Special thanks to Lisa Quintana from Women in Apologetics for contributing this article.It’s been said, “The third time’s a charm,” and we think that the 3rd Annual Women in Apologetics (WIA) Conference will not only charm you but also empower you to Find Your Voice in a culture of confusion. Click To Tweet
Here are the top 5 reasons why we’re encouraging you to attend this conference (or watch the Livestream!), which will take place at Biola University in La Mirada, California, on January 24 and 25:
1. Bolster your own faith.
WIA’s mission is to equip, encourage, and educate you so that your Christian faith grows. We’re set to educate you on core issues like doubt, the resurrection, and the existence of God, among other things. We’ll also equip you on some hot-button cultural questions we encounter from family, friends, colleagues and the culture at-large.
Personally, my own faith has grown deeper since beginning to study apologetics. Yes, it is great to be able to answer the tough questions, but it is also great to have those answers enhance your knowledge to better appreciate the Christian faith. To know the many reasons why what we believe is true helps us better love God with our minds (Luke 10:27). I love the intellectual vigor of apologetics, as well as the fact that we can stand confidently against the accusations that Christians believe blindly or that we’re gullible, or even stupid, for believing in God. Our faith certainly is not blind! God has left not only ample evidence of His existence but also about Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross.
2. Your impact.
Some say that to reach people with the gospel today, evangelism is spelled: A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S. Click To TweetEspecially among the youth, questions are common when it comes to why Christians believe the way they do. And as a Mama Bear, you know how important it is to help develop right thinking in your children’s lives. They not only need to know what Christian evidence there is for our belief but also how to discern the lies culture tells them all. the. time.
3. Great sessions.
We’ve lined up some great sessions. Four keynote speakers are set to engage your minds:
Jo Vitale is Dean of Studies at the Zacharias Institute and an itinerant speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). Jo’s talk will be “We Preach Christ Crucified” and in this session, she’ll be looking at some of the most contentious apologetic challenges to the cross of Jesus Christ, and why the gospel is truly good news for the world.
Alycia Wood is also from RZIM, and she will be addressing gender issues. Alycia graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a degree in criminal justice and sociology, and from Marygrove College with a master’s in social justice. She is also a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA).
Another keynote speaker is Mama Bear’s own Hillary Morgan Ferrer! As you know, she’s helping moms to “roar like a mother” and find their voice as protectors of truth for their children from the many cultural lies. She will discuss that topic and others featured in her debut book, Mama Bear Apologetics.
Can you find your voice in evil and suffering? Our fourth keynote speaker, Jean E. Jones, will discuss some of that and the nature of God—both loving and just. She will also share from her Discovering the Bible series of books, with the latest book in the series called, Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.
Attend one of our 12 breakout sessions, like the ones featuring Lindsey Medenwaldt or Hillary Short (both Mama Bears). Lindsey will help you find your voice among the world’s competing religions, and Hillary will equip you with practical ways to have conversations with others about Christ no matter where you are. WIA’s other breakout speakers will cover the basics of apologetics like the reliability of the Bible, science and faith issues, and more. For a full line-up of speakers and topics, check out the WIA website.
Also, at the end of the conference, we’re going to have a Q & A panel where you can directly ask your questions to six apologists: Laurie Stewart, Hillary Ferrer, A.J. Roberts, Krista Bontrager, Alycia Wood, and Jo Vitale.
4. Beautiful worship.
Worship is not typically done at most apologetics conferences, but WIA believes that having great worship is a plus at our conference! This year, we are featuring Christian recording artist, Aryn Michelle, who will lead us in worship both days. She’s written an entire album touching on some common apologetic themes, and she’s a wonderful musician!
Last, but definitely not least…
5. Your own children, of course!
Who says kids can’t learn apologetics? As in previous conferences, our WIA Kids training day will be offered on Saturday. So far, WIA is the only organization that includes training kids in apologetics while you’re also being equipped. Click To TweetKids in 3rd through 6th grades will engage in activities that address the question, “How did life begin?” We won’t be addressing age-of-the-earth questions, but we will explore the fascinating topic of intelligent design. For more in WIA kids, watch this informational video or register here (click on the WIA Kids tab).
But wait, there’s more!
One final PLUS—We realize not everyone can attend our conference in person, so, we’re offering a Livestream option! The Livestream Event includes four keynotes, two worship times, three breakout sessions, and the Q&A panel. Do you have a church group of 10+ that you’d like to watch it with? If so, contact WIA at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your group. Visit WIA’s website (click on Livestream and Schedule) to learn more about the Livestream event.
Conference registration is open now, so don’t wait to sign up! Click here for a complete schedule of events and registration information. Tickets will be sold at the door if registration has not been sold out.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Find Your Voice WIA Conference in just a few weeks! Remember, while you’re there, stop by the Mama Bear Apologetics table and say hi!
You can read more about Lisa at her website https://thinkdivinely.com/.
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