The Spirit of the Age: Age of The Spirit

Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology 2018

Plenary Speakers

Daniel Akin
Richard Gaffin
Daniel Hyde
Conrad Mbewe
Richard Phillips

Workshop Speakers

Jonathan Master
David Murray
Scott Oliphint


Pentecost and the Work of The Spirit Today,
Richard Gaffin



April 13-15, 2018
First Christian Reformed Church (of Byron Center) 
8541 Byron Center Avenue SW
Byron Center, MI 49315 
Audio coming soon

April 27-29, 2018
Proclamation Presbyterian Church
278 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Advance registration is closed
Walk ins are still welcome


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About the Conference

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”  ~1 John 4:4

All are welcome to join us for the 2018 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. From the very beginning, the Christian faith has stood in contrast with the world. John wrote: “The world is passing away along with all its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 Jn. 2:17). How important then, for believers to understand the dividing line between the two. With this in mind, the 2018 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology confronts the age of the Spirit with the spirit of the age. Seldom has there been a greater need for God’s people to understand what it is that characterizes both the secular kingdom and the kingdom of Christ. The answer was seen when the Spirit of God fell upon the church at Pentecost. What does it mean for us to be living in the age of the Spirit? What are the resources, blessings, and callings of Christ’s people in light of the coming Spirit? These are questions we will consider together in our study of the work and power of the Holy Spirit in our current age.

Our plenary conference speakers this year are Daniel Akin, Daniel Hyde, Conrad Mbewe, and Richard Phillips. Together we will consider the work of the Spirit in this age of the church together with its collision with the world-spirit of unbelief and idolatry. Richard Gaffin will provide our pre-conference on the theme of Pentecost and the Work of the Spirit Today. Those familiar with Dr. Gaffin’s ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary will recognize his singular passion and insight into this vital topic. 

We are excited to return to Grand Rapids, MI, and Bryn Mawr, PA, and look forward to renewing many old friendships and to forming new relationships as we study such a vital topic in the context of rich doxology. Please join us, we are confident that this year’s conference will help you to understand both the times in which you live and the Spirit of Christ by whose power you believe.


Pre-conference: Pentecost and the Work of The Spirit Today
8:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
9:15 a.m. Opening Bible Study: Richard Phillips
9:45 a.m. Pentecost and the Gift of The Spirit, Richard Gaffin
10:45 a.m. Coffee break
11:00 a.m. Pentecost and the Gifts of The Spirit, Richard Gaffin
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Pentecost and the Intercession of The Spirit, Richard Gaffin
3:00 p.m. Question & Answer Session
3:45 p.m. End of Pre-Conference

Conference: The Spirit of the Age: Age of The Spirit
6:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:00 p.m. Opening of the 2018 PCRT
First Address: The Spirit of a New Age, Conrad Mbewe

8:00 a.m. Late Registration
9:00 a.m. Second Address: Two Worlds, Two Spirits, Daniel Akin (MI), Daniel Hyde (PA)
10:30 a.m. Third Address: The Spirit of Conviction, Conrad Mbewe
11:30 a.m. Question & Answer Session (All Speakers)
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Fourth Address: The Spirit of Transforming, Daniel Akin (MI), Richard Phillips (PA)
3:15–4:30 p.m. Workshops
-The Spirit and Evangelism, Conrad Mbewe (MI)
-The Power of the Spirit in the Word of God, Richard Phillips (MI)
-A Spirit-filled Life in a Post-Christian Culture, David Murray (MI), Jonathan Master (PA)
-Being a Pentecost Church in an Age of The Spirit, Daniel Hyde (PA)
-The Anatomy of Unbelief, Scott Oliphint (PA)
4:30 p.m. Dinner (at local restaurants)
7:00 p.m. Fifth Address: The Spirit of Christ's Glory, Richard Phillips (MI), Daniel Hyde (PA)

Sunday PCRT joins host church worship for final address.
Sixth Address: The Spirit's People in the World, Richard Phillips
8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. PCRT worships with First Christian Reformed Church of Byron Center, Grand Rapids
11:00 a.m. PCRT worships with Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr

Speaker Biographies

Daniel Akin is married to Charlotte Akin. They have been married since May 27, 1978 for 35 years. They have four sons who are all currently serve in the ministry. He has 3 daughters-in-law and 10 grandchildren! Dr. Akin currently serves as the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a professor of preaching and theology. Dr. Akin is passionate for a great commission resurgence in North America and around the world. He sees the calling of SEBTS to serve the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by equipping the men and women sent to us to be great commission leaders who will build great commission churches. This agenda is placed upon us by the final marching orders of our commander-in-chief, King Jesus, who commanded us to go and make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Dr. Akin and his wife Charlotte have traveled to Sudan, Turkey, Middle East, Kenya, Asia, Central Asia, Thailand, India and Paraguay serving our students and missionaries and helping share the gospel.

Richard Gaffin is professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He joined the faculty of Westminster in 1965 and is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He is the author of numerous books and articles including Perspectives on Pentecost, Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul’s Soteriology, and By Faith, Not By Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation.

Daniel Hyde has been the pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church since its inception in 2000. Besides being a local pastor, he serves in a variety of ways for the extension of Christ’s kingdom. He teaches a variety of courses at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and the Instituto João Calvino in Recife, Brazil. He serves on the Advisory Council of Word & Deed Ministries. And he has written fifteen books, including Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims and God in Our Midst: The Tabernacle and our Relationship with God.

Jonathan Master teaches theology, church history, and New Testament at Cairn University. He also oversees Cairn’s honors program, a part of Cairn’s Center for University Studies. Dr. Master also serves as the Alliance editorial director of the online magazine Place for Truth, as well as co-host of the podcast Theology on the Go (both sponsored by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals). He has authored the book A Question of Consensus (Fortress Press) and a number of articles, in addition to editing The God We Worship (P&R). Prior to teaching, he served in pastoral ministry for ten years.

Conrad Mbewe has served as pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church since 1987 and has been the principal of the Lusaka Ministerial College during various periods of its existence. He is a graduate of the Cape Town Baptist Seminary in South Africa. He holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Pastoral Theology and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Missions. He is the chancellor of the African Christian University, and is a board member of the Central Africa Baptist College and the Covenant College Zambia. He is the author of Maintaining Sexual Purity, Foundations for the Flock, Insights from the Lives of Olive Doke and Paul Kasonga for Pioneer Church Planting and Mission Today, Transforming Our Working Culture, Your Discipleship Manuel, By Fire & By Cloud – A History of Kabwata Baptist Church, and Pastoral Preaching – Building a People for God. He is also the editor of Reformation Zambia. He is married to Felistas and they have 6 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

David Murray is pro­fes­sor of Old Tes­ta­ment and prac­ti­cal the­ol­ogy at Puri­tan Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. He was born in Glas­gow, Scot­land and worked for five years in finan­cial ser­vices before being con­verted to Christ. He stud­ied for the min­istry at Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity and the Free Church of Scot­land Col­lege (Edin­burgh). He was a pas­tor for 12 years, first at Lochcar­ron Free Church of Scot­land and then at Stornoway Free Church of Scot­land (Con­tin­u­ing). He and his wife, Shona, have five chil­dren: Allan, Angus, Joni, Amy, and Scot. He blogs at Head Heart Hand.

Scott Oliphint is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to coming to Westminster, Dr. Oliphint, an ordained pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, was a pastor in Amarillo, TX, his hometown. Dr. Oliphint is the author of Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology and God with Us. In addition to these (and other) books, Dr. Oliphint has authored numerous scholarly articles. He has lectured around the world, from London to Jakarta to Hong Kong. 

Richard Phillips is chair of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Rev. Phillips also serves as senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. An officer in the United States Army for thirteen years, Phillips commanded tank units and later served as assistant professor of leadership at West Point before resigning with the rank of major to enter the ministry. He is the author of numerous books, including, The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men and I Samuel Reformed Expository Commentary.

Hotel Information

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Grand Rapids
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South
2150 Metro Lane
Wyoming, MI 49519
Call 616-724-1234 by March 22nd
3.6 miles from the church

Courtyard Philadelphia Valley Forge/King of Prussia
1100 Drummers Lane 
Wayne, PA 19087
Call 610-687-6700 by April 12th 
8.0 miles from the church

The Radnor Hotel
591 E Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087
Call 610-688-5800 by March 16th
3.9 miles from the church