Anthony Horvath, Joseph Shaw, and Daniel Flecknoe
Joseph Shaw, award winning Toastmaster: “Stories that Stick.”
Stories are a powerful motivator. Engaging your work and your life through the lens of narrative can revolutionize your work, your relationships, and your dreams. Learn how to tell stories that stick.
Robert Cely, award winning author:
Debbie Thompson, writing contest judge: “Reading Fiction for Clues to Truth”
In today’s world, we wonder with Pilate, ‘What is Truth?’ We struggle with the idea of God as Father. We writhe with frustration over pain and suffering. Each one of these topics can be addressed with reasoned arguments (traditional apologetics), and Scripture. But we, like the people of Jesus time to whom he told parables, seem to need more flesh on the bones of these arguments. Good fiction steps in and clothes ideas, gives them names and faces, and lets us see in a short time what would take us a lifetime to observe personally: the end of the story. This session will take on just one of the problems our current age seems to be struggling with, to see how we can learn from fiction.
Dallas Jenkins: Reflections on Gavin Stone
[If not presented in person, then presented via Skype]
Award winning authors Joseph Courtemanche, Dr. Jamie Greening, Robert Cely, and Preston Shires panel discussion, moderated by publisher Anthony Horvath (Athanatos Publishing Group)
Jamie Greening, award winning author, on “Literary Devices in the Gospel of Mark: A Helpful Guide to Readers and Writers.”
“The Bible is not just the most important book, it is also the most interesting book. The writers of Scripture often employ clever and powerful literary techniques that can inform the way we read most anything. As a writer, I find the Bible is instructive in how to convey complicated information in compelling ways. Recently I have translated the Gospel of Mark, and noticed several aspects of this truth that I look forward to sharing.”
Dr. Anthony Horvath: “Who Moved the Stone?” — A ‘forensic’ examination of the Resurrection of Jesus
This presentation, inspired by the atheist-turned-Christian Frank Morison, who sought out to disprove Christianity only to learn it is true, will examine the ‘scene of the crime’ where Christianity started: the tomb, with Jesus no where to be found. The ‘suspects’ who may have ‘means, motive, and opportunity’ are examined systematically to discover which, if any, could have stolen Jesus’ body and then launched a movement that would span 2,000 years and draw in billions of believers.
Collin Brendemuehl: Author of The Myth of Scientific Certainty: Scientific Theory and Christian Engagement.
Preston Shires: award winning author, on: Historical Fiction and Religious Realities
More than ever before, America’s youth learn about Christianity through the entertainment industry, rather than through a reading of the Bible. Their other source of information comes in the form of textbooks, written by educators who exclude the Christian worldview as a viable way to understand past events or life today. Preston Shires, an instructor of history and author of Hippies of the Religious Right, argues that Christians need to get involved not only in teaching history, but also in reaching out to non-Christians through historical fiction. Jesus did this with parables, it’s up to us to follow his example. In his presentation, Preston will inform us of the dangers of standing aside while others define Christianity for us, and of the techniques we can use to present an accurate portrayal of Christianity in both education and entertainment.
Hudson Shires: Christian Heritage as Isnad: Answering Muslim questions and encouraging the persecuted church through media.
In this presentation, Hudson Shires will share his work with the Heritage Project: a new media initiative aimed at sharing true stories of the first five centuries of North African Christianity in the languages of unreached people groups in order to strengthen persecuted Christians and respond to questions Muslims have about the Christian faith and practice.
Steven Worthey, founder of Standardized Apologetics: The Divine Trilemma (Lord, Liar, or Lunatic)
Who did Jesus see himself as? Was he a moral reformer, an ethics teacher, a martyr, or something else? His bold claims, when examined, lead us to none of these conclusions. He was either a liar, a lunatic, or he is the God of the universe. Like Peter, we all face the question of his identity, “Who do you say I am?”