The Natural Family: Recovering God’s Gift to Humanity

Saturday, November 19 • 8:30am-12:30pm

Join us on Saturday, November 19 for our second annual Christian Faith & Life Conference. Dr. Allan Carlson will be presenting on “The Natural Family: Recovering God’s Gift to Humanity”.

Family life and sexual behavior in today’s America show every sign of deterioration and crisis. Dr. Carlson’s first talk will show how the early Christians faced similar moral disorders in the old Roman Empire, and how they crafted a sound moral theology of sex, marriage, and the natural family that triumphed over pagan corruptions. His second talk will show how Martin Luther’s Reformation theology of the family powerfully renewed Christian home and family life, and then summarize the lessons from both the early Christians and the Reformers that are of vital relevance and importance to us today.

Discussion and Q&A will follow each session, interspersed with fellowship and refreshments. For room setup and planning purposes, please pre-register via the link below. While there is no cost to attend this conference, we will be accepting monetary donations to help defray the conference costs.

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Time Itinerary
08:00am Registration and Check-In (refreshments available)
08:30am Matins
09:10am Welcome and Introduction
09:15am Session 1 with Dr. Allan Carlson
10:15am Discussion and Q&A
10:30am Break (refreshments available)
11:00am Session 2 with Dr. Allan Carlson
12:00pm Discussion and Q&A
12:25pm Closing Prayer

Biography: Dr. Allan Carlson

Allan Carlson is currently a Senior Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity and Editor of The Natural Family: An International Journal of Research and Policy. He earned a Ph.D. in Modern European History at Ohio University and has taught at Hillsdale College, The Catholic University of America, and Gettysburg College. He also has served as the president of several leading think tanks and is the Founder of The World Congress of Families, which held its thirteenth major international conference in Verona, Italy, in March 2019. Dr. Carlson is the author of fifteen books that deal with the history of family life, family policy, and religious faith and has contributed articles to hundreds of other periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. In 1988 President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the special National Commission on Children, on which he served until 1993. He has lectured throughout the United States and in 25 foreign lands, and has been a frequent news commentator on networks including CBS, ABC, MSNBC, PBS, BBC, and CNN. He is married to Betsy and they have four grown children and nine grandchildren. They reside at Swallow Farm in Winnebago County, Illinois, where they keep a few sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and turkeys and a fairly large vegetable garden. They worship in a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For more information, visit his website:

“From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Mark 10:6-9