Friday, June 3, 2022

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, Dr Rich Day: “Truth in a Post-Truth Society”
Lead pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church, director of Ratio Christi at FSU
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, Dr Bob Stewart: “A-Paul-ogetics: Lessons in Countercult Apologetics from the Apostle Paul”
Professor of theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Saturday, June 4, 2022

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, Joe Whitchurch: “Truth on Fire with Flashpoints: From the Third Epistle of John”
Vice president and regional ministry director at Ratio Christi
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, Elaine Bales: “The Watchtower’s Dangerous Deception”
Former 2nd generation Jehovah’s Witness
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, Don Veinot: “The Enneagram: What’s True, What’s False, Does It Matter?”
Co-founder of Midwest Christian Outreach, president of EMNR

Workshop Titles and Presenters

Workshop #1 – Friday, 3:30-4:45 PM

FellowshipEric PementEssentials of Islam
SS 1Joe WhitchurchAssorted, Easy-to-use, Conversational Apologetics Outreach Tools
SS 2Keith TolbertForward to the Past: How the West was One
SS 3
SanctuaryMark TabladilloHow the Worldwide Church of God Eluded Serious Scrutiny

Pement : Essential teachings of the Islamic faith, and how to counter popular claims made by Muslims against Christianity.

Whitchurch : Sometimes you need an “elevator speech.” Other times you need a couple of fantastic questions. Sometimes you need a succinct combination approach. Come and enjoy some delightful tapestries for responding to those steeped in error to begin to help all get a fuller picture of Christ’s liberating truth and global shalom.

Tolbert : American Postmodernism has no unified plan, nor a path to redemption. This critique of and response to Postmodernism suggests that instead of going “Back to the Future,” perhaps we should change directions and go “Forward to the Past.”

Tabladillo : The now-defunct Worldwide Church of God (WCG) had a solid media presence in the United States for over 50 years. Some splinter groups remain today, but are marginally impactful. Using specific examples, this talk discusses the theological and cultural reasons the WCG eluded serious scrutiny or challenge over its decades-long history, even eluding concern by nation state leaders. The illustrations are important in analyzing other large and politically or economically strong cult organizations in 2022.

Workshop #2 – Friday, 6:30-7:30 PM

FellowshipRich DayThe International Christian Church (successor to Boston Church of Christ)
SS 1Bill McKeeverMormon Doctrine: Separating What is Official from Folklore
SS 2
SS 3
SanctuaryJames WalkerThe Four Views: A Key to Sharing Christ with Other Faiths

Day : The International Church of Christ (ICOC) has been branching out to with new names, but similar tactics. Many college ministries (including Tallahassee) have seen an uptick of encounters with these groups and it seems to be spreading. This workshop will focus on understanding the ICOC and its branches while also helping you to understand how to engage with them.

McKeever : Where does “official” LDS doctrine come from? This workshop is not so much a list of doctrinal positions that Latter-day Saints are supposed to believe, but rather a look at sources that members are told contain true teaching. Since citing sources that members respect goes a long way when challenging a Latter-day Saint’s presuppositions, we will look at these sources so that we might be confident with what we cite in order to have an effective conversation.

Walker : Understanding the “4 Views” can help believers jump-start spiritual conversations with people of other faiths. This message introduces the basic tenets of the four major worldviews (Monotheism, Atheism, Polytheism, and Pantheism) as the simple key to deciphering American spirituality today. This “missing key” is the critical first step for building an evangelistic relationship. This message includes a broad survey of various religious alternatives, such as Islam’s brand of monotheism, the “New Atheism,” the polytheism of Mormonism, and the pantheism of New Age spirituality and Wicca.

Workshop #3 – Saturday, 8:45-9:45 AM

FellowshipBob StewartWas Jesus Buried? A Case Study in Understanding and Answering Bart Ehrman
SS 1Barbara PementCompassion: Ministering to Hurt and Angry Church Folks
SS 2
SS 3
SanctuaryRon HenzelThat Dog Won’t Hunt: The Watchtower’s Explanation for John 1:1

Stewart : I will answer the claims of Bart Ehrman that Jesus was not buried and also provide a framework for understanding how Ehrman argues and for answering him effectively.

Pement : This video-based workshop was inspired by a Bible Study Fellowship training session on practicing empathy and compassion. It will show practical ways of interacting with angry or hurt Christians, and how to express empathy and compassion in volatile situations.

Henzel : Ron will present a concise analysis of and Christian response to the Watchtower Society’s translation of John 1:1c, as “the Word was a god.” This workshop will help those struggling with the doctrine of the Deity of Christ. Attendees will learn about two fundamental principles of translation that the Watchtower abuses.

Workshop #4 – Saturday, 1:00-2:00 PM

FellowshipEric Pement and Steve MatthewsA Detailed Look at the World Mission Society Church of God
SS 1Keith TolbertKnowledge Domains for Religious Studies, and HumanSoft
SS 2Ivani GreppiEscaping the Darkness: Deliverance from Umbanda Spiritism
SS 3
SanctuaryDavid ClarkThe New Apostolic Reformation and the Role of Music Labels like Hillsong and Jesus Culture

Pement and Matthews : The World Mission Society Church of God is one of the fastest-growing religions today. With over 3 million members, they are active and zealous in promoting their belief. Members use their belief in a Father and Mother God to begin proselytism, and are highly trained in countering standard Christian replies. Their inner literature is extremely hard to obtain, making documentation of their errors difficult. Steve Matthews will answer audience questions via live video feed.

Please download this 4-page PDF profile from Watchman Fellowship for a summary of this group.

Tolbert : Suppose we wanted to develop a Knowledge Management system for religious studies, where Christian and non-Christian, credentialed and non-credentialed, apologist and preacher all shared a common playing field. Which “knowledge domains” or types of knowledge would be needed for a software system? Keith will discuss his progress with HumanSoft, a technical system for managing data, databases, and analysis of religions, religious organizations, and systems.

Ivani Greppi : This workshop will focus on spiritual deception and how occult practices are infiltrating not only all areas of American society but predominantly Christian churches today. Attendees will learn that supernatural activity and demonic possession are not just about Hollywood; it’s a dangerous matter often overlooked and ignored by pastors affecting many people today. As a former spiritist medium who was demonically possessed, Ivani will share firsthand her deliverance experience and how she was set free by Jesus Christ.

Clark : This is part 3 of a series on the New Apostolic Reformation, continuing previous messages on this topic. It will present more recent developments, as well as 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 in context here.

Workshop # 5 – Saturday, 3:45-4:45 PM

FellowshipBill HonsbergerThe Paganization of the Evangelical Church
SS 1James LopezWorship Music and Its Influence in Christian Churches
SS 2Doug and Wendy DuncanMinistering to the Spiritually Wounded
SS 3
SanctuaryMike ShreveThe Ultimate Goal of Yoga: The Awakening of the Kundalini

Honsberger : The Evangelical church in America has been deeply compromised, with traditional psychic practices in Bible-believing churches. One can find “Christian” versions of Tarot cards, crystals, aura reading, aromatherapy, astrology and yoga. Labyrinths and the Enneagram are ubiquitous. This seminar will also address the influence of Richard Rohr, and present a response to these issues.

Lopez : The last 20 to 30 years has seen a transition from traditional worship music to a more trendy one. Most worship songs sung in many Christian churches come from a very small group of churches with questionable theology. This workshop will take a deeper look at the music and the groups that author and promote it. We will examine the content, the groups, and the artists associated with these churches.

Duncans : Ron Enroth says, “Spiritual abuse takes place when leaders to whom people look for guidance and spiritual nurture use their positions of authority to manipulate, control, and dominate”. This presentation will discuss unique issues in ministering to spiritually wounded individuals and the barriers that ministries, Christian leaders, and pastors will face. The speakers will also discuss the difference between healthy churches and unhealthy churches, as well as provide insights into ministry to this special population.

Shreve : Various yoga techniques, including meditation, asanas, pranayama, and chanting mantras are geared to “awaken the kundalini.” What is this power? Is yoga dangerous? Should Christians shun the practice of yoga? Some believers are concerned that Kundalini manifestations have invaded the church: is that true? What is the ultimate goal of yoga and how does it differ from the experience of being born again and receiving eternal life? What are some of the best approaches that effectively reach people involved in yoga?