The very first doubt placed by Satan in the mind of humanity was the question, “Did God really say?” (Gen. 3:1). Eons later and the undergirding of God’s revelation to humanity is still being questioned. Critiques, accusations, and objections concerning the Word of God abound in our modern world of chaos and confusion. Our ability to “give an answer” (1 Pet. 3:15) is predicated on the fact that God has spoken (2 Tim. 3:16) and that because of that fact we stand on a firm foundation. How is it that we can know that what we have now is what the original authors wrote thousands of years ago? How can we be confident in light of so many accusations of corruption and confusion? How do we stand on the Word of God as that which is God-breathed and the sole infallible rule of practice and faith for the church today? That and more is what Wesley will be addressing in this particular session.
The H. Evan Runner International Academy for Cultural Leadership is a two-week summer residential training program, beginning in 2019, hosted by the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and co-sponsored by truthXchange and the Center for Cultural Leadership. The Runner Academy seeks to equip the next generation of Christian cultural leaders to understand their own lives and cultural moment through the lens of God’s eternal Word. Delegates will learn about the implications of that Word for every aspect of life, and their calling as God’s people to create and cultivate true, godly culture in the public space.
The Academy seeks to do this by providing comprehensive biblical/cultural worldview training in the survey of Western heritage, the relationship of Christ to culture, the relevance of scriptural law and biblical principles, the nature of being human in terms of the gospel, and the true art of freedom.
In the face of radical secularism, resurgent Islam and proliferating pagan spirituality, our rich Christian heritage, the wisdom that helped give shape to the Western world, is at risk of being lost – discarded by a prevailing anti-Christian ideology, and abandoned by many Christians – as outdated, oppressive, irrelevant.
At the Academy, we are seeking to unveil the state of the nation and offer the tools to retrieve these lost riches of Christian wisdom, to understand the truth, freedom, and beauty of the full scope of the gospel of Jesus, and to provide an environment that stimulates creative discussion for engaging with and shaping culture to the glory of God.