Co-Hosted by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and the Colson Center
Apologetics And The Church
Friday, May 19
9:00 am Registration and Coffee/Pastries
10:00 am Kickoff and Greeting – Warren Cole Smith
10:10 am Why Apologetics In The Church? – Bill Brown
Apologetics alone is not enough to make mature disciples of Jesus, but the questions that apologetics can answer often provide non-Christians an “on ramp” to the Christian life, and apologetics can give Christians the knowledge and confidence they need to share their faith more authentically and boldly.
10:35 am Science, Faith, and Facts: Is There Really A Conflict? – Abdu Murray
Some of Christianity’s greatest thinkers have been scientists, and some of the great scientific breakthroughs in history have come from Christians, yet since the Enlightenment we have seen a sharp divide between faith and science. But it is a false divide. Scientific fact, logic, and reason are friends of Christianity, and Christians should not be afraid to interact boldly in the arena of science.
11:15 am The Problem of Evil – Vince Vitale
If God is good and He loves us, and if God is all powerful, why is there evil in the world? Is it possible that God is either not good or not all-powerful – or doesn’t exist at all? Most atheists and skeptics consider this question the most powerful weapon in their arsenal. However, this question has powerful and convincing answers, and knowing these answers can make a powerful difference in the way we share our faiths and the way non-Christians hear our arguments for Christianity.
12:00 noon Box Lunch
1:00 pm Sexism and Violence in the Old Testament – Jo Vitale
To modern eyes and ears, the Bible – especially the Old Testament – seems to approve of sexism and violence. But does it really? Is what we read there descriptive or prescriptive? Learning how to read the Bible and what these passages are really teaching us is vital to our witness in the modern world.
1:45 pm Urban Apologetics – Contextualizing Apologetics – Chris Brooks
America is becoming increasingly urban, and that means Americans are growing up in neighborhoods very different than their parents and grandparents. These neighborhoods are more ethnically and racially diverse, less likely to accept the authority of the church and its leaders, and more distracted by the “noise” of competing worldviews coming at them from media and other sources. Christians must never compromise the truth, but the way we communicate it in a rapidly changing world should always be subject to revision and re-contextualization.
2:30 pm Next Steps – John Stonestreet and Abdu Murray
A conversation between John Stonestreet and Abdu Murray about how to take what you’ve learned today and making it a part of your church, both to “equip the saints” of your congregation but also to provide a bold witness to your neighbors beyond your church walls.
2:55 pm Final Words, Logistics, Closing Prayer – Warren Cole Smith