Greater Austin

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February 24-25, 2017

Austin Baptist Church
7016 Ribelin Ranch Dr.
Austin, TX 78750

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Keynote Speakers

Lee Strobel

lee-strobelAtheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books. He serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University and as a Teaching Pastor at Woodlands Church in Texas, one of the largest congregations in the country. His latest book is The Case for Grace, which received the 2016 Christian Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Described in the Washington Post as “one of the evangelical community’s most popular apologists,” Lee shared the Christian Book of the Year award in 2005 for a curriculum he co-authored with Garry Poole about the movie The Passion of the Christ. He also won Gold Medallions from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association forThe Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries distributed by Lionsgate. His book Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary also won a Gold Medallion.

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.

Debate

Debate between Mike Licona (Christian) & Matt Dillahunty (Atheist)

Mike Licona

mike-liconaMike Licona has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (University of Pretoria), and serves as associate professor in theology at Houston Baptist University. He became a Christian at the age of 10, grew up in a Christian home, had a strong desire to know God, devoting himself to studying the Bible daily. As he neared the completion of his graduate work, Mike began to question the veracity of his faith and wondered if there was any evidence to support it. Finding answers to his questions consumed him and he almost jettisoned his faith. He investigated the evidence for Christianity and a number of other major world religions. He also considered the arguments for atheism. His investigation solidified his belief that God exists and that he has actually revealed himself to mankind in Jesus Christ and that the Christian view provides the most plausible and unified theory of reality. He has authored numerous books, spoken on over 90 university campuses, and appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

Matt Dillahunty

dillahuntyMatt Dillahunty is an American public speaker, avid gamer, magician and internet personality, and was the president of the Atheist Community of Austin from 2006 to 2013. In seeking to become a minister his investigation of his religious views led him to reject supernatural claims. He now identifies as a skeptic, humanist and atheist, engaging in formal debates and speaking to secular organizations, churches and university groups on religion, philosophy, skepticism, atheism, humanism and magic. He is a founder and contributor of the counter-apologetics encyclopedia “Iron Chariots” as well as the “Atheist Debates Patreon project”, which are dedicated to providing the understanding and tools for more effective discussions between theists and atheists.

Accommodations

Residence Inn Austin Lake Austin/River Place
6608 River Place
Austin, TX 78730
Ph (512) 735-9300

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8300 N FM 620
Austin, TX 78726
Ph (512) 610-5700

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Schedule

Download Schedule

Friday, February 24

3:00 pm Registration Opens
4:00 – 5:15 pm Parallel Sessions One
Faith and Science – Friends or Foes

Does science support our faith, contradict it, or is it faith-neutral? Is science useful for evangelism?

by Don Winget

Bridging the Gap Between the Cross and the Crescent

This workshop will compare the beliefs of Islam to that of Christianity, helping the Christian understand the Muslim concept of salvation. Participants will be equipped to engage their Muslim friends with the gospel message. Attention will be given to effective and practical methods for building bridges for effective communication of the gospel with the people of the Crescent.

by Joshua del Risco

The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask

In this interactive workshop, Mittelberg will tell stories about people who have overcome doubts and objections to solidify their own faith, and he’ll address a variety of questions that he addressed in his book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with answers), and he’ll respond to questions raised by participants in the group.

by Mark Mittelberg

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

5:15 – 6:15 pm Dinner (reasonably priced meal available at conference)
6:30 – 7:30 pm General Session One in Worship Center
The Unexpected Adventure

The intersection of evangelism and apologetics: Practical ways to reach others through defending our faith.

by Lee Strobel

7:30 – 7:45 pm Break
7:45 – 8:45 pm General Session Two in Worship Center
The Case for Christ

While living life as a highly successful investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel’s life changes when his wife becomes a Christian and his research leads him to the overwhelming evidence of Christ’s life, death and resurrection.

by Lee Strobel

Saturday, February 25

8:00 am Doors Open
9:30 – 10:30 am General Session Three in Worship Center
Confident Faith – 20 Arrows of Truth

In this sweeping talk, Mittelberg builds a cumulative case for our faith, showing how facts of science, philosophy, history, archaeology, evidence related to the Bible, and religious experience all point to the truth of Christianity. You’ll leave feeling more assured about what you believe, and more ready to share the reasons backing up your beliefs with others.

by Mark Mittelberg

10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Parallel Sessions Two
Bridging the Gap Between the Cross and the Crescent

This workshop will compare the beliefs of Islam to that of Christianity, helping the Christian understand the Muslim concept of salvation. Participants will be equipped to engage their Muslim friends with the gospel message. Attention will be given to effective and practical methods for building bridges for effective communication of the gospel with the people of the Crescent.

by Joshua del Risco

The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask

In this interactive workshop, Mittelberg will tell stories about people who have overcome doubts and objections to solidify their own faith, and he’ll address a variety of questions that he addressed in his book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with answers), and he’ll respond to questions raised by participants in the group.

by Mark Mittelberg

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

God and the Theory of Evolution

A discussion centered on how science allows us to understand and appreciate how awesome God is on an even deeper level. The theory of Evolution is one of the most tested and debated theories in the scientific world. We will discuss this theory by looking at what the scientific evidence supports and the lack of data for many of the extrapolations of the theory. Taking a very fact-based approach to the theory of Evolution can actually strengthen our faith and our confidence in defending it.

by Brent Ferguson

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch (reasonably priced box lunch available at conference
1:00 – 3:30 pm Debate: Was Jesus resurrected from the dead?
by Mike Licona (Christian) and Matt Dillahunty (Atheist)

  • Mike’s Opening Statement: 25 mins
  • Matt’s Opening Statement: 25 mins
  • Mike’s Rebuttal: 12 mins
  • Matt’s Rebuttal: 12 mins
  • Mike questions Matt: 5 mins
  • Matt questions Mike: 5 mins
  • Mike questions Matt: 5 mins
  • Matt questions Mike: 5 mins
  • 5-10 minute break
  • Audience Q&A 30 mins