WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis.—The Wisconsin Association of Regular Baptist Churches launched its first Church and Culture Conference April 11 at Calvary Baptist Church. Dr. Chris Brauns was the keynote speaker, addressing the topic “A Biblical Approach to Homosexuality.” The conference website describes him as “a pastor who seeks to understand the church and how it should interact with culture.” In addition to pastoring a church in Illinois, he is the author of three books, including Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices.
Brauns “did a masterful job in presenting the importance of having a Biblical worldview,” says Jeremy Scott, event organizer and pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Verona, Wis. If a solid Biblical worldview is not in place, Brauns says, then the Christian community will not properly analyze and respond to individual cultural issues, such as homosexuality.
Three sessions and a panel discussion were devoted to exploring how to develop a compassionate, Biblical worldview about homosexuality. “You would be hard pressed to find a more emotionally charged topic right now than homosexuality,” the conference website reads. “Compassion and commitment to Biblical truth can and should coexist.” Brauns urges Christians in today’s culture to “counter with community.” The unfortunate reality, he says, is that the LGBTQ community has done a much better job than the church at providing community.
After attending the conference, one pastor remarked, “This conference has done more to change my approach to ministry than anything else I can remember in my 30-plus years of ministry.”