May 28, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) will be a sponsor and participant in the Truth Festival this weekend at Stowe Park in Belmont, N.C. Set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, the event welcomes guest speakers, musical performers and ministry representatives who will share their heart for evangelism, missions and apologetics.
SES’s TEAM (Truth, Evangelism & Apologetics Mission) ministry will have a presence at the event to address the theological and intellectual crises facing the culture today, through teaching and training that demonstrate the integrity of Christian faith.
“We’re looking forward to the Truth Festival this weekend when great minds in apologetics will come together to defend truth and join together in an environment to discuss current issues of the day through a consistent biblical worldview,” said Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land. “I know our participants at this important event will have much to contribute, as well as much to glean from others in attendance who are committed to truth and the rational, intelligent and loving defense of the faith.”
SES’s Director of Missions, Simon Brace, is the TEAM leader and will be one of several SES representatives at the Truth Festival, along with Land, SES Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics Dr. Richard G. Howe, SES Professor of Biblical Studies Dr. Mel Winstead, and Stacey Jacobs, who serves with TEAM.
“We are happy to be cooperating with other Christian ministries,” added Land, who will be addressing the topic of “Jesus’ Love for the Church.” “There will be many, many denominational traditions represented at the Truth Festival, and we know that it is pleasing to Jesus when His church can put aside those differences and disagreements temporarily and come together to proclaim the great truths of the Christian faith to the world.”
Brace also serves on the Board for Ratio Christi, which is a student campus ministry devoted to developing the Christian mind in light of the ideological challenges that confront students while on the college and university campus.
Both a debater and speaker, Howe has taught courses in philosophy at the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Marquette University and the University of Arkansas. He is also contributing writer for the Christian Research Journal and the Christian Apologetics Journal.
Winstead is also a local pastor and helps SES students develop their Christian leadership and service through the biblical basis of SES’s quality programs.
The Truth Festival is a free grassroots movement presented by Global Cross Ministries and its partners, where Christians from diverse denominations and backgrounds come together to celebrate truth, love and life in Christ Jesus. Besides live music, featured speakers and ministry information, the festival includes children’s activities, food, giveaways and topical tents that will address common questions and objections to the Christian faith.
The festival will close with an 8:30 p.m. showing of the film “God’s Not Dead.” For the 2015 event, the Truth Festival is also partnering with JAARS, SIM (Serving in Mission), The Voice of the Martyrs, Wycliffe, ELAM and Ratio Christi.
All SES students are invited to participate in TEAM, and faculty and alumni partner with TEAM students as well. Working together, TEAM speakers are a group of men and women who have been trained in the philosophical, theological and cultural issues at the forefront of Christian thought today. TEAM’s ultimate goal is to impact the academic arena, the Christian church and the culture by giving reasons for the truthfulness of Christian faith.
SES is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.
SES’s 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics will be hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte on Oct. 16-17, 2015, with the theme, “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Dr. Land, confirmed speakers include Josh McDowell, Dr. Jay Richards, Dr. Hugh Ross, Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Paige Patterson.
Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on 200 stations on the American Family Radio Network and 100 stations on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in January on the NRB Network, and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. In May, it will begin airing on the Total Living Network, reaching nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, visit www.ses.edu/about-us/bringing-every-thought-captive.
Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”
Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.
Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked No. 1 for its General Christian Apologetics Graduate Program by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.” For more information, visit the SES web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH.
Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary in Matthews, N.C., offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.