CHARLOTTE, N.C.—One of the most powerful legal voices in the country will be a featured speaker at this month’s 23rd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary(SES, www.ses.edu).
Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) will join an impressive lineup of speakers who will tackle the many tough topics that have been debated both in society and on the campaign trail. Speakers include Norman Geisler, Richard Howe, Richard Land, Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell, Hugh Ross, Lee Strobel, Frank Turek and J. Warner Wallace, among others.
“These past several years, perhaps more than any other time in modern history, religious freedoms are under attack,” said SES President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, who will also serve as a conference speaker. “Therefore, now more than ever before, it is crucial that we have the tools, knowledge and courage to defend our beliefs and know exactly which freedoms are afforded to us in the U.S. Constitution. Speakers like my good friend Jay Sekulow and others will equip attendees at SES’s upcoming apologetics conference, and Christians around the world through live-streaming, how to stand for their faith in an increasingly hostile environment.”
At the conference, Land will give three talks: “The Pornification of America: A Christian Response,” “The Existential Threat to Religious Freedom” and “Have We Lost the Culture War?” Hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C., the three-day event kicks off Oct. 13 with a special women’s conference, and the event continues throughout the weekend. The 2016 theme is “The Defense Never Rests,” which focuses on the ongoing charge to Christians to defend their beliefs rationally, intelligently and lovingly.
Jay Sekulow has defended religious freedoms around the globe and is Chief Counsel for the ACLJ, one of the most prestigious law firms in the country. He is an accomplished Supreme Court advocate, renowned expert on religious liberty, a No. 1 New York Times-bestselling author for his book, “Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore,” and a respected broadcaster.
At the Supreme Court of the United States, Sekulow has argued many cases, including several landmark cases that have become part of the legal landscape in the area of religious liberty litigation.
Townhall Magazine has named Sekulow to its “Townhall of Fame” and recognized him as “one of the top lawyers for religious freedom in the United States.” He was also named one of “The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years” by Legal Times and recognized for “fighting to expand liberties and protect civil rights.” The Chicago Tribune concluded that the ACLJ has “led the way” in Christian legal advocacy, and TIME Magazine named Sekulow one of the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America,” a list on which Land is also included.
Sekulow’s national radio program, “Jay Sekulow Live!,” is broadcast on more than 850 radio stations, XM and SIRIUS satellite radio, and streamed live on the ACLJ website. He also hosts a weekly television program, “ACLJ This Week,” which is broadcast on a number of networks nationwide including the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Daystar and Sky Angel. Sekulow is a popular guest on nationally televised news programs on FOX News, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and PBS. He also posts regularly to his blog, Faith & Justice, on Beliefnet and frequently contributes articles and commentary to national publications.
For details on the conference or to register, visit conference.ses.edu.
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.
Land is also featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, including nearly 200 on the American Family Radio Network, 100 on the Bott Radio Network and almost 400 on the CSN 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, airs on the NRB Network Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” also reaches nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area on the Total Living Network. For details about stations, times, downloads and more, click here.
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 (Honors Program) 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 as one of the top graduate programs for General Christian Apologetics by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.”
For more information on SES, visit its web site at www.ses.edu or Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH. For more information about SES’ “Ethics in Emerging Technology” program, visit www.ethics.ses.edu and read the SES blog at www.WhyDoYouBelieve.org.
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 Christian college and seminary 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.