The Thistle

Fall 2017 Schaeffer Lectures to Explore Reformation’s Legacy and Ongoing Impact

The Fall 2017 Francis A. Schaeffer Lecture Series



September 28 – 30, 2017

Presented by Covenant Seminary in conjunction with Fontbonne University.


“Our thoughts about the future of the Church must come out of tensions in the present, tensions that must creatively produce

watchfulness, prayer, faith, and commitment, love for truth and unity, love for unity and truth.”

— G. C. Berkouwer


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Partial List of Speakers: 

  • Dr. Brian Matz, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Dr. Eduardo Eccheverria, Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology, Graduate School of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
  • Dr. Sean Lucas, Senior Pastor, Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tennessee, and Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Dan Doriani, Vice President of Strategic Academic Initiatives and Professor of Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Prof. Jerram Barrs, Professor of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri


The Reformation had far-reaching effects not only for the church but also for every aspect of society and culture. How have those effects played out in the 500 years since the Reformation began? What implications do they have for us today? While acknowledging that significant differences still divide Protestants and Catholics, have we learned anything from each other in the past half-millennium? And can we somehow get past lingering caricatures of each other’s positions to find the common ground we all share as we seek to bear a credible witness for the Lord before the watching world?

Seminary students and faculty, clergy, those interested in history and theology, and anyone who cares about better relations between various branches of the church are invited to join us as we wrestle with these questions and more during the Fall 2017 Francis A. Schaeffer Lectures.

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