“..could it not be that [..] passivity in interpersonal, spiritual ministry—rob us of some of Christ’s precious remedies for a hundred problems? If God designed the church to function like a body with every member ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit to other members, in regular interpersonal relationship, then would it be surprising to find that the neglect of this regular interpersonal, spiritual ministry cripples the body in some of its functions and causes parts of the body to be weak and sick? Isn’t that what you would expect?” – John Piper, Desiring God
Andy is on staff at St Paul’s Anglican Church & is a director of Worship Central NZ.
“Desire is right at the centre of the spiritual life. The absence of desire means the absence of spiritual life, for good or bad, we are made in the image of what we desire.” – Soulful Spirituality, David Benner
Brett Kunkle : Why I am a Christian – Why our faith must be grounded in reality. How we can know Christianity is true? In our opening talk, Brett will set out accumulative case approach that takes into account the wealth of evidence for the Christian worldview. Following this talk will be a panel discussion involving a selection of the weekend’s speakers – along with a time of audience Q&A.
SATURDAY 25TH APRIL 2015
8:30AM – 5:00PM
FULL DAY CONFERENCE
DEFENDING CHRISTIANITYZach Ardern
The evidence for Christianity from science, mathematics, philosophy, history and experience.
If God Is Good, why is there evil? Why would a loving God allow so much suffering?
The state of apologetics: Why it’s so important to the growth of the NZ church.
WORLDVIEW & FAITH
Dr Steve Kumar
What’s your worldview? Challenging the illusions of our time.
Dr Jeff Tallon
Faith in science, science in faith: The role of science, reason and evidence in faith.
True for you but not for me: How moral relativism undermines Christianity.
Assisted suicide and euthanasia: An overview of the arguments for and against.
HISTORY & BIBLEDr Matthew Flannagan
Is God a moral monster? Did he command the Canaanite massacre?
By the book: Standing up for God’s Word.
Did the resurrection happen? The historical evidence.
Faith and Life in the Real World: How faith impacts your Monday to Friday life.
None so blind as those that will not see: Why even the most reasonable ideas still fail to change minds.
Towards youth: Utilising apologetics in youth Ministry.
Dr Rob Ward
Feeling the pressure? A manual for creating confident and culturally engaged Christians.