Latter-day Saints in the Los Angeles / Orange County area are invited to this event, which may well be the largest meeting of Latter-day Saints and Evangelicals since the Evening of Friendship in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in 2004.
To further our common objectives of understanding and appreciating our two separate faiths, Mariners Church has again invited their Mormon neighbors to join hands for an Evening Of Mormon/Evangelical Conversation on Sunday, August 24, at 7 pm.
Last May 2007 over half of the spacious new Mariners Worship Center was filled with about equal numbers of LDS and Evangelical as active guests. BYU Professor Robert Millet and Baptist Pastor Greg Johnson modeled how to discuss a wide range of theological differences, while pursuing a growing friendship across faiths. That was followed by a series of friendly and stimulating, but smaller scale, summer dialogs between Dr. Craig Hazen (Professor of theology and director of Apologetics Department at Biola University) and our own Costa Mesa CES Institute Director, Brett Holbrook.
This year Bob and Greg will again return. This time they bring with them two renowned speakers: Dr. Spencer Fluhman, Professor of Church History at BYU, and Dr. Dennis Okholm, Professor of theology and philosophy at Azusa Pacific University and Pastor at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. All are good friends who respect each other. This time they will discuss in greater depth their foundational faith in Christ and the essentials of salvation.
It will be an engaging feast for the mind and spirit. It will also provide another opportunity to strengthen our mutual growing regard for and with Mariners Church. Dr. Hazen will again be the moderator for this friendly and respectful conversation.
This is a good year for us to join forces with as many of our Christian friends as possible—in support of Proposition 8 and the protection of marriage as it has been divinely ordained.
With your priesthood leaders’ approval, please run the following notice in each ward bulletins for the next three Sundays, August 10, 17 and 24.
Mormons and Evangelicals in Conversation. 7 pm Sunday, 8/24 at Mariners’ main Worship Center, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine 92603. Hear a respectful discussion about the true identity of Christ and the essentials of salvation by BYU Professors Robert Millet and Spencer Fluhman, Greg Johnson (Founder of Utah’s Standing Together Ministry) and Dr. Dennis Okholm (pastor at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach). Moderated by Dr. Craig Hazen (Professor of theology and philosophy at Biola University). Two different faiths, four devout scholars, one fruitful conversation. All faiths welcome!