Talks & Presentations

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[text_output 0=””][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]Stump the Chump (Questions Cafe)[/custom_headline]

Q&A format where students can ask any question they wish of the “Chump” (me) regarding Christianty. My job is to offer a thoughtful reply.


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[text_output 0=””][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]Jesus: Secret Messiah[/custom_headline]

Why he’s not as obvious as one might expect.



[text_output 0=””][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]Reasons to Trust the Gospels[/custom_headline]

A short case for the reliability of the New Testament accounts of Jesus. The acronym “MODEMS” helps students remember the main points.



[text_output 0=””][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]The Cumulative Case for Christianity[/custom_headline]

This is a stair-step series of short points that add up to a convincing case for faith in Christ.



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An interactive dialog that features the the Family of God diagram to provide helpful context for understanding suffering and evil.



[text_output 0=””][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]The Challenge of Other Religions (A)[/custom_headline]

In this presentation I draw a diagram of John Hick’s religious pluralism model and ask students to critique it. Highly interactive engagement on a hot topic.

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]The Challenge of Other Religions (B)[/custom_headline]

This interactive talk engages two popular images of religious pluralism: The “mountain” image says that all religions represent different paths up the same mountain. The “blind men and the elephant” image says that religious leaders are like blind men describing different parts of the same elephant — that is, the same spiritual reality.



[text_output 0=””][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]Atheism and the Existence of God[/custom_headline]

This is a respectful look at contemporary atheism, including suggestions for both Christians and atheists. Also includes a short case for Christian faith.



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How should we as Christians respond to the critique of atheists and other skeptics that Christianity has often caused wars and other harm? I suggest several Christian responses. 



[text_output 0=””][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]Divine Confusion: God of Wrath or God of Love?[/custom_headline]

This talk addresses the popular idea that the God of the Old Testament (“Yahweh”) is radically different than Jesus. I also tackle some of the genocide texts of the Old Testament.


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Jesus as depicted in popular culture is often quite different from the Jesus of Scripture. This talk from John 2 presents a different, surprising Jesus to believers and unbelievers alike. 



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This is a great group study of the Luke 14 banquet passage. Themes: becoming an attractive community, inviting widely, moving from being “guests” to “hosts” of the banquet, hospitality. 



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Principles to develop your leaders and grow your group. 



[text_output 0=””][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]Is Christianity Trustworthy?[/custom_headline]

Trust is an important issue to this generation of students. But can Christ, the Bible and the Christian “tradition” be trusted to deliver truth? A good life? 



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This is a “fly-over” of the whole Bible, tracing the storyline of God and how we fit in.



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This is an evangelistic talk that connects the historic doctrine of the Trinity with an invitation to join the “family of God,” that is, to receive Christ and become a member of the community of faith.



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[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h4″]Note about Audience[/custom_headline]
All my presentations and talks have “midreach” characteristics — that is, they’re designed for both Christians and non-Christians. The one exception is the Leadership Module, which is aimed at Christian leaders.

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h4″]Note about Interaction[/custom_headline]
Unless I am speaking at a Large Group meeting, all my presentations are interactive. That is, I don’t simply “give answers” to tough questions of faith, I ask students/faculty to think through the options, give their opinions, interact with each other, and show respect when there’s disagreement.

And I try to stay a half-step ahead of the action, if possible, giving guidance where needed (and yes, a few “answers” here and there as well).

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