Dr Gordon R Lewis, who founded EMNR in 1981-1984, passed into the presence of the Lord Jesus on Saturday, June 11. Following his involvement with the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, in 1981 Dr Lewis summoned Christian leaders to build a fledgling organization at that time called Evangelical Ministries to Cultists. In 1984, this ministry was formally organized and incorporated as Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR).
Dr Lewis served at Denver Seminary full-time as professor of Philosophy and Theology from 1958-1993, and taught as Senior Professor for about ten years after that. He was the author of many books, including Testing Christianity’s Truth Claims (1976), Confronting the Cults (1987), Integrative Theology (1994, 3 vols, co-authored with Bruce Demarest), Decide for Yourself, and What Everyone Needs to Know About Transcendental Mediation, which sold 1,000,000 copies.
Gordon was a kind, humble, gentle, and brilliant man, with a passion for the Gospel. In addition to founding EMNR, he served as President of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He was deeply respected by all the board members and virtually everyone who knew him.
A memorial service is planned for the coming week in the metro-Denver area. His pastor and Dr Douglas Groothuis will offer words of comfort and celebration about his remarkable life and character. Please pray for his family, particularly his wife Willa. (Adopted from a Facebook post by Dr Groothuis.)
Not sure if you should go? Check out the workshop speakers and topics to be covered. Learn the best ways to reach men and women in the cults, in the culture, and in systems that choke out the spiritual life found in Jesus Christ.
It is with great pleasure that I see our national conference on Christian engagement with new religions, cultures, cults, and the occult come to Palatine, Illinois. This year, our national conference will be hosted by New Hope Community Church of Palatine, Illinois.
Although our national conference ended a month ago, I feel still warmed and refreshed by our many colleagues and friends. This year’s conference was called “Myth-Taken,” a review of many myths that have captured our culture, especially those which related to the new religious movements who need to hear the Christian gospel.
Our conference site was Calvary South Denver in Littleton, Colorado, led by pastor Gino Geraci. The location was beautiful, the hospitality outstanding, and the speakers had many challenging and stimulating presentations. Special plenary session messages were given by H. Wayne House, Cal Beisner, Tim Challies, Keith Plummer, and Chelsen Vicari.
As new director for this year, I’ve been collecting messages in audio and video format, for our readers and members. In fact, three of them are already on YouTube! I’m scrambling to keep up with all the tasks and opportunities. So, to whet your appetite for things to come, we’ll highlight this presentation by Keith Walker of Evidence Ministries, on how to communicate the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ to members of Jehovah’s Witnesses:
Keep us in prayer, as we seek to encourage, recognize, and bless those Christians who minister responsibly and graciously to those people in false teaching.