Mark Buchanan, author of Your God Is Too Safe, to speak on campus

Langley, B.C.—Trinity Western University’s ACTS Seminaries presents this year’s first Pastors’ and Mentors’ day seminar with guest speaker and author Mark Buchanan. On February 25th, 2004 Buchanan will be speaking on the theme of his first book, Your God Is Too Safe. Buchanan is a pastor, author, conference speaker and freelance writer. Currently the Lead Pastor at New Life Community Baptist Church in Duncan, Buchanan was educated at UBC and Regent College. He has authored two other books, Things Unseen and The Holy Wild. He has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today, Books & Culture and Moody Magazine.

“My introduction to Mark has been through reading what he has written,” says Rob Hiebert, PhD, Professor of Old Testament, ACTS at TWU. “Two or three years ago I came across an article in Christianity Today based on a chapter of his first book. It struck me as one of the most compelling pieces I had ever read on the matter of grappling with, and responding appropriately to, the unfairness of life, or doing the right thing in a wrong world, as Mark puts it.”

The seminar will also feature several local speakers including Hiebert and Archie Spencer, ThD, Associate Professor of Theology, ACTS at TWU. Hiebert will speak on “The Unsafe God of the Old Testament,” and will focus on the book of Daniel, exploring the various dynamics and conflicts involving the main characters, and reflecting on the practical implications of the message of this part of Scripture. Spencer will speak on “God, the All-Consuming Fire,” focusing on the concept of the freedom of God as discovered in the phrase “God is.”

“The Biblical statement ‘God is an all consuming fire’ is just one of the ways of illustrating that God is not to be understood as a being who is entirely dependent on our descriptors,” explains Spencer. “As an all consuming fire the Scriptures point us to a God who is who he is in his own freedom, and we ought never to assume that we can confine him to the ‘border Lands’ of our own experience.”

Attendees can expect to interact with others who have the same sense of vocation. In addition to two plenary sessions with Buchanan, there will be three concurrent “break-out sessions” with Buchanan, Spencer and Hiebert, and a concluding panel discussion. ACTS will be presenting the next Pastors’ and Mentors’ day on May 4th, 2004.

Event: Pastors’ and Mentors’ Day: Your God Is Too Safe
Plenary Speaker: Mark Buchanan
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Time: 8:15am (registration) to 4:00pm
Location: Northwest Auditorium, TWU campus (7600 Glover Road)
Cost: $60 ($35 for students)
To register: (Ph) 604-513-2044, (F) 604-513-2078, online form:

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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