Workshop Session #1

Friday, April 30, 3:00 PM

Title: Conversational Worldview Apologetics in Everyday Outreach

Speaker: Joe Whitchurch

Room: Sanctuary

Description: Sharing and demonstrating practical conversational approaches to outreach and apologetics evangelism. Perspective worldview cards, the “Two Ways to Live” questions and graphics, a helpful, non-technical overview or cumulative case apologetic, very fun and doable with Q&A. (Practical/Application)


Title: Tagging in the Other Side: Producing, Writing, and Delivering an Apologetics Podcast

Speaker: David Van Bebber, Adam Cochrun, and Travis Horinek

Room: West Sanctuary

Description: This breakout will be a panel discussion on the odds and ends in producing, writing, and delivering an apologetics podcast. The presenters will contend for the usefulness of adopting this medium to expand one’s apologetics ministry impact and reach. The presenters will discuss their experiences in producing a regionally-recognized weekly podcast, T.A.G. You’re It!, which has been running more than two years and 120 episodes (Practical/Application)


Title: Postmodernism, Cultural Marxism, and the Death of the Individual

Speaker: Phil Fernandes

Room: West Fellowship Room

Description: This workshop shows that in our post-Christian culture, the rights and value of the individual are being lost. Postmodern thought, Cultural Marxism, and Critical Race Theory have taken the worth of each person and replaced it with concerns only for so-called Oppressed groups. All people are classified as either oppressors or oppressed based on nothing more than the group with which they are identified. The individual’s behavior is not considered—only one’s community matters. A Christian response will be given to this growing collectivist ideology. (Practical/Application)


Title: What Can We Learn From the Cults?

Speaker: Andre Traversa

Room: 201/203

Description: Certain aspects of cults are very enticing, and false religions seem to do some things better than many Christian churches. The speaker, a former member of the Urantia cult, will explore why people are attracted to cults. The sense of “community” and “family” in a cult is a counterfeit. But how can the church offer that same kind of fellowship to our brothers and sisters, and also to unbelievers, without embracing cultic doctrines? Should we care for the poor the same way the Mormons do? Should we go door-to-door with the Gospel? (Practical/Application)


Title: Biblical, Theological, and Rational Arguments Against Purgatory

Speaker: Thomas J. Gentry II

Room: Sunday School Room

Description: This session summarizes and critiques arguments for purgatory from both Catholics and Evangelicals. (Practical/Application)


Title: Pseudo-Christian Cults in Modern Israel

Speaker: Igal German

Room: Lounge

Description: Over the last decades, heretical groups such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventists, Christadelphians, and others have been very active in the state of Israel. They present themselves as Christians but are wolves in sheep’s clothing who lead many away from the Gospel of salvation. The Word of God exhorts us to “rescue those being led away to death” (Proverbs 24:11). How can we “rescue” those Jews who are deceived and trapped by the enemy of our souls on a daily basis? This workshop will assist with raising our awareness of the religious currents in modern Israel. In addition, it will also discuss strengths and gaps in Israeli counter-cult apologetics, as well as propose strategies to fill those gaps and effectively reach both the victims and the advocates of the pseudo-Christian groups in Israel. (Practical/Application)


Workshop Session #2

Friday, April 30, 6:30 PM

Title: Augustine, Calvin, and Luther on Religion and Politics

Speaker: Rich Day

Room: Sanctuary

Description: Dissecting both the division and inclusion between politics and religion from Augustine, Calvin, and Luther’s two cities/kingdom viewpoints and how they are relevant today. (Upper Academic)


Title: The Enneagram Scam

Speaker: Marcia Montenegro

Room: West Sanctuary

Description: This class gives an overview and history of the Enneagram, a nine-pointed figure promoted as a tool for personality discovery and spiritual discovery. We will show how this modern, New Age tool became accepted by many in the evangelical church, and offer guidance for responding to its advocates.


Title: Preaching Christ through Love, not Guilt

Speaker: Jay Hess

Room: West Fellowship Room

Description: While Jesus preached the need for repentance, the message of the Gospel centered around the Good News of the Kingdom, not the bad news of Hell. We will discuss Jesus’ command not to judge others based on the jurisdiction God has given us. We will also address biblical advice on how to present Christ to persons not in the New Covenant using love, not guilt, and illustrate this through group discussion. (Practical/Application)


Title: The New Apostolic Reformation and the Role of Music Labels like Hillsong Music and Jesus Culture

Speaker: David Clark

Room: 201/203

Description: This is part three of a series on the New Apostolic Reformation. It continues and expands on previous messages on this topic delivered at EMNR. It will present more recent developments, certain doctrinal teachings, and the larger framework of this worldwide movement in contemporary Christian culture. We will contrast the NAR view of God with the true God of the Bible. We will also examine the Biblical tools of discernment and apologetics to equip Christians to defend the faith once delivered to the saints. (Practical/Application)


Title: Five Theses on Christian Apologetics

Speaker: Donald Williams

Room: Sunday School Room

Description: Donald T. Williams, PhD, is ordained in the EFCA. He has many years of pastoral experience and has spent several summers training local pastors for Church Planting International in East Africa and India. He currently serves as R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College. A past president of ISCA, he is the author of 12 books, most recently The Young Christian’s Survival Guide: Common Questions Young Christians are Asked about God, the Bible, and the Christian Faith Answered (Cambridge, OH: Christian Publishing House, 2019).


Title: Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Deity of Christ

Speaker: Keith Walker

Room: Lounge

Description: This session will begin with a short role play as a Jehovah’s Witness who is attacking the Deity of Christ. The remainder of the class will consist of answering those objections and then providing questions about verses that JWs have difficulty answering. (Practical/Application)


Workshop Session #3

Saturday, May 1, 8:45 AM

Title: Mormon Doctrine: Separating What is Official from Folklore

Speaker: Bill McKeever

Room: Sanctuary

Description: One of the frustrations Christians face when challenging Mormon truth claims is to have their evidence dismissed as being unofficial or no longer relevant. In this workshop we will examine sources produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that a Christian can use in a witnessing situation that members of the LDS church should respect. (Practical/Application)


Title: Yoga: History of Infiltration into America and the Christian Church

Speaker: Alana M. Arguello

Room: West Sanctuary

Description: Yoga is a multi-billion dollar industry. Though understood primarily as an Eastern practice before the 1960s, it has grown in significant popularity in the West infiltrating schools, hospitals, the military, gyms, and even the professing Christian church. Historical evidence suggests that it was never purposed as exercise and that the Western migration was intentional for reasons beyond what the average person understands. Also, the realities of yoga are tied directly to other false doctrines in the church. At the crescendo of the postmodern Western notions of “do as thou wilt” and truth as a relative, fluxing pragmatic and subjective tool, yoga has been offered to “be what you want it to be for you.” The promise is health of mind and body, and spiritual inner peace. Yet, experts from both the religious and the medical field tell of a dark side of yoga. So, which is it? A path to healing and peace, or a path to destruction and dismantling of the mind? And should Christians practice yoga? Unraveling the truth of yoga’s origin, migration, purpose, and its many masks reveals a much longer history, and a serious threat to the health of the church today. (Practical/Application)


Title: The Future of Christian Education, Part 1

Speaker: Phil Fernandes, Bill Roach, and Dan Cox

Room: West Fellowship Room

Description: Forthcoming

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Title: A Tale of Two Churches: A Cautionary Tale and a Call for DIscernment

Speaker: Janice Lyons

Room: 201/203

Description: Alternative medicine can be a vehicle to introduce the syncretism of other worldviews into the church, damaging the message of the gospel and the witness of believers. This presentation will provide some tools and knowledge about alternative medicine and discernment to equip the saints. The church needs to reaffirm the need to be discerning and to test everything. Be watchmen on the wall. (Intro level)


Title: Taking a Stand on the Hebrew Roots Movement

Speaker: Igal German

Room: Sunday School Room

Description: Christians can be very excited, and for a good reason, when learning about the Jewish roots of their faith. While it is important to ground our theology in Jewish context, we should be careful not to digress from sound biblical doctrine into man-made traditions and practices. Some of the tenets embraced by the Hebrew Roots movement have shown to be heretical while their advocates present them as restored teachings of the apostolic faith. This workshop will identify and discuss key doctrinal errors of the Hebrew Roots Movement in light of God’s Word. An emphasis will be made on fostering spiritual discernment and effective dialogue with the proponents of the Hebrew Roots Movement. (Practical/Application)


Title: What Everyone Should Know About the Bible and Why

Speaker: R. Philip Roberts

Room: Lounge

Description: The Bible is the greatest book in the world from multiple perspectives. In fact, it is the greatest book from almost any perspective. Learn what some of these perspectives are, and be alerted to the Bible’s impact on today’s world and our culture. (Practical/Application)


Workshop Session #4

Saturday, May 1, 1:00 PM

Title: Teaching Apologetics at All Levels Within the Church

Speaker: Pastor Rich Day

Room: Sanctuary

Description: This breakout workshop is intended to inform and provide attendees with ways an apologetics program or apologetics-minded program can be set up to function within the current structures of a local church. (Practical/Application)


Title: Joseph Smith’s First Vision, 200 Years Later

Speaker: Robert M. Bowman Jr.

Room: West Sanctuary

Description: In 2020, the LDS Church is marking the 200-year anniversary of the First Vision, Joseph Smith’s supposed experience of seeing the Father and the Son in 1820. But did it happen? We’ll look at the facts that have led even some Mormons to conclude that it did not take place. (Intro level)


Title: The Future of Christian Education, Part 2

Speaker: Phil Fernandes, Bill Roach, and Dan Cox

Room: West Fellowship Room

Description: Forthcoming.

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Title: The End Was Near: The Allure and Agony of Armageddon Addiction

Speaker: James Walker

Room: 201/203

Description: Why do false prophets keep setting failed dates for Doomsday? Last year the earth was scheduled for destruction on April 23 when the mysterious planet Nibiru would appear—Wrong! In 2015, Christians were claiming a series of four “Blood Moons” was to mark the Messiah’s end times. Before that, the Mayan Calendar supposedly foretold the end of the world on December 21, 2012. Why the madness? In His word, God provided a biblical test in Deuteronomy 18 to expose the doomsday date-setters and false prophets. The scriptures also set the record straight on the responsible and sane approach every true Christian needs to have when it comes to the reality of Christ’s second coming, the end times, and Judgment Day. (Practical/Application)


Title: Using Apologetics in Contemporary Evangelism

Speaker: David Geisler

Room: Sunday School Room

Description: I am very concerned about the implications of the most recent Barna Research report about witnessing in the U.S. I believe it has important implications concerning how we should practice apologetics today. It is very important for apologists to dialogue further on this matter. For more Christians in our culture today to see the value of teaching apologetics in their churches and using it in their daily witness, we must change our scriptural model of explaining apologetics in terms of 1 Peter 3:15 and use instead Matt. 13:19-23 which speaks of “cultivating good soil” in the lives of our non-believing friends on a daily basis. I argue that by teaching apologetics using the Matt 13:23 principle of cultivating good soil, more lay Christians may be more open to engaging in the apologetic task on a regular basis. (Practical/Application)


Title: Pulpit Apologist: Examining the Critical Link between Preaching and Apologetics

Speaker: Thomas J. Gentry II

Room: Lounge

Description: Do preaching and apologetics go together? If so, why and how? In a post-everything age where doubt is enshrined as a hallmark of truth and any claims to truth are highly suspect, how is a preacher to reach those with questions about the reliability of the Bible, the goodness of God, or the resurrection of Jesus? These questions and more are answered here, and a practical, workable method is provided for preachers who seek to bring together the pulpit and apologetics for both evangelism and discipleship.


Workshop Session #5

Saturday, May 1, 3:45 PM

Title: Does Resolution 9 of the Southern Baptist Convention Undermine the Doctrine of Inerrancy?

Speaker: David Guy Van Bebber Jr.

Room: Sanctuary

Description: Resolution 9 undermined the doctrine of Inerrancy. The SBC affirmed a position that is not only historically dishonest, but it is in direct contradiction to the primary tenets of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. CRT/I is a worldview as defined by members of the SBC Resolutions committee in their own writings. This has serious consequences to both the sufficiency of Scripture and to the doctrine of Inerrancy as defined by Christ, the Apostles, Church History, and the framers of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. This paper will demonstrate the problems with using CRT/I as an analytical tool as it runs in direct contradiction to a biblical worldview, undermining the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture and the doctrine of Inerrancy. (Practical/Application)


Title: Is Christianity a White Man’s Religion?

Speaker: T. Montisé Peterson

Room: West Sanctuary

Description: This workshop gives an overview of Africans in the Bible and describes the early migration of Christianity into Northeast Africa. (Practical/application)


Title: Why Friends Don’t Let Friends Become Universalists

Speaker: Robert Stewart

Room: West Fellowship Room

Description: This session will discuss what universalism is and isn’t, and explain why universalism is wrong. (Practical/Application)

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Title: Is This Engagement or Just Courting Disaster?

Speaker: Collin Brendemuehl

Room: 201/203

Description: In The Great Evangelical Disaster (1984), Francis Schaeffer warned about compromise. What has happened since? How should we respond?


Title: Leveraging the Four Trinities of Islam to Lead Your Muslim Friends to the One God, Jesus

Speaker: J. Anton Hildahl

Room: Sunday School Room

Description: Our Muslim friends are often eager to discuss the nature of God, the identity of Jesus, and what the Qur’an has to say about these and related topics. This workshop provides practical lessons learned from the Somali community of Minnesota where Muslims often voice their frustration with the inability of many Christians to engage in loving, meaningful conversation about the Triune nature of God. (Practical/Application)


Title: Francis Schaeffer on Cultural Engagement

Speaker: Dan Guinn

Room: Lounge

Description: In an age of incredible hostility to orthodox Christian beliefs, the speed of social media, and prevailing pluralism and post-modern thought, what would Schaeffer prescribe to our situation? What did he say about our time? Learn this and more in this explorative workshop. (Intro level)