2020 Apologetics Conference

"Tethered to the Truth"

 Are you ready to answer the hard questions?  Are your children?

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Day 1 - Friday Oct. 23

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4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT

 

Virtual Campus Visits (#1 of 4)

Also available Day 2, Saturday October 24

FREE for Christian High / Home school juniors and seniors

Virtual Christian Campus Tours - Learn About Campus Life!

Collect a "code word" from each visit then enter our drawing for prizes worth up to $90.

Bethel,
MN

Biola, CA

Corban,
OR

Hillsdale, MI

Masters, CA

Multnomah, OR

Seattle Pacific, WA

Western Seminary, OR

Wheaton, IL 

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6:00pm - 6:05pm PDT

Conference Welcome & Overview

We begin with an overview of the weekend's events and general flow of the conference, both main plenary talks and breakout sessions. Get an explanation of our site's navigation, how to contact us, and where to find other resources.

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6:05pm - 6:45pm PDT

Roy Swart Picture 

Tethered to Truth

Roy Swart

In 2020 the world seems to be coming apart at the seams.

Hundreds of thousands dead in a worldwide pandemic, millions of people in the US out of jobs and thousands of businesses shut down, most schools across the country closed for in person classes (both public and private), many churches severely restricted in their public services by the government, violent protests in many big cities designed to initiate social upheaval. The only consistent theme seems to be an increasingly vicious and open rebellion against the things of God . Should we as Christians be surprised? Discouraged? Or is our faith designed to thrive in such chaotic circumstances? Roy will share why now is the most fertile time for Christian Apologetics and how we as believers can be equipped to effectively share and defend our faith in these unprecedented times.

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7:00pm - 7:45pm PDT

Alex McLellan

A Jigsaw Guide to Making Sense of the World

Alex McLellan

Many have stopped asking ultimate questions because they know we’ll never find all the answers - “it’s a waste of time!”

 Alex will teach you a simple tool to get the conversation back on track. Look at life like a jigsaw puzzle and you realize you don’t need every piece in place to see the big picture. All you need are enough important parts that stand out and fit together. Start snapping things into place, so you can look at life and see the big picture: Learn to handle the truth; Learn to build your belief; Learn to anchor faith; Learn to deal with doubt.

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8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT

The Perfect Storm

Josh McDowell

A youth crisis of monumental proportions is brewing.

It is the confluence of an intellectual storm, a moral storm and a relational storm all driven by the winds of a destructive internet influence on our young people. In this sobering, but much needed message for the church and believers, Josh shares shocking statistics on our youth’s Christian belief system and how the internet affects their beliefs and morality. It has leveled the “playing field” in terms of differing worldviews influencing our kids. Pornography is specifically addressed as it is the number one hinderance to a person’s spiritual life. While it can seem disheartening, there is hope with solutions that move young people from not just knowing what they believe, but why they believe it.

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9:00pm - 10:00pm PDT

Real Talk

After Hours Youth Special Session

Last year we called this "apizzagetics".

For 2020 we could not figure out a way to get pizza to everyone virtually, so this year attendees will need to be BYOP. Join us in a Zoom meeting where you'll have the opportunity to join small breakout sessions with each of our main speakers.

Day 2 - Saturday Oct. 24

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8:00 am - 9:00 am PDT

 

Virtual Campus Visits (#2 of 4)

FREE for Christian High / Home school juniors and seniors, repeated at 11am and 1:30pm PDT

Virtual Christian Campus Tours - Learn About Campus Life!

Collect a "code word" from each visit then enter our drawing for prizes worth $25 - $50.

 Bethel, MN

Biola, CA

Corban, OR

Hillsdale, MI

Masters, CA

Multnomah, OR

Western Seminary, OR

Wheaton, IL 

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9:00am - 9:45am PDT

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Thinking Biblically

Roy Swart

Consistency is the ultimate currency for credibility in today’s culture.

Few people know how to achieve it, and even fewer actually practice it, but everybody wants it, and they bristle when it is compromised. Come and learn why the only real approach to Christianity is an “all-in” commitment. You’ll be surprised (and inspired) to see how thinking the way God thinks makes everything make sense.

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10:00am - 10:45am PDT

Alex McLellan

Christianity is Crazy

Alex McLellan

Christians become so familiar with the Christian worldview they can take it for granted - and forget how radical it is.

Take off God’s glasses and you see why non-christians think Christians are crazy. However, consider other worldviews, particularly a Godless outlook on life. Things just get more confusing. We need God, the Bible and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to look at life and see the big picture.

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11:00am - 12:00pm PDT

Breakout Session
or Campus Visit
(#3 of 4)

Josh McDowell
The Bible: Fact, Fiction, or Fable? (#1)

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David Hazen
Deconstruction: Dealing with Doubt

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SWH Youth
We Will Change the World

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Herb Grey
Free Speech, Free Exercise and Apologetics: Hot Topics or Hate Speech?

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Dr. Neil Shenvi
Social Justice, Critical Theory, and Christianity: Are They Compatible? (#1)

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Mike Schutt
A Christian Approach to Vocation

Elizabeth Urbanowicz
Preparing Our Kids to Encounter Competing Worldviews

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12:15Pm - 1:15pm PDT

Breakout Session

Josh McDowell
The Bible: Fact, Fiction, or Fable? (#2)

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Alex McLellan
The Gospel Challenge (#1)

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Adrian Toader
The Intellectual Price of Atheism

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Caleb Rogers
Universal Information and the Origin of Life

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Anne Paulk
Examining LGBTQ Worldview from a Biblical Perspective

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Josh Brahm
The Most Persuasive Pro-Life Argument

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Hillary Morgan Ferrer
The Art of Disagreeing Well in a Cancel Culture World

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1:30Pm - 2:30pm PDT

Breakout Session
or
Campus Visit
(#4 of 4)

Roy Swart
How We KNOW the Bible is True

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Alex McLellan
The Gospel Challenge (#2)

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Kari Denker
How to Start a High School Apologetics Class (even if you're scared)

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Hillary Morgan Ferrer
Linguistic Theft: How Culture Uses Christian Words to Promote a Secular Agenda

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Dr. Neil Shenvi
Social Justice, Critical Theory, and Christianity: Are They Compatible? (#2)

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KathyGrace Duncan
Transgender - Who Are You Really?

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2:45pm - 3:45pm PDT

A Skeptic’s Journey: The Life-Changing Story of Josh McDowell

Josh McDowell

Join Josh as he shares the unforgettable story of his personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

A dysfunctional family life, an alcoholic and violent father and a sexually abusive worker on the family farm left Josh with a lifetime of scars and shame. Eager to rail against the existence of a loving God, he set out to intellectually disprove Christianity. You’ll find encouragement, hope and redemption in Josh’s story of how God’s passionate love and grace, along with the evidences for the truth of Christianity, forever changed the life of this former agnostic.

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4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT

Josh McDowell
Alex McLellan
Roy Swart

Question & Answer Panel

Our speakers answer the questions you've submitted during the conference.