Stephen Chavura: The Great Awokening
In the 1730s America experienced the Great Awakening, a revival in which thousands were convicted of sin, changed their lives, and influenced their society. A Great Awokening is now transforming social institutions and shaping future generations by convicting millions of their racism, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny. This Woke ideology has entered schools, the workplace, our language, the media, and government. Where has it come from? How do we recognize it? What should be the church’s response? Though genuine social problems exist, woke solutions only increase social division and mental health issues among our young. Will the Church resist the pressure and remain faithful to Scripture? If so, then the Great Awokening could be a precursor for another Great Awakening.
Peter Jones: Neomarxism
Neomarxism is a modern form of Oneism in its rejection of God the Creator and its inability to offer any hope of eternal life. This new form of Marxism sees social revolution not simply as the overthrow of economic justice for the impoverished worker, as the old Marxism did, but the overthrow of the whole of Western Christian culture, for the moral and sexual liberation of all human beings and the establishment, in its place, of a Marxist system of thinking and acting, which denies God and Christian morals.
Jeff Ventrella: National Disunion and Faithful Politics: A Way Forward This presentation reveals the roots of the religious impulses underlying today’s disorder and chaos, and then demonstrates that an orthodox Christian confession supplies the foundation necessary for a public justice that protects and promotes human flourishing for all—that is, faithful politics.
Mary Weller: Gender and the Gospel: The Beauty of Distinction in a Culture of Confusion
This presentation compares the lesser-known realities of “gender transition journeys” and trans-activism with the biblical and scientific reality of who we are as essentially gendered people. This conflict of ideas affects our young. How and why should believers speak truth in love about this sensitive and emotional topic?
Joe Boot: Globalism and the Emergent Technocracy
Joe Boot introduces the current face of globalism, tracing its philosophical origins back to the Tower of Babel and forward throughout the history of human thought and civilization. He contrasts this with an exposition of the biblical teaching on nationalism and distinct, sovereign states.
Jon Harris: The Social Justice Religion
This presentation traces the history of social justice derivatives and how they parallel an Augustinian construction of confession, conversion, and a liturgy of praise and penance. It will also examine how social-justice-driven political movements have syncretized with Christianity and other religions. The main case study will be the Black Lives Matter movement. The conclusion will briefly demonstrate how synchronizing with social justice derivatives compromises Christian doctrine.
Thaddeus Williams: First Things First: Evangelism in the Age of Social Justice
It has become trendy to identify social justice as a “Gospel issue,” or even as “the heart of the Gospel.” If we do not rally behind this or that social justice cause we are told we suffer from an incomplete or truncated Gospel. How can we contend for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints in this cultural moment? How do we evangelize in the age of social justice?
Mark Robinson: Racism—A Failure of Faith, Hope, and Love
Simply put, racism is a form of partiality that falls short of the law of neighbor love. As such, it is an ancient sin that doesn’t require new modern categories to understand and address but a continual, fresh recognition that our commonality and solidarity is grounded in realities (i.e. the image of God) that transcend humanly defined notions of race.