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Apologetics Canada Conference 2016


March 4-5, Abbotsford, BC




*Disclaimer: Please note that the breakout sessions are subject to change at the discretion of the conference organizing committee.


Boulevard of Broken Dreams
How Addicted Persons Get on and off the Road of Bad Decisions


Have you ever wondered why people who struggle with addiction appear as though they don’t have a choice? That they are on a road that they can’t get off? Join Chris, someone who recovered from 16 years of addiction, and learn about why addiction appears to determine action, and how to get back onto the road that seeks the good, true, and beautiful.

Chris Battle
Associate of Apologetics Canada

Reflective by nature, Chris enjoys pondering life’s peculiarities while seeking after the good, the true, and the beautiful. As a passionate Christian, Chris has discovered all of these in Jesus Christ. He is a traveler, a reader, a writer, a Bible college graduate, a Master of Theological Studies student, and a husband to his lovely wife, Sara.


Apologetics for Parents
The Why, What, and How of Teaching Kids Apologetics at Home


It’s no secret that kids of all ages are being exposed to negative criticism of Christianity as they spend time at school, with friends, or online. The result? Research shows that by the time they become young adults, at least 60 percent are turning away from Christianity.

Kids today clearly need an understanding of apologetics in order to navigate the tough questions they’re encountering. Parents have the primary responsibility for doing this training, but often aren’t sure where to begin. This session will help parents: 1) understand why home is the key training ground for apologetics; 2) have a vision of what it means to teach apologetics at home; and 3) learn how to incorporate the teaching of apologetics into daily life.

Also, come and hear Natasha on Thursday, March 3 at MEI (31655 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC), as she speaks on Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: Faithful Christian Parenting in a Secular World. The event is free and open to the public. Register online today.

Natasha Crain
Christian Parenting Blogger, Author

Natasha Crain earned her MBA in marketing and statistics from UCLA and has a certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She is an active blogger who specializes in the area of Christian parenting and apologetics. She is also the author of Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith published by Harvest House, scheduled to be released in March of 2016.

Find her blog on christianmomthoughts.com.

Come and hear Natasha on Thursday, March 3 at MEI (31655 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC), as she speaks on Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: Faithful Christian Parenting in a Secular World. The event is free and open to the public. Register online today.

Promo Video – Interview with Natasha Crain



In the Cleft
Joy Comes in the Mourning


“By your light others shall be led out of the valley. By your courage the weak shall be lifted up.”

After losing a husband, son and mother-in-law to cancer, Dana entered into a grieving season that was so intense and relentless she wondered if there would ever be light in her life again. She questioned God’s love and even his existence. Four years after the death of her son, she felt God asking her to share her night of spiritual battle with others, which birthed In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning. Dana will be sharing excerpts from her book, personal stories and all she has learned in the night season.

Joy truly does come again after a long winter of grieving. Life, love, passion and outrageous joy spring forth from the most unsuspecting places, often the barren, broken places of our lives.

Dana Goodman
Speaker, Author

Dana Goodman is a published author, grief counselor and inspirational speaker who lives in Kamloops British Columbia.

In her free time, Dana enjoys reading spiritually nourishing books, listening to worship music, journaling, praying and blogging. She feels content in her everyday life if she has read an inspiring story, connected with her husband, son and friends and spent time in the outdoors with her dog.

Dana’s inspirational debut memoir, In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning, written four years after the deaths of her husband, son and mother-in-law to cancer, recently won Top Novel at the Wildsound Writing Festival.



Christianity and the Challenge of World Religions


In this fast-paced and humorous presentation, Professor Hazen addresses the question of “how does Christianity stack up against the other great world religions?” Based on his book “Five Sacred Crossings,” Hazen delivers five unique features of Christianity that set it dramatically apart from the other major religious traditions.

Craig Hazen
Director of MA Christian Apologetics Program, Biola University

Dr. Hazen is the editor of the philosophy journal, Philosophia Christi. He is also the author of the monograph The Village Enlightenment in America, the acclaimed apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings, and dozens of articles and chapters in various books and journals. He is a recipient of the Fischer Award, the highest faculty honour at Biola University and has lectured across North America and Europe on key apologetics topics—including lectures on Capitol Hill and in the White House. He is a popular church and conference speaker and former co-host of a national radio talk program.



Did God Really Command Genocide of the Canaanites?


In the last 10-15 years, the claim that ‘the behavior of God in the Old Testament is immoral’, has become the most common objection to the Bible and Christianity. This lecture will analyze and evaluate this accusation and the two most common responses to this charge that the biblical text clearly shows God commanding complete destruction of the various Canaanite tribes.

Michael Horner
Evangelist, Apologist

Michael Horner has over 40 years of experience presenting and defending the case for the Christian truth claims on university campuses with Power to Change through more than 80 public debates and hundreds of lectures on Canadian and American campuses and beyond. With an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, he has also been an Instructor in Philosophy at Trinity Western University for 20 years. He is passionate about presenting and defending the gospel, especially to university age students. Michael is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers & the Evangelical Philosophical Society.


The Quest for God’s Purpose in Your Life


Did you know that most people (including most Christians) dislike their job and life! Why is that? The answer – people have not been willing to do the work. This presentation is based on Dr. Keis’ book, The Quest for Purpose – A Self-Discovery Process on How to Find it and Live It! This session is highly interactive with participants learning The Quest process. Ken will outline the mindset, character traits and specific steps used in The Quest to help any person determine their life passions, purpose, interests, gifts, talents and calling. Every one of God’s people has an assignment there are no exceptions. Learn your purpose and how to help others find theirs.

Ken Keis
Speaker, Author

Pastor Ken Keis, Ph.D., is considered a foremost global authority on how assessments and processes increase and multiply your success rate. He co-created CRG’s proprietary development models (all based on a Christian World-View) and has written over 3.5 million words of content for 40 business/ministry training programs and 500+ articles.

An internationally-known author, speaker, and coach/consultant, in the past 28 years Ken has conducted more than 3,000 presentations and 10,000 hours of consulting and coaching.
He works with both ministries and Fortune 2,000 companies and an expert on Life (God’s) Purpose, Leadership, Communications, and Holistic Wellness. Dr. Keis is the author of the revolutionary new book The Quest For Purpose, as well as Deliberate Leadership and Why Aren’t You More Like Me? Best-selling authors Kenneth Blanchard, Jim Kouzes, Marshall Goldsmith and Andy Steiger have all endorsed Ken’s work.



Observations from the Flight Deck of a Former Atheist


Over the years dozens of former atheists have shared with me the circumstances of how they came to know the Truth. Amazingly, nearly every story contained one common feature. Join me as we discuss the thread that links these stories together and how it reveals what may be the most powerful tool to unlock the minds of those who believe there is no god.

Michael Minot
Speaker, Author, Attorney

As a young lawyer, Michael was living the life – money in his pocket and the keys to a new convertible. With a keen desire to socialize, he also consumed sizable amounts of alcohol with friends. But without warning, he was challenged by someone he met years earlier while studying for the Florida bar exam. Though his friend didn’t live near him, they stayed in touch and visited occasionally. Seeing where Michael’s life was heading, his friend urged him to read the Scriptures and come to a fresh decision concerning the meaning of his life. He was taken back that his friend would even make this suggestion. The trajectory of his life was going up at a steep angle. Life was great and getting better all the time. Why should he spend the time to consider anything else?

In the end, however, Michael agreed to his friend’s suggestion. He anticipated he’d be calling his friend back in a short period of time to explain how he remained unpersuaded. But throughout his many weeks of reading the Scriptures and material on science and philosophy, the truth he uncovered eventually melted his heart of stone. At the end of this process, he told God he wanted everything He offered. He also offered his desire to say “yes” to whatever He wanted him to do.

To help people process their questions, he wrote a new book that explains what he discovered during his initial investigation: The Beckoning: Examining the Truths That Transformed an Atheist Attorney Into a Believer In God.



God Conversations
Using Illustrations to Explain Your Faith
12:30 PM session only


Research in communication says that when a person leaves a conversation he or she will immediately forget half of what was said. Half. Eight hours later that person will remember only about 20% of what you discussed. What makes up the part he or she does remember? It’s your examples. The illustrations, stories, and quotes you sprinkled throughout your conversation will stay with your friend long after the conversation ends. This session will explore how to create vivid illustrations to explain the Christian worldview.

Dr. Timothy Muehlhoff
Professor of Communications, Author

Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a Professor of Communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in conflict resolution, applied apologetics, and family communication. He has written several books including The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith (with J.P. Moreland, IVP), Authentic Communication: Christian Speech Engaging Culture (IVP Academic), and the newly released, I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love (IVP). In addition to teaching and writing, Tim is a frequent speaker at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) evangelistic events on college campuses.


Better Together
Why Spirit-Empowered Communities are Key to Gospel Advance in Canada


In an increasingly secular world, defined by a contemporary identity crisis of self-invention, shaped by a culture of relativism and hyper-consumerism, many people find themselves adrift a raging sea. Confused, lonely, disconnected, depressed and often overwhelmed by the many voices telling them what to do and how to live, how do we as the church respond in a noisy post-Christian world? This seminar will focus on the practical implications of how the church can create spirit empowered communities, where people can encounter the Gospel of Jesus Christ in dynamic, authentic and relevant way.

Stephen Mulder
Director of Ministry Development, Alpha Canada

Steve is the Director of Ministry Development at Alpha Canada. Originally from South Africa, he moved to Vancouver to complete his MA in Theology at Regent College in 2010. He is passionate about the local church, evangelization, church planting, innovation and strategy. Steve has participated in planting two successful churches in the heart of downtown Vancouver and considers himself a modern day urban missionary. He loves everything to do with outdoor adventures from camping, hiking, surfing to sailing, skiing and cycling, which makes him a pretty typical Vancouverite.


Understanding the Muslim Mindset


It’s often thought that Muslims are among the most resistant groups to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can be more effective in sharing the gospel if we take the time to understand the cultural, spiritual, and intellectual mindsets of our Muslim friends. In this session, you’ll learn what Muslims care about and how to show them that what they seek is found in the gospel.

Abdu Murray
Speaker, Author

Abdu is the North American Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is the author of two books, including his latest, Grand Central Question – Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews. For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine year investigation into the historical, philosophical, and scientific underpinnings of the major world religions and views, Abdu discovered that the historic Christian faith alone can answer the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart. Abdu has spoken to diverse international audiences and has participated in debates and dialogues across the globe. He has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and televisions programs all over the world and hosts Embrace The Truth with Abdu Murray, a radio show heard on WLQV AM 1500 in Detroit and worldwide on the internet and podcast.

Abdu holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, Abdu was named several times in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyer. Abdu is the Scholar in Residence of Christian Thought and Apologetics at the Josh McDowell Institute of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Abdu lives in the Detroit, Michigan area with his wife and their three children.



Christian Art & Cultural Analysis


What’s a Christian song? A Christian film? A Christian clothing company? How can we say that anything in culture – whether a movie, a movement, a music band, or anything else – is Christian or not? In this talk, Dr. Richard Park will discuss the task of cultural analysis from a Christian perspective. Both understanding and using art – or beauty, more generally – are crucial to the enterprise of Christian apologetics. In this session, we will seek to think Christianly about art and beauty.

Richard S. Park
Director of Speakers Bureau, Apologetics.com

Dr. Richard S. Park is married to his wonderful wife Christine, and resides in Orange County, CA. Richard is a lecturer in theology at Biola University and works as an academic consultant for the John Templeton Foundation. He also serves as Director of Speakers Bureau at Apologetics.com. Richard obtained his D.Phil. in Theology & Religion from the University of Oxford, and completed two Master’s—Education and Philosophy—at Biola University, along with a Bachelor’s in History at the University of California, Berkeley. Over the past 15 years, Richard has had the invaluable privilege of being mentored by prominent Christian leaders such as Drs. Os Guinness, John Lennox, and Alister McGrath. Richard’s speaking and writing interests include:
gospel & culture, worldview & world-change, faith in the public square, and faith in the workplace.



From Worrier to Warrior
Finding Courage, Hope and Joy after a Terminal Diagnosis


When Nadine’s husband was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, she started a blog called ALS With Courage. Her blog was intended to keep family and friends informed of Mike’s constantly changing condition and it was also a great way to reveal his incredible spirit. In the beginning, Nadine thought it was simply an inspiring story about a courageous man and his ALS, but it quickly became much more than that. It became a collection of lessons for her, including the lesson of letting go. “Mike has let go of working, walking, talking, eating, moving and slowly he lets go of breathing. And I am letting go of him.” Many of Nadine’s blog posts are published in her book, Hold On, Let Go – Facing ALS with Courage and Hope.

In “From Worrier to Warrior,” Nadine will read excerpts from her book and blog and share about her journey of ‘letting go’ with courage, hope and joy during the battle with ALS and now after Mike’s passing.

Nadine Sands
Speaker, Author

Nadine Sands has spent many years working as a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer and has also raised three children along with her husband Michael. Before Michael’s diagnosis with ALS (otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Nadine and her husband were an active couple who enjoyed various sports, as well as hiking and biking. Nadine was also actively involved in her family’s charity, Project Wellness. When it was discovered that Michael had ALS, a terminal illness, Nadine became his full-time, primary caregiver. She started a blog about their journey as a couple called ALS With Courage. Many of Nadine’s blog posts are published in her book, Hold On, Let Go – Facing ALS with Courage and Hope. She is passionate about sharing her and her husband’s inspirational story and raising awareness about ALS.


Man vs Machine
The Battle for Personhood


With the rapid development of technology, we are beginning to question things that we had once taken for granted. The questions are hidden in plain sight in our entertainment culture. What is a person? Can a machine ever become a person? Join Andy as he ponders the implications of such questions.

Andy Steiger
Director of Apologetics Canada

Andy Steiger is the founder and director of Apologetics Canada, an organization dedicated to helping churches across Canada better understand and engage today’s culture. He created and hosted the Thinking Series and is the Author of Thinking? Answering Life’s Five Biggest Questions. He has spoken on life’s big questions internationally in universities, conferences, churches, prisons and coffee shops. Andy lives in Abbotsford, BC, Canada with his wife, Nancy, and their two boys.


A Taste of Theo’s Feast
Edible Apologetics


Inspired by Jesus’ model of sharing His Kingdom truths over shared meals. Theo’s Feast inspires deep spiritual conversations through edible metaphors, giving dinner guests a unique opportunity to experience the Gospel with all of their senses. We believe that Theo’s Feast is an exciting paradigm shift in inspiring fruitful Gospel-centered conversations.

Join Gary for a Taste of Theo’s Feast as he and his growing team of professional chefs take you on a unique and flavourful journey exploring what God is doing through this creative new ministry.

Gary Stevenson
University Chaplain, Power to Change
Creative Director of Theo’s Feast

Gary Stevenson is married to his wonderful wife Lynda and loves being a Dad to his three kids. Gary is passionate about evangelism and developing creative ways to inspire conversations about Jesus with our increasingly skeptical secular culture. Gary has been on staff with Power to Change for over 15 years serving at Simon Fraser University where he has been working with Christian professors to reach students through the God & Reason Lecture Series. Gary is also passionate about motorcycle racing and gourmet cooking.

Power to Change: http://p2c.com/students
Theo’s Feast: facebook.com/theosfeast
God & Reason: https://www.facebook.com/SFUCLI



Cold-Case Resurrection


J Warner Wallace examines the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus and evaluates all the alternative explanations using the skills he developed as a cold case detective. Greg Koukl called this the best apologetics presentation he had ever seen.

J. Warner Wallace
Homicide Detective, Author

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, Christian case maker and author. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist through his undergraduate and graduate work in Design and Architecture (CSULB and UCLA); he always considered himself to be an “evidentialist”. His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth is tied directly to evidence. But at the age of thirty-five, J. Warner took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

Wallace has authored two books, Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels and God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe. He uniquely employs his expertise as a cold-case homicide detective to investigate the truth claims of Christianity. For more information about his ministry, visit coldcasechristianity.com.

Promo Video – Interview with J. Warner Wallace

Promo Video – Interview Bloopers



Delivering Insight
An Introduction to Logos 6


Explore the Word with confidence, discover fresh insights, and gain the tools you need to become a better student of the Word. With smart and easy-to-use tools, Logos 6 equips you to find answers faster, visualize the Biblical world, unearth real meaning from the original languages, and explore Scripture as a community. This workshop will show you how Logos 6 simplifies your study process and helps you do hundreds of hours of research in minutes without any formal training required.

Logos 6 in Action
Advanced Logos Workshop


Pursue an in-depth understanding of God’s Word with Logos 6’s new features and capabilities. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how Logos 6 is faster, easier, and smarter. You will learn about the newest features to help find answers faster and you’ll gain a better understanding of individual resources. Logos 6 comes loaded with new visual tools—so you can see, interact, and understand the Biblical world like never before. You will leave this workshop with everything you need to make new discoveries, be confident in your findings, and be excited to share your insights.

Logos Bible Software
Digital library and research tool

Logos 6 is the smartest way to study the Word. With easy‐to‐use tools and a massive theological library, Logos 6 delivers insight. Pinpoint answers in seconds, study the Word in its cultural context, uncover meaning in the original languages, and answer questions with confidence.


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