General Session Descriptions
The Atheist Encounter
How well can you defend your faith? What would you say if an atheist challenged your deepest convictions about God and the Bible? In this session Sean will role play an atheist, raise tough questions against the faith, and see how well the audience can defend their faith. Then Sean will step out of character and help students directly learn from the experience. This is a hands-on experience where you will walk away motivated and equipped to more lovingly and intelligently make a case for Christianity.
Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality
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.
What Skeptics Wish Christians Knew
Many skeptics are open to genuine dialogue with Christians. In this session, Sean shares about his visit to skeptic group and the lessons he learned about how Christians can more effectively engage skeptics. And he will provide a specific roadmap for having genuine dialogue with skeptics and other non-believers in a constructive and positive manner.
True For You, But Not True For Me
Our culture is deeply confused about the nature of truth. People often say, “That may be your truth, but it’s not mine,” as if truth changes based upon what we believe about it. In this session, we will consider why truth is vital, learn how to properly define it, examine objections against its knowability and existence, and grasp the powerful implications of truth for our daily lives.
Parallel Session Descriptions
Total Truth: Promoting Biblical Truth in a Post-Truth Society
My students often ask, how do we present the truth of Christianity in a culture that no longer believes in truth? Great question! In this presentation, I show how Western culture has lost its grasp on truth, and why that makes it difficult to communicate Christian truth. And don’t think Christians are immune—even they have absorbed post-truth trends. To make sure we hold a biblical worldview, we need to start with a biblical view of truth.
The Power of Good News: Speaking the Truth in Love
Micah Wilder, a founding member of the Adam’s Road Ministry, was radically changed by the Gospel message when he was a young, Pharisaical Mormon missionary. Micah will share his story of coming to know the depth of God’s love for him when he was challenged to read the Bible through the eyes of a child. Through his story, he will encourage and equip believers to share the Gospel with those who are deeply entrenched in religious traditions and legalism.
Reaching Hispanics with the Gospel
Hispanics are the largest minority in the US, and sharing the Gospel with Hispanics is more than just speaking Spanish. It is understanding their priorities, their background, and how to help them understand why the Gospel is important.
Why Atheism Failed Me
On May 13, 2013, my son, Jordan, took his own life. He was 19. When I found my precious son’s body, a level of insanity possessed me that is simply beyond my ability to describe. Anger, rage, madness, hopelessness all combined to form a laser-like hate for someone I had, until that day, trusted: God. Discovering that God did not exist would have made it far easier for me to deal with my son’s suicide. In the following days I made it my life’s mission to disprove the existence of God. But atheism failed me. The problem of pain (how a loving God can allow so much suffering and pain) is the #1 argument for atheism. And for good reason. In this session I will offer my response to that argument. This is my story.