Our conference aims to explore evangelical-Puritan spirituality, which is little known in Poland, as well as its underestimated influence on the shaping of the evangelical, revival and Pentecostal movements.
We invite anyone interested in the history of Calvinism and the theology of the spiritual-intellectual life of revival movements.
The Puritans were excellently educated at the best European universities of their time. They were experts in ancient languages and literature, the writings of the Church Fathers, and the achievements of the Reformation. At the same time, they wanted theology to be, above all, practical and easy to understand. When William Perkins, the "prince" of Puritan thinkers, wrote that "theology is the science of living blessedly forever," he perfectly grasped its unique character. According to the Puritans, the science of God had to be applied in everyday life and related to human spirituality, duty and happiness. They were nicknamed "the doctors of human souls and consciences" for a reason.
ABOUT THE PURITANS
Word and Song Evening
Leading: Rev. Dr. Piotr Nowak
Psalms and Hymns: Mate.O
Prayer: Rev. Dr. Dariusz M. Bryćko
Preaching: Rev. Marek Izdebski
Rev. Dr. Piotr Nowak, President of the CTSS
Rev. Dr. Dariusz M. Bryćko, director of Tolle Lege Institute
1. Theology Is the Science of Living Blessedly Forever: William Perkins as a Practical Theologian
Rev. Dr. Dariusz M. Bryćko (Tolle Lege Institute and CTSS)
2. My Soul's Story and Struggles: John Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners in a 21st c. Context
Dr. Paul C.H. Lim (Vanderbilt University Divinity School, USA)
3. How to Grieve Properly? Richard Baxter's Breviate of the Life of Margaret as a Counseling Text
Dr. Paul C.H. Lim (Vanderbilt University Divinity School, USA)
4. Jonathan Edwards - Herald of God’s Word
Rev. Dr. Kamil Hałambiec
5. Samuel Davis: As Never Sure To Preach Again
Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller (First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, USA)
Rev. Dr. Tomasz Józefowicz (WSTS)
The conference will be held online via the platform Zoom.
Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, Texas (US). He is a 1991 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and a 1996 graduate of Union Seminary. He received his doctorate from Union Seminary in 2006. He was ordained in August 1996 and began his ministry as Associate Pastor for Service and Young Adults at First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, North Carolina. He then served as the Pastor of Hebron Presbyterian Church of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, for four years. He was previously the Senior Pastor of Fairview Presbyterian Church in North Augusta, South Carolina, where he has served faithfully for the past 13 years. He is married to Morgan, and they have two children, Ellie and Bo. Rev. Fuller takes seriously both the Bible and the theology of the Reformed tradition. He fully believes that “the local church is the hope of the world.”
Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller
Dr. Paul C. H. Lim is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School as well as Associate Professor of History, Religious Studies, and Asian Studies at Vanderbilt’s College of Arts & Science. He is an award-winning historian of Reformation- and post-Reformation Europe. Dr. Lim’s latest book, Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012), won the 2013 Roland H. Bainton Prize as the best book in history/theology by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. He has delivered invited lectures at venues such as Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Cambridge, Dartmouth, Cornell, Penn, St Andrews, Beijing, Rotterdam, Yonsei, Wheaton, Westminster Seminary, Calvin Seminary, UCLA, etc. He has also served as the President of the American Society of Church History in 2019 and serves as an editorial board member for Brill’s Studies in the History of Christian Traditions.
Dr. Paul C. H. Lim
In 1977–1983 he studied Evangelical theology at the Christian Academy of Theology in Warsaw. He was ordained at the Evangelical Reformed Church on April 5, 1987. Since 1986 he has been serving in the parish in Bełchatów, where he has been a pastor since 1991. In 2002, he was elected bishop of the Evangelical Reformed Church in the Republic of Poland for a ten-year term. In 2012, he was elected bishop of the Church once again.
Rev. Marek Izdebski
Rev. Dr. Dariusz M. Bryćko comes from Warsaw, where in 2016 he founded the Tolle Lege Institute Foundation, which he serves as President, with the mission to promote knowledge about the Reformation in Poland. Rev. Dr. Bryćko is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute, and a recipient of a prestigious grant awarded by the Center for Christian Thought at Biola University in California. Previously, he taught theology and church history at LCC International University in Lithuania and served as an academic pastor in South Carolina (US). He is the author of books and articles on the Reformation in Poland, and in his research he has also dealt with the views of J. Gresham Machen on education. He lives with his wife, three children, and dog in Warsaw’s Praga-Południe district.
Rev. Dr. Dariusz M. Bryćko
Rev. Dr. Kamil M. Hałambiec is the pastor of the Pentecostal church in Leszno and the director of the Christian Pentekoste Mission. He is a graduate of the Warsaw Theological Seminary, Christian Theological Academy, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, SWPS University, Bangor University, and Yale University Divinity School. Additionally, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University Divinity School and studied at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven. He is the vice-dean of WSTS and the director of MATS – the theological studies program in English. He lectures, among others, on the history of philosophy, Pentecostal dogmatics, and the history and theology of revivalism. He is the co-author of a book on Jews in Medieval Poland and the author of articles on the religious experience of Jonathan Edwards and Pentecostal theology. As a cultural expert, in his research he also deals with building theological bridges between faith and culture. His wife Anna and three children make life even more beautiful for him.