Corpus Christi

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May 5-6, 2017

First Baptist of Corpus Christi
3115 Ocean Dr
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

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Keynote Speakers

William Lane Craig

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William Lane Craig Ph.D., is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He and his wife Jan have two grown children.

Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot.

He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological ArgumentAssessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of JesusDivine Foreknowledge and Human FreedomTheism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of PhilosophyNew Testament StudiesJournal for the Study of the New TestamentAmerican Philosophical QuarterlyPhilosophical StudiesPhilosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science. For all publications please CLICK HERE.

Mike Licona

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Mike Licona has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (University of Pretoria), which he completed with distinction. He serves as associate professor in theology at Houston Baptist University. Mike was interviewed by Lee Strobel in his book The Case for the Real Jesus and appeared in Strobel’s video The Case for Christ. He is the author of numerous books including Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? What We Can Learn From Ancient Biography (Oxford University Press, 2017), The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (IVP Academic, 2010), Paul Meets Muhammad (Baker, 2006), co-author with Gary Habermas of the award-winning book The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (Kregel, 2004) and co-editor with William Dembski of Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science (Baker, 2010). Mike is a member of the Evangelical Theological and Philosophical Societies, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has spoken on more than 90 university campuses, and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

Mark Mittelberg

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Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, leading outreach strategist, and he is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Evangelism, in partnership with Houston Baptist University.

Mark is the primary author of the celebrated Becoming a Contagious Christian training course (co-authored with Lee Strobel and Bill Hybels). This course has been translated into more the twenty languages and used to help more than 1.5 million people around the world share Christ in natural ways.

He wrote Confident Faith—winner of Outreach magazine’s 2014 apologetics book of the year—to encourage both believers and seekers to explore what they believe and why. His previous book, The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense, is an update of a classic that has touched millions of lives over the past century—recreated by Mark to help a new generation understand the meaning and importance of Jesus’ death on the cross. He also wrote The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (With Answers), which addresses the ten spiritual questions believers most want to avoid. Prior to that Mark collaborated with Lee Strobel to produce The Unexpected Adventure, a story-based devotional designed to encourage Christians to seize everyday opportunities to talk about Jesus.

Accommodations

La Quinta Inn & Suites
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Emerald Beach Hotel
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1102 S. Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361)883-5731
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Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
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900 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361)887-1600
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Corpus Christi, TX 78412
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Corpus Christi, TX 78401
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Schedule

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Friday, May 5th

3:00 pm Registration Opens
4:00 – 5:15 pm Parallel Sessions One
The Infallible Proofs of Jesus of Nazareth

One of the growing movements among skeptics attempts to prove the non-existence of Jesus.  These skeptics argue that Jesus is the formulation of the early church gathered from various legends and myths from both the Ancient Near East and Greco-Roman lore. This view suggests that Jesus is a sort of composite figure who embodies all of best features from the gods of these legends and myths. The problem with this movement is that it ignores the indisputable data points of the New Testament that point towards the existence of Jesus. As such, their pursuit to prove Jesus’ non-existence is fraught because it ignores the best and most reliable piece of evidence for the life of Jesus. This session will involve engaging the material of the New Testament historically in an effort to show proof of Jesus’ existence. Furthermore, this session will look at the evidence stated in offering a logical defense of his uniqueness as a miracle worker and prophet. With these points established, the session will also look at reaffirming the view of an early high Christology in the Christian Church.
by Marcus Jerkins

Evangelistic Apologetics

Learn how to incorporate apologetics material into your personal evangelism efforts. Many of our old personal evangelism training materials assume that those to whom we are sharing the gospel already believe in the existence of God, the reality of heaven, and the validity of the resurrection. The cultural climate of the western world, however, has changed! We’ll take two prominent apologetic methodologies and show how they can be used to have fruitful evangelistic conversations. In the end, we’ll all have a better understanding of how to share what often seem like complex issues with a culture that needs Jesus.
by Braxton Hunter

Loving Your Muslim Neighbor

America’s Muslim population is growing rapidly; there are now estimated to be more than 3 million Muslims in America. We can reach out to them in the love of Christ that overcomes all barriers and builds bridges of compassion by presenting the greatest Hope of all. Are you willing to love all Muslims like Jesus does?
by Rani Espanioly

5-Point Calvinism: Is there a better option?

5-Point Calvinism is growing in popularity among Southern Baptists, but there are robust Biblical alternatives to this interpretation which simply have not received the attention they deserve. Dr. Leighton Flowers, a former Calvinist and the Director of Apologetics for Texas Baptists, offers an overview of the issues concerning election and predestination which will give much needed clarity to the doctrines of salvation from a non-Calvinistic Traditional Southern Baptist perspective.
by Leighton Flowers

5:15 – 6:15 pm Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 pm General Session One in Worship Center
On Guard

Does God Exist?
by William Lane Craig

7:30 – 7:45 pm Break
7:45 – 8:45 pm General Session Two in Worship Center
Panel Discussion

Answering the most asked questions in Apologetic discussions.
by William Lane Craig, Mike Licona, Mark Mittelberg (moderated by Leighton Flowers)

Saturday, May 6th

8:00 am Doors Open
9:00 – 10:00 am General Session Three in Worship Center

Understanding the Secular Landscape

In this presentation, Mark Mittelberg presents an eye-opening picture of the realities of reaching people in a secular and increasingly post-Christian society like ours. This session will unpack seven essential values for removing intellectual barriers and taking the uncompromised Gospel message to those who need it the most.
by Mark Mittelberg

10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:10 am Parallel Sessions Two
The Infallible Proofs of Jesus of Nazareth

One of the growing movements among skeptics attempts to prove the non-existence of Jesus. These skeptics argue that Jesus is the formulation of the early church gathered from various legends and myths from both the Ancient Near East and Greco-Roman lore. This view suggests that Jesus is a sort of composite figure who embodies all of best features from the gods of these legends and myths. The problem with this movement is that it ignores the indisputable data points of the New Testament that point towards the existence of Jesus. As such, their pursuit to prove Jesus’ non-existence is fraught because it ignores the best and most reliable piece of evidence for the life of Jesus. This session will involve engaging the material of the New Testament historically in an effort to show proof of Jesus’ existence. Furthermore, this session will look at the evidence stated in offering a logical defense of his uniqueness as a miracle worker and prophet. With these points established, the session will also look at reaffirming the view of an early high Christology in the Christian Church.
by Marcus Jerkins

Evangelistic Apologetics

Learn how to incorporate apologetics material into your personal evangelism efforts. Many of our old personal evangelism training materials assume that those to whom we are sharing the gospel already believe in the existence of God, the reality of heaven, and the validity of the resurrection. The cultural climate of the western world, however, has changed! We’ll take two prominent apologetic methodologies and show how they can be used to have fruitful evangelistic conversations. In the end, we’ll all have a better understanding of how to share what often seem like complex issues with a culture that needs Jesus.
by Braxton Hunter

Loving Your Muslim Neighbor 

America’s Muslim population is growing rapidly; there are now estimated to be more than 3 million Muslims in America. We can reach out to them in the love of Christ that overcomes all barriers and builds bridges of compassion by presenting the greatest Hope of all. Are you willing to love all Muslims like Jesus does?
by Rani Espanioly

5-Point Calvinism: Is there a better option?

5-Point Calvinism is growing in popularity among Southern Baptists, but there are robust Biblical alternatives to this interpretation which simply have not received the attention they deserve. Dr. Leighton Flowers, a former Calvinist and the Director of Apologetics for Texas Baptists, offers an overview of the issues concerning election and predestination which will give much needed clarity to the doctrines of salvation from a non-Calvinistic Traditional Southern Baptist perspective.
by Leighton Flowers

11:15 – 12:30 pm General Session Four in Worship Center
 

 

 

 

 

 

12:30 pm

Did Jesus Believe He was God? John, Paul, and the Fab 4 on Jesus

Nowhere do the Gospels say “Jesus is God.” So, why do Christians believe that he is? In this lesson, Mike Licona serves as your guide to discovering what Jesus claimed about himself and why the earliest Christians believed he is God.
by Mike Licona

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