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This event took place on January 27-28, 2017.

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Park Cities Baptist Church
3933 Northwest Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75225

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 for The 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.

Sean McDowell

sean-mcdowell

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University. And he is the Resident Scholar for Summit California.

Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. The Association of Christian Schools International awarded Exemplary Status to his apologetics training. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

Accommodations

Hilton Dallas/Park Cities
5954 Luther Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
Ph (214) 368-0400
 
Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Love Field
3880 W. Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75220
Ph (214) 357-4500
 
La Quinta Inn & Suites Dallas North Central
10001 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75231
Ph (214) 361-8200
*Promo code:  BGCT to receive 15% off published rate (any location)*
 
The listing of any hotel property does not constitute an endorsement by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Schedule

Download Schedule

Friday, January 27

3:00 pm Registration Opens
4:00 – 5:15 pm Parallel Sessions One
How can a good God allow so much pain and suffering?

The problem of theodicy — how can such evil and suffering exist in a universe created by a good, loving God — is a centuries-old, unresolved paradox that is inherent in all religions that include a belief in a personal all-loving, all knowing, all-powerful, and present God. Join Dr. Jeff Warren as he unpacks these issues from a Biblical perspective.

by Jeff Warren

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

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 on Your Own
6:30 – 7:30 pm General Session One in Great Hall
The Athiest Encounter

How well can you defend your faith? What would you say if an atheist challenged your deepest convictions about God and the Bible? In this session Sean will role play an atheist, raise tough questions against the faith, and see how well the audience can defend their faith. Then Sean will step out of character and help students directly learn from the experience. This is a hands-on experience where you will walk away motivated and equipped to more lovingly and intelligently make a case for Christianity.

by Sean McDowell

7:30 – 7:45 pm Break
7:45 – 8:45 pm General Session Two in Great Hall
The Unexpected Adventure

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

by Lee Strobel

Saturday, January 28

8:00 am Doors Open
9:00 – 10:00 am General Session Three in Great Hall
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

10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:10 am Parallel Sessions Two
How can a good God allow so much pain and suffering?

The problem of theodicy — how can such evil and suffering exist in a universe created by a good, loving God — is a centuries old, unresolved paradox that is inherent in all religions that include a belief in a personal all-loving, all knowing, all-powerful, and present God. Join Dr. Jeff Warren as he unpacks these issues from a Biblical perspective.

by Jeff Warren

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. (repeat from Friday)

by Leighton Flowers

Same Sex Marriage

Marriage is important to God. The Bible both begins and ends with a marriage. And yet a proper understanding of marriage, as well as its importance, continues to slip away in our culture. In this session, Sean provides both the biblical and non-biblical evidence for defending natural marriage. And he provides some practical steps for how the church can build a marriage culture.

by Sean McDowell

11:15 – 12:10 am General Session Four in Great Hall
The Beauty of Intolerance

While intolerance can be immoral and harmful, intolerance can also be good. We are all intolerant of something. Jesus was intolerant of hypocrisy, Martin Luther King, Jr. was intolerant of racism, and Bono is intolerant of poverty. The key issue we will look at in this session is: How do we properly understand and live out a biblical view of intolerance?

by Sean McDowell