Fall Lay Theology Conference

Topic: Confessing the Faith in a Hostile World

 AUGUST 27, 2016, 8am-4pm

Dr. Adam Francisco

Join us on Saturday, August 27, for our new lay-focused theological conference.  Dr. Adam Francisco, Associate  Professor of History and Political Thought at Concordia Irvine, will be our debut speaker.  With specialities in the area of Islam and Apologetics, Dr. Francisco will be lecturing on the topic "Confessing the Faith in a Hostile World."   The conference will begin with a brief prayer service at 8:00AM on Saturday the 27th and run until 4:00pm that afternoon.  We'll break for lunch at 11:45AM.   The cost of the conference is free (suggested donation $10). Bring a friend if you'd like! 

On the previous night, Friday the 26th, we'll be having an informal BBQ at a member's home
 for casual discussion with the professor and fellowship with each other.  Be sure to register here!

If you'd like to do some reading in advance of the conference, read Dr. Francisco's chapter in the book Making the Case for Christianity, available at www.cph.org. You can also check out these brief articles for free:
Current Apologetic Fronts: Atheism and Islam  and  The Future of Islam in America


Schedule for Saturday, August 27:
8:00   Coffee and  registration
8:30   Morning Prayer
9:00   Session 1:  Basic Apologetics: The Defense of Christianity
10:15  Break
10:30   Session 2:  Are the Gospels Trustworthy?
11:45  Lunch
1:00   Session 3:  Do the Arguments of Agnostics and Atheists Carry Any Weight?
2:15   Break
2:30   Session 4:The Challenge of Islam
4:00   Depart

More about our speaker:
Adam S. Francisco (DPhil, Oxford University) is currently Professor of History and Chair of the History and Political Thought Department at Concordia University in Irvine, California. He has previously served on the faculties of Concordia Theological Seminary and Concordia College – New York and was the Albin Salton Fellow at the Warburg Institute of the University of London. His publications include the books Martin Luther and Islam and Making the Case for Christianity as well as a variety of journal articles and chapters in other books.