Additional Speaking Topics

Old Testament: History or Hoax?

israelAn archaeological exploration of the historical reliability of the Old Testament, touching on key events such as creation, the flood, the birth of the Israelite nation and key individuals such as Abraham and David, with special attention to archaeological finds from Tel Dan, the site of one of Jeroboam’s golden calves.’

Paganism Rising

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From time immemorial people have tried to control their circumstances and the world around them. Out of a desire for stability and a sense of control, people have dabbled in magic, mystery religions, placation of the gods and various other means to master the world around them and bring about that which they desire. It has even been argued that Christianity is the by-product of this pagan worldview and merely borrowed its dying and rising Savior story in attempt to create a new and desirable religious system. Come explore the rituals and beliefs of the magic arts, ancient religions, their reemergence in modern society, how the early church interacted with them and how modern Christians can dialog with individuals of these belief systems. For those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it!

Christianity and Middle Eastern Religions

 

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The United States is a melting pot of world religions. As new people move to our country, their religions follow. In the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), 3.1 million Americans claimed to be of a Middle Eastern Religion. As a result, it is our duty as Christians to become familiar with their beliefs so that we can find the best means of presenting the Gospel to them.While focusing on the 5 predominant world religions, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, we will address what these religions believe when it comes to salvation, mankind, sin, and God. We will expound upon the key areas that should be considered when speaking about Christianity with a person of this belief system, while also acknowledging the potential hurdles. By identifying the beliefs of these religions, along with the specific areas where these religions lack the ability to answer important questions, the evangelist will be better prepared to discuss Christ with a person of one of these world religions.

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