The Pastor in the Public Square: An April 2014 T4G Course

The Pastor in the Public Square: An April 2014 T4G Course February 7, 2014

On April 7-10, 2014, I’ll be teaching the Together for the Gospel conference course entitled “The Pastor in the Public Square.” In addition to my lectures, I’m excited to announce three features of this really fun course! (Registration info below)

1) SBTS President Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. has agreed to give a special lecture on “The Theology of the Pastor in the Public Square” at 2:45pm-4pm on April 7, 2014. I’m thrilled to teach again with Dr. Mohler; we’ve taught together at both Boyce and the Seminary Wives Institute, so it will be exciting to co-teach with him at the MDiv level. (My own lectures will cover how Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Edwards, and others handled public square theology–this is red meat to me.)

2) We’ll have a SBTS faculty panel with gifted professors from a wide range of disciplines at 4:30pm on April 7, 2014. These include Dan DeWitt, Adam Greenway, Timothy Paul Jones, Denny Burk, Heath Lambert, and Mark Coppenger. We’ll have a fun, free-wheeling discussion on “The Peril and Promise of Being a Public Witness.”

3) At night I’ll moderate a potent pastors’ panel on “How Much Should Pastors Engage Public Square Issues?” with Ligon Duncan, Kevin DeYoung, Jim Hamilton, Greg Gilbert, and Ryan Fullerton. We’ll hash out just how much pastors talk about cultural trends and major issues in their sermons and ministries. I’m guessing there will be some (profitable) disagreement and lively conversation.

In addition, all students will attend the CBMW National Conference on “CBMW and the Gospel” (T4G pre-conference) on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 8:30-12pm. Only those students who register for the CBMW event will get $100 worth of new books. Students will then attend all of the T4G conference from Tuesday, April 8-Thursday, April 10, 2014.

I look forward to seeing some of you in this SBTS T4G course. Please note: you don’t need to be a current SBTS student (or to take future SBTS courses) to take this class. We’re going to have a blast in April 2014.


Here’s more info on actually getting enrolled in the course:

How do I register for a course?

To register for the course, students should select the appropriate option for attending Together for the Gospel Conference for academic credit when they register for the conference.

If you are not a SBTS student, but would like to take a conference class, complete the Conference Trip Course Application digitally and email it to

After you receive your official acceptance letter from Southern Seminary you will be placed in the course officially via Southern’s Academic Registrar. You can, however, begin completing coursework following the requirements in the syllabi found on Southern Seminary’s Conference Course Website.

For more information call the admissions office at 502-897-4221 or email

(More T4G course FAQ here.)

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