Old Life in the Imperial Capital

Brian Lee, pastor at Christ Reformed Church (URC) in Washington, D.C., has put together another fall program of lectures and events, this year devoted to the theme of Christianity and Politics. I will be speaking with Michael Gerson, speech writer for George W. Bush, on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Terry Eastland, publisher of the Weekly Standard, will be moderating our discussion of evangelicals and American politics. (Terry’s presence is remarkable given the collapse of his beloved Braves. I don’t point this out to mock or chest thump but to express real empathy; if Terry takes Braves’ losses the way I go blue after a Phillies’ defeat, then his willingness to get out of bed is a tribute to his mental health.)

[Taken from CRC’s press release]
The full schedule follows (speaker bios below):

Sunday, October 9th,11:00 am — Michael Horton, “Evangelism and Social Justice”

Thursday, October 13th, 7:00 pm — Michael Gerson, Darryl Hart, Terry Eastland, “The Future of Evangelicals in Politics”

Sunday, October 16th, 11:00 am — Brian Lee, “Govern Well, or Be Governed?”

Thursday, October 20th, 7:00 pm — David VanDrunen, “Natural Law and Christian Politics”

Sunday, October 23rd, 11:00 am — David Coffin, “The Spirituality of the Church”

Events will be held at Christ Reformed Church’s new Logan Circle home, historic Grace Reformed Church (the church home of President Theodore Roosevelt), located at 1405 15th Street NW, Washington, DC. Reception to follow. Free parking is available (with validation) at the Colonial Parking Lot at 1616 P Street NW, one block west of the church. Call 202.656.1611 for more information or visit our website at http://www.ChristReformedDC.org.


Dr. Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, Host of the White Horse Inn radio program and Editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He has written The Gospel Commission and Where in the World is the Church, as well as The Christian Faith, a new highly-acclaimed one-volume systematic theology. He is a minister in the United Reformed Church.

Michael Gerson, opinion writer for the Washington Post and former head speech writer and senior policy advisor to President George W. Bush. He is the author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era, and Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail if They Don’t).

Terry Eastland, Publisher of The Weekly Standard and is ordained as an elder at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Darryl Hart, visiting professor of History at Hillsdale College in the area of American Religious history and the author of numerous books on Christianity and Politics, including From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism and A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State, and blogs on religion and public life at oldlife.org.

Dr. Brian Lee, founding pastor of Christ Reformed Church, Washington, DC, and holds degrees from Stanford University, Westminster Seminary California, and Calvin Theological Seminary. Prior to becoming a pastor Dr. Lee also worked in Washington on Capitol Hill, at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and at the Department of Defense. He studied Dutch Calvinism as a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands in 2001.

Dr. David VanDrunen, Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. He has written Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought and Living in God’s Two Kingdoms. He is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and holds a Law Degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Rev. David Coffin, Senior Pastor at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia.


22 thoughts on “Old Life in the Imperial Capital

  1. Well, try being a Pirates fan. 😉 Good thing that baseball isn’t our savior as there is no hope to be found there and we’ve all stopped paying attention.

    I subscribe to Christ Reformed’s podcast so I look forward to being able to listen to these. I’ll be praying there won’t be any technical problems.


  2. Wow, what a lineup! I think I’ve got a serious case of Old Life envy about attending these events. Like Barb, I will have to settle for the audio.


  3. DGH,

    Do you know if the audio will be made available? I wish I could be there. I may have to commision my daughter, Carrie Coleman to attend and take notes.

    I’m still trying to recover from the Phillies collapse in 1964…


  4. Jack, I suspect it will be recorded, but I hope your daughter comes with her husband just the same.

    I hope Howard’s homer tonight helped your coping skills a little.


  5. I am strongly tempted to set up a paypal account in order to beg for plane tickets to get out to this conference. Brian has put together quite a lineup here, leaving one to suspect that he has some pretty sweet connections. Looking forward to the audio.


  6. I contacted Brian recently and he said the audio will be at the Christ Reformed DC; christreformeddc.org, at some point. Looking forward to this alot, Darryl. Although I suppose we’ll hear from the usual folks calling it “R2K” 🙂


  7. After the way the Phillies and Cliff Lee played on Sunday (not to mention the dang Eagles!), mental health well-being has become an issue in our household as well.


  8. Richard, that’s what happens when you break the Sabbath. I’m sure all the Cardinals’ Reformed Protestant fans did not profane the day — hence their team won.


  9. Hey, I’ll gladly take the hit for Cliff Lee losing: It’s MY fault, I watched some of the game after our second Lord’s Day service. But I’m not taking the hit for Vick and a one-point loss. Nope. The Eagles just plain stink.


  10. It’s remarkable I’d do anything, having suffered through the worst September collapse of a team with such a big lead–or (some consolation) the next-to-the-worse, since the Red Sox were 1/2 game better on their competition and thus a half-game worse than the Braves in their plunge. But being a Braves fan, notwithstanding all those division titles, means you’ve become used to end-of-season disasters. (Anybody remember game 4 of the 1996 World Series?) At least I’ll not need to check scores via my iPhone while moderating the discussion at Christ Reformed D.C.


  11. If I may cross-pollinate threads, I was a pessimist until 2004. My new-found optimism was validated and strengthened in 2007. Just a few days ago I was still in optimistic mode when the Bosox were leading 3-2 in the 7th while the D-Rays were losing 7-0. Then the ball clanked off Crawford’s glove while the losing run scored (an image burned onto my mind), a D-Ray hit a little fly ball into NY’s obscenely close right field wall in extra innings….

    I should have just stayed with pessimism. It’s 2003 again.


  12. Ditto, DG. Let’s hear it for Ben Francisco and Madsen. Madsen, Lidge, and Worley gave me an upset stomach, though. Let’s hope Oswalt finishes this.


  13. Richard, one blessing on my end was being present at a Christian Ed. Committee meeting and singing through proposed psalms for a new psalter hymnal. But I am still so earthly minded that singing God’s praise could not offset worries about the Phillies’ bullpen.


  14. No such luck on my end. I spent the last couple innings looking at the game clutching the arms of my chair. I should have spent the time reading the Psalms.


  15. Indeed. Most of the game was too painful to watch, starting with Victorino falling on his rear, and Howard swinging at air. The Phillies don’t exactly encourage a theology of glory, do they? Let’s hope the other Roy does better on Friday.


  16. Alas, I’ve been too busy with event-planning to keep up with my OldLife reading. Thanks, Darryl, for the mention here.

    We will have audio, and we’ll try to get it up quickly after each of the events. That will be at http://www.ChristReformedDC.org, and will also get into our podcast feed (itpc://www.christreformeddc.org/URC-DC/Sermon_Podcast/rss.xml)…

    …and our sermon audio page (www.sermonaudio.com/ChristReformedDC).

    Did I mention Facebook? (Facebook.com/ChristReformedDC)

    Twitter? /ReformedDC

    OK, I’ll stop. Talking about the audio.

    We’re also going to try to capture some short videos for our YouTube channel (ChristReformedDC).

    If you appreciate these kinds of conversations, please tell a friend in DC about our mission work in Logan Circle, and if you REALLY appreciate them, please consider supporting a needy Word and Sacrament church trying to get off the ground.



  17. Dr. Hart,

    I don’t know if you have heard this attack on Two Kingdom Theology by Brian Mattson @ The CCL conference, a couple of weeks ago. I’m passing this along in case you haven’t. Brian Mattson mentions Dr. VanDrunen & Dr. Horton by name & quotes Living in God’s Two Kingdoms many times and equates Two Kingdoms as pietism & better version sectarianism. I’m sure there is more than one post of material here.



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