Unbelievable? The Conference USA:
Creating conversations that matter
Friday August 31: Unbelievable? Live dialogue event ft Sean McDowell, Hemant Mehta, & Justin Brierley
Saturday September 1: Unbelievable? the Conference USA ft multiple speakers
Conversations matter. But talking about faith with our non-Christian friends and neighbors can sometimes feel like we’re speaking a different language. So how do we make sense of faith, doubt, and following Jesus in an increasingly skeptical world?
The UK-based Unbelievable? radio show and podcast has been hosting honest conversations between skeptics and Christians for over a decade. Now, for the first time, host Justin Brierley is bringing the Unbelievable? conference to the USA. A live audience recording of the debate show on Friday evening will be followed by a day of learning how to reboot good conversations about faith with those around you.
Justin presents Premier Christian Radio's flagship apologetics and theology debate programme Unbelievable? in the UK every week. The show brings Christians and non-Christians together for dialogue and is also a popular podcast which has produced an annual evangelism and apologetics conference. He is the author of Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian (SPCK / IVP).
Sean is an apologist with a passion for equipping the church to make the case for the Christian faith with evidence and support for a biblical worldview. He has written 18 books, including So The Next Generation Will Know (David C. Cook, 2019), Evidence that Demands a Verdict (Harper Collins, 2017), and A New Kind of Apologist (Harvest House, 2016). He has spoken on matters of faith, Christianity and apologetics around the world, and appeared on numerous shows.
Dominic is the Lead Pastor of Teaching & Vision at Westside: A Jesus Church. He has spoken around the world, where ministry has taken him from the islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, to Oxford, England. He has an upcoming book on faith and doubt (Thomas Nelson, 2019), born out of his own journey of faith that has not been afraid to ask big questions.
Derry is the Chapter Director of Ratio Christi at Portland State University, four years running. Shortly after committing her life to Christ over twenty years ago, she realized the importance of equipping Christians to respond to challenges to their faith. This led her to pursue an undergrad in Biblical Foundations at Multnomah University, and a Masters in Apologetics at Biola University. Derry believes apologetics is crucial on college campuses where students discover their identity and critical ideas are formed that influence the culture and the world.
Leah Payne is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at George Fox University and Portland Seminary. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Louisville Institute and a Faculty Fellow at the William Penn Honors Program. She currently serves the Foursquare Church as a commissioner on the Foursquare Education Commission. Her work analyzing religion and popular culture has appeared in The Washington Post and Christianity Today.
Ryan J. Pemberton
Ryan J. Pemberton lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their two children, where he serves as Minister for University Engagement at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. He has degrees in theology from Duke Divinity School (MTS) and Oxford University (MA), where he lived in C. S. Lewis's former home, served as President of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society, and co-founded the Oxford Open Forum, an inter-religious dialogue group.
Following an extensive career in research, science, and teaching, molecular biologist Anjeanette “AJ” Roberts joined Reasons to Believe (RTB) as a visiting scholar in 2015 and, in 2016, became a permanent member of RTB’s scholar team. As an RTB research scholar, AJ puts her passion for truth to work engaging in science-faith topics such as evolution and design, harmonizing science and Christianity, and a theological perspective on viruses. She holds a BS in chemistry at the University of Tulsa, a PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University.
Including: Richard Tamburro.
What is it?
As our part of the world creeps ever closer to a post-Christian outlook, the conversations, questions, and issues that engage the people around us keep changing. While we believe that Jesus is still relevant and foundational to a meaningful and authentic life; some of our sources of authority, such as the Bible and church, can be perceived as obsolete. On top of this, Christian views can sometimes be accused of being out-of-date. In the face of this challenge we will ask how we can better engage our culture with Jesus and the gospel. How can we draw people into conversations that help them relate to God and His story? Where is our culture going, and how can we understand people better? How can Christianity and the Bible speak to this generation in ways it will listen to? What issues create opportunities for us to connect with people? How can we be equipping ourselves to navigate these conversations?
Cost: $35 for the entire event. That includes lunch, refreshments, and snacks. There will also be book tables, resources, and opportunities to chat with host organizations.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Doors open: 6:30p | Ends: 8:30p
We are hosting a live recording of the Unbelieveable? Show, and Justin will be moderating a conversation between Sean McDowell and Hemant Mehta, a prominent atheist activist, and author of The Young Atheist's Survival Guide (Patheos, 2012) and I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes (Waterbrook, 2007). There will be space for Q&A.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Doors open: 9a | Ends: 5p
We will be having a mixture of main sessions and parallel workshops throughout the day, all around our theme of 'creating conversations that matter. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Sean McDowell – True for you, but Not True for Me
Justin Brierley – Why do I (still) believe?
Dominic Done – Faith and Doubt
Lunch – (Not available for day of registrations)
Parallel Workshops 1:
Anjeanette Roberts – Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Storytelling
Richard Tamburro – Holding Your Theological Nerve in Liberal Culture
Parallel Workshops 2:
Ryan Pemberton – Creating Conversations That Matter: What We Still Have to Learn From C. S. Lewis
Leah Payne – God-Talk on T.V.: Christians, Theology, and Popular Culture in the 21st Century
Derry Tseng – The Offense of the Gospel in the Midst of Safe Spaces
Sean McDowell – What Skeptics Wish Christians Knew
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