Posted on 05 September 2014
Stephen was in Paris the last weekend in August for the biennial conference of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians.

He was able to give a paper on the subject of spirituality and ethics which was well-received and was re-elected to the Executive Committee to represent England for the next six years.

A highlight was the opportunity to stand on the Rue Visconti, the site of the first French Protestant Synod in 1559 where delegates from across France met, in considerable danger, to confess the faith. Stephen found it particularly moving to be asked to recite some of their words, crucial to their understanding of the Gospel: 
‘We believe that by the perfect sacrifice that the Lord Jesus offered on the cross, we are reconciled to God, and justified before him; for we can not be acceptable to him, nor become partakers of the grace of adoption, except as he pardons all our sins, and blots them out. Thus we declare that through Jesus Christ we are cleansed and made perfect; by his death we are fully justified, and through him only can we be delivered from our iniquities and transgressions.’

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