Insuppressible: Glory, Gospel, and the Design of Life

Pensacola Theological Institute 2018


Douglas Axe
Gabriel Fluhrer
Derek Thomas


July 27-29, 2018


McIlwain Presbyterian Church
1220 East Blount Street
Pensacola, FL 32503

Advance registration is now closed
Walk ins are still welcome



Conference Description

Does the universe display a structure that implies a designer? Does life at its most intricate level reveal the designer’s “finger prints”? Is history itself witness to a grand plan?  More importantly—do we intuitively know the answer to these questions is, “Yes”?

The Pensacola Theological Institute will address these questions and more at its 2018 conference, Insuppressible: Glory, Gospel and the Design of Life, featuring Douglas Axe, Gabriel Fluhrer, and Derek Thomas.

Integrating the most recent advances in Intelligent Design scholarship with solid biblical theology, this conference will examine, not merely the unmistakable scientific evidence of design in life and how the unfolding drama of history shows the hand of a Sovereign, loving Creator, but also that everyone everywhere intuitively already believes these things to be true.


Thursday, July 26, 2018
7:00 p.m. Pre-conference Q&A with Douglas Axe and Gabriel Fluhrer

Friday, July 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. Registration
5:45 p.m. Welcome
6:00 p.m. The Glory of God’s Design in Creation, Derek Thomas
7:00 p.m. Break
7:15 p.m. The Undeniability of God’s Design in Creation, Douglas Axe
8:15 p.m. Wrap up/Bookstore closes at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 28, 2018
8:30 a.m. Late Registration
9:00 a.m. The Glory of God’s Design in Redemption, Derek Thomas
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Insuppressible Suppressed, Gabriel Fluhrer
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Speaker Panel Discussion/Q&A
12:30 p.m. Wrap up/Bookstore closes at 1:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. Free time
5:00 p.m. Dinner on the Grounds
6:00 p.m. Why Science Needs Faith, Douglas Axe
7:00 p.m. Break
7:15 p.m. Why Science Needs the Bible, Gabriel Fluhrer
8:15 p.m. Wrap up/Bookstore closes at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. The Call to Baptize Darwinism, and Why We Should Reject It, Douglas Axe
10:45 a.m. Morning Worship: The Insuppressible Christ, Gabriel Fluhrer

Speaker Biographies

Douglas Axe is director of Biologic Institute in Seattle and author of the award-winning book Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed. After a Caltech Ph.D. he held postdoctoral and research scientist positions at Cambridge University and the Medical Research Council Centre in Cambridge. His work and ideas have been featured in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Molecular Biology, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature, and in such books as Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen Meyer and Life’s Solution by Simon Conway Morris.

Gabriel Fluhrer joined the First Presbyterian Church staff in October 2017. Gabe grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and attended the University of South Carolina. He was ordained at the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville in 2008, after completing his Master of Divinity at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He later received his Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church, Gabe served as the church planter and founding pastor of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina from 2011-2015 and the Minister of Discipleship at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi from 2015-2017.  He has also edited three books published by P&R. Currently, Gabe is the Minister of Discipleship at First Presbyterian Church and serves on the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary’s Global and Houston campuses. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, golf, and Gamecock football. He is married to Callie. The have three daughters.

Derek Thomas is the senior minister at historic First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC as well as a professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary teaching in both Atlanta, GA and Jackson, MS. After pastoring in Ireland for 17 years, Dr. Thomas served on the staff of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS for 15 years. He has written or edited 15 books, including How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home and Acts Reformed Expository Commentary

Hotel Information

Please call the hotel directly and mention "The Pensacola Theological Institute" to receive the special rate.

Hampton Inn Pensacola Airport
2187 Airport Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32504
Call 850-478-1123 by June 28th
Group code: PTG

Sole Inn and Suites
200 N Palafox St
Pensacola, FL 32502
Call 850-470-9298 by June 26th

Select free housing is available for those in need. Inquiries should be sent to:


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