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October 13, 2012

President Ryken to Keynote Preaching Conference Oct 23-24

Philip Ryken

Wheaton College President Dr. Philip Ryken is the keynote speaker at “Stories that Change Lives: Applying Old Testament Narratives,” the 2012 Preaching Conference at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. The conference will take place October 23 and 24.

WETN, Wheaton College’s FM radio station, will link to a live stream of the conference on its webpage,

Ryken will provide encouragement and practical instruction through the following addresses, which will be streamed live.

Tuesday, October 23
“Mine is the Kingdom” at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24
“Applying Old Testament Narrative” at 9 a.m.
“Thirty-one Reasons to Preach the Old Testament” at 10:30 a.m.
“Hedonism, Meaningless and Otherwise” at 7 p.m.

Dr. Carl Trueman, Dr. James Garretson, and Steve Estes will also address preaching and ministry topics in conference seminars.

“To me, preaching Christ from the Old Testament is one of the greatest pleasures in life and one of the great privileges of being in gospel ministry,” Ryken says. “When Jesus and the apostles preached the gospel, they did so from the Old Testament texts. We see again and again in the sermons in Acts, for example, that the standard New Testament way of preaching the gospel is from the Old Testament.”

After graduating from Wheaton College in 1988, Ryken earned a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in historical theology from the University of Oxford. He returned from England to join the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1995, preaching there until his appointment at Wheaton College in 2010.

Ryken has published more than 30 books, including expository commentaries on Exodus, Jeremiah and other books of the Bible. His upcoming book, Grace Transforming (Crossway) will be available October 31.

More information about the conference is available at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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