Jacksonville Conference Schedule

7:00 am

Doors Open for Registration

8:00 – 9:00 am

General Session 1 

Ten Reasons Why 50-70 MM Adult Americans Have Left the Church: the Nones
JERRY JOHNSTON

Drs. Jerry and Cristie Jo Johnston traveled over 200,000 miles internationally conducting five-years of original research on what TIME magazine refers to as “one of the 10 most significant trends changing America.” The Johnstons filmed interviews with 106 of the world’s leading atheists, agnostics, skeptics, philosophers, sociologists, statisticians, nones, deconversions, apologists, and Christian leaders to discover both the causes and cures of religious disaffiliation. This message is crucial for concerned Christians and pastors to hear and video clips that are must see! In 2020, the Johnstons will launch a national campaign titled, This is Christian Strong. 

9:00 – 9:15 am

BREAK

9:15 – 10:05 am

Parallel Sessions 1
(4 options) 

The Apologetic Pulpit
by Mike Miller 

Preachers have a unique opportunity to teach and model apologetics. Every time we stand to preach, we are communicating to skeptics and doubters. In fact, not only do we regularly preach to non-Christians, but the Christians in our audiences are continually assailed by well-sounding and persuasive arguments against Christianity. Therefore, the pulpit is a great platform from which to respond to those arguments as well as to bolster the confidence of the believers in our midst. This session will discuss some of the basic elements of apologetic preaching, such as how to find apologetic elements within the biblical text, how to craft arguments that stay true to biblical exposition, and how to communicate effectively to people with an already skeptical mind.

Is Christianity the White Man’s Religion?
by Tim Fuller 

Christianity is the White Man’s religion! This is a popular thought held by those in Black Nationalist movements. How did they derive at this understanding? Are their claims valid? Why do so many people believe their rhetoric? These questions will be answered in this seminar after which the attendees will be armed with information to defend Christianity from this erroneous portrayal. They will be able to comprehend why this message has gained so much traction and why it resonates with so many people of color. After answering those questions, attendees will be given a proper understanding of Christianity from a historical, geographical, and anthropological perspective. There will be discussions on the contributions of African people and other people of color to this religion called Christianity.

Does the Soul Exist?
by Eric Hernandez 

In our culture today, it is becoming increasingly popular to think the more we learn about science, the less reasons we have to believe in God. By the same token, it is equally believed that the more we learn about neuroscience, the less reasons we have to believe that anything like a soul exists.  But here’s the problem; Paul said that if there is no resurrection, then Christianity is false, and in the same vein, if the soul does not exist, then in principle there can be no resurrection and once again, Christianity would be false. So how would you respond? Is there any evidence that the soul exists, or has neuroscience proven that human beings are nothing more than our brain and bodies? In this session you will be given the training needed to adequately address these questions and more. 

La existencia de Dios y el Jesús histórico by Marlon Ríos

Las personas a través de los siglos han cuestionado la existencia de Dios y la vida y el ministerio del Jesús histórico. En esta sesión, se estudiará la existencia de Dios y el Jesús histórico de la prospección filosófica y bíblica, y cómo la ilustración llevó estos temas a un nivel erróneo y diferente y las consecuencias con las cuales la iglesia actualmente lucha.

10:05 – 10:15 am

BREAK 

10:15 – 11:15 am

General Session 2 

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality
NANCY PEARCEY  

Nancy Pearcey, professor at Houston Baptist University, takes on the headline issues of our day: abortion, assisted suicide, homosexuality, transgenderism, and more. We often treat these issues separately, but Pearcey shows that we will be much more effective if we realize they all rest on a radically dehumanizing secular worldview that denigrates the body and demeans the person. By contrast, she shows how to craft the biblical ethic in a way that is more positive and more appealing than the secular ethic.

11:15 – 12:45 pm

LUNCH (on your own)
 

12:45 – 1:45 pm

General Session 3 

How to Develop a Forensic Faith 
JIM WALLACE 

In this session, Cold-Case Detective and Christian Case Maker, J. Warner Wallace will help listeners define the notion of faith and develop a “training” model to become better Christian Case Makers. Why are so many young people walking away from the Church? What can we do about it? J. Warner will help you understand the issues we are facing and provide you with a strategy to become a more devoted follower of Jesus.

1:45 – 2:00 pm

BREAK 

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Parallel Sessions 2
(4 options) 

The Apologetic Pulpit
by Mike Miller 

Preachers have a unique opportunity to teach and model apologetics. Every time we stand to preach, we are communicating to skeptics and doubters. In fact, not only do we regularly preach to non-Christians, but the Christians in our audiences are continually assailed by well-sounding and persuasive arguments against Christianity. Therefore, the pulpit is a great platform from which to respond to those arguments as well as to bolster the confidence of the believers in our midst. This session will discuss some of the basic elements of apologetic preaching, such as how to find apologetic elements within the biblical text, how to craft arguments that stay true to biblical exposition, and how to communicate effectively to people with an already skeptical mind.

Is Christianity the White Man’s Religion?
by Tim Fuller 

Christianity is the White Man’s religion! This is a popular thought held by those in Black Nationalist movements. How did they derive at this understanding? Are their claims valid? Why do so many people believe their rhetoric? These questions will be answered in this seminar after which the attendees will be armed with information to defend Christianity from this erroneous portrayal. They will be able to comprehend why this message has gained so much traction and why it resonates with so many people of color. After answering those questions, attendees will be given a proper understanding of Christianity from a historical, geographical, and anthropological perspective. There will be discussions on the contributions of African people and other people of color to this religion called Christianity.

Does the Soul Exist?
by Eric Hernandez 

In our culture today, it is becoming increasingly popular to think the more we learn about science, the less reasons we have to believe in God. By the same token, it is equally believed that the more we learn about neuroscience, the less reasons we have to believe that anything like a soul exists.  But here’s the problem; Paul said that if there is no resurrection, then Christianity is false, and in the same vein, if the soul does not exist, then in principle there can be no resurrection and once again, Christianity would be false. So how would you respond? Is there any evidence that the soul exists, or has neuroscience proven that human beings are nothing more than our brain and bodies? In this session you will be given the training needed to adequately address these questions and more. 

Como responder hermenéuticamente a los pasajes problemáticos 
by Marlon Ríos

En esta sesión el objetivo es estudiar los pasajes problemáticos donde parece que Dios promueve el genocidio y la esclavitud. Dios es representado como cruel en el mundo secular y humanista. El enfoque hermenéutico de esos textos iluminará cual es la intención que Dios siempre ha tenido hacia la humanidad, y lo que la naturaleza pecaminosa del hombre rechaza y acepta.

2:50 – 3:00 pm

BREAK

3:00 – 4:00 pm

General Session 4: Q & A

  • Eric Hernandez
  • Jerry Johnston
  • Nancy Pearcey
  • Jim Wallace

4:00 pm

DISMISS