EMNR 2017 Conference Program

Apologetics: Handmaiden of Evangelism and Discipleship

Plenary Speakers:

  • Robert M. Bowman Jr. — Robert M. Bowman Jr. is the Executive Director at the Institute for Religious Research (IRR.org)
  • Richard Howe — President of the International Society for Christian Apologetics
  • Irina House — Linguist, Theologian, Apologist
  • Rev. Keith Gibson — Pastor of Word of Life Community Church
  • Poray Casimier — Teacher, expert on the Nation of Islam

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:00–10:00 AM Exhibitors can set up tables
10:00–12:00 PM Summit conference (EMNR members only)
1:00 PM Registration opens
2:00–3:15 PM Plenary 1 – Robert M. Bowman Jr.
Developing a Christian Mind in a Non-Christian World
3:30–4:45 PM Workshop sessions 1
4:45–6:15 PM Dinner break
6:30–7:30 PM Workshop sessions 2
7:45–9:00 PM Plenary 2 – Richard G. Howe
A Christian Perspective on the Occult

Saturday, April 29, 2017

8:00–8:45 AM Exhibitor Tables and Registration Open
8:45–9:45 AM Workshop sessions 3
10:00–11:15 AM Plenary 3 – Irina House
How Has Experiential Theology Replaced Objective Truth in the Contemporary Church?
11:15–1:00 PM Lunch (1.5 hours)
1:00–2:00 PM Workshop sessions 4
2:15–3:30 PM Plenary 4 – Rev. Keith Gibson
Equipping the Warriors: The Role of the Local Church in Apologetics
3:30–3:45 PM Break
3:45–4:45 PM Workshop sessions 5
5:00–6:15 PM Plenary 5 – Poray Casimier, Sr.
The Nation of Islam, Islam, and Christianity: Differences That Matter

Plenary Speakers and Topics

Session 1 : Robert M. Bowman Jr.
Developing a Christian Mind in a Non-Christian World

Sometimes we think of apologetics as a marginal type of ministry to which only a comparatively few Christians are called. However, in a sense all believers are expected to be prepared to defend the faith (1 Peter 3:15). This plenary will open up the Christian thinker’s toolbox: the study of the Bible and theology, the use of reason, engaging classic works of literature and the arts, and learning about the world God has made. We will explore how despite our different gifts and interests we can and should all be growing intellectually as part of our discipleship.

Bio: Robert M. Bowman Jr. is the executive director at the Institute for Religious Research (IRR.org) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rob has lectured on biblical studies, religion, and apologetics at Biola University, Cornerstone University, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of over sixty articles and the author or co-author of thirteen books including Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ and Faith Has Its Reasons: Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith. He holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and South African Theological Seminary.

Session 2 : Richard G. Howe
A Christian Perspective on the Occult

We will unpack the essential elements of an occult view of reality and show how these elements manifest in Extreme Occultism (Satanism), Moderate Occultism (Wicca, Witchcraft), Mainstream Occultism (the New Age movement), and “Christian Occultism” (the Word of Faith movement).

Bio: Richard HoweDr. Richard G. Howe is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC, where he still teaches part-time. Dr. Howe is also President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics.

Session 3 : Irina V. House
How Has Experiential Theology Replaced Objective Truth in the Contemporary Church?

Christianity calls all to hear the truth of God revealed in Scripture, ultimately expressed in Jesus Christ, God incarnate. What happens if we judge truth by our own experiences rather than by God’s revelation? How often do we accept a church that we feel comfortable with, rather than conforming ourselves to the One who is both grace and truth?

Bio:Irina House Irina emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1996. She became a believer in Jesus through her grandmother’s testimony. In the U.S., she has worked as a medical interpreter, translator, and mental health therapist. Irina has a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, an M.A. in Psychology (marriage and family therapy), and an M.A. in Theological Studies. Currently, she is pursuing the D.Min. in Apologetics at Faith Seminary (Tacoma), and is married to Dr. H. Wayne House, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Law and Culture at Faith Seminary. She has two daughters who love the Lord, and with her husband Wayne she speaks to tour groups to the Holy Land.

Session 4 : Rev. Keith Gibson
Equipping the Warriors: The Role of the Local Church in Apologetics

We will look at the biblical mandate upon the local church to engage in Apologetics and Discernment ministry through examining the ministry of the Apostle Paul.  In addition to examining the biblical command, the presentation will attempt to provide practical suggestions for accomplishing this mission in the local church setting.

Bio:Keith Gibson Keith has served in church ministry for over 32 years. He is the founding pastor of Word of Life Community Church in Peculiar, Missouri. Keith is also an Adjunct Professor at Calvary University, teaching Systematic Theology and Apologetics. He and his wife Doreen have been married for nearly 32 years and have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.

Session 5 : Poray Casimier, Sr.
The Nation of Islam, Islam, and Christianity: Differences That Matter

In the name of “unity” and “interfaith cooperation,” Christians are pressured to embrace ideas that blur the lines between truth and error. We must highlight these irreconcilable differences, despite the threat of being mislabeled “ïntolerant” and “unloving.”

Bio: Poray CasimierPoray lives in Chicago with his wife and three sons, where he serves as an elder at New Hope Fellowship on Chicago’s south side. He has done radio interviews, conducted seminars comparing Islam, the Nation of Islam, and Christianity and is the author of the book Islamic Impostors: Exposing the Beliefs of Black Muslims (Xulon Press, 2004).

Workshop Speakers and Session Topics


Workshop #1, Friday, 3:30–4:45 PM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary Phil DelRe The Power of God from Sinai to the Cross
W. Sanct Steve Lagoon Satan’s Recycled Deceptions: Early Church Heresies and their Modern-day Counterparts
W. Fellow
201/203 Jim Valentine Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-day Adventism
S.S. Room open open


Workshop #2, Friday, 6:30–7:30 PM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary H. Wayne House Trinitarian Baptism and the Jesus Only Controversy: Is There a Solution to the Apparent Contradiction Between Matthew 28 and the Book of Acts?
W. Sanct James Pittman, Jr Where Have All the Shepherds Gone?
W. Fellow Keith Gibson Sex, Gender and the Image of God
201/203 David Clark In Defense of the Gospel and Apologetics: Reply to the “Investigative Judgment” teaching of Ellen G. White and the Seventh Day Adventists
S.S. Room open open


Workshop #3, Saturday, 8:45–9:45 AM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary Richard G. Howe “Christian” Occultism: The Word of Faith Movement
W. Sanct Jason L. Moore Effectively Dialoguing with Jehovah’s Witnesses
W. Fellow Eric Lundstrom Why Me? The Making of a Homosexual
201/203 Keith Tolbert Demonstration of SpaceTimeReligion Religious Studies Reader
S.S. Room Collin Brendemuehl The Difference Between “Good” Apologetics and “Bad” Apologetics


Workshop #4, Saturday, 1:00–2:00 PM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary Bill McKeever Is Mormonism Moving Towards Orthodoxy?
W. Sanct Jason L. Moore A Critique of African American Atheism
W. Fellow Pastor Dan Cox Basic Bible College for Everyone
201/203 Janice Lyons Back to Eden
S.S. Room Joe Whitchurch Panorama of Reasons and Hope


Workshop #5, Saturday, 3:45–4:45 PM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary Robert Stewart Universalism: What It Is, What It’s Not, Why It’s Wrong
W. Sanct Keith Walker The Do’s and Don’t of Talking to Mormons at Your Door
W. Fellow Rob Bowman  The Gospel Is for Skeptics Too
201/203 Eric Pement The Gathering of Christ Church
S.S. Room open open

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