Dear EPS friends,
It was a joy to see many of you at our
EPS annual meeting in
Providence last month. Each year I eagerly anticipate making
that pre-Thanksgiving pilgrimage to EPS for the stimulating papers
and conversation, the Christian fellowship, and the opportunity to
serve together with many of you at our annual
We have many reasons for rejoicing in what God is doing within
the EPS. Let me mention a few of them.
- At this time last year,
Philosophia Christi subscriptions
were down considerably due to an outdated, inefficient website.
As many of you know, back in 2005 I had begun discussions to
spearhead a plan to completely upgrade our website. Chad
Meister, Scott Smith, Joe Gorra, Craig Hazen, and others worked
long and hard on this project alongside our new webmaster Lenny
Esposito. Finally, in October 2007, our sharp-looking,
efficiently-working, cutting-edge website was launched. In one
year, we have received over 500 new subscriptions (now over
1,570) – with fifty more were added at our recent apologetics
conference. What a marvelous difference this year has
- Earnestly Contending, our sixth annual
conference, took place in Smithfield, RI in conjunction with the
EPS’s annual meeting. This conference drew nearly 800
attendees�an excellent showing for New England. During that
weekend, forty pastors were expected to attend a luncheon to
receive encouragement and practical training in promoting the
role of apologetics in local churches. Well, over 110 showed
up! In fact, the pastors’ response was so positive that we’re
planning on hosting these luncheons every year. And how
encouraging that over 100 attended the various youth sessions.
Bill Craig, who takes the lead in organizing the conference each
year called Earnestly Contending "among the top three
conferences we’ve held so far!" The host church pastor,
Rev. Steve Boyce, said that all the initial reports he’s
received "have been just rave reviews!" Thanks to Bill and to
Pastor Steve and his volunteers at the Worship Center for
helping to bring all of this together.
- After the
apologetics conference, Bill Craig, Gary Habermas,
Jim Sinclair, and I were able to sit down for over two hours
with a couple of atheists who had crashed the party. It
was an excellent time of discussion and building relationships
with them. One of them wrote a note to me afterwards, mentioning
that the conference was "excellent" and that, despite our
philosophical differences, "there is just something irresistible
and winsome about Christian friendship."
- Chad Meister has helped coordinate another international outreach
effort scheduled for next fall at Hokkaido University in Japan.
For health reasons, though, Chad is stepping down as EPS vice
president and as international outreach coordinator, but I want to
thank him heartily for his energy, resourcefulness, wisdom, and
graciousness. Please pray for him as well as this upcoming venture.
While we’re on the topic, I’d like to say thanks to Stewart
Kelly, Bob Stewart, Rich Davis, and Bob Larmer for their service on
the EPS executive committee, and we welcome four new members to our
EC: Jeremy Evans, Craig Mitchell, Bill Dembski, and Bruce Little.
Again, as I recently wrote, I would ask you to support the EPS
with your prayers and financial gifts. Indeed, God is at work
in and through the EPS! May we remain faithful co-laborers
with him in a remarkable movement that he has wrought!
Advent blessings to you all!