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Brian Edgar Professor of Theological Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

21st December 2012


More than 140 people gathered at Burnside City Church on November 7 to hear the inaugural Robert Iles Memorial Trust Lecture. The lecture - the first in a series of five that will be presented annually - was the brainchild of the Robert Iles Memorial Trust and is a way of honouring issues close to Robert's heart and continuing his passion for the renewal of the church. Professor Brian Edgar of Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, USA presented an outstanding lecture entitled ‘A Tale of Two Cities' which discussed the relationship between Christ and culture; in other words, he delved into what the church needs to take into consideration when seeking to represent the gospel and share the love of God with the world. He shared some provocative insights about what it means to know how to behave as a Christian in the Christian community we call ‘church' while also addressing the crucial context of the church's responsibilities within society as a whole. Refreshingly, Professor Edgar addressed the issue of what Christians should reasonably expect from society at large and addressing the attitudes which can both hinder and help the renewal of the church and spreading the gospel. The full version of is available in a pdf format 

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