These Christian thought leaders will expand your knowledge
and understanding of issues and theological topics relevant today.
HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE BIBLE
Dr. Heath Lambert
From a biblical perspective is homosexuality truly wrong? Is homosexual orientation mutable or changeable? What does the Bible actually say about these things? In this seminar, Dr. Lambert will lay out the various Christian positions on homosexuality, discuss the question of whether or not it is possible for a person’s sexual orientation to change, and discuss the practical, pastoral, and personal implications of what the Bible teaches on this subject.
Dr. Heath Lambert serves as Executive Director at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries. Heath also serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and their undergraduate institution, Boyce College where he has taught classes on biblical counseling and Christian ministry since 2006. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Applied Studies and the chairman of the department of biblical counseling at Boyce College. He is a founding council board member of The Biblical Counseling Coalition and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Family Ministry, and The Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Heath is a frequent conference speaker and has written numerous scholarly articles for various academic journals. He is also the author or editor of several books including Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture (B&H, 2012), and Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). Heath earned the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies and Political Science from Gordon College in 2002; The Master of Divinity of Degree in Christian Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005; and the Doctor of Philosophy in biblical counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009. He is married to Lauren and they have three children, Carson, Chloe, and Connor.
SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCE AND OUR DAILY LIVES
Throughout biblical and post-biblical history, God has performed miracles in the lives of his people. The church has always had healers and prophets, though not everyone in the contemporary church believes in contemporary prophets and healers. Jack will give his reasons for believing in them. He will also discuss how much supernatural experience we should expect in our daily lives, why God heals, how God speaks, as well as the purpose of pain in our lives. Jack’s talk will be followed by a time of ministry with Jack and his team.
Dr. Jack Deere is an equipper and trainer for the body of Christ. Raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, he attended Texas Christian University majoring in philosophy. While an undergraduate at TCU, he began working with Young Life and leading high school students to the Lord. Dr. Deere received both a Master and Doctor of Theology degrees from Dallas Seminary. In 1976, he was invited to join the faculty and began teaching Hebrew. During his tenure at Dallas Seminary, he started and pastored two churches. In 1986, Dr. Deere reversed his position on the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as faith healing and prophecy. He left the seminary faculty at the end of 1987 and joined the staff of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church in Anaheim, California. Dr. Deere left the Anaheim Vineyard in 1992 to begin his own conference and writing ministry. He recently retired as the teaching pastor of Wellspring Church in North Richland Hills, Texas, a church he started in the spring of 2004. Dr. Deere's 1993 book Surprised by the Power of the Spirit details his journey into charismatic Christianity, and puts forward the case against the position that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit have ceased. A companion book, Surprised by the Voice of God, argues for contemporary prophecy and supernatural revelation. Jack and his wife Leesa live in Colleyville, Texas. They have two grown children, Stephen and Alese.
HOW CAN CHRISTIANS IN TELEVISION AND FILM PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL?
Dr. Ted Baehr
In every generation, Christians have been called to proclaim the Gospel in the media of their time. Film and Television has an enormous influence on our culture today. What if this industry could be turned to what is true, good, and beautiful? This session will be an overview of the influence of the mass media entertainment industry as well as how Christians can succeed in pursuing a career in this field without losing their soul. Learn how to ask the right questions and how to grow in proclaiming the Gospel in films and television.
Ted Baehr is the Chairman of Christian Film & Television Commission® and publisher of Movieguide®, , as well as a noted critic, educator, and lecturer. His life’s purpose is to educate audiences on how to use discernment in selecting their entertainment. He was president of the organization that produced the CBS television version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, boasting 37 million viewers and winning an Emmy Award. Ted produces at least 430 radio and television programs every year. He has written numberous books and produced hundreds of programs for PBS television. He presents the Report to the Entertainment Industry every year at the Annual MOVIEGUIDE(r) Faith & Values Awards Gala. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Christian Institute for the Study of Media, at the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education, at the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with high distinction as a Rufus Choate Scholar from Dartmouth College, received his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, completed his seminary at the Institute of Theology at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and received his Doctor of Humanities (HHD) from Belhaven University.
HOW (NOT) TO UNDERSTAND A SECULAR AGE: CULTURAL EXEGESIS FOR MISSION
Dr. James K. A. Smith
This seminar will offer a non-secularist account of a secular age, seeking to understand both what has changed in the 21st century, and what hasn’t. It will help make sense of the “spiritual but not religious” phenomenon and offer a more nuanced understanding of our secular age, and how Christian thought can speak into our contemporary context.
For more on Dr. Smith, see his full bio here.
D. Qwynn Gross
No matter who you are, you can always afford to get closer to God. How do we get closer? How can we draw near? In this session learn about simple tools and direction and God provides to draw us into a closer relationship with him. For the last half hour of the session, attendees will have the opportunity to put these tools and ideas into practice.
D. Qwynn Gross began a vibrant relationship with God after a missionary trip to Toluca, Mexico, in 1986. She has worked in various administrative ministerial roles and has provided leadership to several areas of ministry including worship, small groups and intercessory prayer. Qwynn is the co-founder of Hope Cathedral in Jackson, New Jersey. She is known as an inspiring and practical teacher and has created several resources as well as authored books on spiritual devotion: A Pattern for Prayer, A Guide to Consecrated Living, and Teach Me To Pray. She is a conference host and a sought-after speaker at women's conferences, workshops and retreats. She is also on staff as a ministry fellow with Christian Union for Princeton Faith and Action. A graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, Qwynn is married to Trevón, the lead pastor of Hope Cathedral. The two have three children: Trevón Jr., Dianna, and Sarah.
Matt Bennett is founder and CEO of Christian Union. A native of Houston, Texas, Matt earned BS and MBA degrees from Cornell University and holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He worked for Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Princeton University for 12 years, and developed the ministry into one of the largest in the history of the Ivy League. In 2002, he founded Christian Union. The ministry has been featured in The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Christianity Today, and World Magazine. Matt resides in New York City.
CHALLENGES TO OUR POLITICAL, SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE: SHARIA LAW AND ITS IMPLICATIONS, ESPECIALLY FOR MUSLIM WOMEN
Baroness Caroline Cox
While the majority of our Muslim citizens are law-abiding, peaceable and hospitable people, there is a threat from political, strategic Islam to our fundamental values and freedom. This is exemplified in the suffering of many Muslim women from the religiously sanctioned gender discrimination inherent in Sharia Law and the rulings of many Sharia Courts/Councils in Britain- which also pose a threat to the fundamental principle of Democracy of ‘One Law For All’. APrivate Member's Bill in Parliament has been introduced by Baroness Cox to raise awareness of the problems and to introduce some measures to address them. Please come and hear about this issue which is a threat to our spiritual, cultural and political heritage – which we have a duty to pass on, undiminished, to our children and children’s children.
For more on Baroness Caroline Cox, see her full bio here.