Apologetics conference set in Indian Trail

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

Cultural influence and the need for apologetics go hand in hand for Christians, and Richard Land will talk about the relationship between the two at Southern Evangelical Seminary’s  20th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Reasons for the Hope.

In his talks at the conference, Land, the newly appointed president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, will address the Seven Mountains of Cultural Influence: Entertainment, Business, Education, Family, Government, Media and Religion.  He said top Christian leaders around the country are working to reclaim these Seven Mountains for the eternal truths of the Christian faith.  

Presented with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), the longest-running apologetics conference in the country is set for Oct. 11-12 at First Baptist Church Indian Trail.  The conference will feature Ergun Caner, Gary Habermas, Richard G. Howe, Jason Lisle, Stuart and Cameron McAllister, Josh McDowell, Jay Richards, Hugh Ross and Kevin Staley, among many other respected apologetics experts and leaders.

“Over the years, we have witnessed an extreme erosion of Christian influence on the seven mountains that influence our culture,” Land said. “Reclaiming these cultural influences is a key component as Christians talk about what we believe and why we believe it in an ever-increasingly secular society. Apologetics is at the core of reclaiming these influences and bringing them back to a place that is centered on solid Christian faith. Our upcoming conference will give Christians the tools to help further this critical cause.”

Land’s inauguration as the fourth president of Southern Evangelical Seminary is set for Thursday evening, Oct. 10, immediately preceding the official conference opening on Oct. 11, when Land will address the entire conference with his first message as the new president.

Appointed as president effective July 1, 2013, Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and graduated with his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Dr. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award.

Land received the 2013 “Watchman” Award from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues and has dedicated his life to being a “watchman on the wall.” Land served as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families and their faith from 1988 to 2013.

Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on considering societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics and contemplate creation research.   

Since 1993, Southern Evangelical Seminary has hosted the National Conference on Christian Apologetics annually, making it the nation’s longest-running apologetics conference.

Registration is now open at http://conference.ses.edu or by calling (800) 77-TRUTH x201.