In August 2013, Christ Community Church hosted a series of presentations addressing the topic, "Culture Confronts Christianity". Four guest speakers focussed on the relevant cultural issues facing the Church today. The speakers, and their presentations, are listed below.
Rev. James Walker is a Baptist minister and president of Watchman Fellowship with over 25 years of ministry experience in the fields of Christian counter-cult evangelism, apologetics and discernment. He has shared his expertise on religious movements and cults on a variety of television shows including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Rev. Walker has also spoken at numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries throughout the United States and abroad. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Theology from Criswell College in Dallas. Rev. Walker currently serves as an adjunct professor at Arlington Baptist College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Criswell College and is a member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, the Evangelical Press Association, and the Board of Directors of Evangelical Ministries to New Religions.
Hendrik (Hank) Hanegraaff, president and chairman of the board of the North Carolina-based CHRISTIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE, hosts the nationally syndicated "Bible Answer Man" radio show aired daily across the United States and Canada and around the world via the internet at www.equip.org. Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian authors and apologists, Hanegraaff believes every Christian should know how to identify counterfeit religions. His live call-in radio broadcast offers effective methods for reading the Bible with understanding as well as interviews with some of today's most significant Christian leaders and apologists.
"Democratic Pluralism: Constitutional vs. Traditional Values?"
Kevin Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Law, Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, Raleigh, is a multidimensional legal scholar and teacher with advanced degrees in Christian ethics, religious studies and philosophy. He couples his long-standing interest in the phenomenon of human religiousness with an interest in the emerging networked, globalized society. Dr. Lee is concerned with how religious experience has contributed to the understanding of law and politics and how religiousness is shaping the future. He is a featured speaker on the topics of religious ethics, the moral philosophy of Pope John Paul II, the philosophy of economics, the legal profession and legal education, as well as social and political ethics of the international trade regime.
Neil Shenvi, Ph.D. is a research scientist specializing in theoretical chemistry at Duke University. He holds an A.B. degree in chemistry from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Shenvi worked in Yale's Chemistry Department before moving to Durham, North Carolina in 2010. He holds certificates in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Material Science, and Engineering and has published over 37 scholarly articles in respected scientific journals. His interest in apologetics grew out of an encounter with a childhood friend who challenged him to defend his belief in Christianity. Dr. Shenvi has spoken on such topics as the implications of quantum mechanics for faith and the existence of miracles. Today he encourages others to learn how to engage the culture with conviction and understanding.