Last week, ETS Principal Iver Martin was among the speakers at the 2017 Soli Deo Gloria Conference in Santiago, Chile. This annual conference is organized by the Cristo Rey congregation of the PCA Chile, and seeks to explain what Reformed Faith means from a biblical, theological, historical and pastoral foundation.
The theme of this year’s conference was Legalism and Antinomianism and throughout the three day conference there was a wide-ranging programme of lectures and workshops, with participants from various countries and denominations.
Alongside Principal Martin, the other main speakers were Dr. Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society who is also a visiting lecturer at Union School of Theology; Rev.Daniel R.Hyde, Pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church, Ca and visiting lecturer of systematic theology and missions at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; and Dr. Mark Jones, pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Canada, and a well-known author.
Iver gave two addresses on Scottish Reformation, and the conference was an excellent opportunity to build up fellowship with the church in part of South America. Commenting on the conference, Iver said, “It was a fantastic conference, attended mainly by young people who were eager to learn more about the basics of the reformed faith. It was a real privilege to be amongst them and to share something of what God did in Scotland at the Reformation.”
During their time in Chile the conference speakers were invited to a lunch at the Congress building with two national politicians to discuss how Christians’ viewpoints are represented politically in other countries. They were then presented with commemorative medals to mark their visit.
Iver’s visit to Chile was the final leg of a series of engagements in North and South America. Earlier in the month he represented ETS at the Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Following this, he visited Peru where he had the opportunity to visit Donnie Smith at USEL in Lima. We thank God for the bonds of fellowship shared with Christian brothers and sisters in these nations.