Next month I am pleased to participate once again in the Preserving the Truth Conference held in Troy, Michigan. This is the second such conference, organized bi-annually by a group of fine pastors in the Detroit area.
I’m particularly excited about the theme for this year’s conference since it is one of the primary foci of the dissertation I am currently writing. The theme of the conference is “Christ and Culture: Preserving the Truth in a Changing World.”
The conference organizers and speakers believe that culture is not neutral and that an indiscriminate adoption of cultural expressions risks the perversion of God’s truth.
My session from the last conference actually addressed this issue. I argued that truth itself contains an aesthetic component and that if that component is not maintained through the various cultural forms we use in worship, we have not successfully preserved God’s truth.
Other speakers this year include Paul Hartog, Mark Minnick, Bruce McAllister, Steve Thomas, TJ Klapperich, Mike Harding, and Aaron Blummer. Looks like a great line-up!
The conference is Friday afternoon, January 4 through Saturday afternoon, January 5.
Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He has written several books, dozens of articles, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and two children.