Archive for March, 2015

After much prayer, thought, and effort, I’m extremely excited for this to finally come into fruition. If you live within driving distance of the Kern County, Ca. area, be encouraged to join us as we host this conglomeration of world-class scholars in Christian apologetics (speaking IN PERSON). The early bird cost (through April 1st) is only $30 (married couples are $50, students are $25) and you can register  online by going right here. If you are from another church, know that there will be materials available for purchase by each speaker for your personal or small group studies. If you are a “skeptic” (atheist/agnostic etc) you are not only welcome, but feel free to contact us here at VBC for a possible scholarship to pay for your attendance (ask for Eric Hann – 661 – 387 – 6389). There haven’t been many of these types of events in the central California area, so be certain to take opportunity to join us. The following is the list of our distinguished guests: lee_strobe

Lee Strobel, M.S.L. M.S.L., Yale Law School Mr. Strobel is the author of The Case for a Creator, God’s Outrageous Claims, The Case for Christmas, The Case for Easter, and Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, which he wrote with his wife, Leslie. For two seasons, Lee was executive producer and host of the weekly national network television program Faith Under Fire. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for Outreach magazine.

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J.P. Moreland, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University Ph.D., University of Southern California; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A., University of California, Riverside He has authored or co-authored books including Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, Christianity and the Nature of Science, Scaling the Secular City, Does God Exist?, Immortality: The Other Side of Death, and The Life and Death Debate: Moral Issues of Our Times. He is co-editor of Christian Perspectives on Being Human and Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus. His work appears in scholarly journals throughout the world. Find him on the web at http://www.jpmoreland.com

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Sean McDowell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Apologetics, Biola University Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A. in Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology; M.A. in Theology, Talbot School of Theology Sean McDowell has authored, edited and contributed to 15 books and written dozens of articles in the fields of apologetics, philosophy, culture and ethics. He is an award-winning teacher and the son of Biola alumnus and well-known Christian apologist, Josh McDowell (’66, M.Div. ’71). Sean McDowell has co-authored several books, including The Bible Handbook of Difficult Verses and the recently updated version of More Than a Carpenter. McDowell graduated from Biola’s Talbot school of Theology in 2003 with a double Master’s degree in Philosophy and Theology. His Ph.D. is in Apologetics and Worldview Studies.

Clay Jones, D.Min. Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics, Biola University Doctor of Ministry, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.Div.; B.A., philosophy Formerly hosted Contend for Truth, a call-in nationally syndicated talk radio program. On his program he debated many people over eight years including John Cobb, Jr.; a professor of Buddhism; Jamal Badawi, Islamic Information Institute; a Muslim cleric; Lee Holzinger, Church of Scientology; Mormons; Jehovah’s Witness Greg Stafford; Dallas Blanchard, RCRC; Peta representatives; a euthanasia advocate; a secular humanist, Rep. Loretta Sanchez; KFI talk show host Bill Handle; Jimmy Creech, SoulForce; Bruce Ware; Robert Morey; and R. Scott Clark . Dr. Jones was the executive director of Simon Greenleaf University (now Trinity Law School) has been on the pastoral staff of two large churches; has authored apologetic software as well as encyclopedia and journal articles; is writing a book, Why God Allows Evil, and speaks widely on that subject. Find him on the web at www.clayjones.net

Craig J. Hazen, Ph.D. Founder and Director of M.A. Program in Christian Apologetics Director of the M.A. Program in Science and Religion Professor of Comparative Religion and Apologetics Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara Dr. Hazen is the editor of the philosophy journal, Philosophia Christi. He is also the author of the monograph The Village Enlightenment in America, the acclaimed apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings, and dozens of articles and chapters in various books and journals. He is a recipient of the Fischer Award, the highest faculty honor at Biola and has lectured across North America and Europe on key apologetics topics—including lectures on Capitol Hill and in the White House. He is a popular church and conference speaker and former co-host of a national radio talk program. The following is the scheduled itinerary: Friday, April 24, 2015 -6:30-6:45pm – Event begins: Announcements and Introductions -6:45-7:00 – Craig Hazen: Mini-lecture on the Biblical Case for Apologetics -7:00-7:15 – J.P. Moreland: Mini-lecture on Addressing a Culture in Decay -7:15-7:30 – Sean McDowell: Mini-Lecture on Apologetic Impact 7:30 – 7:45 – Lee Strobel: Mini-Lecture on The Unexpected Adventure 7:45 – 8:00 – Break 8:00 – 9:00 – Clay Jones: Why God Allows Evil Saturday, April 25, 2015 (a light continental breakfast will be served) -9:00 – 9:05am – Announcements and  Introductions 9:05 – 9:55 – Lee Strobel: The Case for Christ – The Resurrection 9:55 – 10:10 – Break 10:10 – 11:00 – J.P. Moreland: The Case for the Soul 11:00 – 11:15 – Break 11:15 – 12:00Pm – Sean McDowell: The Reliability of Scripture 12:00 -12:10 – Break 12:10 – 1:00 – Craig Hazen: Christianity and the Challenge of World Religions 1:00 – Final comments and dismissal

See you there   -Eric

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With events around the world continuing to heat up, know that global information on Christian persecution can be found by going right here

Another site located here… (OPEN DOOR USA).

… along with this one that’s lesser known: (VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED).

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There is also an excellent monthly prayer calendar which can be located right here

Many are also familiar with the well-known “Voice of the Martyrs

There are, of course, many other locations full of information, like IMB.

See you in the fields.

Pastor Eric Hann

Valley Baptist Church