Conference: Defending the Faith

The 2017 Apologetics Conference will take place September 15-16 at St. Francis in the Fields. "Apologetics" simply means the practice of defending the faith. We will be hosting Josh and Sean McDowell’s Heroic Truth Experience, a series of intergenerational experiences designed to equip adults, students, parents, and educators to better understand the truth of Christianity and how to defend our faith.

We live in a culture that is becoming increasingly dismissive and even hostile to the gospel and the Christian faith. The truth of the Christian faith is disputed in our postmodern culture and the message of the gospel is considered irrelevant, especially in secular colleges and universities. This goes beyond a “culture war” about social and moral values. There is a clash of worldviews—of fundamental perspectives on reality. In this cultural situation, we need to learn how to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Josh and Sean McDowell will help us get a good start to this ongoing endeavor.

The cost for this conference is $10.

6:30pm - 9:00pm on Friday
8:30am - 12:30pm on Saturday

Josh McDowell is a speaker, writer, and Christian apologist. Through Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), and Josh McDowell Ministry, he has spoken to more than 25 million people in 125 different countries. He is the author or co-author of over one hundred books, including More Than a Carpenter, and Evidence That Demands a Verdict, which was designated by Christianity Today magazine as one of the top fifty books that have influenced evangelical Christians. He is a graduate of Talbot Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Dottie, have been married 45 years, and they have four children and ten grandchildren. (

Sean McDowell is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, in Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 2014. Like his father Josh, Sean is also a gifted speaker, writer, and Christian apologist. He is the author or co-author of more than twenty books, including The Fate of the Apostles, A New Kind of Apologetics, and Understanding Intelligent Design. He and his wife, Stephanie, have been married for seventeen years, and they have three children. (

This Sunday

August 20

Nursery opens at 8:45am

8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 (no music)

9:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 (organ and choir)
          -- with Children's Church

10:15am Education Hour
          -- Rector's Forum (Graves Hall)
          -- Sunday school begins 8/27

11:15am Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 (organ and choir)
          -- with Children's Church

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