An exciting announcement from Kerri Takeuchi, our Peacemaker Conference Manager:
Peacemaker Ministries is proud to announce that Dave Harvey will be a keynote speaker at the 2009 Peacemaker Conference held at the Hyatt Regency DFW in Texas September 24-26, 2009. Dave oversees Church Care and Church Planting at Sovereign Grace Ministries. He has been a pastor for over 20 years, has served as a member of the Sovereign Grace leadership team since 1995 and also serves on the board of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF). Dave is the author of When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage (Shepherd, 2007), contributor to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World (Crossway 2008), several booklets for Sovereign Grace Ministries, and continues working on various other writing projects. Dave and his wife, Kimm, have four children and call West Chester, Pennsylvania home.
With all the connections that Dave has with Peacemaker Ministries and his focus on keeping the gospel at the center, Dave will bring another gospel-based message to the “Church on a Journey” conference theme.
On a personal note, I’m thrilled that Dave will be sharing with us. My husband and I read When Sinners Say I Do as part of our premarital counseling and thought it was the best thing to happen to our relationship since, well, each other! He is incredibly skilled at helping us apply the truth of the gospel to our everyday lives and relationships. We’ve made this book a standard gift for couple friends who are at all stages of their relationships (along with the accompanying Study Guide, which we didn’t use because it came out after we were married).
Just to give you a taste of what Dave is like, here’s a quote from Sinners on what he calls an “ironic biblical tension,” a tension that committed peacemakers are familiar with:
We are called to be merciful and withhold judgment. But we are also called to challenge one another — to correct, exhort, and speak truth to the one we love (Hebrews 3:12-13). This can seem like a paradox, even an apparent contradiction in our call. But it’s not. On the contrary, God has set us in our [relationship], at this time, with this person so that we can perform the extraordinary task of ministry. We can fulfill the call of reconciliation — turning a wandering believer back to the God who saves. We can love by bringing truth in gracious ways; applying grace through speaking the truth. When we do this ministry, we not only fulfill the role of Nathan, we represent our Lord Jesus Christ, who came and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say I Do, page 120
Finally, please note that we have an upcoming conference registration deadline: register on or before Sunday, May 31 to receive a lower registration price of $269. After May 31, the price will go up to $299.