2009 Torrey Conference: Facing Suffering
Schedule of Sessions
Wednesday Oct 21
9:30 am..... Tremper Longman III *
"Cry of the Soul: How the Psalms Help Us Speak Honestly to God"
(Psalm 69) AUDIO VIDEO
11 am........ Reflection Session 1 * (attendance scanned 12-12:30)
1:30 pm..... Kay Warren *
"The Treasures of Darkness" (Isaiah 45:3) AUDIO VIDEO
3 pm.......... Reflection Session 2 * (attendance scanned 4-4:30)
4:15 pm..... Fireside Chat with Kay Warren [in Collegium]
7 pm......... Kay Warren *
"Facing the Darkness Together" (Job 2:13; Isaiah 63:9)
Thursday Oct 22
9:30 am..... Tremper Longman III *
"Remembrance: Key to Hope in the Midst of Suffering" (Psalm 77)
11 am........ Reflection Session 3 * (attendance scanned 12-12:30)
1:30 pm..... Tremper Longman III *
"Life is Difficult And Then You Die" (Eccles 12:1-7) AUDIO VIDEO
3 pm.......... Reflection Session 4 * (attendance scanned 4-4:30)
4:15 pm..... Fireside Chat with Tremper Longman III [in Collegium]
7 pm......... Adrian Randolf DeVisser *
"Bringing Hope in the Midst of Suffering" (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Friday Oct 23
9:30-11:30 am... Francis Chan**
"The Joy of Suffering" (Philippians 3:8-11) AUDIO VIDEO
All sessions in Chase Gym unless otherwise noted.
* Each session worth 1 credit. Each student may also receive up to 1 reflection credit per day. No credits for Fireside Chats.
**Friday’s morning session is extended and worth 2 credits. It includes a reflection for that morning.
8 credits required for full-time students.
Kay Warren along with her husband, Rick Warren, are the founders of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. In 2005, Kay Warren was instrumental in presenting Saddleback Church’s first HIV/AIDS conference; the "Global Summit on AIDS and the Church" is now an annual event. Through the P.E.A.C.E. Plan, she is now challenging the worldwide Church to take on not just AIDS, but the global giants of spiritual darkness, lack of servant leaders, poverty, disease, and ignorance. Kay has written for Christianity Today, CNN.com, and the Washington Post; her latest book, Dangerous Surrender, was released in December 2007. As a two-time cancer survivor, Warren knows firsthand how a life-threatening diagnosis alters one’s daily life. Her own bouts with suffering have motivated her to serve others who are sick.
Members at Cornerstone Community Church declare, "We don't know... people just continue coming and we build space to accommodate them." The founding pastor, Francis Chan has seen remarkable growth in the ministry there in Simi, California. The Biola community has grown to love and appreciate Chan's ministry at Spiritual Renewal Week, Torrey Conference, Missions Conference and countless chapels. One student introduced Francis as "the guy with the visual aids!" Extremely popular at colleges around the US, Chan has also spoken at many national and international youth conferences.
R. A. TORREY
(1856-1928) was an American evangelist, pastor, educator and writer. At age 33 he was called by D. L. Moody to head what became the Moody Bible Institute. He later became the first dean of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA), from 1912 to 1924. His pastorates included Moody Memorial Church and the Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles.
At his funeral, it was said: "Those who knew Dr. Torrey more intimately knew him as a man of regular and uninterrupted prayer. He knew what it meant to pray without ceasing. With hours set systematically apart for prayer, he gave himself diligently to this ministry." A short biography of R.A. Torrey is available at www.believersweb.org.
Tremper Longman III
Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College. He came to Westmont in the 1998-99 school year after teaching for 18 years at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dr. Longman has degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A.), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Yale University (M.Phil.; Ph.D.). He has written a number of articles and books including Fictional Akkadian Autobiography, Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read the Psalms, Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind, Old Testament Commentary Survey, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and God is a Warrior, as well as major commentaries on Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Daniel, and Nahum. In addition, he has teamed up with the psychologist Dan Allender to write four books: Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, and Bold Purpose.
Adrian DeVisser is founder of the Kithu Sevana Church movement in Sri Lanka. He has established vocational centers and places for the poor to obtain food at deeply discounted prices. He also established a center for the widows, which both houses the widows and their children and teaches widows and men a vocation to provide for their family. Adrian is Deputy Director in charge of South Asia for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism and is Vice President for Partnership Development for Asian Access.