Xenos Prepares to Host Thousands for Summer Institute

An extraordinary event. One of my favorite places to speak

That’s how best-selling author and international speaker Mark Mittelberg describes the Xenos Summer Institute. Renowned Christian apologist Dr. William Lane Craig describes his experience being a part of XSI: “People were so enthusiastic. It was a privilege to be involved.

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Pat says the initial inspiration for this year's theme began with 1 John 2:15, "Do not love the world," but as they explored the theme, they moved to the sentiment of Psalm 24:1, "The earth is the Lord's and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it."

Pat says the three main guest speakers all reflect this theme with their work:

  • John Perkins is a decades-long servant of the poor and was part of the civil rights movement. Perkins was a major inspiration to Xenos as it formed Urban Concern. In light of his biblical devotion to the poor and community building, Pat says he is a natural choice to speak against the kind of worldliness that undermines those projects.
  • Dwight Smith has the unique experience of having worked as a pastor in North America and overseas. Pat says this has given a particularly unique perspective on the American church and the ways we’ve deviated from a biblical design—the ways the church cuts corners, capitulating to the world system.
  • Nancy Pearcey’s recent title, Love Thy Body, challenges a contemporary semi-gnostic belief that the body is mere matter to be treated as we please, not as an integrated part of the human person designed by God with a purpose. Along those lines, Christ designed our bodies and souls and therefore has a moral stake in how we use these to His glory.

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XSI draws raves from its attendees, including people from Xenos, from other cities, and from respected Christian organizations such as the Gospel Coalition. Pat says Coalition members describe XSI one of the largest on-going conferences of its type—“they say there’s nothing like it, and that it’s a huge service to the local church.”

Because Xenos is highly focused on equipping its members to correctly interpret and apply the Bible, Pat says XSI fits well as an investment for Xenos’ time and effort. “We want our people to truly understand and know what God says while living that out practically in community. XSI is a concentrated dose of Xenos’ distinctive equipping style, mixing deep learning with practical teaching, bound together with quality fellowship.”

Pat encourages you to appreciate the opportunity XSI presents here in Columbus. “Xenos members are a bit spoiled when it comes to high quality teaching. We often toss out fantastic teachings because we’re so used to it. Many other churches are starving for the depth we regularly enjoy. We should try to push against our spoilage both to participate in this unique event and to get a return on the many ‘talents’ the Master has given us.”

To register for XSI, go to xenos.org/XSI. And you can see a video on the event at this link.