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Apologetics Canada Conference 2014

March 7-8, Vancouver & Abbotsford

 

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Leonard Buhler – Contemporary Evangelism
(President of Power to Change, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)

Research and experience have shown that in today’s world, people pass through discernible phases as they come to follow Jesus. These “spiritual thresholds” trace the postmodern journey from distrust to trust, from complacency to curiosity, from meandering to seeking to finally making the choice to enter the Kingdom.  This seminar will: 1) help you recognize where your friend is on this spiritual journey, and 2) equip you with simple, practical tools and approaches to invite your friend into relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dr. Matthew Etherington – God in the Classroom: A Case for the Theistic Foundation in Value-based Education
(Associate Professor, School of Education, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, Author of Foundations of Education: A Christian Vision)

In recent years, a growing demand by educators, governments, and the community for the teaching of moral values in schools has led to the implementation of values education. In the school system, there have been attempts to construct and implement a values-based curriculum that reflects a naturalistic or social morality. Despite prudential credibility to values education, no naturalistic theory has within it a sufficient moral obligation with which to persuade young people from their natural self-interest. This presentation argues that a sufficient case can be made for the explicit teaching of moral values but only on a theistic foundation.

Imran Daniel – Sikhism 101
(Director of Multi-Cultural Engagement at Northview Community Church)

Sikhism is growing rapidly here in Canada. We have friends, neighbours and co-workers who are Sikhs. In this session, we will cover the basic overview of Sikhism, culture and beliefs. We will also explore the similarities and differences between Sikhism and Christianity and how to use their culture and beliefs as a bridge to share the gospel.

Trent DeJong – Zombies: The Monster for Our Time
(Instructor in English, Literature and Bible at Abbotsford Christian School)

Monsters have always been an embodiment of what we disdain, and as such, they tell us a lot about who we are, by telling us who we aren’t.  Zombies are modern monsters and they function as monsters always have—as representatives of otherness, but their true horror comes not from their alterity, but from their sameness—they’re us.

Kamal Dhillon – Black and Blue Sari: Learning to Forgive
(International Author & Speaker)

Where is God when we suffer at the hands of the vilest of humans, when the weak and the innocent are abused and tortured? Where is God? Kamal Dhillon’s personal story forces the listener to wrestle with these questions. Kamal suffered and endured through the most inhumane abuse at the hands of her husband. She was tortured to within an inch of her life on many occasions. And yet she survived. But Kamal’s story is more than just a survival story; it’s a story about redemption, forgiveness and restoration.

Harry Edwards – Intolerance of Tolerance
(CEO of Apologetics.com)

“Everyone has a right to their opinion; every opinion is right.” The former expresses a long-held view of tolerance. However, if one disagrees with the latter, he/she is considered intolerant. It’s tough enough for reasonable people to practice civility, but constantly having to tiptoe around important issues to take care that no one is offended can be disheartening. How do we function in society when so many things rely on its truth value? Is truth also an issue of tolerance or intolerance? Join Harry in this session as we try to delve more deeply into the current issues surrounding this topic and find ways to lovingly speak truth in an increasingly pluralistic society.

Ken Esau – Why Knowing the Old Testament Story is Key for Christians Today
(Director of Biblical Studies Program at Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, BC)

In a Christian world where the Old Testament is rarely turned to except for a few sermonic stories (e.g., David and Goliath, Ruth and Boaz, and Joshua at Jericho), Ken will try to argue that knowing the Old Testament is key to properly understanding the Gospel story of Jesus. While this is certainly true for sections of Isaiah and Micah that we read during Advent, there is also a much bigger OT Story that is invaluable to a better understanding of Jesus. The OT Story is really the foundation of the Jesus story—a foundation that gives a much-needed perspective on the Gospels.

Dr. Gary Habermas – Dealing With Doubt

Doubt is one of the most perplexing challenges facing Christians. It is a painful problem that any Christian would like to have resolved quickly. What is the nature of doubt? How do we deal with it? Come and listen to Dr. Habermas’ take on this issue.

Greg Harris – How to Run the Thinking Series
(Director of Local Missions at Northview Community Church)

This session with teach you how to host the Thinking Series in public establishments such as coffee shops and bars in order to engage your community with the five most frequently-asked questions today.   Learn how to effectively utilize the Thinking Series in order to dismantle common barriers and communicate the message of the Gospel in ways that Atheists, New-Agers, skeptics and believers of other religions can understand and feel welcomed into the discussion.

Sid Koop – Leading From the Word (Youth Session)
(Director of Truth Matters Ministries)

The Canadian research on young adults relationship with the church called “Hemorrhaging Faith”, told us that 50% of the young adults who are most engaged in church and faith, are reading their bibles at best once a week.  This is just reading.  This says nothing about using scripture to help guide them in the many significant decisions they must make at this key time of their lives.  If we are going to live well, and lead well, we need to lead from the Word.

Dr. Graham Krahn – A Universe for Nothing
(Ph.D. in Physics, Adjunct Faculty Member at Biola University)

In recent years Stephen Hawking and others have claimed that modern physics has eliminated God.  If this is true, what does this tell us about ultimate purpose in the universe?  In this session I will be examining what modern science can tell us, if anything, about the question of purpose.

Jeremy Livermore – Top 5 Most Compelling Arguments for God’s Existence

(Staff Apologist at Apologetics.com)

Is it possible to conclude that God exists just through reasoning? While many skeptics criticize Christians for being simple-minded and gullible, Christians are actually advancing compelling arguments for the existence of God through sound reason. With cogent logic, the claims of “irrational belief” are dismantled and belief in God becomes highly rational.

Lynette Olfert / Robin Martens – Thinking Family Parent Workshop
(Thinking Family Hosts)

Thinking Family has been created as a resource for families in conjunction with the Thinking Series by Andy Steiger. We want to encourage and equip parents in establishing thoughtful responses to the five core questions introduced in the Thinking Series, as we seek to build a confident faith in our children. This parent workshop will include some practical ideas for getting started, round table discussion and pointers to recommended resources.

Dr. Arnold Sikkema – The Uses and Abuses of Science in Apologetics
(Professor of Physics at Trinity Western University, President of the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation)

Science plays a significant role in today’s culture, and many cite science as their reason to reject the gospel. This session will equip Christians who wish to reach through that barrier with an understanding of the actual claims of science, as well as its methods and limitations, by addressing head-on a number of incorrect ideas about science which are prevalent both in the church and in the broader world.

Dr. John Stewart – Reaching Our Brave, New, Secular World
(International Director, Ratio Christi; former Professor of Law and Apologetics, Simon Greenleaf University; practicing lawyer)

Christianity was the dominant value system in the West until secularism began to erode Christianity’s influence. Starting with attacks on the Bible in the 18th century, to attacks on God in the 19th century and mankind in the 20th century, we now live in a post-Christian age. How did this happen, and how can Christianity regain ground lost to secularism? Learn 21st century methods to reach the secular mind with a timeless message.

Michael Szuk – How to Read the Book of Revelation
(New Testament Instructor at Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, BC)

The book of Revelation has a reputation for producing some strange figures with equally strange doctrines. With almost two millennia since John penned it, how are we, the 21st-century North American readers, to understand this often puzzling book of the Bible?

Steve Tsai – Reasoning: A Beginner’s Guide
(Staff Apologist at Apologetics.com)

Learn foundational ways to think clearly about any subject matter, and how to avoid the most common logical errors. Reasoning well is absolutely essential to doing theology, apologetics or philosophy. This class is meant to be a basic introduction to logic; no prior familiarity with logic is required. 

Logos Bible Software – Basic & Advanced Training

A company based in Bellingham, WA, Logos Bible Software provides the world’s leading Bible study tool that is marked by innovation. Come join this session to receive the basic and advanced training in how to make the most out of your Bible study time with this incredible piece of software.

Dr. Gordon E. Carkner – Monopolizing Knowledge: Scientism and the Quest for Reality
(Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology)

Science is clearly a vital part of our late modern culture in the West.  But the popular contemporary belief that science is the only credible way to truth (scientism) is an ideological perversion of science and a major barrier to serious consideration of the Christian faith. Rooted in the worldview of materialistic naturalism, it promotes a perspective that entails a conflict between science and faith (believed by 70% of university students). This workshop provides critical perspective on the character of scientism, as compared to legitimate scientific investigation, offering excellent resources to grapple with this vital apologetic question. It will offer a critique of naturalism and promote a more holistic search for insight and provide a platform for constructive science-religion dialogue.

Dr. Paul Chamberlain – Talking with Atheists and Agnostics: How Can I Do it Better?
(Director of Institute for Christian Apologetics at ACTS Seminaries, Langley, BC)

Have you ever wondered how to carry on a good productive conversation with someone who believes differently than you do on some of life’s most important issues, like belief in God?  What do I have in common with someone like that?  Where do I start?  These are the questions we will address in this session as we chart the way forward toward respectful conversations that get to the point quickly.

Brad Copp – Untwisting Scripture: How to Prevent or Respond to Poor Bible Reading
(Academic Dean of Pacific Life Bible College, Surrey, BC)

Occasional you might talk to someone who has clearly misunderstood or misrepresented the meaning of a Bible passage.  Or sometimes you aren’t sure you have correctly understood what the Bible says.  In either case, this session will help you to recognize the most common mistakes in Bible reading and find appropriate ways to correct them.

Dr. Peter Flint – The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Accuracy of the Bible
(Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute, Professor of Religious Studies at Trinity Western University)

The 1940s turned out to be an exciting decade for Biblical scholars when a group of Bedouin shepherd boys accidentally discovered a cave near the Dead Sea. This cave contained within them copies of various writings – including the Old Testament of the Bible – left behind by the group of ascetics called the Essenes. What do these writings reveal about the Bible? Is the Bible we have today what they read back then? Or has today’s Bible been distorted and changed beyond recognition?

Norm Funk – Apologetics and the Church Planter
(Lead Pastor of Westside Church, Vancouver, BC)

This session will address the the current mindset of the average Canadian non-churched city dweller that keeps them from even considering involvement in a local church – especially a newly planted one.

Reaksa Himm – Learning to Forgive
(International Speaker, Survivor of the Khmer Rouge)

Reaksa suffered much under the oppressive communist regime in his home country of Cambodia; he watched his family get murdered and he himself was almost killed. In the face of all the pain and suffering caused by the moral evil, how does one come to offer radical forgiveness to the very perpetrators of the evil? Do you know someone in your life whom you find unforgivable? Come and listen to what Christ has done in Reaksa’s life and let that be an inspiration to you.

Michael Horner – The Most Influential Argument Against Miracles & the Supernatural
(Apologist for Power to Change, Instructor of Philosophy at Trinity Western University)

Have you ever heard anyone say that “science has disproven miracles” or that “modern thinkers know that it is not rational to believe in the existence of the supernatural”, or other similar claims? I think much of the credit for how prevalent these views are can be traced to the 18th Century Scottish Philosopher David Hume and his essay “Of Miracles.” This lecture will show you how truly bad (although clever) Hume’s argument really is and how to respond to modern day proponents.

David Jonsson – Humanity’s Purpose: The Meaning of Life Through the Eyes of a Plane Crash Survivor (Youth Session)
(Plane Crash Survivor)

After surviving a plane crash in the mountains of Squamish, BC, Dave Jonsson awoke to a second chance at life and a stern realization of life’s meaning and purpose. Dave Jonsson has shared his speech, “Humanity’s Purpose: Learning to Love and Be Loved”, all over the world, to thousands of people.

Dr. Warren Larson – Understanding and Responding to Muslims
(Director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University’s Seminary & School of Missions)

Political Islam is dying but radicals are carrying out horrendous atrocities.  Currently, Christians are under considerable pressure, and are fleeing the Middle East as priests are kidnapped and churches burnt or bombed.   Yet God is at work.  Long-resistant, Muslims are coming to faith as never before.  Given the Iranian response since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, we can expect that in the 21st century God will draw many Muslims from all over the world.  In the West, there are struggles over minarets and veils.  Since 9-11, Muslims are feared and hated.  Here’s the challenge:  How can we be salt and light in perilous times?

Greg Mitchell – iGod: Rethinking Our Life Story
(Lead Pastor of Every Nation Church, Vancouver, BC, Author of iGod: Rethinking Our Life Story)

What is the meaning of life? Or more personally, what gives our life meaning? In this seminar, Dr. Greg W. Mitchell explains how love is the answer. From there, he redefines truth, God, creation, evil, suffering, morality, and hope accordingly. By understanding this “love paradigm,” we better understand our own life story and how to live a truly meaningful life.

Chris Price  – God and Evil
(Lead Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Coquitlam, BC, Author of Suffering With God)

Our world is filled with brokenness, hurt, pain and tragedy. Yet, Christians believe that God is all-powerful and all-loving. How can this be? Does the reality of evil disprove the existence of an all-powerful and all loving God? In this session we will explore this difficult question aided by philosophy, theology and personal experience.

Jasmine Small / Lindsay Angus / Alex Dolotov – How to Run the Thinking Series
(Thinking Series hosts)

This session with teach you how to host the Thinking Series in public establishments such as coffee shops and bars in order to engage your community with the five most frequently-asked questions today.   Learn how to effectively utilize the Thinking Series in order to dismantle common barriers and communicate the message of the Gospel in ways that Atheists, New-Agers, skeptics and believers of other religions can understand and feel welcomed into the discussion.

Calvin D. Weber – Warming People up to Jesus, God and Faith: The Value of Spirituality Surveys and Questions in Initiating Spiritual Conversations
(Campus Ministry Director at BCIT with British Columbia Campus Ministries; MDiv from Regent College)

In the past couple of years Calvin Weber has had over 100 spiritual conversations with college students that were initiated by a simple ‘spirituality questionnaire’.  He asks permission and respectfully listens to a wide range of responses that usually reveals the open door that leads to some profound spiritual conversations with atheists, agnostics, and adherents of other faiths.  Frequently people walk away with a NT and a new insight into Jesus and the Christian faith.  Lessons and examples will be provided that can help even the most introverted Christ-follower plant seeds among those ignorant about Him.

Dr. David Wood – From Marx to Christ: The Memoirs of a Socialist
(Senior Associate Pastor of Coquitlam Alliance Church)

This session will trace David Wood’s journey from Marxism to Christianity. Along the way, it will look at why an atheistic  worldview – including that of scientism and materialism – holds a certain degree of appeal and coherence in the world today, but when followed through to its logical ends, ultimately leads to despair.

Logos Bible Software – Basic Training

A company based in Bellingham, WA, Logos Bible Software provides the world’s leading Bible study tool that is marked by innovation. Come join this session to receive the basic training in how to make the most out of your Bible study time with this incredible piece of software.