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Fiction as a Weapon in the Culture Wars

Don will discuss how Hollywood has used fiction to undermine societal values and how to write back and fight back.

Dads—Developing a Spiritual Vision for Your Family

Jesse, the father of David, had no vision for his son; while Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, did. In this session, dads will discover how to develop a multigenerational spiritual vision for their sons and daughters that will lead them to say with the Apostle John said, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

Equipping Your Budding Technology Entrepreneur

"It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth." (Lam. 3:27) There was a time when older children and younger teens could find work. Child labor laws and other cultural conditions have made that more difficult—or have they? Technology has opened up the world to the budding entrepreneur. Many young people have learned how to build apps that sell in Apple's App Store, have built and run popular web sites and sell Software as a Service.

Does Society Belong to the Government or God?

This session introduces the principles of subsidiarity and sphere sovereignty from the Christian social ethics tradition. The proper role of government will be explored from the Christian tradition in light of the current progressive and socialistic ideologies that dominate current American public policy debates regarding marriage and the family, education, the economy, welfare and more.

What’s the Big Deal about Pornography?

Pornography is more accessible, accepted and aggressive than ever before. It is ahuge problem for young people, including Christian teens. Studies show that viewing porn affects how we view ourselves, other people and God. It even physically changes the structure of the brain and hurts the ability of young people to develop loving, lasting relationships. This session will provide insight, hope and direction for young people to avoid the snare of pornography.

If God, Why Evil?

If God is all loving and all powerful, why is there so much evil in the world? Why doesn't God stop it? This is one of the toughest issues facing Christians. In this session we will tackle why God may allow evil and see that only the Christian worldview offers true hope in our broken world.

We did not get a recording of this talk, but this is a link to a YouTube video of the talk in another venue.

Truth or Tragedy

Our culture is deeply confused about the nature of truth. There are only two options: either embrace truth or live a life of tragedy. In this session, we will consider the nature of truth, evaluate common objections against the existence of truth and grasp the powerful implications of truth for our daily lives.

Atheist Encounter

How well can you defend your faith? What would you say if an atheist challenged your deepest convictions about God and the Bible? In this session, Sean will role play an atheist, raise tough questions against the faith and see how well the audience can defend their faith. Then Sean will step out of character and help students directly learn from the experience. This is a hands-on experience where you will walk away motivated and equipped to more lovingly and intelligently make a case for Christianity.

Attention, Obsessive-Compulsive Perfectionist Control Freaks: C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T.!

As an obsessive-compulsive perfectionist control freak herself, Rachael Carman discusses how we can often be our own worst enemy when it comes to taking advantage of freedoms of homeschooling. Are you tied to your plan? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? It’s time to C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T. and give control of it all to God—He is faithful.

Why the New Testament Can Be Trusted

In this session, students will be challenged to consider how accurately the Bible has been preserved through history. Research indicates that the Bible is more reliable than any of the top ten well-respected ancient documents. We will explore internal and external evidence supporting the reliability of the New Testament.