The Thrive! Teen Track

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Session 1 Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m.

T G      J. Warner Wallace, The Cold-Case Reliability of the Gospels—Are the Gospels reliable accounts of the life, ministry and death of Jesus? In this presentation (utilizing examples from his investigative work), Jim examines the reliability of the Gospels in a broad overview of his book, Cold-Case Christianity. This session will teach the difference between direct and circumstantial evidence as it makes a four pronged case for the reliability of the eyewitness Gospel accounts. Participants, after applying the template jurors use to confirm the reliability of the Gospels, will emerge with greater confidence in the reliability of the accounts. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #3

Session 2 Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m.

T G      J. Warner Wallace, Belief That vs. Belief In—In this workshop, you will discover the power and confidence of evidence What is the difference between believing that something is true and actually trusting in it? Jim describes how to deepen one’s confidence and trust in the Bible and Christian worldview. This session utilizes several pieces of equipment from Jim’s law enforcement career (including his bullet proof vest) to illustrate the difference between belief that and belief in. Participants will be encouraged to take an additional step of commitment and trust as they learn the important relationship between evidence and confidence. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #11

T P       Jonathan Paul Shockey, If Considering Military Service, Prepare for Battle—Whether to satisfy a desire to serve in the military or to attain personal development and future benefits, volunteers need to prepare to meet requirements and to increase chances of serving as envisioned. Preparation is especially needed if the applicant desires to be a special operator or a commissioned officer, and even more so if the hope is to obtain an ROTC scholarship or an appointment to a military academy. This seminar will identify the requirements associated with many of the options available and will suggest preparations that will increase a home-educated student’s chances of achieving specific aims. (Room E-G) CD/MP3 #16

Session 3 Thursday, 5:20-6:20 p.m.

G T      John Stonestreet, Same-Sex Marriage: What Now?—More people now live in states with same-sex marriage than those that live in states without it, and with this social revolution comes a lot of questions for people who adhere to the biblical definition of sexuality and marriage. In this session, John offers a framework to understand the issue, as well as answers to many of the practical questions we all now face. (Room A) CD/MP3 #18

Friday Keynote 9:00-10:30 a.m.

G T      Jon Erwin, Teaching Your Kids to Dream—“Dream big. Dream bold. Dream the impossible." These are the words my father constantly reaffirmed as I grew up. In an age of fierce competition and a rapidly changing world, it's never been more important to instill in our kids an early belief that they can pursue and achieve their dreams. In this session, Jon will go over how his parents didn't give him his dreams but supported the ones he had, why homeschoolers have a unique competitive advantage in the marketplace and how we have unprecedented opportunities as Christians in the workplace. He'll also share his dream for the future of the Christian film business. (Room A) CD/MP3 #26

Session 4 Friday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

T G      J. Warner Wallace, The Cold Case for God’s Existence—Is there enough evidence to conclude that we are living in a universe created by a personal God as described in the Bible? Jim examines lines of evidence from the Cosmological Argument, the Teleological Argument and the Axiological Argument. This session will demonstrate the circumstantial case for the existence of God. Participants will learn how to make three cases for God’s existence and respond to common objections. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #28

T P       Kathryn Gomes, Homeschool to Campus: Ten Things You Should Know Before You Leave Home—Based on interviews with other homeschool graduates, this seminar will help you prepare for the great transition from home to a secular, Christian or community college campus. Learn from the experiences of others and get a more realistic picture of what the transitional years ahead might hold for you. Here are the important practical, social, academic and spiritual skills to focus on now so that you are prepared. Bonus: Kathryn also throws in her perspective on dating, courtship and choosing a spouse! (South Main 2) CD/MP3 #30

Session 5 Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

T          Jon Erwin, How to “Break In”Getting a Job in the Entertainment Business—Many young homeschoolers have a dream of working in the film business as an actor or filmmaker. In fact, they have a unique competitive edge to work in film—if they know how to use it. In this session, we will explore the fastest and most effective path into the business, how to stay strong as a Christian and how to develop character traits that will make you indispensable. (Room A) CD/MP3 #35

P T       J. Warner Wallace, Who’s Waiting for Your Kids?—Why do so many young people walk away from Christianity in their college years? What are the challenges they will face in college? Is there something we can do as the Church to help young people hold on to the truth? In this presentation, Jim illustrates the challenge facing young college-aged Christians. This session will also provide an important and unique approach to addressing the dilemma. Participants will learn how to protect themselves and their children from being unduly persuaded by the errant secular worldview. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #36

Session 6 Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m.

T          John Stonestreet, Discovering God’s Will: How to Know What to Do with Your Life—What should I do with my life? What does God have planned for me? The journey of pursuing God’s will must take into account who He’s made us to be, where we live, and our closest relationships. In this session, John helps students pursue a life, not just a living. (Room A) CD/MP3 #43

T G      Jon Erwin, The Importance of Storytelling—Dan Pink, in his book A Whole New Mind points out that our brains are literally wired for story. Is it any wonder that over 60% of the Bible is in story form? In this session, learn the basic parts of a story and why stories have such an incredible emotional impact. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #44

Session 7 Friday 3:30-4:30 p.m.

T G      J. Warner Wallace, Cold Case Resurrection—Why should we believe that Jesus truly rose from the dead? Aren’t there other more reasonable explanations? In this presentation, Jim examines abductive reasoning and provides a template for examining the Resurrection of Jesus. This session will examine the competing explanations for the resurrection and provide guidelines for inferring to the most reasonable conclusion. Participants will develop a proper understanding of the difference between possible and reasonable as they embrace important critical thinking skills. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #52

T P       Kathryn Gomes, Five Ways God Used Homeschooling to Strengthen My Faith and Prepare Me to Engage the World—There will always be a math lesson, science project or research paper clamoring for your immediate attention. But are you seeing the bigger picture? How is God using homeschooling to work in your child’s heart? In this session, Kathryn shares how God used homeschooling to build her faith and develop her character. Drawing on examples from her own life, she’ll bring a fresh reminder of how the challenges that your child is facing today are preparing him or her for a life of service in God’s kingdom. (South Main 2) CD/MP3 #54

Session 8 Friday 4:50-5:50 p.m.

G T      John Stonestreet, Living What We Believe: How to Connect Belief and Behavior—It’s one thing to know the right answers, it’s another to live consistently. In this session, John explores what it means to cultivate virtue in the next generation. (Room A) CD/MP3 #59

G T      Jon Erwin, The Incredible Influence of Film and Television—Did you know that more people buy movie tickets in America than all sporting events and concerts combined? Did you know ten movie theaters opened in China today? Did you know that entertainment is America's second largest export? In this session, we will go over the incredible global power of the entertainment industry and how we, as Christians, can harness it to share the gospel worldwide. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #60

Saturday Keynote 9:00-10:30 a.m.

G T      John Stonestreet, Have We “Lost” the Culture? God’s Command to Be People of Hope—It’s tempting to look at everything happening in the world and despair. We may want to escape or capitulate, but Christians are called to truth and hopeful engagement. This session offers a practical theology of culture that can guide families as they raise the next generation to make a difference in the world for Christ. (Room A) CD/MP3 #67

Session 9 Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

T G      J. Warner Wallace, The Case for Truth—In a relativistic, pluralistic world, how can we claim anything is objectively true? In this presentation, Jim investigates the nature of truth and tolerance. This session will examine alternative theories of truth and provide a “truth test” to illustrate the difference between material truth claims, moral truth claims and metaphysical truth claims. Participants will learn how respond to relativism in their culture as they come to understand the classic definitions of truth and tolerance. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #69

Session 10 Saturday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

T          John Stonestreet, Amused to Death: Living in a Culture of Perpetual Distraction—Entertainment, entertainment, entertainment. It dominates everything. But there’s more at stake than just what we see and hear. In this session, John clarifies how entertainment culture changes how we think and know; and then offers a way to thinking and living well amidst all the noise. (Room A) CD/MP3 #76

G T      Dr. Marcus Ross, Noah's Ark: Where Scripture Meets Geology—Do creationists believe in plate tectonics? What do they think about Pangaea? Get up-to-date on the current views and research about Noah's Flood and how it relates to the geological features around us and the topics covered in our science books. Dr. Ross will present key biblical parameters and provide a crash-course on catastrophic plate tectonics. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #77

Session 11 Saturday 1:50-2:50 p.m.

T G      J. Warner Wallace, The Cold Case Problem of Evil—How can we reconcile the existence of an all-powerful, all-loving God with the tremendous evil that we see in our world? In this presentation, Jim examines five forms of evil (moral evil, natural evil, bodily evil, theistic evil and Christian evil). This session will examine the Christian response to these forms of evil and their relationship to an all-powerful, all-loving God. Participants will better understand the role of evil and how to respond to those who cite evil as an objection to God’s existence. (Pavilion) CD/MP3 #84