Archive for the ‘Events’ Category
In Colossians 2:8, the apostle Paul warns us not to be taken captive by the false views of this world. Sadly, many Christian youth have been captured by the ideas of our culture. The large majority of students in our churches hold a worldview that is no different than that of their unbelieving friends. It’s time to help our students RETHINK. Rethink truth. Rethink faith. Rethink God. Rethink the Bible. Rethink Jesus. Rethink moral choices. Rethink the worldview that’s been given to them by culture.
So join us and hundreds of other junior high, high school & college students at Stand to Reason’s RETHINK student apologetics conference in Southern California on October 26 & 27. For more information or to register, check out rethinkapologetics.com.
In 2004, I took my first team of students from Rock Hills Church to Utah for our first theological missions trip. In 2006, I added an apologetic missions trip, the Berkeley Mission. And this week, STR Student Impact has launched its first Muslim Mission (my co-conspirator Alan Shlemon is leading the trip with me), taking Sean McDowell and his students from Capistrano Valley Christian School. And we’re also privileged to have my good friend J. Warner Wallace from Please Convince Me with us.
Tonight we are with an Iranian Christian church, hearing testimonies of former Muslims and studying the Bible together (and being treated to some authentic Persian food!). What an amazing start to the trip, to hear how God’s Spirit has worked in the lives of Muslims to bring them to faith in Christ. One young Iranian lady shared about her broken relationship with her father and how she was drawn to the Heavenly Father she found in Scripture. An Iranian man shared about his drug addiction from 18 to 24 years old (apparently Iran has a major drug problem), was introduced to God at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Iran seven years ago, and found Christ seven months ago at this church.
These trips immerse students in real-life conversations about Christianity, apologetics, theology, the gospel, and more. Simply put, I know of no other avenue that has been more effective in training young people to defend the faith than these kinds of trips. Book your Utah or Berkeley trip now! (At the conclusion of the Muslim Mission, we will evaluate to determine if we’ll be adding it to our arsenal of unique missions experiences)
Do the Right Thing, Events, Movie Musings
Mark your calendars for March 23. That’s when a new movie, October Baby, will hit movie screens. I was able to preview the film last week and I suggest you go see this one in the theater. I’ll be up front, it is a strong pro-life movie dealing head-on with abortion. But it was powerful and compelling, without being preachy. The message comes through loud and clear, but in a way that stirred my soul (yes, yes…I cried like 4 times — it was intense). And ultimately, the message is hopeful.
It’s exactly the kind of thing the pro-life movement needs more of to make a compelling argument in the broader culture. It raises important questions like:
- Are there morally significant differences between an unborn baby and a newborn child?
- Are there significant consequences for the mother who aborts her baby?
- Is there hope and redemption for women who have had abortions?
- How can adoption assist our pro-life efforts?
But it raises these questions naturally, in the context of the movie’s narrative, and suggests answers in the same way.
So take your friends, take your wife, take your kids (my 9 & 10 year old watched it with me), take your youth group, take some students, take whoever you can get to go with you and see October Baby on opening weekend.
If you live in So Cal and aren’t too far from the Inland Empire, come join me at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside the next two Monday nights…
If you’re a junior high, high school or college student, we want your questions…LIVE! This coming Thursday night, December 15, from 7 to 8 pm (Pacific Standard Time — that’s West Coast time!), you’ll have a chance to ask me all your BIG questions about God, Christianity, life, right and wrong, love and dating, and whatever else you can think of.
All you need to do is go to this page on the 15th. You’ll be able to ask questions and hear my answers LIVE. (You can also send in questions through Twitter @BrettKunkleSTR.) See you then!
This is the start of something big. In conjunction with the EPS apologetics conference, this November we’re spinning off the EPS’s youth track into its very own student conference called 5 Words. This is NOT your mom and dad’s conference. It’s custom-built FOR students by people who KNOW students. Since ETS/EPS will be in San Francisco, we’re partnering with youth ministry of Calvary Chapel Petaluma to throw down this conference. Here’s all the info you need:
- Dates: November 18 & 19, 2011
- Location: Calvary Chapel Petaluma (about 50 minutes north of San Francisco)
- Cost: only $10 (first 50 students to register get a FREE Apologetics Study Bible for Students)
- Topics: truth, religious pluralism, the Bible, homosexuality, the resurrection
- Friday’s line-up
- Saturday’s line-up
- Register NOW!
If there’s one youth apologetics conference you’re going to show up to this year, this needs to be the one. And yes, it would totally be worth your time to travel to the Bay area for this conference. So sign up, invite all your friends, and come hang out with us in November.
Starting TONIGHT (at 7 pm) I’ll be teaching a 6-week series dealing with common objections to Christianity. We’ll cover the following topics:
- Does God Really Exist?
- Why I’m Not An Evolutionist
- If God is Good, Why is There Evil & Suffering?
- What Do I Say to My Gay Friends?
- Hell Yes! The Terrifying Truth
- Why Should I Trust the Bible?
E.V. Free Church Diamond Bar will be hosting the Southern California events. There’s still room in the class, so come join me! Get more details HERE.
Events, God is Real
Have you ever wanted to come along on our apologetic mission trips and sit in on some of the conversation? Here’s your chance. This week I’ll be posting video from our recent Boulder Colorado Mission trip, where we asked atheist Marvin Strauss to dialogue with the high school students of E.V. Free Church of Heartland in Central City, Nebraska.
Summer is expensive. At least, for me as a parent it is. For my younger kids I have to pay for swim lessons, soccer camps, VBS, trips to water parks and amusement parks, and more. For my high schooler I have to pay for summer basketball league, a San Diego tournament, and youth group activities and trips. And these costs don’t even include feeding my kids all summer.
This might be pretty typical for your family as well. Summer provides all kind of opportunities but they come with corresponding expenses. However, many parents and students will make the investment. “My kid needs summer football camp?’ No problem. “Pay for swim lessons?” Sure. “Academic tutoring?” Of course. I know parents willing to spend thousands on sports and academics. But how many parents and students are willing to put the very same investment of time and money into spiritual training?
I do a lot of training with parents and I challenge them on this very point. So I guess it’s time for me to put my money where my mouth is. My biggest summer investment is a 2-week Colorado trip for my 16-year old daughter, Lexi. Altogether, the trip will cost me about $1,300. Where am I sending her? To Summit Ministries’ Student Worldview Conference. She’ll fly out of Orange County on the morning of August 14 and won’t return home until August 26. Her flight will cost about $300. The conference costs $895. She’ll need about $100 of spending money. That’s a big chunk of change for our family. But it’s worth it. It’s an eternal investment.
I know what Lexi is going to get at Summit. Two weeks of intense training, training more valuable than any basketball camp or swim lesson. She’ll examine the false ideas of this world that compete for her heart and mind every single day. Then she’ll learn to analyze those ideas and expose them for the lies they are. She’ll learn to think Christianly, discovering why Christianity is true and what difference it makes for every single area of her life. She’ll walk away with more confidence in Christ.
How do I know? Because I had the chance to see firsthand what Summit does last month. I spent three days at their Colorado location and afterward, I was sold. I signed Lexi up immediately, willing to pay the cost. Summit’s program was that good.
So parents and students, check out Summit’s summer conferences. Not only do they host them in Colorado, they have a camp in Tennessee (coming up in 2 days!) and one in Wisconsin (Aug. 7-20). It’s the best investment you can make this summer.
Can’t get to Summit this summer? There may be other options closer to you: