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Stand to Reason New Zealand Speaking Tour 2012

Stand to Reason / Life Training Institute

Apologetics Speaker Tour

September 2012

Brett Kunkle, Amy Hall, Jay Watts

Brett, Jay and Amy are three dynamic and experienced communicators who engage both the heart and mind, leaving audiences challenged and inspired and we are proud to be hosting them for a 10 day tour in September.

Brett and Jay speak to thousands of adults and students at churches, conferences, and university campuses across the US each year, while Amy writes for the Stand to Reason blog (roughly 32,000 unique visit per month) and speaks at churches and women’s retreats.

Schedule of Public Events while in New Zealand:

AUCKLAND – Friday 14th September – 5:00pm
Are ‘Christian Values’ Intolerant?
Evangelical Union – Auckland University
Venue: Arts 1, room 220 (lecture room 4) – Auckland University

In today’s culture, the Bible is politically incorrect. Its views on issues such as sexuality are considered outdated and intolerant. In this talk Brett will demonstrate how the accusation of intolerance is flawed in three important ways. We’ll examine the true nature of tolerance and raise the most important issue in this discussion: What is true? Will be followed by a panel discussion where any question is welcome. Brett will be joined by Jay Watts and Matt Flannagan.


AUCKLAND – Saturday 15th September
Venue & Times: To be confirmed.
Brett, Jay & Amy: Advanced Prolife Training Workshop

HAMILTON – Saturday 15th September – 7pm
Gateway Hamilton – 950 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Brett: Why I am a Christian – followed by Q&A panel with all three speakers

In this presentation Brett will examine the most common reasons Christians give for why they embrace Christianity, then we’ll examine the primary reason why we ought to embrace Christianity:  because Christianity is true.  We’ll clarify this controversial claim and show how the truth of religious claims must be grounded in reality.  Naturally, such a claim is followed by questions of how we can know Christianity is true, so we’ll set out a cumulative case approach that takes into account the wealth of evidence for the Christian worldview.

TAURANGA – Sunday 16th September – 9:30am
Bethlehem Community Church morning service – 183 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem, Tauranga
Brett Kunkle – Topic to be decided

TAURANGA – Sunday 16th September – 12:30-6:00pm
TAURANGA APOLOGETICS CONFERENCE 2012
Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd, Tauranga
Door charge $20
Jay Watts: Apologetics and Evangelism
Amy Hall: If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil?
Brett Kunkle: Is Faith a Blind Leap?
Jay Watts: Does Truth Matter?
Brett Kunkle: Tactics In Defending Your Faith
For more information see here.

PALMERSTON NORTH – Wednesday 19th September – 7:30pm
Gateway Christian Fellowship
Brett Kunkle – Topic to be decided

TAURANGA – Wednesday 19th September – 7:00pm
W.I.R.E.D. Youth – Bethlehem Baptist Church, 90 Bethlehem Rd
Jay Watts – Ideas have Consequences

Jay will be talking about how ideas have consequences, and bad ideas lead to destructive life choices. As Christians we not only need to understand our faith for our own sake but also to help others find the truth.

TAURANGA – Thursday 20th September – 6:45pm
Vital Student Ministries – Changepoint Church, 131 Poike Rd, Ohauiti
Brett Kunkle – Truth Never Gets Old

In his talk Brett discusses how there is deep confusion in our culture over the nature of truth. He will examine this confusion and test your knowledge of truth, looking at the objections to truth – and discovers why the truth really matters.

TAURANGA – Friday 21st September – 7:15pm
Highlife Youth – Lifezone Church, 19 Amber Crescent, Judea
Brett Kunkle – Why I Am a Christian

Brett will be examining the reasons why we can be confident that Christianity is true and why the truth of religious claims must be grounded in reality. Then he will set out a case that shows the clear evidence for the truthfulness of Christianity.

AUCKLAND – Saturday 22nd September – 10am-4:00pm
AUCKLAND YOUTH APOLOGETICS CONFERENCE 2012
St Paul’s Church, 28 Symonds Street, Auckland
Door charge $10 (includes lunch)
Jay Watts: Does Truth Matter?
Brett Kunkle: Is One Way the Only Way?
Jay Watts: How to discuss your faith with others.
Amy Hall: If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil?
Brett Kunkle: Is Christianity Intolerant?
Zach Ardern: Are Science and Faith compatible?
For more information see here.

AUCKLAND – Sunday 23rd September – 10:15am
Northcote Baptist Church morning service
67 Eban Avenue, Hillcrest, North Shore City
Brett Kunkle: If God is Good, Why is there Evil?

AUCKLAND – Sunday 23rd September – 2:00pm
The Upper Room Church
10a Clayton St, Newmarket
Jay Watts: Back to the Cross: Apologetics and Evangelism – followed by a Q&A panel featuring all our speakers

They are also speaking at a range of private events at schools, churches and bible colleges. If you want more information please email us.

 

Thinking Matters Auckland Youth Conference 2012

Exploring CHRISTIANITY and TRUTH in a “whatever” world

This conference is part of a series of events where Brett Kunkle and Amy Watts from Stand to Reason, and Jay Watts from Life Training Institute are speaking in New Zealand. See here for a list of all their speaking engagements.

Can we still know what is true? How does truth matter to my life, today? And is it worth believing in Christianity in a world filled with reasons for doubt? Come and wrestle with these questions and more from our collection of engaging and entertaining speakers from America and New Zealand.

WHEN: SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
TIME: 10:00am – 4:00pm
WHERE: St Paul’s Church, 28 Symonds Street, Auckland CDB
COST: $10 at door – includes lunch

Schedule

10:00am Registration and Welcome
10:30am Jay Watts – Life Training Institute
Does Truth Matter?
What is Truth? Are there things we can know for sure? Jay discusses common objections to truth and shows why it is important to faith and our search for God.
11:30am Brett Kunkle – Stand to Reason
Is One Way the Only Way?
Brett examines some common objections to Christianity’s claim to be the only true religion then builds a careful case showing how Jesus is the only way to God.
12:30pm Lunch (pizza provided)
1:00pm Breakout Session 1
(choose from one of the following)
Jay Watts: How to discuss your faith with others.
Amy Hall: If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil?
Brett Kunkle: Is Christianity Intolerant?
Zach Ardern: Are Science and Faith compatible?
2:00pm Breakout Session 2
(A repeat of all breakout sessions)
3:00pm Q&A Panel with all speakers
4:00pm Close of conference

Event sponsored by Evangelical Union, St Pauls, Stand to Reason and Life Training Institute.

Thinking Matters Tauranga Apologetics Conference 2012

An afternoon of training from three world class speakers from America

This conference is part of a series of events where Brett Kunkle and Amy Watts from Stand to Reason, and Jay Watts from Life Training Institute are speaking in New Zealand. See here for a list of all their public speaking engagements.

Brett, Jay and Amy are warm and engaging speakers who travel the world equipping the Christian church to defend the faith. They have a special ability to communicate complex issues in easy to understand ways and will be in Tauranga for this special Thinking Matters event you won’t want to miss!

WHEN: SUNDAY 16th SEPTEMBER
TIME: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
WHERE: Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd, Tauranga
COST: $20 at door

Schedule

12:30pm Welcome
12:40pm Jay Watts
Back To The Cross – Apologetics and Evangelism
How the Gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses our full worldview while defining how we relate to the information and experience in our lives.
1:30pm Breakout Session 1 (Choose from one of the following)
Amy Hall: If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil? How can we reconcile the existence of evil with a good, powerful, omniscient God?
Brett Kunkle: Is Faith a Blind Leap? Does true faith have anything to do with knowledge, reason and evidence?
Jay Watts: Does Truth Matter? How to reach people who deny that absolute truth exists or can be known.
2:15pm Afternoon Tea
2:45pm Breakout Session 2 (A repeat of all breakout sessions)
3:45pm Brett Kunkle
Tactics In Defending Your Faith
Learn specific skills to help engage others in friendly conversation and present Christ in an intelligent yet gracious way.
4:45pm Q&A Panel with all speakers
6:00pm Close of conference

Event sponsored by Bethlehem Community Church, Stand to Reason and Life Training Institute.

Auckland Event Series: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

Billions profess to believe in the historical existence, death, and supernatural resurrection of Jesus.  Should such claims be believed on “blind faith” or are there good reasons for believing the resurrection is the most fantastic fact of history?

In July and August, The Upper Room is organizing a series of events on the evidence for the resurrection. Christianity stands or falls on the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without it, our faith is merely one religion among many. If you’re someone who would like to get better acquainted with not just the reasons for why Christianity is rational, but why Christianity offers ultimate hope for the human condition, we’d encourage to attend.

Series Program:

– Concise Outline of Evidence for the Resurrection
Tuesday 24 July, 7.30pm

– The Case for Christ with Lee Strobel
(DVD screening followed by discussion)
Tuesday 31 July, 7.30pm

– Deeper Investigation of the Evidence (Part 1)
Tuesday 7 August, 7.30pm

– Deeper Investigation of the Evidence (Part 2)
Tuesday 14 August, 7.30pm

– Deeper Investigation of the Evidence (Part 3)
Tuesday 21 August, 7.30pm

– Debate: Did Jesus Rise from the dead? Dr Gerd Ludemann vs Dr William Lane Craig
(DVD screening followed by discussion)
Tuesday 28 August, 7.30pm

All events are without cost. The Upper Room is located at 10a Clayton Street, Newmarket. Visit their website here.

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Auckland Events with Jerram Barrs: ‘Is God a Misogynist?’ and Faith & Work Conference

Jerram Barrs will be visiting New Zealand next month and City Presbyterian Church is hosting him for several public events. Barrs is Professor of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture and Resident Scholar of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Before taking up his role at Covenant, Barrs helped found the English L’Abri where he worked for 17 years.  He has a passion for helping equip and encourage Christians to grow in their relationship with Christ and to learn how to glorify Him in all of life. Barrs is also the author of numerous books including The Heart of EvangelismLearning Evangelism from Jesus, The Heart of Prayer, and Through His Eyes: God’s Perspective on Women in the Bible.

Is God a Misogynist?

Popular understanding of the biblical view of women tends to suggest that the God of the Bible is misogynistic. But is this popular understanding an accurate one?

Join Jerram Barrs as he addresses the questions and issues surrounding God’s view of women. This is a free public talk and is open to anyone of all faiths and none (and both genders) who are wrestling with or have questions about this issue.

The talk will begin at 7:30pm. Light refreshments and a Q&A session will follow the presentation.

When: Wednesday 20th June from 7:30-9pm

Where: City Presbyterian Church, 283 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Cost: Free

Faith and Work Conference

What does it mean to profess faith in Christ while pursuing our various professions? What does it mean to follow Christ in the 9-5 of life?  How does our relationship to Christ bring deeper joy and meaning to our career?  Join Jerram Barrs as he explores the Bible’s teaching on these and other questions related to the relationship between faith and work.

When:  22nd & 23rd June (7p-9:30p Friday, 9:30a-2p Saturday)

Where: City Presbyterian Church, 283 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Cost: $50 ($25 for Uni Students) Attendees can register and pay the day of the conference or email tscott@citypres.org.nz for details on how to pay and register online.

For more details visit the City Presbyterian Church website or email tscott@citypres.org.nz.

Thinking Matters Tauranga: Is the Bible Reliable?

Next week Thinking Matters Tauranga is starting a new series titled Is the Bible Reliable? Building the Historic Case.

Is the Bible a book of myths and fairy tales, or is it a book of history and truth?  This DVD series provides a thorough overview of major archaeological and historical discoveries that demonstrate the veracity and accuracy of the Bible.  This series will help you to respond to critical arguments against the historicity of the Bible with solid evidence, and gain a better understanding of the geography, culture, and history of events in the Bible.

This is a fascinating look at the latest historical and archaeological evidences for the reliability of the Bible.  Those in the Tauranga area should put it in your calendars now so you don’t miss it!

View the trailer and get more information here.

WHEN:  All the Tuesdays in May:
Tuesday 1 May The Patriarchal Narratives and the Documentary Hypothesis.  The Exodus: From Egypt to Canaan.
Tuesday 8 May The Israelite Conquest. The United Kingdom of David and Solomon.
Tuesday 15 May A Tale of Two Conquests: Hezekiah versus Sennacherib.  The Babylonian Conquest of Judah.
Tuesday 22 May The New Testament: Canons of Historicity. The Early Composition of Luke and Acts.
Tuesday 29 May External Corroboration of the New Testament. The Trial of Jesus.

TIME: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem, Tauranga, New Zealand.

FORMAT: 60 minute DVD lessons followed by discussions.  This is the second set of DVD’s from Focus on the Family’s True U series and is presented by Dr Stephen Meyer (author of Signature in the Cell).

COST: Free

Auckland Event: The Authenticity of the Gospels with Dirk Jongkind

Next month, Laidlaw College will be hosting Biblical Scholar, Dr Dirk Jongkind (Research Fellow in New Testament Text and Language at Tyndale House, Cambridge) for two lectures on the accuracy of the New Testament manuscripts and the make-up of the New Testament canon. Dr Jongkind is an international expert on New Testament manuscripts and both events should be well worth your time.

‘Original’ Text of the New Testament: A Comedy of Errors?
Tuesday 20 March | 7.30 – 9.00 pm | Followed by a light supper

Before the time of printed books, the New Testament was copied by hand. Errors are easily made and may even undermine the reliability of a text. What sort of things did go wrong in the copying of the Bible? How much deliberate editing was going on? And are the conspiracy theories right this time? We will think about the earliest evidence, look at some of the arguments made by every side, and get an overview of what sort of discussions are currently going on regarding the Greek text of the New Testament. No need to know any Greek.

The Gospels: Which Ones?
Thursday 22 March | 7:30 – 9.00 pm | Followed by a light supper

We have not only the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, we have also some other gospels, which are not part of the Christian New Testament. Among these are the Gospel of Thomas, of Mary, and even the Gospel of Judas. The last one was only re-discovered a few years back. What is there in these gospels, and why do they not form a part of the books the church uses?

Attendance is free but for catering purposes, please RSVP to Anne Segedin (asegedin@laidlaw.ac.nz) by Monday 19 March 2012.

For more info about about Dirk Jongkind, go here.

HT: Stuart

 

The William Lane Craig UK Tour

Here’s the promotional trailer for Craig’s upcoming tour of the UK:

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The final details of the tour are still being arranged, but here’s the schedule as it presently stands:

Monday 17th October 2011
7.30pm, Debate: Does God Exist?
Public Debate with Stephen Law (lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, London and Editor of the magazine of the Royal Institute of Philosophy THINK). Arranged by Premier Radio.
Westminster Central Hall, London

Tuesday 18th October 2011
12.45pm, Lecture: “The Evidence for God”
Imperial College London, London
Get the live feed here.

6.30pm, Lecture “A Moral Argument for the Existence of God ; can we be good without God?”
University of London Union, Malet Street, London

Wednesday 19th October 2011
7.30pm, Public lecture on Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design followed by a panel response
St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge

Thursday 20th October 2011
7.30pm, Debate at the Cambridge Union: “This House Believes that God is not a Delusion” (Not open to the public)
Proposing the motion: William Lane Craig and Peter S. Williams
Opposing the motion: Arif Ahmed and Andrew Copson
The Cambridge Union, Cambridge

Friday 21st October 2011
7.30pm, Debate: Does God Exist?
Debate with Professor Peter Millican (Gilbert Ryle Fellow and Professor of Philosophy at Hertford College, Oxford University).
The Great Hall, Birmingham University, Edgbaston

Saturday 22nd October 2011
9.30am – 5.30pm Bethinking National Apologetics Day Conference
William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, John Lennox, and Peter J. Williams
Westminster Chapel, London

Monday 24th October 2011
7.30pm, Lecture: “The Historicity of Jesus’ Resurrection”
Southampton Guildhall, Southampton

Tuesday 25th October 2011
7.30pm, Lecture – “Is God a Delusion?” A Critique of Dawkins’ The God Delusion
[or a debate with Richard Dawkins if he should accept the invitation]
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Wednesday 26th October 2011
7.30pm, Debate: Does God Exist?
Debate with Dr Peter Atkins (former Professor of Chemistry at Oxford University).
University Place Lecture Theatre, Manchester University, Oxford Road, Manchester

Some of the events will be webcast (access the stream at www.livestream.com/reasonablefaithtour2011), so those of us outside the UK will still get a chance to watch or listen in. We’ll live tweet the debates, if they’re available, so make sure you’re following us on twitter.

Thinking Matters Youth

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Thinking Matters Tauranga and Holy Trinity Tauranga have partnered together to produce a new fortnightly apologetics series for young people called “Thinking Matters in a Whatever World”. The series runs from August to December and is hosted at Holy Trinity, Cnr 3rd Ave and Cameron Rd, Tauranga (New Zealand).

For more info see here.

To be kept up to date with events, speakers and special announcements – like us on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/thinkingmattersyouth

John Hare in Auckland

British classicist, ethicist, and Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, John Hare will be participating at several public events next week (along with the God and Ethics panel on Tuesday). Hare is a widely acclaimed philosopher, best known for developing an account of the need for God’s assistance in meeting the demands of objective morality. If you’re looking for a discussion on religion and morality with a bit more intellectual bite, I’d encourage you to go along.

Here are the details:

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Auckland Event: Do ‘Private’ Christian Beliefs Have a Place in Public Life?

Every year the Christian campus groups at Auckland University host a week-long series of outreach events that focus on Jesus and Christianity. This year we’re pleased to be involved in an event examining the role of religious beliefs in the public arena. The event is open to the public, so if you’re in the Auckland area, you’re welcome to join us.

Here are the details:

A Godless Public Square: Do ‘Private’ Christian Beliefs Have a Place in Public Life?
A Jesus Week Panel Discussion
WHEN: 7-9pm Wednesday 3 August
WHERE: Lib B28

Christian theological convictions ought to impact the whole of life both in the private and public spheres; this is what the idea of an “undivided life” means, Jesus is Lord of all aspects of our lives.

Yet this consequence of Christian faith conflicts with a pervasive contemporary attitude: the view that that religion is fundamentally a private matter. It is accepted that a Christian is free to utilise theological convictions when they make decisions about their own life but in a pluralistic society it is increasingly deemed inappropriate to bring such convictions into public discussions about morality, law, politics, economics, education, scholarship and so on. The desire to influence society with Christian ideals or to convert others to the faith is viewed by many as an intolerant desire to impose one’s private views onto others.

It is widely accepted that theological convictions can govern churches and the private lives of believers yet we are told that the public square – government, public policy, the courts, the academy, education, business, arts, media, etc – should be secular only.

This event looks at this issue. The conversation will span Theology, Philosophy and Law led by a panel made up of Christian representatives from each discipline along with you the audience.

Up for discussion are issues like:

– Is it wrong for Christians to impose their ‘private’ religious beliefs onto others?
– Is secularism the neutral perspective it is claimed to be?
– Are public expressions of religion regulated by law?

Bring your own questions and ask them at the Q & A session.

This event is brought to you by the Evangelical Union and Thinking Matters as part of Jesus Week.

Panel:

Ethics: What Does God have to do with it?

This July, those of us in Auckland will have the opportunity to hear some of the worlds leading Christian thinkers discuss the relationship between religion and morality.

This issue is one that has long been the subject of debate in western culture. Some philosophers and social commentators argue that morality is entirely independent of religion and that faith is in fact responsible for much evil and immorality in the world. Other theologians contend the opposite: without God, we cannot explain the existence and nature of moral obligations or ground motivation to live a moral life. Other questions have been raised as to whether secularism can account for ideas such as atonement, forgiveness and grace, or whether we need religion to provide these concepts in morality.

The forum will be discussing these issues and others, including:

– Why do we have to do what is right?
– Can someone be a ‘good’ person without belief in God?
– What role do grace and forgiveness play in morality?

On the panel will be Prof John Hare from Yale Divinity School, Prof Mark Murphy from Georgetown University, and Dr Glenn Pettigrove from the University of Auckland. The panel will be moderated by Dr Matthew Flannagan.

Here are the full details:

Ethics: What Does God have to do with it?
A Conversation with Three Christian Philosophers
WHEN: 7pm Tuesday 26 July
WHERE: Room OGGB4/260-073 (Owen Glenn Building, University of Auckland)
A free event.

This event is brought to you by the University of Auckland Philosophy Department and Thinking Matters.

The Facebook page is here.