Conference with Wayne Grudem at SBTS

The Center for Gospel and Culture is happy to partner with the Commonweal Project to welcome Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus to the campus of Boyce College and Southern Seminary. Poverty plagues every nation and should be the concern of every Christian. Boyce College is serious about equipping Christians to bless the nations with the gospel and its fruit, including the alleviation of economic suffering. This conference brings theologian Wayne Grudem (Phoenix Seminary) and economist Barry Asmus (National Center for Policy Analysis) to the Boyce College campus to address “The Hard Work of Human Flourishing.”

From their recent work, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution (Crossway 2013), Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus will present an integration of historical analysis, biblical theology, and sound economic principles to explain the reasons for poverty and to describe what is necessary for nations to move forward into prosperity. An excellent panel of breakout speakers will address the current issues of the nature of human work, economics and ethics, income inequality, and marketplace professionalism.

There are scholarships available for anyone who wants one. If you would like to have a complimentary registration, you can register by emailing Ken Magnuson at Be sure to include in your email your name and the two breakout sessions that you would like to attend (breakout sessions are listed below).

If you are not seeking a scholarship for your registration fee, you can register at the link below.



Wayne Grudem is research professor of theology and Biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Ariz. He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Div. and a D.D. from Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. (in New Testament) from the University of Cambridge, England. He has published over twenty books, including Systematic Theology, Business for the Glory of God, and Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (co-edited with John Piper; Book of the Year for Christianity Today, 1992). He was also the General Editor for the ESV Study Bible (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Book of the Year, 2009). His newest book, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution (Crossway, co-authored with Barry Asmus), was published in August, 2013.

He is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a co-founder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible. He and his wife Margaret have been married since 1969 and have three adult sons.

Barry Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Dr. Asmus was named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speakers in the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a privatizing Social Security conference for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China and Peru, Dr. Asmus encouraged government leaders to focus on economic freedom.

Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books including The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution, published in 2013 with co-author Wayne Grudem. As a Professor of Economics, he was twice voted University Professor of the Year and was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education. Dr. Asmus is an advocate of free market economics and delivers his ideas in an enthusiastic and energy filled presentation.


Friday | September 26
5:00pm | Conference Check-In Begins
5:30pm | Dinner (Optional Add-On)
7:30pm | Plenary Session 1
9:00pm | Dessert Reception

Saturday | September 27
8:00am | Breakfast
9:00am | Plenary Session 2
10:00am | Break
10:30am | Breakout 1: all speakers present separately
11:30am | Breakout 2: all speakers present separately
12:30pm | Lunch
1:30pm | Plenary Session 3
2:30pm | Break
3:00pm| Plenary Session 4


Gregg Allison | Why Are You Here? Heavenly Work vs. Earthly Work
Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
David Kotter | Tools of Economics & the Church’s Ethical Decisions
Assistant Professor of N.T. Studies, Colorado Christian University
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
Anne Bradley | Why Does Income Inequality Exist?
Vice President of Economic Initiatives, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
John Stevens | The Era of the Marketplace Professional
IMB Strategist


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