Sarah Combes, Assistant Faith Editor
Every January the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) hosts a weeklong conference over apologetics through its Institute for Christian Apologetics.
This year, students have the chance to receive class credit for attending the conference and doing some additional assignments.
Dr. Tawa Anderson, the supervising instructor for the trip and course is looking forward to the course.
“The Defend conference in New Orleans, and the associated OBU course (PHIL 1999), provide an excellent opportunity to engage with significant questions and doubts concerning the Christian faith, and to develop cogent apologetic responses.”
Along with the course credit and trip, students enrolled to go to the conference will have the chance to hear from the scheduled speakers Sean McDowell, Robert Stewart, David Calhoun, Greg Koukl, Abdu Murray, Craig Hazen and Kenneth Keathley.
“We live in an increasingly skeptical and post-Christian culture,” Anderson said.
“Wherein evangelical Christian faith is considered at best suspect, and at worst irrational and dangerous.”
The Defend conference will take attendees through how to defend the Christian faith in a way that gives glory to God and allows students to effectively talk to someone about their faith.
Anderson asks students if they have ever been asked questions about their faith, but had no idea how to respond. These questions, like ‘If God is all-loving and all-powerful, why do bad things happen to good people?’ and ‘Why do you believe in something so foolish as angels and demons and spirits?’, can prove difficult to answer for anyone.
“Come to Defend…to be equipped with tools so that you will ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you the reason for the hop that you have (1 Peter 3:15),’” Anderson urges.
The Defend conference takes place January 2-6, 2017. Students wishing to attend will need to register by Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.
Students will carpool from campus to New Orleans, to save travel costs, leaving on January 1 at 1 p.m.
After the conference wraps, students will begin the drive back to campus to arrive back around midnight.
The cost for registration is $120, but will be covered by the Baptist College Partnership Program with NOBTS. Cost for housing and meals, dorm-style housing on campus and three meals a day is $200 for five nights and will need to be covered by the student.
Students wishing to earn OBU credit for the conference will need to enroll in “PHIL 1999 – Defend the Faith” for J-Term through Banner and pay the regular course costs.