Quamba Baptist Church): The Infinite Christ and His Limited Atonement

Kevin Sorensen (Albion E-Free Church): Ungatherable Chicks and Irresistible Grace: How the Spirit Overpowers the Will

Dan Erickson (Chisholm Baptist Church): The Active Role of the Believer in Persevering to the End

Kevin Carr (formerly of First Presbyterian Church of Hinckley [PCA]): Praxis of Grace: How the Doctrines of Grace Shape Pastoral Care 

Fall Conference Recordings Now Available

The audio for the Common Slaves Fall Conference “Let us Run With Endurance” is now available under the Conference Audio tab. I’m hoping the videos will be up shortly, and will let you know. Thanks again to Dr. Ardel B. Caneday for this significant presentation.

Also, be sure to subscribe to our podcast, “A Place for Truth,” where you’ll find cultural conversations with Drs. P. Andrew Sandlin and Ardel B. Caneday, and hopefully we’ll get the conference sessions up on there too. Look for it wherever you find your podcasts. If you’re an Apple snob like me, you can find it here.

Common Slaves Spring Conference

The Common Slaves Network is excited to invite you to attend our Spring Conference, to be held on Saturday, April 27th, 8:30AM at Lifespring Church in Crosby, MN.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Jones, who will be addressing the theme of the conference, Only Two Religions: Understanding All the Worship in the World. Continue reading “Common Slaves Spring Conference”

The Gospel’s Hope for Fallen Minds

God created this world and all that is in it. He rules and reigns still. He declared his creation “good.”

Since Adam and Eve rebelled against God and came to know by experience the fruits of sin, life in this world has been fallen and cursed by God. From the moment we are born we are dying. Our physical death may lie in our future, but in respect to favor and life before God, we are already dead. This is true of each and every one of the 7-8 billion people on this planet bearing the image of God. Nothing works as it should. Plans fail, interpersonal conflicts arise, nations rage, and even the best inventions are often weaponized to cause pain and destruction.

Even our minds are enslaved to the corruption of a sin-filled world. Continue reading “The Gospel’s Hope for Fallen Minds”

Conference: God and the Christian Mind

We want to make you aware of a tremendous opportunity available to all of us here in Rural Northern and Central Minnesota:

On Saturday afternoon and evening, April 21, Pastor Eric Anderson and Lifespring Church in Crosby are hosting a conference on God and The Christian Mind: The Biblical way to think, discern and walk in this present world. Drs. Paul Helseth and Ardel Canaday from Northwestern University in Roseville, MN will be presenting. For more information, including schedule and registration (it’s free!), see the conference flyer.

This conference is open and applicable to all, but may be of particular interest and benefit to those of high school and college ages. This would be a great and dare we say especially relevant conference to invite youth and young adult groups.

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