Todd Funk

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Todd Funk

Todd Funk


National Director of Speaker Development



About

Unique, inspiring, helpful…awesome, have been words used by many in describing Todd’s presentations. Because Todd has somewhat of an eclectic mix of gifts, interests and experience, his delivery is quite unique…especially in the “apologetics world”.  He has a science background (BS. Biological Science University of California Irvine) and a love for knowledge and truth. Ten years as a public high school science teacher coupled with his years of experience doing youth camps, preaching and even weekly Bible-in-School programs has forged Todd into sought after communicator who knows how to engage diverse audiences.

In 2004, Todd, along with his wife Donna of 26 years and their two children, Alixx and Nikki, lay down the safety and security of their teaching careers and immigrated to New Zealand from the United States. In response to his obedience to fulfil God’s ministry call on his life, God has opened doors of opportunity for teaching, preaching and training throughout the USA, New Zealand, Ukraine, Australia, the Pacific Islands and beyond.

Todd‘s messages, teaching and ministry have powerfully impacted people of all ages on several continents. He has spoken for Thinking Matters at our Confident Christianity conferences and Unshaken Youth & Young Adult Conference and has been involved in men’s ministries and accountability groups for over 15 years.

Teaching Topics

Below are some apologetic topics I passionately share with Churches, youth groups and on University campuses:

Tolerance…the new definition

This gives the new “unofficial” definition and cultural attitude of tolerance and shows its inconstant and hypocritical self-defeat in regards to Christianity. It also encourages Christians in their response to the “new tolerance”.

10-15 minutes

“Loving God With all your mind”  

This message is a great encouragement for believers to obey what Jesus declared to be the greatest command. I explain WHAT it means to LGWM,  HOW we can practically LGWM,  and the WHY (the benefits to us, the church and the world) we should LWGM.  See message delivered at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcQE7EgNBGI

35 minutes

 
“U R W I S E” (six letter acrostic)

This teaching based on my own acrostic gives the top 6 best reasons as to why theism is more intellectually honest and tenable than atheism.  A great tool to have when someone asks “can you prove that God exists?”

  • U- The universe…that it exists and is highly ordered with laws etc.
  • R- Reason…that humans have the ability to think rationally
  • W- Wrong and right…that there is a universal moral code
  • I-Information…specifically that found in DNA
  • S- Science…not in opposition to theism but rather having its foundation on it.
  • E- Evil…can actually “prove” theism

Can be done in one 1-hour  session or more comfortably in 2 x  40 minute sessions.

10  Reasons Why We  Know The New Testament Is True

Statistics show that 75 +% of young adults walk away from the church and Jesus. One reason for this is due to the lack of evidence for their faith. I explain 10 reasons (all beginning with the letter “E” to aid memory) why the NT documents are accurate, reliable and trustworthy.

A 45 minute “lecture”

A Sure Foundation

For many Christians their faith, the reasons they are Christian and not another religion or an atheist, are based on SUBJECTIVE things such as: I was born into a Christian household; Jesus changed my life….stopped drugs, no longer depressed, gave me purpose; I feel his presence; I know by the Holy Spirit; He gives me peace; I’ve seen miracles.

But if these are the SOLE basis for our belief then two things are true… 1. That if these subjective feelings subside then our faith is in jeopardy and 2. We have ONLY subjective reasons to give for the hope that is within us.  In this teaching I give 5 OBJECTIVE evidences for the very keystone of our faith….the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

45 minutes – See me present it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CA6tktkkP4

The Darwin Delusion

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution has unquestionably had more impact on modern man than any other.  Unfortunately, to many, it has led to several logical, yet erroneous conclusions: there is no God, man has no eternal future, morality is what each man decides, and man has no intrinsic worth, value or transcendent purpose.

For some, the road to faith has been impeded by this malignant theory.  The genuine faith of some has been shaken by the myriad of so called “experts” who claim that evolution is an unquestionable FACT of science.
In response to this attack on faith and the reliability of the Bible, I have composed a 2-part series I call “The Darwin Delusion. In this presentation, I give a brief history of individuals who have been “contaminated” by this theory and also the horrific consequences wreaked on humanity as a result.  I then go on to humbly, yet compellingly, dismantle the theory from a scientific point of view (I have a BS in Biological Sciences from U.C. Irvine and taught sciences at the high school level for 10 years) but targeted at the “lay” level.

45 minutes each session

 
What if Jesus had never been born

Many atheists over the centuries have claimed that Christ and His church have been a blight to the world. For instance, the quote by Friedrich Nietzsche “Christianity remains to this day the greatest misfortune of humanity.”  We will have a look at just what the world might look like today without Christ and the influence of His church and discover how Christianity has been a huge blessing to the world in numerous, varied ways.

45 minutes

 

Evil, Pain and Suffering…what’s that all about God?

The number one reason people lose their faith or refuse to come to faith resides in this topic.  In this talk, I will dissect it the topic and try to make some sense of it and offer some “answers” for those pondering this crucial question.

45 minutes

 
The Testimony of the Heavens

Using some of the best images of the cosmos available, this multi-media rich presentation will inspire wonder and build faith in the God of creativity whose word is true. This is similar to the Louie Giglio “Indescribable” presentation but from a former astronomy teacher…with better images and explanations.

50 minutes

 
3 Reasons why people reject truth

In presenting the gospel to people it is of utmost importance to quickly determine which barrier to truth the non-believer is erecting (emotional, rational or volitional). Without recognizing these 3 factors and dealing with each appropriately, miscommunication, misunderstanding and frustration result.

10 minutes

 
3 kinds of “faith”

I describe each of the 3 types of faith:

  • Blind Faith- Believing in something WITHOUT any evidence.
  • Reasonable Faith- Believing in something BECAUSE of the evidence.
  • Unreasonable Faith- Believing in something IN SPITE of the evidence.

and use an analogy of jumping off a sea-side cliff.  I explain which type the atheist has…and which type we, as Christians, should have.

10 minutes

 
 A Good Argument
In this session I defend the premise that we are to “contend for the faith”. I explain what a valid (as defined by logic) argument looks like and point out types of invalid arguments. Lastly, I demonstrate the value and power of asking questions (Greg Koukl “Tactics”-style).
45 minutes

Todd Funk

Contact Todd

Email:
todd.funk@thinkingmatters.org.nz

Phone:
021 745 544


Talks

  • Loving God with All Your Mind
  • Tolerance – the new definition
  • URWISE
  • 10 Reasons Why We Know the New Testament is True
  • A Sure Foundation
  • The Darwin Delusion
  • Evil, Pain & Suffering…what’s that all about God?
  • The Testimony of the Heavens
  • 3 Reasons Why People Reject the Truth
  • 3 Kinds of “Faith”
  • A Good Argument

Bruce Fraser

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Bruce Fraser

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Bruce Fraser

Kia Ora! I am a Software Architect, lay Pastor, husband, father and the Christchurch Regional Director for Thinking Matters. I’ve loved the opportunities this has given me to meet great people across Canterbury and New Zealand. I’m available to speak primarily in Christchurch, and elsewhere as needed.

I spent several years learning apologetics from good friends Mike Licona, Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood and Mary Jo Sharp, while living in the U. S. I learned much about the arguments and demeanour that best communicate the Great News of Jesus to those hostile to Christianity, presenting the truth of Jesus in a way that is gentle and respects their intellect.

I spent most of my life as a Software Engineer until a series of unexpected life events propelled me to leave the U. S. for missions work in Kenya. There I met and married my Kiwi wife Lee. A year later, we moved to New Zealand. We have two primary school boys who love maths and science. We’re passionate about seeing people love God and loving others well, inside and outside the church.

TALKS

For Churches

These talks have a more biblical basis and are received well in churches.

Why Thinking Matters

1 Peter 3:15 is a favourite verse of many who are passionate about sharing their faith. But verse 16 has much to say about how and when we share. As we examine the context of these verses, we discover that our whole lives are an apologetic for the Great News of Jesus.

Know Doubt

Doubting Thomas gets a bad reputation for saying what many of us would have in his place. Some Christians believe doubt is a sign of weak faith and should be avoided. However, many find doubt is a powerful catalyst to a strong, vibrant faith. We will look at the science of doubt and how Jesus responds to it.

So Easy Your Nana Can Do It

Many Christians think talking to people about Jesus is awkward or that they don’t know enough to communicate effectively. But the conversational approach that your Nana takes can provide some powerful openings. We will also examine how the apostle Paul used different approaches that suited each of the people groups he was trying to reach.

Did Jesus Really Claim To Be God?

Muslims and secular religious studies scholars tell us that Jesus never actually claimed to be God; that this was the creation of followers who later invented claims of Jesus’ deity. Since Jesus never said, “I am God,” who should we believe?

For Christian Audiences

These talks are primarily aimed at an audience that accepts Christianity as true.

Meh, Whatever?!

Is engaging Kiwi apathy in the too-hard basket? What would move someone toward an active interest in faith? What can we learn from psychology about speaking to people who have no interest in Christianity?

For General Audiences

These talks are suitable for mixed audiences that include atheists, agnostics, and people of other religions. They first present a strong case against the Christian view which helps those who don’t accept Christianity to be more open when the Christian view is presented. They respectfully address the case against and build a positive case for the Christian view.

Doubting Church

The church has given us the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Salem Witch Trials. It has also given us hospitals, universities, slavery abolition, and protection of rights for women and children. How can we reconcile these two difference faces of the church and come to peace with God’s plan for the church?

Has Science Buried God?

Are science and faith natural enemies? Does naturalism provide sufficient grounding for the success of science? Does the evidence from science point away from or towards a creator God? Can you be a scientist and a Christian?

The Fantastic Ferrari Factory

Where did this Universe come from? Some prominent scientists have argued that it is the product of a Universe generating factory and therefore God is not required. Is this a testable truth claim? We will investigate two of the most powerful evidences for God and see how science strongly points to the existence of God. We will also seek to understand how we can respect the scientists who make these claims while still rejecting their conclusions.

Does Life Have Meaning?

Is this life just a lucky accident? Do our lives have purpose or should we invent our own? Does having an answer to this question make any difference? What can we learn from philosophy, the arts, science and theology about this timeless question?

Is The New Testament Reliable?

Is the New Testament an unreliable translation of a translation of a translation, written by unknown authors, and full of contradictions as Bart Ehrman claims? If we don’t have the originals, how do we know that we have a faithful copy? Do contradictions mean that we should reject the contents of these 2000 year old manuscripts?

Jesus: Man or Myth?

C. S. Lewis famously said that Jesus was either a Liar, a Lunatic or Lord. But some people have opted for a forth option: Legend. Jesus never really existed, the stories of him were stolen from Pagan mystery religions. Was Jesus the first ‘dying and rising’ god? Nope. Orsiris, Horus, Dionysius and Mithras all bet him to it. Or did they?

Dead Men Don’t Come Back … Or Do They?

Did Jesus really rise from the dead? “Yes,” says the Christian. “It’s in the Bible, so it’s true.” The sceptic says, “Obviously not. People don’t rise from the dead. If that happened, we’d know about it.”

If someone doesn’t assume the Bible is true, is there evidence that could convince them Jesus rose from the dead?