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Friday, October 11
 

8:45am

Sex and Your Commanding Officer
Who is your commanding officer?  Is it Jesus or someone else?  Is it Jesus or yourself?  Is it Jesus or the culture? If you say it’s Jesus,  Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commands.”  Yet we see people in the church today not only failing to keep his commands, but denying they are commands at all, especially when it comes to sexual behavior.  Join Frank for completely politically incorrect, but biblically correct, insights into what’s right and true regarding love and sexual behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Turek

Frank Turek

President, SES Adjunct Faculty, CrossExamined.org
Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: Stealing from God:  Why Atheists Need God to make their Case, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Sanctuary

9:35am

Rethinking Apologetics for the 21st Century
TODAY is much more like 1st Century Christianity than last century Christianity, therefore our paradigm must change. Join us as we discover the #1 Apologetic for the 21st Century.

Speakers
avatar for Chip Ingram

Chip Ingram

CEO & Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge
Chip Ingram serves as CEO & Teaching Pastor of Living on the Edge – an international teaching and discipleship ministry. For over thirty-five years, Chip has pastored churches ranging from 60 to 6,000 and served as president of Walk Thru the Bible. His passion is helping Christians... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 9:35am - 10:20am
Sanctuary

10:20am

Break
Friday October 11, 2019 10:20am - 10:45am

10:45am

Breakout 1A: The Ultimate Darts Player
Giant asteroid collisions are the subject of many apocalyptic disaster movies. However, if it were not for three gigantic asteroids striking Earth at the just right times, at the just right locations, at the just the right collision angles, at the just right masses, and the just right compositions our planet would not be able to support billions of humans, nor would we humans have been able to develop technology at a level adequate for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. I will explain how these three collisions combined with five unprecedented tectonic events arguably rank as the strongest scientific evidence for the supernatural design of Earth to make possible the redemption of billions of human beings.

Speakers
avatar for Hugh Ross

Hugh Ross

President, Reasons to Believe
Astronomer Hugh Ross is founder and president of Reasons to Believe, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity. Hugh earned his BS in physics from the University of British Columbia and his MS and PhD in astronomy from the University... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
Sanctuary

10:45am

Breakout 1B: Progressive Christianity: A Biblical Response to a Growing Movement
Many Christians are unaware of the profound influence progressive Christianity is having in the Evangelical church. This session will take a look at what progressive Christianity is, what progressive Christians believe, and equip the church to respond this rapidly growing movement.

Speakers
avatar for Alisa Childers

Alisa Childers

alisachilders.com
Alisa is a wife, mom, blogger, speaker and worship leader, and was a member of the CCM recording group ZOEgirl. Today she is passionate about helping Christians work through their doubts about Christianity and the Bible. She also focuses on a biblical response to the growing movement... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
Crown Room

10:45am

Breakout 1C: The Historicity of the Virgin Birth: Myth or Miracle?
Evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a common topic in Christian apologetics. However, we hear comparatively little about the virgin birth of Christ. On the other hand, the Virgin Birth is a very common point of attack by skeptics. So what can we say about the Virgin Birth? Is there any historical evidence for it? What about the claims that it was borrowed from pagan myths? In this session, we will address these and other questions. We will find that there is surprisingly good evidence that Jesus was indeed born of a virgin.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Bowman

Rob Bowman

President, SES Adjunct Faculty, Faith Thinkers
Robert M. Bowman Jr. is the president of Faith Thinkers, a Christian apologetics ministry based in Rockford, Michigan. He has taught at Biola University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and elsewhere. Rob is the author or co-author of thirteen books including Putting Jesus... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
LC1400

10:45am

Breakout 1D: The Truth about Muhammad and Mecca
Muslims claim that Muhammad was born in Mecca and the earliest parts of the Qur’an were revealed to him there. Indeed, without Mecca the whole story of Muhammad would have to be re-evaluated and the very foundations of Islam would have to be questioned. This would be devastating to Islam and the faith of every Muslim. Yet, recent archaeological and historical research call into question whether Mecca even existed in the time of Muhammad. Indeed, if Mecca did not exist in the early 7th century, then who was Muhammad and from where did he come? Moreover, what is the true historical development of the religion that now claims allegiance from 1 out of every 5 people in the world today? Could these recent discoveries provide the breakthrough that Christian missionaries have been looking for in their work with Muslims? Come and learn how this fascinating new information may help us reach many more Muslims with the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Janosik

Daniel Janosik

Adjunct Faculty, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Daniel Janosik is Adjunct Professor of Apologetics, Historical Theology, and Islamic Studies at Southern Evangelical Seminary, and Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Columbia International University (A.B., College of William and Mary; M.A., M.Div., Columbia International University... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
LC1300

10:45am

Breakout 1E: Truth Shall Spring Forth From the Earth: Utilizing Archaeology in Christian Apologetics
Archaeology provides a unique and exciting opportunity to illuminate the realia of Scripture and confirm the veracity of the Bible. The history of archaeological research, its current status and future trends will be discussed and illustrated by important discoveries from the field.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Hudon

Jeffrey Hudon

Staff Archaeologist, Research Associate and Adjunct Professor, Andrews University
Jeffrey Hudon has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from Andrews University as well as graduate degrees in Biblical History and Theology. Along with teaching, he currently serves as the Administrative Director of the Tall Hisban Cultural Heritage Project and has fourteen seasons... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
Chapel

10:45am

Breakout 1F: When Science Conflicts with Christianity
It seems like scientists keep discovering things about the universe that conflict with Christianity. A few basic principles will help you assess whether these discoveries truly conflict with the Bible and how to use these perceived conflicts to articulate Christianity in a persuasive and attractive way. Come see these principles applied to the latest research about life in the universe, the beginning of the universe and the pursuit of artificial intelligence.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Zweerink

Jeff Zweerink

Senior Research Scholar, SES Adjunct Faculty, Reasons to Believe
Astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink is a senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe (RTB), an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity. He earned a BS in physics and a PhD in astrophysics with a focus on gamma rays from Iowa State University... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
Mini Gym

10:45am

Breakout 1G: Contending Earnestly for the Faith in the Face of Pluralistic Postmodernism
Today, in the shadow of ideologically driven pluralistic postmodernism––where matters of religion, truth, ethics & values, moral absolutes, identity, tolerance, and inclusivism are seemingly, inseparably connected to cultural bias, subjectivity, relativity, and pragmatism; where the inescapable reality of objective truth is being reduced to personal interpretation, not correspondence with reality––holding true to the essence of Christianity necessitates a vastly different approach in both faith and practice from that which is popular, accessible and appealing. Believers must be prepared to stand firm on the Absolute Truth of God and Holy Scripture to earnestly contend for their faith, while also confronting and engaging the thinking and demands of pluralism, especially that which dogmatically encourages the uncritical acceptance of all beliefs and perspectives regarding matters of reason, community, religion, and self-identification. How do we accomplish such?

Speakers
avatar for Benjamen S. Long

Benjamen S. Long

Pastor, SES D.Min. Student, The Upper Room Christian Fellowship
Benjamen serves as Pastor for "The Upper Room Christian Fellowship," church in Rock Hill, SC. He received a BA in Religious Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary (2016), a MAR (2018), and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics at SES.


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM222

10:45am

Breakout 1H: Equipped: Basic Training in Apologetics For Evangelism
EQUIPPED-Basic Training In Apologetics For Evangelism is will provide you an engaging and practical introduction to Christian Apologetics and how to use apologetics in evangelism. This talk will focus on answering five of the most frequently asked religious questions about God and religion through apologetics in evangelism. Questions such as 1) Does God Exist? 2) COEXIST: Do All Roads (Religions) Lead To Heaven? 3) Is Morality Relative? 4) If there is a God, Why Does Evil Exist?", and 5) How Do We Use Apologetics in Conversational Evangelism? This talk will impact your faith and your ability to share that faith with others. EQUIPPED will provide you with the knowledge, tools and a practical approach for you to personally impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Garofalo

Steven Garofalo

President & Founder, SES Alum, Reason For Truth
STEVEN GAROFALO is the founder of the ReasonForTruth.Org. He is a speaker, author and teacher at conferences and churches on issues relating to Christian Apologetics and theology. Steven received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Government... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM232

10:45am

Breakout 1I: From Papyri to iPad: The Formation of the English Bible and Evaluation of the KJV
Have you ever wondered why we have so many different translations of the Bible and why they read so differently in some places and why some translations don’t even include all the verses of the others? Have you ever heard people say that the Bible has been translated time and time again, and there is no way to know what it really said? This talk seeks to demystify the history of how we got our Bible as well as make a case that the Bible we have is the most trust worthy book of all ancient history. Even if you are brand new to the Bible and especially if you are brand new to Christianity, you will walk away with a new appreciation and a new confidence in the Bible.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas McCuddy

Thomas McCuddy

Director of the Norm Geisler Institute, SES D.Min. Student, NGIM
Rev. Thomas McCuddy is the Director of the Norm Geisler Institute as well as the Lead Professor of Apologetics at Carolina College of Biblical Studies in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Thomas holds a Masters in Biblical Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and is completing... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM226

10:45am

Breakout 1J: The Challenges of Witnessing to Muslims
Many Christians want to witness to their Muslim neighbor or coworker, but they are not sure how to begin.  Other Christians have tried to share the gospel, but come up against unexpected difficulties. In this talk, Don will discuss some of the reasons why Muslims present a special kind of challenge, and then he will discuss a few ways to overcome those challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Don Deal

Don Deal

Director of Research and Development, SES Alum, NGIM
Don is the Director of Research and Development for Norm Geisler International Ministries. He has a Master’s degree in Biblical/Theological Studies from Luther Rice University and a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Don is pursuing a Ph.D... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM233

10:45am

Breakout 1K: The Truth is Euthanasia is Still Immoral
The talk will examine end of life issues and why the Christian view of personhood is the correct view in comparison to other views which ultimately lead to permitting euthanasia. The talk will specifically argue against euthanasia.

Speakers
avatar for Michael West

Michael West

D.Min. Student, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Mike is an adjunct professor at Oklahoma Wesleyan University where he teaches theology, worldview and apologetics, and Bible. He is also and adjunct professor at Messenger College where he teaches creation science. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Angelo State University... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM227

10:45am

Breakout 1L: Consequences of Deserting the Titus 2 Charge
The call to train women, as prescribed in Titus 2:3-5, needs attention. This breakout will consider the detrimental results of neglecting the Titus 2 curriculum for gender-specific discipleship. Ultimately, home, church, and society are being negatively impacted. Dr. Donna Navey researched the current state of this effort as well as the variables that hinder and foster its effectiveness in women’s ministries. In a culture where gender identity is challenged and continues to converge, evangelical churches must affirm the Titus 2 charge with obedient intentionality. God’s directives for this task mandates renewed effort in local church culture.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Navey

Donna Navey

Teacher/Consultant, You & Titus 2
Dr. Donna Navey Ed.D. is a pastor’s wife, mother of four married children, and grandmother of nine. Her husband of 34 years, Dr. Rodney Navey, is the Pastor of Family Ministries at Calvary Church in Charlotte, NC. She graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM240

10:45am

Breakout 1M: The Truth About Gender Neutrality
Why should gender neutrality matter? What makes us different? We will discuss the differences in the male and female brain. Why identity politics is a deadly game. Could the logical conclusion in the identity game end in mass clinical cases of depression, dysfunction and human tragedy?

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Camp

Kathryn Camp

Founder/Director, SES Alum, Living Into The Truth Ministries
Founder and director of Living Into The Truth Ministries, a Christian apologetics ministry based on the promises of Jesus, that if we abide by his Word he will live in us just as he lives in the Father (John 14:15-20). Kathryn's ministry offers a realistic look at how the Westernized... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM237

10:45am

Breakout 1N: The Resurrection of Jesus from Dying and Rising Gods?: An Investigator Examines the Evidence
Dr. Richard Carrier has written many pages about his skepticism for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. One of the claims he makes is that the notion of Jesus arising from the dead after his crucifixion came from pagan "dying and rising gods" that preceded him. But does Carrier have any evidence for his claim? Join Ross as he looks at Carrier's claim through the lens of a seasoned investigator.

Speakers
avatar for Ross Hickling

Ross Hickling

Founder and Chapter Director, Shield Your Faith and Ratio Christi
After a 26 year career in law enforcement, Ross turned his investigative skills from catching criminal offenders to showing the great evidence for belief in God and also for the reliability of the New Testament, among other topics. Ross founded "Shield Your Faith" in 2014 and also... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM238

10:45am

Breakout 1O: What Your Church Needs More Than Apologetics (hint: it involves apologetics)
Let's face it, the church does not care about apologetics near as much as it should. Yet we all know the church needs apologetics. However, there are two things the church needs more than apologetics: evangelism and discipleship. The good news for apologists is that these are likely open doors to integrating apologetics into the church with a lot less red tape and upturned noses. In this session we will discuss strategies for using these as a key to unlocking the opportunity to train people in apologetics.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Schmidt

Matt Schmidt

CEO, SES Alum, Engage 360 Ministries
Matt is CEO of Engage 360 Ministries which focuses on helping people to share their faith in everyday life. He has an MA Philosophy from SES. His passion for evangelism and apologetics originates in his coming to faith from atheism over a 3 year process. Matt is married and has 4... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM231

10:45am

Breakout 1P: You Were Made for This! Sharing Reasons Why Christianity Makes the Most Sense of Reality
Would you like to know how to respond to someone who says faith is believing in spite of the evidence, the New Testament is corrupted and can't be trusted, belief in God is an emotional crutch or science has shown that miracles are not possible? You will leave this session with a systematic approach for how to respond to the most common questions about the Christian Faith. Based on my book LifeGivers Apologetics: Women Designed and Equipped to Share Reasons for the Hope Within, this session is geared toward women but men are welcome! All the apologetics evidence is useful for both men and women!

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Scribner

Tricia Scribner

Ph.D Student, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Tricia Scribner is a Christian apologist who equips Christians to share with confidence why Christianity makes the most sense of reality. Tricia is the author/co-author of nine books, writing on topics such on mentoring, Bible study, and apologetics. Her most recent book is LifeGivers... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM242

10:45am

¿Quién eres tu para decir?
Esta sesión contrastará el cristianismo con el relativismo moral de manera práctica y divertida. Veremos como el Cristianismo es intrínsecamente incompatible con el relativismo moral porque el Dios de la Biblia dice que todas las cosas se relacionan con Él. Disfrutaremos de divertidas respuestas a acusaciones como p.ej. “¡Eso es verdad para ti, pero no para mi!,” “Ustedes los cristianos son tan intolerantes!,” “¡No debes imponer tu moralidad a los demás!,” y “Tu rechazar los derechos LGBT+ es solamente intolerancia religio

Speakers
avatar for Bruno Molina

Bruno Molina

Coordinator de Evangelismo Entre Creencias e Idiomas, Convencion de los Bautistas del Sur de Texas
El Dr. Bruno Molina es el Coordinador de Evangelismo Entre Creencias e Idiomas para la Convención de los Bautistas del Sur de Texas. Él anima a los miembros de 2,700 iglesias a evangelizar a las personas que hablan más de 300 idiomas y adhieren a muchas religiones, proveyendo entrenamiento... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
RM234
  • Speakers Dr. Bruno Molina

11:40am

Lunch
Food trucks located on the back side of the church between the Calvary Life Center and sanctuary. Seating is available in the Calvary Life Center.

Friday October 11, 2019 11:40am - 1:30pm

1:30pm

Breakout 2A: What’s Your First Domino?
When it comes to Apologetics, the best DEFENSE is a great OFFENSE. When you KNOW God for who He REALLY is, you have boldness to stand for WHAT He says.

Speakers
avatar for Chip Ingram

Chip Ingram

CEO & Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge
Chip Ingram serves as CEO & Teaching Pastor of Living on the Edge – an international teaching and discipleship ministry. For over thirty-five years, Chip has pastored churches ranging from 60 to 6,000 and served as president of Walk Thru the Bible. His passion is helping Christians... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Sanctuary

1:30pm

Breakout 2B: Human Beings 2.0: A Christian Response to the Transhumanism Movement
Advances in genetic engineering and brain-computer interfaces make it possible to treat a number of debilitating diseases and injury, mitigating significant human suffering. But these technologies also provide the gateway to enhance human physical, intellectual, and psychological capabilities. This emerging capability gives credibility to an intellectual and cultural movement called transhumanism, which has a religious character to it. In fact, more radical proponents of transhumanism see technology as the path to eternal life.

What should the Christian response be to these emerging biotechnologies that simultaneously hold promise and peril? How can Christians effectively engage our culture regarding these issues? This session will propose a framework to help Christians address these questions, and in doing, so stand with confidence for the dignity and sanctity of human life.

Speakers
avatar for Fazale Rana

Fazale Rana

Vice President of Research and Apologetics, Reasons to Believe
Biochemist Fazale “Fuz” Rana writes and speaks extensively about evidence for creation emerging from biochemistry, genetics, human origins, and synthetic biology. As vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe (RTB), he is dedicated to communicating to skeptics... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Crown Room

1:30pm

Breakout 2C: Why God Is Not A Moral Being and How It Relates to the Problem of Evil
Those who use the problem of evil to argue that God doesn't exist often assume that a perfectly moral being wouldn't allow evil. Since such evil exists, no such being could exist. In response, Christians typically argue that God has morally justifiable reasons for allowing evil. 

In this talk I draw on a discussion I had with Michael Shermer and argue that God is not a moral being at all since he is not beholden to any human moral standards. This deflates the typical problem of evil since God could be amoral and still allow evil. Further, it argues for a sharp Creator/creature distinction and a proper view of God.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Huffling

Brian Huffling

Director of Ph.D Program, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Southern Evangelcial Seminary
Dr. Brian Huffling is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology. He is the Director of the Ph.D. Program at SES. He is also a reserve chaplain in the Air Force.


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
LC1400

1:30pm

Breakout 2D: The New World of Apologetics: Questions and Answers with Dr. David Geisler and Don Deal
Christianity is at a crossroads, not just in America, but in the western world. The latest Barna polling indicates that many Christians have come to believe that witnessing is not just unneeded, but morally wrong! Christians who use basic apologetics to try to reach those swept up in the tides of change will often find themselves failing. It’s time to effectively blend apologetics and evangelism. Come learn “How Should We Then Witness,” and join in a discussion on forging a new way forward.

Speakers
avatar for David Geisler

David Geisler

President, SES Adjunct Faculty, NGIM
Dr. David Geisler is the president of the Norm Geisler International Ministries (NGIM), which he co-founded in 2015 with his late father, Dr. Norman L Geisler. The vision of NGIM is to integrate Norm Geisler's educational models of apologetics into practical models of evangelism and... Read More →
avatar for Don Deal

Don Deal

Director of Research and Development, SES Alum, NGIM
Don is the Director of Research and Development for Norm Geisler International Ministries. He has a Master’s degree in Biblical/Theological Studies from Luther Rice University and a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Don is pursuing a Ph.D... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
LC1300

1:30pm

Breakout 2E: Seizing THE Moment....Vision for Community Impact
This session will cover the general overview of what a Community Impact Team is, and why it is crucial to Impact our culture for Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Harris

Mark Harris

National Director of Community Impact, Family Research Council
Mark Harris served as a Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina from 2005-2017. Before that he led two other churches giving him twenty-eight years of experience in Ministry as a Senior Pastor. In addition to pastoring three churches, Mark Harris has served... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Chapel

1:30pm

Breakout 2F: Is Christianity Compatible with Socialism?
This talk will examine the foundations of socialism and compare it with the basic tenets of Christianity. We will also examine the economic and social implications for both views. Lastly, we will look at the natural law tradition in response to the ethics of socialism.

Speakers
avatar for Bernard Mauser

Bernard Mauser

Adjunct Faculty, Southern Evangelical Seminary
I came to believe Christianity is true after challenging a coworker to bring me his best evidence. Since then I completed a Master's in Apologetics and Ph.D. in philosophy. My wife Amber and I have 5 beautiful children. I'm also the author of a book on how to answer questions about... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Mini Gym

1:30pm

Breakout 2G: CANCELLED DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY
What is truth? And, how is the church to be the pillar and support of the truth? Come learn the answers to these questions and how you can share Jesus in a post-truth culture.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Ciervo

Ray Ciervo

Director, SES Alum, No Pat Answers
Dr Ray Ciervo has been ministering for 45 years as a pastor, teacher, and for the past 20 years as an apologist. He has taught local churches how to employ apologetics as part of their church life in order to strengthen their faith and witness.


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM222

1:30pm

Breakout 2H: A Three-word Answer to the Problem of Evil
Christians need not fear the problem of evil. In this session, I will offer a simple three-word response to this classic challenge against the existence of God that echoes the overall biblical approach to the problem. Starting with the classical view of God as holy, righteous, and perfectly good, I will show how the problem of evil ends up falling flat and offers little of value in discussions of God’s existence and nature.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Lewis

Steven Lewis

Ph.D. Student, Southern Evangelical Seminary
I am currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary. I have also earned a MA in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary and a BS in Biblical Studies from Welch College. I live and work in Murfreesboro, TN with my wife and two sons. My... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM232

1:30pm

Breakout 2I: Paganism Rising
Paganism is a polytheistic worldview where the adherents employ manipulative powers, in an attempt to change or control the circumstances of their lives or others. While typically associated with the ancient world (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greco-Roman mystery religions), the current culture of relativism has allowed this worldview to once again thrive, resulting in a renewed need for understanding. Through an analysis of ancient paganism, as seen through archaeology, the framework of the pagan worldview will be outlined, after which correlations between ancient and modern paganism will be drawn. This will be followed by a discussion of the differences between the pagan and Christian worldviews, which will include how the Christian savior story differs from that of pagan accounts. The final remarks will cover the manner in which the early church handled paganism, with application points on how modern Christians can do the same.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Davis

Kristen Davis

Founder, SES Ph.D. Student, DoubtLess Faith
Kristen Davis is an Assistant Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and the Founder of DoubtLess Faith Ministries. She speaks internationally; is an Associate of Associates for Biblical Research and is an Adjunct Professor of Ethics and New Testament at Southeastern... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM226

1:30pm

Breakout 2J: Christianity and Slavery
Christianity is often called a "slave" religion. But the fact is very different. Although there were Christian slaveowners, slavery at its core is incompatible with Christianity. In this session, Dr. H.C. Felder will show how slavery was tolerated since the dawn of man through various cultures and religions and how Christianity set the foundation for the abolition of slavery world-wide.

Speakers
avatar for Harold Felder

Harold Felder

Founder, SES Alum, Giving An Answer
Dr. H.C. Felder is a former atheist and NASA Software Engineer. After becoming a believer and being exposed to the truth of Christianity, he has dedicated his life to sharing that truth with others.  He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, and both a Master and Doctorate... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM233

1:30pm

Breakout 2K: Explaining and Defending the Trinity
This session will explain the orthodox definition of the Trinity, and defend it against various arguments from skeptics, atheists, and those from other beliefs. This will be a rich and rewarding time to go deeper in learning this important doctrine of the Christian faith.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Baker

Thomas Baker

Adjunct Faculty, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Baker has a heart for discipleship in helping people know what they believe in terms of doctrine, knowing why they believe by equipping them apologetically, and how to live by undergirding them in moral instruction and principles for virtuous living from the Scriptures. He currently... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM227

1:30pm

Breakout 2L: Speaking the Truth to Hindus
According to Pew Research, Indians are the second largest group of Asians migrating into the US. Are you equipped to share the Gospel of Jesus with your Eastern colleagues, neighbors and friends? Does truth matter to them? How do they understand absolute truth? This session will give you a brief overview of Hinduism, one of the major Indian religions, discuss various challenges and equip you to share the Gospel joyfully and effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Sibu Rajappan

Sibu Rajappan

Pastor of Outreach, SES Alum, Calvary Church
Sibu serves at Calvary by directing the outreach to the unchurched. An Indian by nationality, Sibu was raised in a Hindu home in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 2002. Sibu is married to Nisha, who is also from India. They have two girls, Anugraha... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM240

1:30pm

Breakout 2M: Apologetics for Tweens
How to save your children from doubts and unanswered questions about Christianity. The presentation is based on the author's published curriculum for 5th - 8th graders and includes a review of key input and feedback over 15 years of teaching fifth graders apologetics, some stories and testimonies that point to its importance. This is a unique opportunity for homeschool teachers to deliver the solutions to address doubts and questions.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Griffin

Tom Griffin

SES Alum
Thomas Griffin graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a business degree and major in marketing in 1973 and has 40 years of business experience. He invested 20 years in the study of apologetics and graduated from SES with a Master of Religion. He currently serves as Assoc... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM237

1:30pm

Breakout 2N: A Charitable Approach to the Age of the Earth Debate
Is the earth thousands or billions of years old? Do any essential Christian doctrines hinge on one’s view of this issue? On what points can each view agree? Can Christians agree to disagree in this area? This talk will explore the relevant philosophical, scientific, and biblical evidence used by both viewpoints and consider what conclusions can be drawn.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Gustafson

Eric Gustafson

Director of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Eric is the Director of Institutional Advancement at SES where he also earned his Master of Arts in Religion degree.



Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM238

1:30pm

Breakout 2O: Jesus is God in the flesh! (the 'devil' is in the details!)
The New Testament authors are in agreement on the Deity of Jesus Christ. The details of specific passages supporting their claims will be examined.

Speakers
avatar for Floyd Elmore

Floyd Elmore

Professor of Biblical Theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Floyd Elmore has served the Christian community for more than fifty years. He seeks to help people think like Christ so that they can be more effective in their witness and their work.Raised in a Christian family, Floyd accepted Christ as Savior when he was 10 years old, and began... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM231

1:30pm

Breakout 2P: Christian Exclusivism in a Pluralistic World
This session addresses the question "Don't all religions lead to God?" The default position for most people to this question is “yes”, even among evangelical Christians.

Are you equipped to clearly teach the Gospel of Christian exclusivism in an increasingly pluralistic culture? 

Come and be equipped to be strengthened in your faith and make an eternal difference in the lives of others.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Toenges

Scott Toenges

Christian Studies Chair, Adjunct Professor, SES Alum, The First Academy
Dr. Scott Toenges has taught for over two decades at The First Academy, Orlando FL - a Christian college prep school - serving as Christian Studies department chair. Dr. Toenges is also an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University teaching Apologetics, and World Religions... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM242

1:30pm

Licencia para dudar
o La duda y la confianza están íntimamente relacionadas y afectan las decisiones del ser humano en todos los ámbitos. Durante esta charla se presentarán argumentos bíblicos que te ayudaran a entender el funcionamiento de la confianza y los diferentes tipos de duda que usualmente paralizan y privan a las personas de experimentar una vida plena. Por medio de un camino claro, lógico y bien argumento, se te darán herramientas para controlar la ansiedad que provoca la duda, por medio de la comprensión y análisis de esta.



Speakers
avatar for Chris Du Pond

Chris Du Pond

Presidente y Fundador, Veritas Fidei
Chris Du-Pond es Ingeniero es Sistemas Computacionales graduado del Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, especialista en Bases de Datos relacionales. Actualmente Chris labora en una empresa multinacional de sistemas de software/hardware industrial. Chris se... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:25pm
RM234

2:25pm

Break
Friday October 11, 2019 2:25pm - 2:50pm

2:50pm

Updating the Resurrection Time-Line Argument
This is a session description.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Habermas

Gary Habermas

Distinguished Research Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University
Dr. Gary Habermas is the author or co-author of over 40 books and 100 articles and reviews in journals and magazines. In the last 16 years he has given over 1500 lectures in about 100 universities, seminaries, and colleges. He holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Religion from... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 2:50pm - 3:35pm
Sanctuary

3:35pm

Break
Friday October 11, 2019 3:35pm - 4:00pm

4:00pm

Breakout 3A: How the Church Has Driven Jews Away from Jesus
A Catholic scholar once remarked that the pages of Church history Jews have memorized, Christians have torn out of their books. In this breakout session, we’ll see how the Church failed to heed Paul’s warnings in Romans 11, leading to centuries of “Christian” anti-Semitism, both Catholic and Protestant, preparing the way for the Holocaust. We’ll also learn how best to answer this Jewish objection to Jesus being the Messiah of Israel.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Brown

Michael Brown

SES Adjunct Faculty, AskDrBrown Ministries
Dr. Michael Brown is the founder and president of AskDrBrown Ministries and FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, North Carolina. He is host of the daily, nationally, syndicated talk radio show, the Line of Fire, as well as the host of the apologetics TV show, “Answering Your Toughest... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Sanctuary

4:00pm

Breakout 3B: New Design Evidences: Habitable Zones
The widest planetary habitable zones is the liquid water habitable zone. A focus
on just this one habitable zone has led many astronomers and journalists to conclude that there
are billions of possibly habitable planets. However, there are 12 other known planetary
habitable zones—all much narrower than the liquid water habitable zone. I will explain why
for a planet to be truly habitable it must simultaneously reside in all 13 habitable zones. In
addition to planetary habitable zones there are galactic and extragalactic habitable zones. All
these habitable zones dramatically increase the fine-tuning evidence for the existence and
ongoing miraculous interventions of the God of the Bible.

Speakers
avatar for Hugh Ross

Hugh Ross

President, Reasons to Believe
Astronomer Hugh Ross is founder and president of Reasons to Believe, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity. Hugh earned his BS in physics from the University of British Columbia and his MS and PhD in astronomy from the University... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Crown Room

4:00pm

Breakout 3C: The Biggest Climate Scandal You Haven’t Heard About – And Why It Matters for Christian Apologetics
Different dating methods seem to tell a consistent “story” of climate change over millions of years. Many Christians see this apparent agreement as an overwhelmingly powerful argument for an old Earth. Dr. Jake Hebert of the Institute for Creation Research explains in an easy-to-understand way, but using real paleoclimate data, how this apparent agreement is actually the result of circular reasoning. In the process, he reveals a gigantic scientific scandal, one that is highly relevant to both the origins debate and the debate over global warming.

Speakers
avatar for Jake Hebert

Jake Hebert

Research Associate, Institute for Creation Research (ICR)
Dr. Jake Hebert earned a master’s degree in physics in 1999 from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in physics in 2011 from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he did cutting-edge research on the connection between cosmic rays, solar activity, and weather and climate. He has... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
LC1400

4:00pm

Breakout 3D: The Good and The Just: A Clarifying Analysis
There are many issues currently facing the West, and there is no shortage of positions on how to best address these issues. Arguments too are made for for why differing - and sometimes contradictory - positions are to be preferred, many of which make an appeal to the 'Good' and the 'Just'. But what is the true meaning of 'Good' and 'Just', and how does a correct understanding of their meaning affect one's position on how to best respond to current issues. This talk will be an analysis meant to bring clarity to these matters.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Brown

Timothy Brown

Director of Bible College Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Timothy Brown is currently the Director of Southern Evangelical Bible College, and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Committed to serving the Church through his teaching, Dr. Brown instructs courses such as Socratic Logic and Philosophy... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
LC1300

4:00pm

Breakout 3E: The Error of Gay Christianity
This talks seeks to briefly examine some of the core beliefs behind the movement of gay christianity, and provide a biblical answer to those beliefs. This talk also aims to provide wisdom to those within the Christian faith who made be struggling with same-sex attraction and/or gender dysphoria.

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Hodge

Cameron Hodge

UNCG Chapter, Ratio Christi
Apologist Cameron Hodge holds a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Apologetics from Liberty University. Ms. Hodge has studied French, Spanish, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Currently, Cameron helps guide two Christian organizations at UNCG: Ratio Christi, and The Take Over (TKO). In her... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Chapel

4:00pm

Breakout 3F: Art, the Transcendentals and Transcendence: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in Human Art as Indicators of the Knowledge of God
As creatures, human beings uniquely seek out and appreciate truth, goodness, and beauty not only in nature, but in works of art. One's enjoyment of artistic works point to something beyond the work itself. This session will explore the how the transcendentals invite both the Christian and non-Christian to the divine source of all aesthetic experience. Attention will be given to how the plastic arts and performing arts have a place in a coherent Christian worldview.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Paulus

Joel Paulus

Director of Research, Adjunct Professor, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Joel Paulus holds a Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, an MAA in Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary, a BFA in Musical Theater from Sam Houston State University, and a trainee certificate from the Joffrey Ballet School, NYC. He has spoken... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Mini Gym

4:00pm

Breakout 3G: The Perfect Story
Every conversation you have about movies is an opportunity for apologetics and evangelism. In this session, you will learn to use popular movies to make a design argument for our faith, share the Gospel, show that the Gospel reaches our minds and hearts, and to answer the problem of evil. We walk through several popular movies/shows (Marvel/DC heroes, Taken, Rambo, 300, Beauty and the Beast, the Notebook, Stranger Things, and more) to show that the stories we love and the movies we make are modeled after the Gospel. We naturally structure our stories' themes after the Gospel and base our heroes upon the supreme archetypal hero: Christ. We are designed to cling to the Gospel's rational ends and inherent beauty. There are reasons why the Author of our story ordained good, evil, suffering, redemption, and restoration for us. And, there's a rational explanation for why the prince and princess must live "happily ever after."

Speakers
avatar for Brian Henson

Brian Henson

Bible Teacher and Apologist, SES D.Min. Student, NGIM; and Charlotte Christian School
Brian Henson is the director of youth apologetics and evangelism for Norm Geisler International Ministries (NGIM). Brian became a Christian his freshman year at East Carolina University where he majored in Religious Studies, History, and Anthropology (1999). As a young Christian... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM222

4:00pm

Breakout 3H: An Archaeologist Looks at the Biblical Account of Uzziah
To illustrate the important contribution of archaeology to biblical interpretation and apologetics, the biblical account of Uzziah (2 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 26) will be utilized as a "test case" to demonstrate how archaeological data supports the testimony of Scripture.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Hudon

Jeffrey Hudon

Staff Archaeologist, Research Associate and Adjunct Professor, Andrews University
Jeffrey Hudon has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from Andrews University as well as graduate degrees in Biblical History and Theology. Along with teaching, he currently serves as the Administrative Director of the Tall Hisban Cultural Heritage Project and has fourteen seasons... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM232

4:00pm

Breakout 3I: Defending Inerrancy: Does it Matter if the Bible Contains Errors?
This session is a basic introduction to the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy. It covers the reasons and distinctions that need to be made regarding inerrancy. Some of the basic questions and misconceptions regarding inerrancy are covered as well as current opposition that exist.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Potter

Doug Potter

Director of D.Min. Program, Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Southern Evangelical Seminary. A writer, teacher, and speaker on Christian theology and apologetics, he is committed to educate pastors, teachers, and parents to prepare the next generation of believers to know... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM226

4:00pm

Breakout 3J: The Truth about Muhammad and Mecca (REPEAT)
Muslims claim that Muhammad was born in Mecca and the earliest parts of the Qur’an were revealed to him there. Indeed, without Mecca the whole story of Muhammad would have to be re-evaluated and the very foundations of Islam would have to be questioned. This would be devastating to Islam and the faith of every Muslim. Yet, recent archaeological and historical research call into question whether Mecca even existed in the time of Muhammad. Indeed, if Mecca did not exist in the early 7th century, then who was Muhammad and from where did he come? Moreover, what is the true historical development of the religion that now claims allegiance from 1 out of every 5 people in the world today? Could these recent discoveries provide the breakthrough that Christian missionaries have been looking for in their work with Muslims? Come and learn how this fascinating new information may help us reach many more Muslims with the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Janosik

Daniel Janosik

Adjunct Faculty, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Daniel Janosik is Adjunct Professor of Apologetics, Historical Theology, and Islamic Studies at Southern Evangelical Seminary, and Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Columbia International University (A.B., College of William and Mary; M.A., M.Div., Columbia International University... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM233

4:00pm

Breakout 3K: From Papyri to iPad: The Formation of the English Bible and Evaluation of the KJV (REPEAT)
Have you ever wondered why we have so many different translations of the Bible and why they read so differently in some places and why some translations don’t even include all the verses of the others? Have you ever heard people say that the Bible has been translated time and time again, and there is no way to know what it really said? This talk seeks to demystify the history of how we got our Bible as well as make a case that the Bible we have is the most trust worthy book of all ancient history. Even if you are brand new to the Bible and especially if you are brand new to Christianity, you will walk away with a new appreciation and a new confidence in the Bible.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas McCuddy

Thomas McCuddy

Director of the Norm Geisler Institute, SES D.Min. Student, NGIM
Rev. Thomas McCuddy is the Director of the Norm Geisler Institute as well as the Lead Professor of Apologetics at Carolina College of Biblical Studies in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Thomas holds a Masters in Biblical Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and is completing... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM227

4:00pm

Breakout 3L: Contending Earnestly for the Faith in the Face of Pluralistic Postmodernism (REPEAT)
Today, in the shadow of ideologically driven pluralistic postmodernism––where matters of religion, truth, ethics & values, moral absolutes, identity, tolerance, and inclusivism are seemingly, inseparably connected to cultural bias, subjectivity, relativity, and pragmatism; where the inescapable reality of objective truth is being reduced to personal interpretation, not correspondence with reality––holding true to the essence of Christianity necessitates a vastly different approach in both faith and practice from that which is popular, accessible and appealing. Believers must be prepared to stand firm on the Absolute Truth of God and Holy Scripture to earnestly contend for their faith, while also confronting and engaging the thinking and demands of pluralism, especially that which dogmatically encourages the uncritical acceptance of all beliefs and perspectives regarding matters of reason, community, religion, and self-identification. How do we accomplish such?

Speakers
avatar for Benjamen S. Long

Benjamen S. Long

Pastor, SES D.Min. Student, The Upper Room Christian Fellowship
Benjamen serves as Pastor for "The Upper Room Christian Fellowship," church in Rock Hill, SC. He received a BA in Religious Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary (2016), a MAR (2018), and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics at SES.


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM240

4:00pm

Breakout 3M: Equipped: Basic Training in Apologetics For Evangelism (REPEAT)
EQUIPPED-Basic Training In Apologetics For Evangelism is will provide you an engaging and practical introduction to Christian Apologetics and how to use apologetics in evangelism. This talk will focus on answering five of the most frequently asked religious questions about God and religion through apologetics in evangelism. Questions such as 1) Does God Exist? 2) COEXIST: Do All Roads (Religions) Lead To Heaven? 3) Is Morality Relative? 4) If there is a God, Why Does Evil Exist?", and 5) How Do We Use Apologetics in Conversational Evangelism? This talk will impact your faith and your ability to share that faith with others. EQUIPPED will provide you with the knowledge, tools and a practical approach for you to personally impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Garofalo

Steven Garofalo

President & Founder, SES Alum, Reason For Truth
STEVEN GAROFALO is the founder of the ReasonForTruth.Org. He is a speaker, author and teacher at conferences and churches on issues relating to Christian Apologetics and theology. Steven received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Government... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM237

4:00pm

Breakout 3N: When Science Conflicts with Christianity (REPEAT)
It seems like scientists keep discovering things about the universe that conflict with Christianity. A few basic principles will help you assess whether these discoveries truly conflict with the Bible and how to use these perceived conflicts to articulate Christianity in a persuasive and attractive way. Come see these principles applied to the latest research about life in the universe, the beginning of the universe and the pursuit of artificial intelligence.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Zweerink

Jeff Zweerink

Senior Research Scholar, SES Adjunct Faculty, Reasons to Believe
Astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink is a senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe (RTB), an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity. He earned a BS in physics and a PhD in astrophysics with a focus on gamma rays from Iowa State University... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM238

4:00pm

Breakout 3O: The Challenges of Witnessing to Muslims (REPEAT)
Many Christians want to witness to their Muslim neighbor or coworker, but they are not sure how to begin.  Other Christians have tried to share the gospel, but come up against unexpected difficulties. In this talk, Don will discuss some of the reasons why Muslims present a special kind of challenge, and then he will discuss a few ways to overcome those challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Don Deal

Don Deal

Director of Research and Development, SES Alum, NGIM
Don is the Director of Research and Development for Norm Geisler International Ministries. He has a Master’s degree in Biblical/Theological Studies from Luther Rice University and a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Don is pursuing a Ph.D... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM231

4:00pm

Breakout 3P: The Truth is Euthanasia is Still Immoral (REPEAT)
The talk will examine end of life issues and why the Christian view of personhood is the correct view in comparison to other views which ultimately lead to permitting euthanasia. The talk will specifically argue against euthanasia.

Speakers
avatar for Michael West

Michael West

D.Min. Student, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Mike is an adjunct professor at Oklahoma Wesleyan University where he teaches theology, worldview and apologetics, and Bible. He is also and adjunct professor at Messenger College where he teaches creation science. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Angelo State University... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM242

4:00pm

Cristianismo Caso Resuelto: La Resurrección
La resurrección. En cuanto a las doctrinas, es un factor decisivo. Muchos aceptan la resurrección sin pensarlo mucho. Pero ¿no es algo tan importante que merece la pena investigarlo a fondo? ¿Qué pasaría si investigáramos el tema de la resurrección de una manera imparcial y lo evaluáramos como un detective de casos sin resolver evaluaría la escena de un crimen? Jorge Gil ha sido instruido en como hacer esto por J. Warner Wallace un detective de casos sin resolver. Quien era ateo. Acompáñanos a lo largo de esta presentación enfocada en aplicar la experiencia de un detective a los relatos de la resurrección. Wallace y Jorge creen que el caso es más que convincente: ¡Jesús está vivo!

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Gil

Jorge Gil

Director Ejecutivo e Internacional, Estudiante de SES, CrossExamined.org
Jorge Gil es el Director Ejecutivo e Internacional de CrossExamined.org . Como Conferencista Internacional Jorge viaja frecuentemente en los EE.UU. y Latinoamérica dando charlas de apologética. Jorge posee certificaciones en Estudios Bíblicos y Teológicos de Western Seminary y... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
RM234

4:55pm

Dinner
Friday October 11, 2019 4:55pm - 7:00pm

7:00pm

Dialog: What Does It Mean to Say the Bible is Inerrant?
This is a session description.

Moderators
avatar for Frank Turek

Frank Turek

President, SES Adjunct Faculty, CrossExamined.org
Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: Stealing from God:  Why Atheists Need God to make their Case, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Richard Howe

Richard Howe

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary
A writer, public speaker and debater, Richard G. Howe concentrates on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary and is Past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics... Read More →
avatar for Mike Licona

Mike Licona

Risen Jesus, Inc.
Mike Licona is associate professor of theology at Houston Baptist University and president of Risen Jesus, Inc. He has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from the University of Pretoria, which he earned with distinction. Mike is the author of numerous books and was interviewed by Lee... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sanctuary
 
Saturday, October 12
 

8:45am

How Did Job Speak Rightly About God?
According to Job 42:7, it was Job, not his three friends, who spoke rightly about God. Yet the Lord had just rebuked Job for his arrogant and ignorant words, while the friends seemed to espouse a doctrinally orthodox position. In this plenary session, we’ll examine different interpretations of Job 42:7 and then explain in what ways Job, uniquely, spoke rightly about God.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Brown

Michael Brown

SES Adjunct Faculty, AskDrBrown Ministries
Dr. Michael Brown is the founder and president of AskDrBrown Ministries and FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, North Carolina. He is host of the daily, nationally, syndicated talk radio show, the Line of Fire, as well as the host of the apologetics TV show, “Answering Your Toughest... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Sanctuary

9:30am

Break
Saturday October 12, 2019 9:30am - 9:55am

9:55am

Breakout 4A: Why Are There So Many Denominations?
Why do people disagree?  Is God’s Word not clear?  How serious are the disagreements?  Are there any advantages to denominations?

Speakers
avatar for Frank Turek

Frank Turek

President, SES Adjunct Faculty, CrossExamined.org
Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: Stealing from God:  Why Atheists Need God to make their Case, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
Sanctuary

9:55am

Breakout 4B: Racism, Social Justice, and the Gospel
As followers of Jesus, how do we manage and balance the interaction in our culture of racism, social justice and the command to be salt and light?

Speakers
avatar for Richard Land

Richard Land

President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013, Richard Land served as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Currently, he serves as the Executive Editor of The Christian Post.Dr. Land was appointed... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
Crown Room

9:55am

Breakout 4C: Designed for Discovery
Many biologists maintain that life’s origin, design, and diversity are best explained as the outworking of evolutionary processes. As evidence for this view, biologists point to the shared biological and biochemical features possessed by organisms that naturally group together. Evolutionary biologists interpret homologous structures as evolutionarily derived from ancestral features possessed by the common ancestor of the group.

In this talk, I will explain why shared features are best understood as the outworking of common design, not common descent. But, I will go one step further and offer reasons why God created life using shared designs—discoverability.

Speakers
avatar for Fazale Rana

Fazale Rana

Vice President of Research and Apologetics, Reasons to Believe
Biochemist Fazale “Fuz” Rana writes and speaks extensively about evidence for creation emerging from biochemistry, genetics, human origins, and synthetic biology. As vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe (RTB), he is dedicated to communicating to skeptics... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
LC1400

9:55am

Breakout 4D: Historical Jesus 101: What Scholars Are Saying about Jesus and History
For two and a half centuries, scholars (and quite a few authors who do not really qualify as scholars) have been pursuing the "historical Jesus" as an alternative to "the Christ of faith." Today, historical Jesus studies is a major field of research and debate. What's it all about? What do scholars conclude we may confidently know about Jesus, and why? What kind of books are the Gospels, and are they our best sources of historical information about Jesus? What presuppositions or assumptions do most scholars bring to the study of the historical Jesus? In this session, you will get a "cram course" in historical Jesus studies and learn how to navigate this subject in defense of the Christian faith.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Bowman

Rob Bowman

President, SES Adjunct Faculty, Faith Thinkers
Robert M. Bowman Jr. is the president of Faith Thinkers, a Christian apologetics ministry based in Rockford, Michigan. He has taught at Biola University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and elsewhere. Rob is the author or co-author of thirteen books including Putting Jesus... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
LC1300

9:55am

Breakout 4E: How Theology Needs Philosophy
This is a session description.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Howe

Richard Howe

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary
A writer, public speaker and debater, Richard G. Howe concentrates on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary and is Past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
Chapel

9:55am

Breakout 4F: Defending Inerrancy: Does it Matter if the Bible Contains Errors? (REPEAT)
This session is a basic introduction to the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy. It covers the reasons and distinctions that need to be made regarding inerrancy. Some of the basic questions and misconceptions regarding inerrancy are covered as well as current opposition that exist.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Potter

Doug Potter

Director of D.Min. Program, Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Southern Evangelical Seminary. A writer, teacher, and speaker on Christian theology and apologetics, he is committed to educate pastors, teachers, and parents to prepare the next generation of believers to know... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
Mini Gym

9:55am

Breakout 4G: Seizing THE Moment....Vision for Community Impact (REPEAT)
This session will cover the general overview of what a Community Impact Team is, and why it is crucial to Impact our culture for Christ.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Harris

Mark Harris

National Director of Community Impact, Family Research Council
Mark Harris served as a Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina from 2005-2017. Before that he led two other churches giving him twenty-eight years of experience in Ministry as a Senior Pastor. In addition to pastoring three churches, Mark Harris has served... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM222

9:55am

Breakout 4H: The Truth About Gender Neutrality (REPEAT)
Why should gender neutrality matter? What makes us different? We will discuss the differences in the male and female brain. Why identity politics is a deadly game. Could the logical conclusion in the identity game end in mass clinical cases of depression, dysfunction and human tragedy?

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Camp

Kathryn Camp

Founder/Director, SES Alum, Living Into The Truth Ministries
Founder and director of Living Into The Truth Ministries, a Christian apologetics ministry based on the promises of Jesus, that if we abide by his Word he will live in us just as he lives in the Father (John 14:15-20). Kathryn's ministry offers a realistic look at how the Westernized... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM232

9:55am

Breakout 4I: The Resurrection of Jesus from Dying and Rising Gods?: An Investigator Examines the Evidence (REPEAT)
Dr. Richard Carrier has written many pages about his skepticism for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. One of the claims he makes is that the notion of Jesus arising from the dead after his crucifixion came from pagan "dying and rising gods" that preceded him. But does Carrier have any evidence for his claim? Join Ross as he looks at Carrier's claim through the lens of a seasoned investigator.

Speakers
avatar for Ross Hickling

Ross Hickling

Founder and Chapter Director, Shield Your Faith and Ratio Christi
After a 26 year career in law enforcement, Ross turned his investigative skills from catching criminal offenders to showing the great evidence for belief in God and also for the reliability of the New Testament, among other topics. Ross founded "Shield Your Faith" in 2014 and also... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM226

9:55am

Breakout 4J: What Your Church Needs More Than Apologetics (hint: it involves apologetics) (REPEAT)
Let's face it, the church does not care about apologetics near as much as it should. Yet we all know the church needs apologetics. However, there are two things the church needs more than apologetics: evangelism and discipleship. The good news for apologists is that these are likely open doors to integrating apologetics into the church with a lot less red tape and upturned noses. In this session we will discuss strategies for using these as a key to unlocking the opportunity to train people in apologetics.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Schmidt

Matt Schmidt

CEO, SES Alum, Engage 360 Ministries
Matt is CEO of Engage 360 Ministries which focuses on helping people to share their faith in everyday life. He has an MA Philosophy from SES. His passion for evangelism and apologetics originates in his coming to faith from atheism over a 3 year process. Matt is married and has 4... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM233

9:55am

Breakout 4K: You Were Made for This! Sharing Reasons Why Christianity Makes the Most Sense of Reality (REPEAT)
Would you like to know how to respond to someone who says faith is believing in spite of the evidence, the New Testament is corrupted and can't be trusted, belief in God is an emotional crutch or science has shown that miracles are not possible? You will leave this session with a systematic approach for how to respond to the most common questions about the Christian Faith. Based on my book LifeGivers Apologetics: Women Designed and Equipped to Share Reasons for the Hope Within, this session is geared toward women but men are welcome! All the apologetics evidence is useful for both men and women!

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Scribner

Tricia Scribner

Ph.D Student, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Tricia Scribner is a Christian apologist who equips Christians to share with confidence why Christianity makes the most sense of reality. Tricia is the author/co-author of nine books, writing on topics such on mentoring, Bible study, and apologetics. Her most recent book is LifeGivers... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM227

9:55am

Breakout 4L: Why God Is Not A Moral Being and How It Relates to the Problem of Evil (REPEAT)
Those who use the problem of evil to argue that God doesn't exist often assume that a perfectly moral being wouldn't allow evil. Since such evil exists, no such being could exist. In response, Christians typically argue that God has morally justifiable reasons for allowing evil. 

In this talk I draw on a discussion I had with Michael Shermer and argue that God is not a moral being at all since he is not beholden to any human moral standards. This deflates the typical problem of evil since God could be amoral and still allow evil. Further, it argues for a sharp Creator/creature distinction and a proper view of God.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Huffling

Brian Huffling

Director of Ph.D Program, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Southern Evangelcial Seminary
Dr. Brian Huffling is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology. He is the Director of the Ph.D. Program at SES. He is also a reserve chaplain in the Air Force.


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM240

9:55am

Breakout 4M: The New World of Apologetics: Questions and Answers with Dr. David Geisler and Don Deal (REPEAT)
Christianity is at a crossroads, not just in America, but in the western world. The latest Barna polling indicates that many Christians have come to believe that witnessing is not just unneeded, but morally wrong! Christians who use basic apologetics to try to reach those swept up in the tides of change will often find themselves failing. It’s time to effectively blend apologetics and evangelism. Come learn “How Should We Then Witness,” and join in a discussion on forging a new way forward.

Speakers
avatar for David Geisler

David Geisler

President, SES Adjunct Faculty, NGIM
Dr. David Geisler is the president of the Norm Geisler International Ministries (NGIM), which he co-founded in 2015 with his late father, Dr. Norman L Geisler. The vision of NGIM is to integrate Norm Geisler's educational models of apologetics into practical models of evangelism and... Read More →
avatar for Don Deal

Don Deal

Director of Research and Development, SES Alum, NGIM
Don is the Director of Research and Development for Norm Geisler International Ministries. He has a Master’s degree in Biblical/Theological Studies from Luther Rice University and a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Don is pursuing a Ph.D... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM237

9:55am

Breakout 4N: Art, the Transcendentals and Transcendence: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in Human Art as Indicators of the Knowledge of God (REPEAT)
As creatures, human beings uniquely seek out and appreciate truth, goodness, and beauty not only in nature, but in works of art. One's enjoyment of artistic works point to something beyond the work itself. This session will explore the how the transcendentals invite both the Christian and non-Christian to the divine source of all aesthetic experience. Attention will be given to how the plastic arts and performing arts have a place in a coherent Christian worldview.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Paulus

Joel Paulus

Director of Research, Adjunct Professor, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Joel Paulus holds a Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, an MAA in Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary, a BFA in Musical Theater from Sam Houston State University, and a trainee certificate from the Joffrey Ballet School, NYC. He has spoken... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM238

9:55am

Breakout 4O: Is Christianity Compatible with Socialism? (REPEAT)
This talk will examine the foundations of socialism and compare it with the basic tenets of Christianity. We will also examine the economic and social implications for both views. Lastly, we will look at the natural law tradition in response to the ethics of socialism.

Speakers
avatar for Bernard Mauser

Bernard Mauser

Adjunct Faculty, Southern Evangelical Seminary
I came to believe Christianity is true after challenging a coworker to bring me his best evidence. Since then I completed a Master's in Apologetics and Ph.D. in philosophy. My wife Amber and I have 5 beautiful children. I'm also the author of a book on how to answer questions about... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM231

9:55am

Breakout 4P: CANCELLED DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY
What is truth? And, how is the church to be the pillar and support of the truth? Come learn the answers to these questions and how you can share Jesus in a post-truth culture.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Ciervo

Ray Ciervo

Director, SES Alum, No Pat Answers
Dr Ray Ciervo has been ministering for 45 years as a pastor, teacher, and for the past 20 years as an apologist. He has taught local churches how to employ apologetics as part of their church life in order to strengthen their faith and witness.


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM242

9:55am

Conversación con el Dr. Mike Licona ¿Qué significa decir que la Biblia es inerrante? (Evaluación pos-diálogo)
Una de las controversias mas antiguas dentro del cristianismo es indudablemente el tema de la inerrancia bíblica. Un tema tan fundamental para nuestra fe que es imposible que pase desapercibido. En esta charla, los panelistas de Jorge Gil, Chris DuPond y el Dr. Bruno Molina estarán charlando con el Dr. Mike Licona sobre este tema y el nos dará su opinión en cuanto a su diálogo con el Dr. Howe sobre el tema, dado que ambos sostienen posturas diferentes de lo que significa que la Biblia sea inerrante. 

Speakers
avatar for Mike Licona

Mike Licona

Risen Jesus, Inc.
Mike Licona is associate professor of theology at Houston Baptist University and president of Risen Jesus, Inc. He has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from the University of Pretoria, which he earned with distinction. Mike is the author of numerous books and was interviewed by Lee... Read More →
avatar for Bruno Molina

Bruno Molina

Coordinator de Evangelismo Entre Creencias e Idiomas, Convencion de los Bautistas del Sur de Texas
El Dr. Bruno Molina es el Coordinador de Evangelismo Entre Creencias e Idiomas para la Convención de los Bautistas del Sur de Texas. Él anima a los miembros de 2,700 iglesias a evangelizar a las personas que hablan más de 300 idiomas y adhieren a muchas religiones, proveyendo entrenamiento... Read More →
avatar for Chris Du Pond

Chris Du Pond

Presidente y Fundador, Veritas Fidei
Chris Du-Pond es Ingeniero es Sistemas Computacionales graduado del Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, especialista en Bases de Datos relacionales. Actualmente Chris labora en una empresa multinacional de sistemas de software/hardware industrial. Chris se... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Gil

Jorge Gil

Director Ejecutivo e Internacional, Estudiante de SES, CrossExamined.org
Jorge Gil es el Director Ejecutivo e Internacional de CrossExamined.org . Como Conferencista Internacional Jorge viaja frecuentemente en los EE.UU. y Latinoamérica dando charlas de apologética. Jorge posee certificaciones en Estudios Bíblicos y Teológicos de Western Seminary y... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:55am - 10:50am
RM234

10:50am

Break
Saturday October 12, 2019 10:50am - 11:15am

11:15am

Breakout 5A: How to Treat Emotional Doubt
This is a session description.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Habermas

Gary Habermas

Distinguished Research Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University
Dr. Gary Habermas is the author or co-author of over 40 books and 100 articles and reviews in journals and magazines. In the last 16 years he has given over 1500 lectures in about 100 universities, seminaries, and colleges. He holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Religion from... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
Sanctuary

11:15am

Breakout 5B: Darwin's Doubt
When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the “Cambrian explosion,” many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.  
In this presentation, Dr. Stephen Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information—stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells—to building animal forms.
Meyer will show that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Meyer

Stephen Meyer

Director, Center for Science & Culture, Discovery Institute
Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. He has authored the New York Times best seller Darwin’s... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
Crown Room

11:15am

Breakout 5C: How to Reach Millennials and Gen Z with Biblical Truth
Stunning new research conducted by Summit Ministries and the Barna Group reveals the dramatic influence of deadly worldviews. Dr. Myers dives deep into the research and discusses the techniques Summit Ministries has found to be proven effective in reaching this generation with truth.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Myers

Jeff Myers

President, Summit Ministries
Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
LC1400

11:15am

Breakout 5D: Genesis and the Ice Age
Most scientists think Earth has experienced many ice ages, and that these ice ages are paced by subtle changes in Earth’s orbital and rotational motions. Dr. Jake Hebert explains why there is strong evidence for only one Ice Age, and how a belief in “millions of years” is actually “tripping up” secular scientists as they seek to explain past climate change. Rather than being something for which Christians should be embarrassed, a literal Genesis (along with its implied 6,000 year history) is the key to explaining the Ice Age.

Speakers
avatar for Jake Hebert

Jake Hebert

Research Associate, Institute for Creation Research (ICR)
Dr. Jake Hebert earned a master’s degree in physics in 1999 from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in physics in 2011 from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he did cutting-edge research on the connection between cosmic rays, solar activity, and weather and climate. He has... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
LC1300

11:15am

Breakout 5E: Does Ken Ham's Defense of Biblical Authority Lead to Biblical Skepticism?
At a time when the Bible is being ridiculed on multiple fronts both inside and outside the church, I appreciate Ken Ham, president and founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG), taking biblical authority seriously and understanding its vital importance in Christian faith and practice. I also admire the passion with which Mr. Ham defends biblical authority and young earth creationism. My fear, however, is that when it comes to defending biblical authority, Mr. Ham’s zeal clouds his rational judgement, resulting in dangerous ideas about how we know what the Bible is and how we understand its meaning. It is because I think biblical authority is such an important issue that I am here challenging Mr. Ham’s thinking. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A TALK ABOUT THE AGE OF THE EARTH

Speakers
avatar for Adam Tucker

Adam Tucker

Director of Recruiting & Admissions, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Adam Tucker is the Director of Recruiting and Admissions at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) where he also coordinates special events and ministry partnerships. Adam also holds an M.A. in Philosophy from SES. He served for five years as the Ratio Christi chapter director at UNC... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
Chapel

11:15am

Breakout 5F: A Three-word Answer to the Problem of Evil (REPEAT)
Christians need not fear the problem of evil. In this session, I will offer a simple three-word response to this classic challenge against the existence of God that echoes the overall biblical approach to the problem. Starting with the classical view of God as holy, righteous, and perfectly good, I will show how the problem of evil ends up falling flat and offers little of value in discussions of God’s existence and nature.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Lewis

Steven Lewis

Ph.D. Student, Southern Evangelical Seminary
I am currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary. I have also earned a MA in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary and a BS in Biblical Studies from Welch College. I live and work in Murfreesboro, TN with my wife and two sons. My... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
Mini Gym

11:15am

Breakout 5G: Paganism Rising (REPEAT)
Paganism is a polytheistic worldview where the adherents employ manipulative powers, in an attempt to change or control the circumstances of their lives or others. While typically associated with the ancient world (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greco-Roman mystery religions), the current culture of relativism has allowed this worldview to once again thrive, resulting in a renewed need for understanding. Through an analysis of ancient paganism, as seen through archaeology, the framework of the pagan worldview will be outlined, after which correlations between ancient and modern paganism will be drawn. This will be followed by a discussion of the differences between the pagan and Christian worldviews, which will include how the Christian savior story differs from that of pagan accounts. The final remarks will cover the manner in which the early church handled paganism, with application points on how modern Christians can do the same.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Davis

Kristen Davis

Founder, SES Ph.D. Student, DoubtLess Faith
Kristen Davis is an Assistant Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and the Founder of DoubtLess Faith Ministries. She speaks internationally; is an Associate of Associates for Biblical Research and is an Adjunct Professor of Ethics and New Testament at Southeastern... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM222

11:15am

Breakout 5H: Christianity and Slavery (REPEAT)
Christianity is often called a "slave" religion. But the fact is very different. Although there were Christian slaveowners, slavery at its core is incompatible with Christianity. In this session, Dr. H.C. Felder will show how slavery was tolerated since the dawn of man through various cultures and religions and how Christianity set the foundation for the abolition of slavery world-wide.

Speakers
avatar for Harold Felder

Harold Felder

Founder, SES Alum, Giving An Answer
Dr. H.C. Felder is a former atheist and NASA Software Engineer. After becoming a believer and being exposed to the truth of Christianity, he has dedicated his life to sharing that truth with others.  He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, and both a Master and Doctorate... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM232

11:15am

Breakout 5I: Explaining and Defending the Trinity (REPEAT)
This session will explain the orthodox definition of the Trinity, and defend it against various arguments from skeptics, atheists, and those from other beliefs. This will be a rich and rewarding time to go deeper in learning this important doctrine of the Christian faith.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Baker

Thomas Baker

Adjunct Faculty, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Baker has a heart for discipleship in helping people know what they believe in terms of doctrine, knowing why they believe by equipping them apologetically, and how to live by undergirding them in moral instruction and principles for virtuous living from the Scriptures. He currently... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM226

11:15am

Breakout 5J: Apologetics for Tweens (REPEAT)
How to save your children from doubts and unanswered questions about Christianity. The presentation is based on the author's published curriculum for 5th - 8th graders and includes a review of key input and feedback over 15 years of teaching fifth graders apologetics, some stories and testimonies that point to its importance. This is a unique opportunity for homeschool teachers to deliver the solutions to address doubts and questions.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Griffin

Tom Griffin

SES Alum
Thomas Griffin graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a business degree and major in marketing in 1973 and has 40 years of business experience. He invested 20 years in the study of apologetics and graduated from SES with a Master of Religion. He currently serves as Assoc... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM233

11:15am

Breakout 5K: A Charitable Approach to the Age of the Earth Debate (REPEAT)
Is the earth thousands or billions of years old? Do any essential Christian doctrines hinge on one’s view of this issue? On what points can each view agree? Can Christians agree to disagree in this area? This talk will explore the relevant philosophical, scientific, and biblical evidence used by both viewpoints and consider what conclusions can be drawn.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Gustafson

Eric Gustafson

Director of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Eric is the Director of Institutional Advancement at SES where he also earned his Master of Arts in Religion degree.



Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM227

11:15am

Breakout 5L: Jesus is God in the flesh! (the 'devil' is in the details!) (REPEAT)
The New Testament authors are in agreement on the Deity of Jesus Christ. The details of specific passages supporting their claims will be examined.

Speakers
avatar for Floyd Elmore

Floyd Elmore

Professor of Biblical Theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Floyd Elmore has served the Christian community for more than fifty years. He seeks to help people think like Christ so that they can be more effective in their witness and their work.Raised in a Christian family, Floyd accepted Christ as Savior when he was 10 years old, and began... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM240

11:15am

Breakout 5M: Christian Exclusivism in a Pluralistic World (REPEAT)
This session addresses the question "Don't all religions lead to God?" The default position for most people to this question is “yes”, even among evangelical Christians.

Are you equipped to clearly teach the Gospel of Christian exclusivism in an increasingly pluralistic culture? 

Come and be equipped to be strengthened in your faith and make an eternal difference in the lives of others.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Toenges

Scott Toenges

Christian Studies Chair, Adjunct Professor, SES Alum, The First Academy
Dr. Scott Toenges has taught for over two decades at The First Academy, Orlando FL - a Christian college prep school - serving as Christian Studies department chair. Dr. Toenges is also an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University teaching Apologetics, and World Religions... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM237

11:15am

Breakout 5N: The Good and The Just: A Clarifying Analysis (REPEAT)
There are many issues currently facing the West, and there is no shortage of positions on how to best address these issues. Arguments too are made for for why differing - and sometimes contradictory - positions are to be preferred, many of which make an appeal to the 'Good' and the 'Just'. But what is the true meaning of 'Good' and 'Just', and how does a correct understanding of their meaning affect one's position on how to best respond to current issues. This talk will be an analysis meant to bring clarity to these matters.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Brown

Timothy Brown

Director of Bible College Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Timothy Brown is currently the Director of Southern Evangelical Bible College, and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Committed to serving the Church through his teaching, Dr. Brown instructs courses such as Socratic Logic and Philosophy... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM238

11:15am

Breakout 5O: The Error of Gay Christianity (REPEAT)
This talks seeks to briefly examine some of the core beliefs behind the movement of gay christianity, and provide a biblical answer to those beliefs. This talk also aims to provide wisdom to those within the Christian faith who made be struggling with same-sex attraction and/or gender dysphoria.

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Hodge

Cameron Hodge

UNCG Chapter, Ratio Christi
Apologist Cameron Hodge holds a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Apologetics from Liberty University. Ms. Hodge has studied French, Spanish, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Currently, Cameron helps guide two Christian organizations at UNCG: Ratio Christi, and The Take Over (TKO). In her... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM231

11:15am

Breakout 5P: The Perfect Story (REPEAT)
Every conversation you have about movies is an opportunity for apologetics and evangelism. In this session, you will learn to use popular movies to make a design argument for our faith, share the Gospel, show that the Gospel reaches our minds and hearts, and to answer the problem of evil. We walk through several popular movies/shows (Marvel/DC heroes, Taken, Rambo, 300, Beauty and the Beast, the Notebook, Stranger Things, and more) to show that the stories we love and the movies we make are modeled after the Gospel. We naturally structure our stories' themes after the Gospel and base our heroes upon the supreme archetypal hero: Christ. We are designed to cling to the Gospel's rational ends and inherent beauty. There are reasons why the Author of our story ordained good, evil, suffering, redemption, and restoration for us. And, there's a rational explanation for why the prince and princess must live "happily ever after."

Speakers
avatar for Brian Henson

Brian Henson

Bible Teacher and Apologist, SES D.Min. Student, NGIM; and Charlotte Christian School
Brian Henson is the director of youth apologetics and evangelism for Norm Geisler International Ministries (NGIM). Brian became a Christian his freshman year at East Carolina University where he majored in Religious Studies, History, and Anthropology (1999). As a young Christian... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM242

11:15am

Conversación con el Dr. Richard Howe ¿Qué significa decir que la Biblia es inerrante? (Evaluación pos-diálogo)
Una de las controversias mas antiguas dentro del cristianismo es indudablemente el tema de la inerrancia bíblica. Un tema tan fundamental para nuestra fe que es imposible que pase desapercibido. En esta charla, los panelistas de Jorge Gil, Chris DuPond y el Dr. Bruno Molina estarán charlando con el Dr. Richard Howe sobre este tema y el nos dará su opinión en cuanto a su diálogo con el Dr. Licona sobre el tema, dado que ambos sostienen posturas diferentes de lo que significa que la Biblia sea inerrante. 

Speakers
avatar for Richard Howe

Richard Howe

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary
A writer, public speaker and debater, Richard G. Howe concentrates on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary and is Past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics... Read More →
avatar for Bruno Molina

Bruno Molina

Coordinator de Evangelismo Entre Creencias e Idiomas, Convencion de los Bautistas del Sur de Texas
El Dr. Bruno Molina es el Coordinador de Evangelismo Entre Creencias e Idiomas para la Convención de los Bautistas del Sur de Texas. Él anima a los miembros de 2,700 iglesias a evangelizar a las personas que hablan más de 300 idiomas y adhieren a muchas religiones, proveyendo entrenamiento... Read More →
avatar for Chris Du Pond

Chris Du Pond

Presidente y Fundador, Veritas Fidei
Chris Du-Pond es Ingeniero es Sistemas Computacionales graduado del Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, especialista en Bases de Datos relacionales. Actualmente Chris labora en una empresa multinacional de sistemas de software/hardware industrial. Chris se... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Gil

Jorge Gil

Director Ejecutivo e Internacional, Estudiante de SES, CrossExamined.org
Jorge Gil es el Director Ejecutivo e Internacional de CrossExamined.org . Como Conferencista Internacional Jorge viaja frecuentemente en los EE.UU. y Latinoamérica dando charlas de apologética. Jorge posee certificaciones en Estudios Bíblicos y Teológicos de Western Seminary y... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:10pm
RM234

12:10pm

Lunch
Saturday October 12, 2019 12:10pm - 1:45pm

1:45pm

Return of the God Hypothesis
Has modern science proved that God is a delusion? Is it still rational to believe in God in the 21st century? Join philosopher of science Dr. Stephen Meyer as he discusses a series of revolutionary scientific discoveries that point to the reality of God. Known for his groundbreaking work on the evidence for intelligent design in biology, Meyer demonstrates how discoveries in astronomy and physics as well as biology help to establish the identity of the intelligent designer responsible for life. Meyer argues that a traditional theistic worldview — with its affirmation of a transcendent and personal God -- best explains the evidence we have concerning the origin of life and the universe. Come hear Dr. Meyer explain why it’s an exciting time to be a scientist and a person of faith.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Meyer

Stephen Meyer

Director, Center for Science & Culture, Discovery Institute
Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. He has authored the New York Times best seller Darwin’s... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Sanctuary

2:30pm

Break
Saturday October 12, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm

2:55pm

Lightning Round Plenary Session
Join us for a TED Talk inspired session with four passionate believers each giving a short 10 minute talk on an apologetics-related issue near and dear to them. 

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Myers

Jeff Myers

President, Summit Ministries
Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader... Read More →
avatar for Alisa Childers

Alisa Childers

alisachilders.com
Alisa is a wife, mom, blogger, speaker and worship leader, and was a member of the CCM recording group ZOEgirl. Today she is passionate about helping Christians work through their doubts about Christianity and the Bible. She also focuses on a biblical response to the growing movement... Read More →
avatar for Hugh Ross

Hugh Ross

President, Reasons to Believe
Astronomer Hugh Ross is founder and president of Reasons to Believe, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity. Hugh earned his BS in physics from the University of British Columbia and his MS and PhD in astronomy from the University... Read More →
avatar for Richard Land

Richard Land

President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013, Richard Land served as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Currently, he serves as the Executive Editor of The Christian Post.Dr. Land was appointed... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 2:55pm - 3:40pm
Sanctuary

3:45pm

Billy Graham Meets Thomas Aquinas: A Tribute to the Work of Dr. Norman Geisler
Ravi Zacharias has said that there may never be another Norm Geisler. Josh McDowell has pointed out that Norm paved the way for he and other apologists to hold the influence they have today. In what ways has Norm Geisler’s life and ministry impacted the foundations of our evangelical faith in the last 40 or 50 years? Is it possible that his impact could have reached further than we have realized? Come join us for an interactive discussion on these topics and more. Our panel of distinguished leaders will discuss how their ministries were personally impacted by Norm and how collectively we can all play a part in continuing what he started.

Moderators
avatar for David Geisler

David Geisler

President, SES Adjunct Faculty, NGIM
Dr. David Geisler is the president of the Norm Geisler International Ministries (NGIM), which he co-founded in 2015 with his late father, Dr. Norman L Geisler. The vision of NGIM is to integrate Norm Geisler's educational models of apologetics into practical models of evangelism and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Cutchins

Stephen Cutchins

Senior Pastor, SES Alum, First Baptist Church of North Augusta
Dr. Stephen Cutchins is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of North Augusta and serves on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree from SES and is currently completing his Ph.D. at Dallas Baptist University. Stephen... Read More →
avatar for Richard Howe

Richard Howe

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary
A writer, public speaker and debater, Richard G. Howe concentrates on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary and is Past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics... Read More →
avatar for Frank Turek

Frank Turek

President, SES Adjunct Faculty, CrossExamined.org
Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: Stealing from God:  Why Atheists Need God to make their Case, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org... Read More →
avatar for Richard Land

Richard Land

President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013, Richard Land served as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Currently, he serves as the Executive Editor of The Christian Post.Dr. Land was appointed... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Sanctuary