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Conference DVD includes:

 - Professional video of the 4 main sessions

- Mp3 audio of the 14 breakout sessions (does not include Logos training)

- Mp3 audio from Dr. Craig’s lecture at UBC and to TWU faculty

- 6 Think For A Minute videos

- Think For A Minute Devotional

- Think For A Minute Discussion Questions / Recommended Resources

- Dr. Craig’s PowerPoint / pdf notes

 

March 1st & 2nd, 2013 @ Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, B.C.

Dr. William Lane Craig
Biola University
Dr. Andy Bannister
Director of
RZIM Canada
M.D. John Patrick
President of
Augustine College
J. Warner Wallace
L.A. Homicide Detective
 Andy Steiger
Director of
Apologetics Canada

 

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Schedule:

Friday, March 1st: Doors open at 5:30 pm. Conference runs 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Q&A 9:15 – 10:00 pm).

Saturday, March 2nd: Doors open at 7:00 am. Conference runs 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Location:

Northview Community Church – 32040 Downes Road, Abbotsford, BC V4X 1X5

Check HERE for maps and accommodations.

Main Sessions:

Dr. William Lane Craig – Is Belief in God Reasonable?

Dr. Andy Bannister – Engaging a World of Competing Beliefs

Dr. John Patrick – A Medical Doctor’s Prognoses for Culture

J. Warner Wallace – Cold-Case Christianity

Andy Steiger - Rethink Apologetics

Breakout Sessions:

Dr. Peter Flint – Biblical Accuracy and The Dead Sea Scrolls

Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute, Trinity Western University

The Dead Sea Scrolls are the greatest archaeological discovery of modern times. This talk – richly illustrated with PowerPoint – presents the Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls, and how they confirm the accuracy of the Bible. We will also discover several new readings in the Scrolls that are so powerful that they are back in many English Bible translations. Dr. Flint will take you behind the scenes into the Museum vault to see the oldest Psalms scroll in the world and the Great Isaiah Scroll!

Dr. Leslie Wickman - Exploring the Wonders of Creation from the Lens of Science

Director of the Center for Research in Science (CRIS) at Azusa Pacific University

Is it a mere coincidence that modern science arose in Western Europe? How does the inductive process of the Scientific Method work? Are Science and Theology really at odds with each other? Is there any common ground in today’s marketplace of ideas? Questions of probabilities, random chance and the multiverse hypothesis are discussed.

Dr. Paul Chamberlain - When You’re Challenged, What Then: 5 Steps for Responding Effectively to Objections to the Faith

Director of the Institute of Christian Apologetics and professor of apologetics, ethics and philosophy of religion at Trinity Western University

Do you ever freeze up when someone challenges or questions your faith or lifestyle?  Do you wish you were better equipped to respond persuasively?  Have you wondered how anyone can be prepared for so many objections?  In this session, we will set out key principles and strategies anyone can use to respond more confidently to questions and challenges we face.

Dr. Matthew Etherington - Does God Make a Difference: Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities

Assistant professor of Education at Trinity Western University

A comprehensive public education should initiate students into secular and religious ways of understanding the world. The framework that shapes much of K-12 and university education is one of secular indoctrination. This presentation suggests how education in North America can embrace a serious perspectival study of religion. To do anything less is to mis-educate and indoctrinate students with a thin secular view of the world.

Dr. Andy Bannister – Engaging the Islamic Worldview

Director of RZIM Canada

Islam is growing rapidly here in Canada and many of us may encounter Muslims at work, at school, or in our communities. Even if we don’t, we can’t escape the subject when we turn on the TV news or open our newspapers. So what do Muslims believe? What are the origins of Islam? How does the Islamic worldview differ from what Christians believe? How can we befriend our Muslim neighbors so as to effectively share Christ with them?

Jeff Bucknam / Kyle Meeker - Cultural Filters: Re-Forging Assumptions that Obscure the Gospel Among Young Adults

Senior Pastor Northview Community Church / Youth Pastor Northview Community Church

Young Adult culture is embedded with filters, morphing the message of the Good News into good advice. The message that is heard is often not the message that is meant. The apostles had this communicative challenge; so do we. Explore this part of the apologetic task, forging worshippers (heart, mind, soul, and strength) of the Conquering King.

Chris Price / Jon Morrison - Youth Apologetics Track

Senior Pastor Calvary Baptist (Coquiltam, BC) / Co-Director of Apologetics Canada

Are you in high school, a parent of a teenager or or a youth worker? These breakout sessions are designed with you in mind. In session one, Chris Price will investigate the evidence for the existence of God. Chris will give helpful analogies and pictures that will strengthen your faith and help you pass it on to your friends. In session two, Apologetics Canada co-director, Jon Morrison will look at the faith and science discussion and how youth, parents and youth workers can navigate through this important topic. Chris and Jon will draw on their many years of speaking, writing and working in youth ministry to make these sessions light-hearted, creative and fun. People of all ages will want to be a part of it.

Steve Tsai - Really, Miracles?

Radio Host on Apologetics.com in (Los Angeles, CA)

Are miracles rational to believe in? What amount of evidence would ever justify belief in a miracle? Don’t all religions make miracle claims, thereby cancelling each other out? These, as well as other objections to the miraculous will be addressed and answered. Learn how to rationally defend the idea of the miraculous against various skeptical challenges.

Sam Welbaum – An Argument for God from Beauty

Radio Host on Apologetics.com in (Los Angeles, CA)

People are drawn to what is beautiful, and they see what draws them to be beautiful. When a person sees something as beautiful, it sparks love and enjoyment. This session is about using apologetics as a means of displaying God’s beauty as opposed to winning an argument and in turn seeing people drawn to enjoy the beautiful God who is.

Russ Brechbiel - Tools, Tips and Techniques for Understanding Difficult Bible Passages

Senior Pastor The Source Church (Portland, OR)

Ever had a Bible passage leave you perplexed? Ever had a visitor from a cult explain the Bible in a way that just doesn’t jive, but you’re not sure how to respond? We will look at how you can “exegete” the meaning of difficult/controversial/ misinterpreted passages using sound technique and user-friendly tools to help bring you to a clearer and more confident understanding.

Jeremy Livermore – Can Science Prove God?

Radio Host on Apologetics.com in (Los Angeles, CA)

Are science and Christianity at odds? Has science disproven God? Can science prove God? How should Christians respond to these sort of questions? In this session, we will demonstrate the usefulness but also the limits of science. Ultimately, we will make the case that science supports the Christian worldview as we examine recent scientific observations that reveal a stunning universe.

Robin Martens - Relevant Faith – Meeting the Apologetic Need in Local Church Discipleship

Interim Lead, Discipleship Pastor

The high dropout rate among 18-29 year olds is essentially a “faith-development problem” (David Kinnaman, You Lost Me, 21). Moreover, churches have not adequately engaged this generation, and their rapidly changing culture, with the relevancy of the gospel. Explore how apologetics can revitalize local church discipleship and powerfully commend the faith to both young and old.

Michael Horner – Atheism and the Burden of Proof

Philosopher, Teacher and Blogger for Power to Change

In almost every debate over the existence of God that I’ve been involved in for the last 30 years, atheists refuse to accept any burden of proof for their position that there is no God. I will show that ultimately this is not their real position and it is not even answering the question that is being debated – “Does God Exist?” I call again for atheists to accept their share of the burden of proof on this issue of God’s existence.

Dr. John Patrick - Manipulating Human Society; the New Eugenic Consequences of Molecular Biology

President of Augustine College

Learn to prepare for the ethical problems which will emerge as the moral consensus fractures in our society. In this session, we will discuss: What can we know about ethics? How should we approach the post-modern world? What are the dangers of decisions based on science alone? The tyranny of the measurable: what are we doing with genomic data?

Logos Bible Software - Basic & Advanced Training

Worship:

Worship will be led by Northview Community Church in the main sanctuary and the Ethos Worship Band in Centre Court. (Centre Court is a smaller venue inside Northview which will be a live video feed of the conference. Come early if you would prefer a seat in the main sanctuary.)

Conference Breakfast:

Are you a interested in Bible College or Seminary? Do you want more apologetics training? Do you like to eat breakfast? If so, join us on March 2nd at the conference from 7:00am-7:50am for a $5 breakfast in West Court at Northview. This breakfast is hosted by Apologetics Canada, ACTS Seminary and Pacific Life Bible College. There will be a special presentation / meet & greet with Homicide Detective J. Warner Wallace and other conference speakers. There is limited room available so register soon! Register at: http://acts.twu.ca/about/news-and-events.html#ACC

Get Involved:

If you would like to help promote this conference please contact us at info@apologeticscanada.com for a promotional package (Poster, flyers and DVD). Download Powerpoint slides and flyer.

Past Conferences:

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  1. Dr. Paul Chamberlain Reply

    You are in for a treat! In our pluralistic society, many wonder why they should believe in the Jesus of Christianity, or think He rose from the dead? Why trust the Bible? Don’t all religions lead to God? Why think God exists in the first place? Great questions indeed, and there are plenty more, and one good place to find answers to such foundational questions is the 2013 Apologetics Canada conference. If you are asking such questions, or know someone who is, I urge you to consider joining us for this strategic weekend. Our speakers are some of the best in the world and they will address questions concerning the foundations of Christian faith. I look forward to seeing you there.

    Paul Chamberlain, Ph.D.
    Director, Institute of Christian Apologetics,
    Associate professor, Apologetics, Ethics, & Philosophy of Religion
    Trinity Western University (ACTS division)

  2. Dr. Matthew Etherington Reply

    The Apologetics Canada Conference brings together a number of outstanding thinkers addressing the latest relevant issues confronting Christianity in an ever-dynamically changing world. If you want to be inspired and challenged with a deeper understanding of your faith, if you want to commend and defend Christianity to others in an increasingly secular society, if you want answers to long standing problems, then make sure you don’t miss this conference.

    Dr. Matthew Etherington, Professor, Trinity Western University

  3. Paul Copan Reply

    Do your utmost to attend this conference! I had the privilege of speaking at the 2012 Apologetics Canada Conference, and I loved being there! It was a well-organized, high-quality, well-attended event. I pray it will continue to effectively equip believers to give a reason for the hope within them and to challenge the prevailing cultural assumptions of secularism, scientism, relativism, and religious pluralism.

    Paul Copan
    Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics
    Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida

  4. Harry Edwards Reply

    Now more than ever, we need articulate defenders of the faith. Attacks come from all sides–secularists and, unfortunately, from the church. The arguments against believers are increasingly becoming more sophisticated and subtle. It’s no longer enough just to memorize facts and deliver them on demand. No, we must do more than that. Not only should we defend the truth claims of Christianity with gentleness and respect, we need to engage the culture, walk the talk, master the art of persuasion and demonstrate love to those we seek to have a conversation about God’s existence.

    That’s why I’m thrilled to encourage every believer who can, to attend the Apologetics Canada Conference 2013. This conference will not only lift your spirits, but equip you to engage your audience, whether he or she is a seeker who needs help with dealing with doubt, to the hard hard core atheist who thinks the idea that God exists is absurd. If you can only attend one conference in 2013, it’s this.

    Harry Edwards – President of Apologetics.com

  5. Steven Schultz Reply

    As a theist or an atheist, the Apologetics Canada Conference presents itself as one of the best possible ways to engage with the leading theological, philosophical, and historical ideas of our time. As such, this conference will provide a way for Christians to be intellectually responsible and a way for both atheists and spiritualists to consider Christianity as an intellectually viable option. If the question of God’s existence and relationship to mankind cannot be answered articulately, then it is to the shame of those who so highly value the “knowledge of the Lord” (2 Pt. 3:18), and the eternal loss of those who don’t. Therefore, we have strong reason to attend this conference, and consider the claims and evidences presented.

    Steven Schultz
    4th Year Chemistry Major
    Simon Fraser University

  6. Chris Price Reply

    As the lead pastor of a church I can’t think of a better conference to encourage my people to attend. The Apologetics Conference has consistently brought together top rate thinkers and speakers to address the big questions of life and faith with passion, precision and profundity. I have come away every year blessed and refreshed. Mark it on your calendar. Invite your friends. Come with your questions.

    You will be equipped to give reasons for the hope we have in Jesus. I guarantee it!

    Chris Price
    Lead Pastor
    Calvary Baptist Church
    Coquitlam, BC

  7. Jeff Bucknam Reply

    Socrates supposedly said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” To judge from the society around us, few think he knew what he was talking about. Thinking is hard. It requires time and energy. It requires commitment. And most people in the modern world just don’t want to do it. But, isn’t it time for this to change? The value of the apologetics conference is that is challenges Christians and skeptics alike to live examined lives. It will challenge us all to avoid living with worldviews that are a hodgepodge of ideas we have inherited from our parents or just “common sense” we have picked up along the way. Come and be stretched. Come and be edified. Come and think.

    Jeff Bucknam
    Lead Pastor
    Northview Community Church
    Abbotsford, BC

  8. Richard McKenzie Reply

    I was reading this morning in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (ESV):

    [18] For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. [19] For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” [20] Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? [21] For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. [22] For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, [23] but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, [24] but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. [25] For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    I believe God is raising up gifted men and women to expose the foolish and destructive ideas of this age in order that the hearts and minds of those who are lost may hear him calling and turn and know him.

    I asked one of the speakers at this upcoming conference recently why he thought apologetics was important. The first reasons he gave me was that it gives a believer more confidence to share their faith. This has been true in my life as God has revealed truth to me through many of the speakers listed — and Gods truth isn’t simply intellectual, it’s transformational. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Richard

  9. Michael Horner Reply

    For years I have had the vision of large scale apologetic conferences in churches across Canada. I have had the privilege to speak at a few large ones and a few small ones, but have had difficulty persuading enough people of the importance and significance of such conferences to make as many happen as I envisioned.
    Andy Steiger has figured out how to promote these conferences in such a way that large crowds come, as is evidenced by the great attendance in 2011 & 2012. You do not want to miss this one!
    I am particularly excited about this one since it is at my home church, and has W.L. Craig, my philosophical and apologetics mentor for 30 years as the keynote speaker. Mark it on your calendar right now and bring your family and friends. You will not be sorry!

    Michael Horner
    Philosopher/Apologist with Power to Change
    Part-time Instructor in Philosophy at Trinity Western U & Summit Pacific College

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