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Understanding what you believe

Bill Ellis and Alex McFarland

Apologetics has nothing to do with apologizing for what you believe. It is learning how to defend what you believe in a manner that makes sense, is reasonable, logical and displays the highest and best characteristics of intelligence.

Dr. Alex McFarland, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, invites you to join with thousands of others in October to consider the theme, “Defending the Faith and the Family,” taught by the major apologists and worldview leaders. This will be the 17th Annual National Apologetics Conference, one great conference at two choice locations.

The October 8-9, 2010 conference will convene in greater Kansas City at Rayton, MO, to be followed October 15-16, at Charlotte, NC. That is Mid America and the East Coast with such dynamic and brilliant speakers and scholars as Chuck Colson, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, Erwin Lutzer, Anthony Bradley, William Federer, Dinesh D’Souza, Marvin Olasky, Janet Mefferd, William Dembski, J. P. Moreland, Gary Habermas, Nora Hale, Al Mohler, and many more.

These conferences will help you understand what you believe and how to present it to others in a convincing manner. Learn how, in this age of skepticism, doubt, fear and ferocious attacks, to defend your faith and family. Declared enemies and government regulations that are often way off base and straying farther daily from the Constitution of the United States of America, are attacking daily.

This conference will deal with what St. Peter referred to when he wrote, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15). It is with “a good conscience . . . and good conduct in Christ” that we defend and give a helpful answer concerning what we believe.

For conference information, e-mail: or call: 704-847-5600, ext. 201 or call: 1-800-77-TRUTH. This annual event is presented by Southern Evangelical Seminary and the Veritas Graduate School, 3000 Tilley Morris Road, Matthews, NC 28105.

There will be two full days of superb content at each location. This is where you will find the greatest Christian thinkers and scholars.

There will be dynamic, exciting, inspiring lectures on apologetics, theology, church leadership, discipleship, evangelism and issues affecting the modern family.

This event is also designed to equip the Spanish speaking church. There will be workshops on Friday taught directly in Spanish. The Main Stage plenary sessions will also be translated into Spanish.

At every conference, there are special events and speakers who will appeal to high school and college age young people. The displays, workshops, special breakout sessions, books, discussions, one on one conversations and a host of new friends are only a sample of what you can expect.

Apologetics is not new. Throughout history, followers of Christ have been called on to defend the faith and family when it was under attack. That attack seems to worsen daily in our world and especially in the United States.

Men like the Apostle Paul, Justin Martyr, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, C. S. Lewis and Norman L. Geisler, at various periods in world history, have been stalwart and stood strong in answering the call to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).

President Alex McFarland “Believes that people desire and deserve a reasoned faith. We believe that Christianity offers exactly that.”

Kitty and I have attended this great conference for many years and encourage you to attend this year in either Kansas City or Charlotte. Thousands will. Check it out for your church, business, high school, college and seminary.

Begin now to gather information at  You will enjoy two days at either venue with the greatest scholars and minds in the world.

Bill Ellis, ASSIST News Service

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