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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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 Echeverria, Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology, Graduate School of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
  • Rev. Luciano Pires, Founder/Director of Colloquium (Goiania, Brazil), a culture-engaging ministry that envisions the proclamation of the gospel in a way that shows that Christianity is not only true but also relevant to all areas of life.
  • 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.

NOTE: In addition to speaking at the lecture sessions at Covenant, Dr. Brian Matz of Fontbonne University will also moderate a panel discussion on Thursday evening at Fontbonne University. The panel will feature Drs. Sean Lucas and Eduardo Echeverria, and focus on the theme “Being Catholic and Being Protestant Since the Reformation.” Prior to the panel, Fontbonne will offer a display of sixteenth-century printed Bibles and commentaries. See poster for details.

Cost: General Admission – $10; Students – $5 for the Friday and Saturday sessions at Covenant. The Thursday evening session at Fontbonne is free.

More Info: Register online here.


Pre-Conference Actives: Friday Morning, September 29

  • 10 – 10:50 a.m. — Chapel Service: “Moral Roots and Moral Fruits of the Sixteenth-Century Reformation” – Dr. Dan Doriani
  • 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. — Class: Dr. Eduardo Echeverria and Rev. Luciano Pires will be speaking in Prof. Jerram Barrs’s “Foundations for Apologetics and Outreach” class in Founders 341. Guests are welcome.

Main Conference Activities Begin Friday Evening, September 29:

  • 5:30 – 6:45 .p.m. — Pre-Conference Reception in Edwards Hall Community Center, featuring informal time of fellowship. Light fare provided.
  • 7 – 7:10 p.m. — Conference Welcome and Announcements – Prof. Mark Ryan
  • 7:15 – 7:35 p.m. — Introductory Remarks: “The Mark of the Christian: Observable Love in Light of a Half-Millennium Divide” – Prof. Jerram Barrs
  • 7:40 – 8:30 p.m. — Keynote 1: “Paenitentiam Agite: Historical Development of the Theology of Repentance and its Impact on the Reformation” – Dr. Brian Matz
  • 8:35 p.m. — Closing Prayer – Prof. Mark Ryan

Main Conference Continues Saturday, September 30

  • 8:45 – 9 a.m. — Compliementary coffee available in Buswell Library Foyer
  • 9 – 9:10 a.m. — Words of Welcome – Prof. Mark Ryan
  • 9:10 – 10 a.m. — Keynote 2: “Protestants Still: Why the Reformation Matters Today” – Dr. Sean Lucas
  • 10:05 – 10:55 a.m. — Keynote 3: “An Evangelical Catholic and Reformed View of Faith and Culture” – Dr. Eduardo Echeverria
  • 11 – 11:15 a.m. — Coffee Break – Buswell Library Foyer
  • 11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. — Keynote 4: “The Care of Souls: The Pastoral Legacy of the Reformation” – Dr. Sean Lucas
  • 12:15 p.m. — LUNCH – Guests will depart to local eating places (list provided)
  • 1:15 – 2 p.m. — Keynote 5: “Receptive Ecumenism: Pondering Issues of Faith, Meaning, Truth, and Language” – Dr. Eduardo Echeverria
  • 2:05 – 2:50 p.m. — Keynote 6: “Protestants and Catholics: What Might we Learn from One Another?” – Dr. Dan Doriani
  • 2:55 – 3:40 p.m. — Conference Panel featuring Dr. Brian Matz, Dr. Sean Lucas, Dr. Eduardo Echeverria, Dr. Daniel Doriani, Rev. Luciano Pires, and Prof. Jerram Barrs
  • 3:40 – 4 p.m. — Closing Remarks: “Before the Watching World: Renewing Minds, Transforming Lives, and Impacting Culture Through Truth and Love” – Rev. Luciano Pires