Conferences are typically sessions recorded during a specially scheduled event typically featuring a keynote speaker but not limited to only one speaker. Conferences often feature a series of different speakers such as the annual Chafer Theological Seminary Pastors’ conferences.
Insights Into Biblical Creation and Other Critical Biblical Studies
Chafer Theological Seminary (CTS) continues to stand for an inerrant Bible and a literal interpretation. One of the foundational doctrines derived from this is a young earth creation (with or without a gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2). Young Earth creation was a standard view of literal inerrantists in the 60s and 70s, but is poorly represented among contemporary evangelical elites.
Many Christians have not yet truly come to grips with the evidence of a young Earth vs. an old Earth compromise with the presuppositions of evolution’s time tables.
The 2016 Chafer Conference's keynote speaker Dr. Steve Austin is one of the most profound scientific voices for biblical creationism today and he addressed some of these issues.
Tommy Ice's observations from his recent trip to the "Christ at the Checkpoint Conference" in Bethlehem kicked off the conference.
Bruce Baker's paper, "What on Earth is God Doing?" presented a comprehensive overview of God's plan for the ages, from Genesis to Revelation.
Ray Mondragon enlightened us with his paper on "Babel – Implications and Evidence of Early Advanced Culture" – discussing significant implications of the historical event, and actual evidence that early civilizations were very advanced, not primitive as current evolutionary thinking dictates.
Charlie Clough discussed "Sin, Deception, and the Corruption of Science: A Look at the So-Called Climate Crisis".
Dan Hill's presentation on "African Tribal Religion and its Influence on American Culture and the American Church" was a real eye-opener..
David Roseland discussed "Theological Method and John Nelson Darby" during his presentation.
Andy Woods spoke on "The Kadesh Barnea Paradigm as a Solution to the Problem of Hebrews 6:4–6".
We also had a special Seder meal presentation by Guillermo (Bill) Katz of Chosen People Ministries.
Conference Papers CD
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West Houston Bible Church in conjunction with Disciple Makers Multiplied (DM2) hosted a workshop to train men and women in the DM2 Panorama of the Life of Christ - Part 1 curriculum. The purpose is to prepare men and women to be disciple makers in the spirit of 2 Timothy 2:2.
The goal of this workshop is to equip the saints for effective service whether it be at home or within your family, in a Bible study or Sunday school, or even on the mission field. This workshop is for everyone! Whenever our Lord calls for your service, will you be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you? 1 Peter 3:15
DM2 was originally designed to give sound Bible teaching to pastors and leaders in the developing world and facilitate these leaders to pass on this teaching. Due to the tremendous effectiveness of DM2’s strategy overseas, these workshops have been introduced here in the USA where they’ve been met with great enthusiasm.
On the surface, a DM2 workshop might seem like just another Bible conference, but it's much more than that. In a very short period of time, DM2’s teaching methodology takes people from one level of Biblical understanding to the next, while at the same time equipping and encouraging them to teach others in the spirit of 2 Timothy 2:2.
The workshops are intensive with multiple hours of teaching each day, but because teachers are rotated and because of the format of the workbooks, and the intense fellowship in the Word, time flies! The result is a group of enthusiastic, prepared disciple-makers who can easily go on to teach others what they’ve learned.
You can order a free multi-class all-in-one disc of Part 1 of this seminar here.
To view all video Bible studies in the DM2 Panorama of the Life of Christ series, click here.
Dr. Dean was one of the featured speakers at the 2015 Coast Bible Conference in Gulfport, MS in July 2015. His topic was How to Grow Spiritually.
This year’s Chafer Conference was a potpourri of stimulating topics. Several speakers had multiple sessions including Dr. Andy Woods and Dr. Bruce Baker. Since the Lord surprised us by taking our previous Keynote speaker, Dr. Glen Riddle, home in early March, we decided to continue with the main line of his topic which was to better understand the true grace of the gospel. Four of us are contributors to a recently published book, 21 Tough Questions about Grace. Jim Myers, Dr. Andy Woods, Mark Musser, and Dr. Robert Dean focused on these sometime challenging passages for understanding the grace of God.
Dr. Bruce Baker took three sessions to address critical issues and trends in the Spiritual Life, including a critique of the Spiritual Formation Movement.
Two of the most popular questions related to end times events were addressed. Both of these questions have gone to center stage due to the potential threat of a nuclear Iran and the rise of ISIS. Dr. Andy Woods will give a two-session presentation on Ezekiel 38–39 and the timing of those events. And Dr. Tommy Ice addressed a frequently asked question, "Does Biblical Prophecy Suggest a Future Moslem AntiChrist?"
Additionally, we had a presentation by Chafer graduate, Nate Purtzer, on the "Value of Learning Biblical Greek".
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You can find the conference materials for the 2014 Chafer Theological Seminary annual Pastor's conference here. The theme for the 2014 conference was Dispensationalism.
Much controversy has been stirred up regarding dispensationalism since John Nelson Darby first systematized this theology. Since the early 19th century, though, millions of faithful believers have learned to “rightly divide” the Word of Truth by learning to consistently apply principles of literal interpretation to the Scripture. The result has made it clear that God has a distinct plan for Israel and a distinct plan for the Church. At this conference we learned about the history of dispensationalism, theological distinctives of dispensationalism, and implications of dispensationalism for our understanding of God’s Word.
The speakers at this year’s conference spent decades of study researching critical issues related to dispensational theology. We hope that God will give you fresh insight into the understanding and application of His Word in your life through the study of these topics.
The conference was hosted by West Houston Bible Church March 10-12, 2014. The speakers at the conference included Keynote Speaker Elliott Johnson, as well as daytime speakers Bruce Baker, Charles Clough, Christopher Cone, Tommy Ice, Ray Mondragon, Mike Stallard, and Andy Woods. The conference kick-off speaker was Robert Dean.
Dr, Dean has put together a suggested reading list on Dispensationalism. Click here to download the document.
Click here to view the historical pictures presented by Paul Schmidtbleicher featuring George Meisinger.
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Biblical Priorities for Church Ministry
The theme for the 2013 conference was Biblical Priorities for Church Ministry with an emphasis on understanding the contemporary Christian worship controversy. Scott Aniol, the keynote speaker and author of "Worship in Song", a book we highly recommend, provided critical insight into understanding that there is biblically consistent music and music that contradicts a Christian worldview.
Tens of thousands of churches have almost identical doctrinal statements. However, when attending them they may seem vastly different. That difference is what is usually called the “philosophy of ministry” and basically describes the priorities and emphases of any given church or ministry. Sadly, apostasy, division, and church splits are more often the result of differences in how to “do church”, than in what we believe, and few churches ever articulate their philosophy of ministry.
One of the most divisive areas of philosophy of ministry today is not only the meaning of the word “worship”, but its exclusive identification with music. Our keynote speaker, Scott Aniol, is exceptionally qualified to address this topic and has written and spoken much about this over the years. Other significant areas that must be addressed relate to the priority of Bible teaching in a local church, what it means to be a pastor, ministry to men, and ministry to children, along with many other day-to-day activities of a local church.
The men teaching at this conference combine decades of experience in numerous different venues of church ministry. Each is committed to the sufficiency of Scripture and the prime directive of Scripture to “feed the sheep,” “teach the Word,” and to do the work of an evangelist. But we also need to think through how these priorities shape the day-to-day operation and decision making in the local church.
Hosted by West Houston Bible Church from March 4-6, 2013, the speakers at the conference also included daytime speakers Charles Clough, Robert Dean, Bruce Einspahr, Bryan Hult, George Meisinger, Jim Myers, Mark Perkins, David Roseland, Paul Schmidtbleicher, Jeremy Thomas, and Andy Woods.
The Role of the Christian in a National Entity
The theme for this year's conference was The Role of the Christian in a National Entity. Hosted by West Houston Bible Church from March 12-14, 2012, the speakers at the conference included Keynote Speaker: John Eidsmoe, with Special Guest Speaker: Jeffery F. Addicott, Special Series Speaker: Dr. Ron Minton. Other speakers include Charles Clough, Dr. George Meisinger, Mark Musser, Clay Ward, and Dr. Andy Woods.
The Chafer Theological Seminary annual Pastors' Conference, hosted by West Houston Bible Church. The 2011 conference was held March 7th through 9th, 2011. This year's theme was Sanctification.
Dr. Dean has spent much time in the past 30 years researching the differences between the different basic approaches or models to sanctification. Each model—Reformed, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Keswick, or Chaferian—reflects the theological presuppositions each system has in each area of theology. Most Christians are confused by teaching on the spiritual life because much that is taught in this area is an eclectic stew of inconsistent interpretations.
Each night of this conference Dr. Dean focused on the implications of Jesus’ command to “Abide in Me” (John 15:1–7) for understanding the central sanctification passages in Romans, Ephesians, Galatians, and 1 John. The daytime presentations formed the backdrop for understanding these passages. In these three evening messages, Dr. Dean brought together the results of these presentations to present a view of the spiritual life that is internally consistent and which most accurately fits a free grace gospel and a dispensational view of God the Holy Spirit.
Keynote Speaker was Dr. Robert L. Dean. Other speakers included Bruce Bumgardner, Charlie Clough, David Dunn, Dan Inghram, George Meisinger, Jim Myers, Mark Perkins, David Roseland, Paul Schmidtbleicher, Clay Ward, and Andy Woods.
Conference materials for the 2010 Chafer Theological Seminary annual Pastors Conference. The theme for this year's conference was Creation and was hosted by West Houston Bible Church from March 8-10, 2010. Speakers at the conference included Keynote speaker Dr. Steve Austin of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), Dr. John Whitcomb, Charles Clough, Fred Lybrand, Ray Mondragon, Mark Musser, and Andy Woods.
Conference materials for the 2009 Chafer Theological Seminary annual Pastors Conference. The theme for this year’s conference was Biblical Hermeneutics and was hosted by West Houston Bible Church from March 9-11, 2009. The Keynote speaker was Dr. Ron Merryman. Other speakers included special guest speaker Dr. Robert Thomas, as well as Rev. Charles Clough, Dr. J.B. Hixson, Dr. Tommy Ice, Dr. George Meisinger, Pastor Clay Ward, and Prof. Andy Woods.