Feast of the Martyr Archdeacon Lawrence
ON THE FEAST of St Cosmas of Aitola, in the year of our Lord 2018 (i.e., Friday, August 24), we will honor Dr. Chris Kettler with the second annual St John of Damascus Award.
We launched this award last year to honor a life that exemplifies the mission of Eighth Day Institute, somebody who has given their life to renewing culture through faith and learning.
From the beginning, commemorating heroes has been at the heart of Eighth Day Institute's work. Instead of idolizing celebrities, we believe the lives of the great cloud of witnesses should be studied and imitated. The St John of Damascus Award provides a way to commemorate local, living heroes - exemplars of the faith who have given their lives to the work of renewing culture. The award also enables Eighth Day Institute to both spread it's message of cultural renewal and to raise funds to ensure its long-term sustainability (and ultimately duplicability in other communities).
As for the name, St John of Damascus Award. You can learn more about the life of St John of Damascus here. And you can learn more about his life by attending the banquet.
Dr. Chris Kettler is a personal friend of mine. He has shaped me spiritually, theologically, and ministerially. It is truly an honor and a delight to honor a man who has given his life to teaching students how to integrate theology and spirituality into their ministries. He has also devoted his academic work to T. F. Torrance and the vicarious humanity of Christ, an extremely important theme for our secular age - and one that is thoroughly patristic.
Join me in honoring Dr. Kettler at Church of the Savior in Wichita, KS on August 24. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, one of Chris's favorite meals will be served at 7, I'll present the award at 8, then Dr. Kettler will give an acceptance speech focused on love, cultural renewal & the vicarious humanity of Christ, and we'll conclude with toasts and roasts.
CLICK HERE to register. Seating is limited and we do anticipate it selling out.
See you there,
P.S. All attendees will receive a complimentary stadium cup with Dr. Kettler's image on it!