Summer Conference 2016: Greystone Theological Institute & John Owen Society

‘The Death and Resurrection of Holy Scripture’

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Friday 2nd September (pm) – Saturday 3rd September 2016


Dr. Mark Garcia, founder and director of the Greystone Theological Institute ( will be joining us in Oxford for the first Greystone Theological Institute & John Owen Society summer conference. The conference theme is the doctrine of Scripture. In four lectures over two days, interspersed with good food, wine, discussion and corporate worship, Mark Garcia will speak to the title:

‘The Death and Resurrection of Holy Scripture’

Engaging recent research in biblical studies, systematic, and historical theology, the lectures will discuss the ‘death’ of the Bible as the Church’s authoritative ‘Holy Scripture’ following the Reformation. With this death came the rise of the discipline of ‘biblical studies’, which increasingly treated the text of the Bible as any other. Dr. Garcia will explore the significance of the recent turn back to the text both within and outside the Reformed tradition. What promise is there for the ‘resurrection’ of the Bible as ‘Holy Scripture’? And how can this recovery of Scripture proceed, without leaving aside any of the many real benefits of critical study?

In a short conference geared towards theological students, pastors, and interested church members, Dr. Garcia will show how an eschatological-teleological vision for the ontology of Holy Scripture and a developed understanding of the relationship between Scripture and the church can move us towards a robust grasp of how Scripture speaks of itself.


garcia-11Mark Garcia is a Reformed theologian and pastor. He has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in systematic theology and has held academic posts at institutions including Cambridge University, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is author of Life in Christ: Union with Christ and Twofold Grace in Calvin’s Theology (Paternoster, 2008) as well as many journal articles and essays. His recent research has focused on horrendous evils and the atonement, the theological virtues, the theological ontology of the feminine, and the doctrine of Scripture. He is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers.


• 4pm Friday 2nd September until 5pm Saturday 3rd September

• Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

• Cost £65 including food (accommodation to be arranged separately but there is some availability at Wycliffe Hall)

Places are limited to 25. To book please email

Trinity Term Lecture Coming Up Soon

Dear friends,

As you may have seen on Twitter or Facebook, the John Owen Society is pleased to announce our second lecture coming up within less than a fortnight.  Details are as follows:

Lecture Title: ‘”The Glorious, Indivisible, Trinitarian Work of God in Christ”: Atonement in Paul’s Salvation JG_Photo-Professionalsmall-crop1Theology’
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Gibson, Associate Minister at Cambridge Presbyterian Church and author of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Perspective.
Date: Wednesday 4th May
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Keble College, University of Oxford.
Cost: Free.  That said, we will be inviting attendees to become members of the John Owen Society for £10 on the evening.  This is entirely optional but we would be greatly encouraged by your support as we endeavour to bring high quality Reformed lectures to Oxford.

Further Details:
– With the kind support of Latimer Trust and Crossway Books, we have a number of books to give away on the evening.
– On the evening we will be announcing an excellent two-day conference on the doctrine of Scripture. Stay tuned for more information.

RSVP: please do register for the evening at

Please join with us in praying that this event would be just as encouraging – even moreso! – than the last.  We look forward to seeing you there and sharing drinks and nibblies with you afterwards.

An excellent evening

Thanks to all who came to the inaugural meeting of the John Owen Society on Monday evening.  It was greatly encouraging to have many folk in attendance, ranging from ordinands, faculty, clergy, laypersons and postgradutates.  Lee Gatiss gave a soul-stirring and intellectually stimulating paper on the life and theology of John Owen.  A fantastic night all round.

If you would like to listen to the talk, please head to the Church Society website.

If you would like to subscribe to hear about our next lecture, please email us at

Warm regards,
The John Owen Society Committee.

Updated Details for Tomorrow Night

Just a few additional details to what is looking forward to being a great night tomorrow:

  • Paid parking is available on surround streets from 6:30pm.
  • Entrance to the venue is from the Radcliffe Camera side of the University Church of St. Mary.
  • We have had a lot of RSVPs, so do come early for a decent seat.

See you there!

2016 Evening Lecture

The John Owen Society is pleased to announce its inaugural lecture on 25th January 2016.  Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss (Director, Church Society) will speak on ‘The English Calvin?  The Life and Legacy of John Owen’. Owen was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Dean of Christ Church and a Member of the British Parliament in the mid seventeenth century. He was also a prodigious Bible commentator and leading Reformed theologian. We pray that this society bearing his name will contribute to the rebirth of Reformed theology in Oxford in 2016.

What:The English Calvin? The Life and Legacy of John Owen” (Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss, Director Church Society) followed by drinks
When: Monday 25th January 2016, 7pm
Where: Old Clore Library, University Church of St. Mary, Oxford.