Friday, August 23, 2024

8:00-10:00 AMExhibitors can set up tables
10:00 AM – 1:00 PMEMNR Member Summit, lunch provided
1:00 PMRegistration for conference opens
2:00-3:15 PMPlenary #1
3:15-3:30 PMBreak (15 mins.)
3:30-4:45 PMWorkshop #1
4:45-6:30 PMDinner (1 hour, 45 minutes)
6:30-7:30 PMWorkshop #2
7:30-7:45 PMBreak (15 mins.)
7:45-9:00 PMPlenary #2

Saturday, August 24, 2024

8:00-8:45 AMExhibitor tables and Registration open
8:45-9:45 AMWorkshop #3
9:45-10:00 AMBreak
10:00-11:15 AMPlenary #3
11:15 AM – 1:00 PMLunch (1 hour, 45 minutes)
1:00-2:00 PMWorkshop #4
2:00-2:15 PMBreak (15 mins.)
2:15-3:30 PMPlenary #4
3:30-3:45 PMBreak (15 mins.)
3:45-4:45 PMWorkshop #5
4:45-5:00 PMBreak (15 mins)
5:00-6:15 PMPlenary #5

Workshop Titles and Presenters

NOTE: At the present time (June 2024), workshop slots are close to their final form. C.

Workshop #1 – Friday, 3:30-4:45 PM

1Corey MillerTo be announced
2Steve LagoonThe Watchtower (Jehovah’s Witnesses) and the Divine Name
3George CarnealFrom Queer to Christ (testimony)
4Don WilliamsPersonality as the Key to the Meaning of the Universe

Miller : Details to be announced

Lagoon : The Watchtower and the Divine Name. In this workshop, Steve Lagoon considers the Watchtower’s claims related to the Divine name. Steve will critique each of the many claims that Jehovah’s Witnesses make about the use of Jehovah. Steve will show that the Watchtower’s claims are really a house of cards with very little foundation to support them.

Carneal : From Queer to Christ. Sharing my testimony of how I got into the homosexual lifestyle and what God did to get me out of that bondage. Time permitting, I will share the reality of the homosexual lifestyle, the lies of the liberal theologians, what the public is not being told regarding cross-sex hormones and cross-sex surgeries, and why we must share the truth of God’s Word, in love.

Williams : Personality as the Key to the Meaning of the Universe. Eastern religion sees individual personality as an illusion that has to be rejected to find peace in Nirvana, non-existence. Christianity sees individual personality as a reality that is to be fulfilled through an eternal loving relationship with a personal God. Which of these perspectives represents reality is the most fundamental question of religion and philosophy. The difference between them will be demonstrated and analyzed from primary texts of Hinduism and Christianity, and reasons for choosing the Christian answer will be laid out.

Workshop #2 – Friday, 6:30-7:30 PM

1David WolcottProgressive Christianity: Progressing, But To where?
2Steve MatthewsInternational Christian Church, or International Churches of Christ
3Rafael MartinezTo be determined
4Bill HonsbergerThe Current Face of Wicca and Neopaganism

Wolcott : Progressive Christianity: Progressing, But To Where? A 5-W’s survey of Progressive Christianity, contrasted against historical Christianity, covering major figures and teachings, with practical advice for challenging this religious phenomenon

Matthews : The International Christian Church. One of the most controversial groups in the history of the cultic studies has been the Boston Church of Christ. Growing out of the mainline Churches of Christ and founded by charismatic leader Kip McKean, the “Boston movement” drew huge media attention with its explosive worldwide growth along with allegations of the control of its members through their “discipling partners.” In 1992 the movement took on the new name of the International Churches of Christ and a decade later would end up disfellowshipping the leader and founder of their movement. Not content to sit on the sidelines, McKean returned in 2006 with “the very movement of God,” the International Christian Church, from which he was similarly removed in April of 2024. In this presentation, we will examine the history and beliefs of these Restorationist groups and respond to their unbiblical claim that baptism is essential for salvation.

Martinez : To be determined

Honsberger : The Current Face of Wicca and Neopaganism.

Workshop #3 – Saturday, 8:45-9:45 AM

1Mark TabladilloA Christian View on Artificial Intelligence
2Keith WalkerMormonism
3Ivani GreppiAddressing the Demon in the Room: Demonic Deliverance in Christianity
4David WolcottThe Enneagram as Worship: 50 Shades of Spiritual Formation

Tabladillo : A Christian View on AI. Artificial intelligence continues to attract people developing technology. Scenarios once only science fiction have become science reality. One company OpenAI has attracted energy with its ChatGPT (which generates text answers), Codex (which generates text), and DALL-E (which generates images). This talk will outline some current use cases of AI and map some principles and ethics from the Christian worldview to help individuals, families, communities, and nation states.

Keith Walker : Mormonism. Details to be announced

Greppi : Addressing the Demon in the Room. This workshop will focus on the topic of demonic deliverance in Christianity today. The polarizing perspectives ranging from those who attribute every adversity to Satan, to those who completely reject the existence of demons and the supernatural will be discussed within the context of the Scriptures.

Wolcott : The Enneagram as Worship: Fifty Shades of Spiritual Formation. An assessment of how a mere regulative principle, bounding our orthodoxy/orthopraxy inside the prescriptions and prohibitions of Scripture, will protect us from slipping into heresy, using spiritual formation as a practical example.

Workshop #4 – Saturday, 1:00-2:00 PM

1James WalkerWhat the Qur’an Really Teaches About Jesus
2Steve MatthewsWorld Mission Society Church of God
3Tim ArndtReaching the Lost Generation: Why Most Church Kids are Leaving
4Shanda FulbrightSomebody’s Disciple.

James Walker : What the Qur’an Really Teaches About Jesus. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the history of the world and may be the greatest geopolitical issue of our lifetime. Although Jesus (Isa) in the Qur’an is not the same Jesus found in the New Testament, the Qur’an has much to say about Jesus. Is Jesus a prophet of Allah or is He the Savior of the World? Understanding a few key passages in the Qur’an and the right questions to ask, Christians have a powerful catalyst for some great spiritual discussions with their Muslim neighbors.

Matthews : The World Mission Society Church of God. Sometimes called “the Mother-God cult,” the WMSCOG is one of the fastest growing and most aggressive cults that has appeared on the scene in years. Spreading the message of “God the Mother” from door to door as well as on college campuses and in Walmarts, WMSCOG members are arguably the most committed and best trained groups among the new breed of cults today. This presentation will cover the history and beliefs of this controversial group, as well as provide a critical evaluation and response. The cult landscape has dramatically changed in recent years so join us in learning about this rapidly growing deceptive and coercive group.

Arndt : Reaching the Lost Generation: Why Most Church Kids Are Leaving And What We Can Do About It. For decades now, most kids who grow up in the church will leave as they enter adulthood. Why is this happening? And what can we do about it? This workshop will highlight major reasons why we are losing our kids and more importantly, will introduce Biblical and effective solutions for this problem.

Fulbright : Somebody’s Disciple. The Great Commission instructs all Christians to go and make disciples of all nations. But is the church making disciples? Worldview formation is just a fancy way to say discipleship. But here’s the thing: discipleship is not isolated to Christianity. That means people can be discipled by false teachers, and most in the church have a syncretized worldview, meaning they are somebody’s disciple but they’re not disciples of Christianity. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the three components of any discipleship program and why recognizing apostasy in the church is imperative for proper discipleship. We’ll use one of the most effective discipleship programs in history as our guide to prove that we are all somebody’s disciple: Ancient Babylon from Daniel, chapter 1.

Workshop # 5 – Saturday, 3:45-4:45 PM

1Don WilliamsDefending “One Way” in a Pluralistic World
2ChrisShincheonji Church of Jesus
3Don VeinotMissionaries to the Household of Faith
4Eric PementThe Deception of William Branham

Williams : Defending “One Way” in a Pluralistic World. People think all religions are going to the same place, so it is arrogant of Christians to think theirs is the “only way.” But different religions are in fact trying to go to very different places. Christianity is the only one that is going to a place where human personality is fulfilled, and it is the only one backed up by historical evidence. Therefore, preaching Christ as the only way is not being arrogant. It is just being a good neighbor. Here’s how to present the Gospel so it comes across that way.

Chris : Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, is a very aggressive, high demand, secretive, Korean apocalyptic cult with a long history of heresy. They practice deception, manipulation, and outright lying about their own beliefs and historical origins. Sometimes called “New Heaven, New Earth,” the movement was started by and is led by the “New John” or “Promised Pastor,” an elderly Korean leader named Lee Manhee, who is the only one who has “mastered the Bible.” They specifically target Christians using on-line and in-person Bible studies under Christian-sounding names to recruit followers. (This workshop is being taught by a former member of this movement.)

Veinot : Missionaries to the Household of Faith. When we think of missionaries, we tend to imagine traveling to foreign, sometimes exotic, lands. It may come as a surprise that in the Old and New Testaments, God sent many missionaries to the household of faith. Is it biblical to consider that the mission field may include large segments of the church?

Pement : The Deception of William Branham. Pentecostal healing evangelist William M. Branham (died 1965) had a public ministry which was legendary for healings, supernatural knowledge, and angelic revelations. Today many believe he was Elijah, sent to precede the coming of Christ. Some of his most trusted friends believed he was God in the flesh, and sixty years after his death, his followers are in hundreds of thousands. Though his false prophecies have been discussed often, recent historical investigation has shown that even his most memorable testimonies were fabrications.