2021 Apologetics Conference - This Month!
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Coming at the end of this month, take part in our annual Apologetics Conference weekend! This event was developed and is managed by the Alaska chapter of Ratio Christi, which is comprised entirely of ABC students and staff. Find out more info, including conference schedule and session topics, by clicking either of the links above. Registration is free! In-person attendance is limited, but feel free to share the event pages with anyone who may be interested! Meals can be purchased after registering for the event. Below is some information about our two keynote speakers:

Richard G. Howe, Ph.D.

- Provost and Norman L. Geisler Chair of Christian Apologetics at S.E.S. BA in Bible from Mississippi College, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. Dr. 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. Dr. Howe is also a Past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. In their free time, Richard and his wife, Rebekah, enjoy international travel.

Tricia Scribner, Ph.D

- Holds a master’s degree in apologetics and in nursing, is a former RN, was certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (though did not practice), and earned a PhD in philosophy of religion with a focus on apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Her dissertation focused on the bio-philosophical foundations of theistic evolution and its implications for philosophy of religion, showing the impossibility of theistic evolution in a Thomistic philosophical framework. Tricia and her husband, Randy, have been married 46 years, live in Harrisburg, NC, and are active members of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She loves being a mom to three adult girls, two sons- in-law, and considers some of her most challenging and rewarding apologetics ministry to be teaching her ten grandchildren, to whom she is “Nana.”

The truth we remember will not be our downfall in ministry—what we forget will! 
- President Dave Ley
“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away.” - Hebrews 2:1

Devotional thought: God's Name

 In Exodus we read the story of God telling Moses his name, I AM, transliterated from Hebrew as Yahweh. This is the name that He instructs Israel to call him by: "This is my name forever..." (Exodus 3v15). Later, Yahweh fills out the meaning of His name: "the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished..." (Exodus 34v6). That is the kind of person that we interact with when we speak to this Yahweh. 

In Bible college, we learn that where we read the phrase "the LORD," where "lord" is in all caps, that is an occurrence of Yahweh in the Hebrew text. I've often wondered why English translations don't simply translate "Yahweh" as Yahweh. Doesn't the move from Yahweh, a personal name, to LORD, a positional title, create a greater distance between us and Him? Actually, that may be the point. In his book, God Has a Name, author John Mark Comer writes, "What you call somebody says a lot about your relationship."

Certainly, there is space for calling Yahweh “Lord,” because He is Lord (although, those of us in America have no practical proximity to what having a Lord even means…besides maybe a boss?). But for Jesus followers, he’s more than that, and he wants to be more than that to us. Comer goes on to say, 

I would argue that we need to get back to calling God by his name. I think the gradual shift from calling God "Yahweh" to using the title "the LORD" says something about the human condition. For all our talk about a "personal relationship with Jesus," there's a part of us that’s scared of intimacy with God. We see the fire and smoke up the mountain, and we shrink back in fear.

Relational intimacy, with God or anyone really, is hard because there’s a lot we can’t control. But it’s also arguably the most fulfilling human experience in life. Could it be that we lose out on a lot of the richness comes from knowing our Creator by nearly always framing him as a boss?

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