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Davenant Discussions

a monthly gathering where we discuss a chosen topic and either invite a speaker to lead us through the topic or follow the lead of an author in a chosen reading

There’s no homework and you’re always welcome to jump in and participate.

This is a free event, but we do request donations to cover the cost of speakers and food.

Next Discussion: Saturday, May 21:
“Amazing Grace: Lessons on Cultural Engagement from William Wilberforce and His Friends”
With Dr. Nathan Finn

Saturday May 21, 2022: "Amazing Grace: Lessons on Cultural Engagement from William Wilberforce and His Friends" with Dr. Nathan Finn

Join us for this film viewing, lecture, and discussion as we learn from the Clapham Saints and consider how to apply their vision to our contemporary context in post-Christian America.

Some Christians are “doctrine people” who are deeply committed to orthodox theology and ethics shaped by Scripture and the best of the Christian tradition. Other Christians are “piety people” who are mostly concerned with walking closely with Christ and pursuing personal holiness and spiritual maturity. Still other Christians are “justice and mercy people” who are committed to challenging injustice and promoting the common good. Finally, some Christians are “Great Commission people” who are passionate about spreading the gospel to the spiritually lost and promoting mission work among the unreached. While this sort of division is overly simplistic, we are always tempted to overemphasize some elements of the Christian life at the expense of others. In William Wilberforce (1759-1833) and his close friends, the so-called Clapham Saints, we have a historical example of holistic Christian faithfulness that embraced the importance of both doctrine and piety, both justice and evangelism.

Dr. Nathan Finn serves as Provost and Dean of the University Faculty at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. He is a historical and systematic theologian with expertise in Baptist history and thought. Most recently, Nathan is co-editor of Historical Theology for the Church (B&H Academic, 2021) and the forthcoming Theological Handbook for the People of God (B&H Academic, 2022). He has also published popular essays for The Gospel Coalition, Public Discourse, Baptist Press, Christianity Today, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Nathan is an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist tradition who frequently preaches and teaches in local churches. He has been married to Leah for 21 years and is the father of four children.

Join us on Saturday from 2:15 to 7:30pm.

2:15 Arrive and mingle, light refreshments
2:45 Intro – 10 minutes
2:55 Movie – “Amazing Grace” (120  minutes)
5:00 Dinner & Fellowship – 60 minutes
6:00 Talk – 45 minutes
6:45 Discussion – 45 minutes
7:30 Flexible departure – Option for continued discussion and fellowship to follow around the campfire

Suggested Donation: $20-$25 (dinner included)

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“There were other joys to be found in their company which still more powerfully captivated my mind – the charms of talking and laughing together and kindly giving way to each other’s wishes, reading elegantly written books together, sharing jokes and delighting to honour one another, disagreeing occasionally but without rancour, as a person might disagree with himself, and lending piquancy by that rare disagreement to our much more frequent accord. We would teach and learn from each other, sadly missing any who were absent and blithely welcoming them when they returned.”

Augustine, Confessions IV.8.13