Highlights from LOGOS, Summer 2019

Approximately sixty young adults gathered for the LOGOS 2019 Summer Conference, held August 7–10 at Potter’s Ranch in Union, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati. Keynote speaker Rev. Tim Scheuers, associate pastor at First United Reformed Church of Chino, California, and a PhD student at Fuller Theological Seminary, delivered three keynote addresses on the theme, “Inerrant or Not?” Rev. Scheuers emphasized that faith stands or falls based on the position one takes toward the Word of God. Challenging the self-righteousness of a culture that attempts to stand in judgment over the Scriptures, Rev. Scheuers described faith as placing oneself under the Scriptures, in total subjection to the Word’s authoritative claims about God and humanity.

Five workshops addressed various aspects of wise Christian living for young adults seeking to follow that Word faithfully. Mr. Dan Ragusa, a seminarian from West Sayville, New York, and a PhD student at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, explored some of the philosophical and theological implications of a cultural emphasis on “political correctness.” Rev. Nick Smith of the United Reformed Church of Nampa, Idaho, counseled attendees about the reality of anxiety and depression in the Christian life and the need for the members of the body to strengthen one another in the faith. Rev. Matt and Lisa Nuiver of Faith United Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, led parallel sessions for men and women on the importance of discipleship between older and younger generations in the church. Rev. Nuiver led an additional workshop for all attendees about the critical necessity of earnest prayer.

For the afternoon away, attendees had the option of exploring downtown Cincinnati or visiting the nearby Ark Encounter museum and park. Additional activities at the conference location included archery, canoeing or kayaking, horseback riding, paintball, and a lively volleyball tournament. Board games, singing, and deep conversations during free time lasted into the early hours of the morning. A talent show held the last night of the conference ranged from the virtuosic to the hilarious, with a variety of skits and musical numbers. A young adult ministry of Reformed Youth Services, LOGOS events provide teaching and fellowship for adult singles 18–30 in college or working. The board of Reformed Youth Services recently approved a change so that married couples under age 30 may also attend future events. The next LOGOS event will be a winter retreat, scheduled for January 2–4, 2020, at Kettunen Retreat Center in Tustin, Michigan