Friday, September 7, 2012

Apologetics Conference at Watermark Church- Reasons to Believe and Why

On September 29th,2012 Watermark Church in Dallas, TX is hosting a 1 day apologetics conference entitled Contending with Christianity's Critics. (UPDATED 1/1/2013 with photos,videos and links from the conference) 
Can you give the reasons from what you believe and why? 
Be informed, equipped, encouraged to fulfill God's mandate from 1 Peter 3:15 

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But to do this with gentleness and repsect."

Watermark has invited some of the world's most exceptional Christian thinkers. Speakers include William Lane Craig, Ravi Zacharias, John Stonestreet, Frank Turek and others. 
They will address some of the most common objections to the Christian faith.

CONTENDING WITH CHRISTIANITY’S CRITICS:  ANSWERING NEW ATHEISTS AND OTHER OBJECTORS

Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ Watermark Community Church, 7540 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75251
Can you give reasons for what you believe and why?  
Watermark Community Church is excited to host “Contending with Christianity’s Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors.”      
This conference will encourage and equip you in defending the truths of the Bible and the Christian worldview.
Topics include: the existence of God, the basis for absolute truth, the problem of evil, the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts, the viability of a Christian worldview and much more.

TICKETS: $40 for all attendees. Students: $15. Day of walk-ups: $50. No childcare available and tickets are non-refundable. Click here to Register.

SPEAKERS:
William Lane Craig, Greg Koukl, John Stonestreet, Frank Turek, Todd Wagner, Dan Wallace and Ravi Zacharias. To learn more about each of the speakers, please read below and click on the links to their websites and videos:

Todd Wagner:
Senior Pastor of Watermark Community Church. Bio of Todd Wagner,  Sermon series "What if the Skeptics are Right"

Topic“The Importance of Apologetics for Every Believer and Every Church”
William Lane Craig: 
Research Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology. Website - Reasonable FaithClick here for Video's By Dr. Craig
Topic: “Richard Dawkins on Arguments for God’s Existence”


2012 William Lane Craig at Watermark Apologetics Conference
Ravi Zacharias:
Author, Speaker & Founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. http://www.rzim.orgClick here to view various RZIM videos.
Topic: “The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists”


Ravi Zacharias visiting with conference attendees at Watermark 2012 
John Stonestreet:
Executive Director of Operations, Summit MinistriesBlog The Point.  Click here to view Summit Ministries videos
Topic: “Defense and Offense: The Call to Care for Culture”.

Dan Wallace:
Executive Director, The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts.
Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Articles by Dan Wallace on bible.org

Topic: “How Badly Did the Early Scribes Corrupt the New Testament?”


2012 Dan Wallace discussing his scholarly work
at the Watermark Apologetics conference
Frank Turek:
Author, Speaker & Founder of CrossExamined.orgClick here to view various Frank Turek's videos
Topic: “If God Exists, Why Does He Allow Evil?”


Greg Koukl:
Founder & President, Stand to ReasonClick here to view Stand to Reason videos. Visit STR Place the student website for Stand to Reason
Topic: “Bad Arguments Against Religion"
2012 Greg Koukl at the book signing
VIDEOS of the speaker presentations at the Conference.  Added Jan 1, 2013 

Todd Wagner- Video  The Importance of Apologetics

Greg Koukl- Video Bad Arguments Against Religion

Dan Wallace - Video How Badly Did the Early Scribes Corrupt the New Testament
I found Dan Wallace's presentation fascinating on the reliability of the New Testament text.

Frank Turek - Video If God Exists Why Does He Allow Evil?                                        
John Stonestreet- Video The Call to Care for Culture

Ravi Zacharias- Video The End of Reason- A Response to New Atheists

William Lane Craig- Video Richard Dawkins on Arguments for God's Existence

2012 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Todd Wagner
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Greg Koukl
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Dan Wallace
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch with Q&A
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Frank Turek
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM John Stonestreet
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Ravi Zacharias
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM William Lane Craig
4:45 PM - 5:30 PMBook Signings & Information Booths