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Conference on the Synod of Dort

  • New Life Alliance Church 11000 1st Ave Whittier, CA 90603-3108 (map)

The Covenant Chinese Reformed is a newly established Mandarin-speaking Christian ministry to Chinese people living in the greater Los Angeles area.  Our desire is to be a place of refuge for many and to nourish them in the truths of the grace of God through Jesus Christ to the glory of God, the Father.  We are pleased to announce a Reformation Conference in both English and Mandarin on the Synod of Dort, November 2, 2019.

Many people may have heard of the Five Points of Calvinism through the five-letter acronym “TULIP”. But few know about the Canons of Dort. The Canons of Dort is probably the least known Reformed confessional document. The Canons, however, are more than just five letters. They clarify the doctrine of grace in a pastoral tone and serve as a model of the stewardship of God’s grace.

On May 29, 1619, the Great International Synod of Dort, which lasted more than six months, came to the end.  This year -2019- is the 400th anniversary of the conclusion of the Synod of Dort and the completion of the Canons of Dort. Why did the Synod convene in the first place? Why the Canons? What is the story around the Remonstrant controversy? After 400 years, what is the practical significance of this document to the evangelical churches today? These are some of the questions we will discuss in this Reformation Conference.


Dr. Kim Riddlebarger (PhD, Fuller Seminary), pastor at Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, CA and the author of many books including, A Case for Amillennialism (2003), The Lion of Princeton: B.B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian (2015). His blog is call the Riddleblog.

Rev. Daniel Hyde (PhD Candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), pastor at Oceanside United Reformed Church in Oceanside, CA and the author of many books including, Welcome To a Reformed Church (2010) and his latest book on the Synod of Dort: Grace Worth Fighting For (2019). You can learn more about his book at the Davenant Institute.


The Early-Bird registration fee is $20/person. After October 2, the fee will be $25/person (Non-refundable after Oct 2). Registration by cash only is available during the reception of event.  You may register for the conference at

The conference is in English with Mandarin translation. Registration fee includes lunch. Children under 16 are free. Nursery with live stream is provided for mothers and babies.


09:00-09:20 Reception

09:30-10:25 Session 1: “Is the Tulip still blooming today? Synod of Dort and the contemporary Evangelical Church” Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

10:30-11:25 Session 2: “The Cause of Tulip: The Controversy of Arminianism” Rev. Daniel Hyde

11:25-12:10 Q&A

12:10-13:10 Lunch Break

13:10-14:05 Session 3: “The Root of Tulip: The Theological lineage between the Canons of Dort and the Reformation” Rev. Daniel Hyde

14:10-15:05 Session 4: “The Aroma of Tulip: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort” Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

15:05-15:50 Q&A

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