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Proclaiming and Defending the Faith: A Women's Conference

Date: Sep. 22, 2017 - Sep. 23, 2017

Location: Potchefstroom, International

Friday, September 22nd, and Saturday, September 23rd 2017.

Shofar Church, 9 Gerrit Dekker Street, Potchefstroom.

Cost: R30 per person at the door

Contact: Nel 0647475983 or Simon 0628511602




Friday 22nd September

18:00-18:45 Coffee/Tea and Registration

18:45-19:00 Introduction and Worship

19:00-20:00 Nel Brace - The Christian Mind as it Pertains to Women

20:00-21:00 Tricia Scribner - LifeGivers Apologetics: Women as Naturally Designed Defenders of the Faith

21:00-21:30 Panel - Questions and Answers.


Saturday 23rd of September

7:30-8:15 Coffee

8:15-8:30 Worship

8:30-9:30 Kristen Davis - Paganism Rising

9:40-10:40 Kristen Davis - Old Testament: History or Hoax? / Tricia Scribner - Who is Christ in the Qu'ran?

10:50-12:00 Sue Dykes - So, what about the Cradle? / Anna Gouws - The Holy Bible: Why the Hurly-Burly?

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Tricia Scribner - What about those who have Never Heard the Gospel?

14:10-15:10 Kristen Davis - Blind Faith? How Do We Know the New Testament is Reliable? / Tricia Scribner -Theistic Evolution's Failure to Keep its Promises

15:10-15:40 A Serious Tea & Coffee Break.

15:40-16:30 Tricia Scribner - The Case for the Resurrection.

16:30- 17:00 Panel - Questions and Answers


Speaker Information:

Tricia Scribner:

Tricia Scribner is the founder of LifeGivers Apologetics, a ministry that equips Christian women to share the life of Christ by responding to questions and objections to the Christian faith. Tricia is the author/co-author of seven books and hundreds of articles for magazines, including the Journal of Christian Nursing, Focus on the Family’s LifeWise magazine, Women on Mission magazine, Concerned Women for America publications and Cross Examined’s apologetics blog.  She is also working with Southern Evangelical Seminary on a podcast called LifeGivers Apologetics.

Having trusted Christ as Savior as a child, Tricia has served as a speaker/teacher for women’s conferences and events on topics ranging from mentoring and missions, to apologetics, for 35 years. She has also taught apologetics for 10 years in a Christian high school and is a former RN.

Tricia holds master’s degrees in nursing and apologetics, and currently is a Ph.D. student at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. She and her husband of 41 years, Randy, live in Harrisburg, NC. They are active members of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, where Tricia mentors women in apologetics. She loves being a mom to three adult girls and “Nana” to six grandchildren.


LifeGivers Apologetics: Women as Naturally Designed Defenders of the Faith

Do you long to engage in redemptive conversations, but find that when the moment comes you freeze up? Discover crucial keys to fulfilling your destiny as a woman who is a confident and competent "lifegiver" apologist in your everyday relationships.

Theistic Evolution's Failure to Keep Its Promises

Could God have used evolutionary processes to create living things? Does theistic evolution reconcile scientific evidence with the biblical creation account? Tricia explains reasons this increasingly popular view presents more scientific and theological problems than it proposes to solve.


Who is Christ in the Qu’ran?

Open dialogue with Muslims by discussing what their own sacred book, the Koran, teaches about Jesus Christ, and how it compares with the biblical view. Find out what the Koran says about Jesus' humanity/deity, virgin birth, role as prophet and forerunner of Muhammad, miracles, crucifixion and ultimate return.

This session compares and contrasts what the Bible and Koran say about Jesus Christ.  We will look at topics such as Christ's humanity/deity, His virgin birth, His mission and miracles, His relationship to Muhammad, His death, and His ultimate return. Specifically, I will deal with topics such as the Koran's portrayal of Jesus Christ as merely a human prophet no more significant than Abraham and who was fully aware of his identity as a mere human. its redefinition of divine names, the parallels it draws between Adam and Jesus as created humans, its rejection of the Trinity, its characterization of the virgin birth with a goal of maintaining Christ's identity as a human baby, its limiting of  Christ's ministry to Israel with a main purpose of confirming the Torah and His role as a link between Moses and Muhammad, its description of miracles performed by Jesus and their purpose, its view of Christ's death and the impossibility of His crucifixion, and its characterization of Christ's ultimate return. The content will be presented with the idea of opening dialogue with Muslims by studying the assertions of their own sacred writing. 


The Case for the Resurrection.

The resurrection of Jesus stands as the central event in the history of Christianity and perhaps even the world. Are there good, historical reasons to trust that Christ died and rose bodily from the dead? This talk will examine the historical evidence for the resurrection as
justification for the true, living hope that the believer has in the resurrected Christ.


Kristen Davis:

Kristen grew up all over the south-east of America, ranging from as far north as Lawrenceville, Georgia to as far south as Deltona, Florida. In the course of her grade school education she went to a variety of different Christian schools where she was exposed to varying schools of faith within the Christian community. Always finding herself fascinated with issues related to the Bible, Kristen desired to learn all she could about the events, places and circumstances surrounding Scripture. Her first exposure to Christian apologetics was in 7th grade, when a teacher introduced her to the Enuma Elish and Gilgemesh Epic, while showing how they supported the Creation and Flood accounts in Scripture. As a result, she fell in love with the idea that historical evidence could support the message of the Bible. During her Junior and Senior year in High School, Kristen was ordained an elder at Deltona Presbyterian Church where she taught the Junior/Senior High Youth Group. During a Q&A session with some of the youth, Kristen observed God working in the lives of the students, by answering questions that were a stumbling block to their faith. It was during this time that Kristen first sensed God calling her to ministry. Over the course of the next few years God answered Kristen’s own questions surrounding her faith and used those questions to develop her calling.In 2006, Kristen went to Israel to explore the world of the Bible. In 2009, she went to India to study Middle Eastern religions first hand and in 2010, she went to Jerusalem, Israel for an archeological dig with Dr. Randall Price at the Temple Mount Sifting Project and the Western Wall Plaza Excavation.Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion and graduated with a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics with Highest Honors from Biola University. She is currently researching doctoral work.

Kristen has a heart for God. She fell in love with Apologetics as a result of her desire to be able to rationally defend her faith in light of skeptics and other world religions. She has personally experienced the confusion that comes with uncertainty about what you believe. Her passion is to enable individuals to be able to defend their faith in order to promote their spiritual growth and enable them to be more effective evangelists for Christ.Kristen is a Systems Integration Engineer at Sungard AvantGard. She is an Assistant Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and an Adjunct Professor of Ethics at Southeastern University‘s Jacksonville campus. She is the Founder of DoubtLess Faith Ministries, an Associate of Associates for Biblical Research and on the speaking team of the International Society of Women in Apologetics.


Paganism Rising

Paganism is a polytheistic worldview where the adherents employ manipulative powers, in an attempt to change or control the circumstances of their lives or others. While typically associated with the ancient world (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greco-Roman mystery religions), the current culture of relativism has allowed this worldview to once again thrive, resulting in a renewed need for understanding. Through an analysis of ancient paganism, as seen through archaeology, the framework of the pagan worldview will be outlined, after which correlations between ancient and modern paganism will be drawn. This will be followed by a discussion of the differences between the pagan and Christian worldviews, which will include how the Christian savior story differs from that of pagan accounts. The final remarks will cover the manner in which the early church handled paganism, with application points on how modern Christians can do the same.


Old Testament: History or Hoax?

Christianity is often undermined by the claim that the Old Testament should be viewed as a collection of moral stories rather than as an historical narrative of God’s interaction with real people, in real places, at real points in history. However, if Abraham, Moses, David, and others were not real people a significant amount of our understanding of God’s nature and interaction with mankind is lost. This presentation explores the reliability of the Old Testament, responding to specific arguments against the historical accuracy of the Scriptural narrative.


Defense of the reliability of the New Testament: Blind Faith? How Do We Know the New Testament is Reliable?

Isn’t the Bible just a man-made collection of books? How do we even know if it still says the same things it did 2000 years ago? Come join me for an exploration of how the Bible came to be in its presents form as well as why we can have confidence that what we have is the same as the original.


Sue Dykes:

Sue Dykes was born in England, growing up near London, but moved to Paris during her mid-teens, where she met her future husband, Dennis, a South African, at high school.  Returning to the UK, she studied modern languages at Bristol University.  After graduation and marriage, the couple came to South Africa to live in Johannesburg.After several years working as a researcher, she gave up work to raise a son and a daughter, and only went back to university just as her children were themselves graduating, to study palaeoanthropology.  She obtained an MSc. with distinction, and is now approaching her final year of PhD at Wits university. She has been a Christian since her pre-teens but really committed her life to the Lord while in undergrad, being baptised as an adult.  Her Christian ministries include running an evening school of the Bible and taking part in various music and worship ministries at her church.  Since rediscovering a love for science several years ago, Sue became involved in the Creation and Evolution dialogue via Reasons to Believe in California.  She is a certified apologist and online instructor at Reasons Insititute. She is also involved in an all-volunteer Non-Profit Organisation, BHCC, which provides hospital necessities and soup kitchens to clinics and hospitals in the Greater Johannesburg region. In her spare time, Sue loves to travel, jump out of perfectly working airplanes, white water raft down the Zambezi and enjoy all sorts of activities that can be blamed on a “bucket list”.


So, what about the Cradle?

Recent discoveries in the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa have brought renewed interest to the idea of Human Origins.  But just how well do these discoveries fit into the evolutionary paradigm?  Some of the difficulties raised by these discoveries are examined.  We ask the question, "Why the hominins?" and look at some predictions based on the book of Genesis about modern humankind, which give reason to believe that special creation remains a plausible and reasonable conclusion.


Anna Gouws:

Anna Gouws was born in Pretoria in 1993 where she lived until 2011. During her high school years she used to go on mission trips with her church to Mozambique. She fell in love with the people and their simple lifestyle and saw a future for herself in missions. She started studying Communication Studies at the North West University in Potchefstroom, but couldn’t quite see herself pursuing a career in this direction. She then took a gap year in 2013, doing missions with Operation Mobilisation in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. She came back with the vision to do Bible translation, with a specific interest in audio Bibles – so that those who are part of oral cultures and not able to read can experience the fulness of the Word in a way that they understand. She reckoned the best equipment would be to study the source languages of the Bible – Greek and Hebrew and enrolled for a BTh in Bible Languages degree at the NWU. She graduated with destinction in 2016 and is now busy with a Honnours degree in Semitic Languages while teaching Hebrew to first years.
Anna met Hanjo in 2012 in the PUK choir where they sang together. She intimidated him and he made her laugh, so they both knew – this can work. They got married in 2015 and have now been married for two years. They are keen to serve the Lord in whatever way He calls them.

The Holy Bible: Why the Hurly-Burly?

The Bible has been a runaway best seller form the moment it was first distributed. Men and women over the centuries have given everything, sometimes even their very lives, in the preservation, transmission and translation of this book. The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book. It has been attacked over and over again, by scholars, theologians, and the ignorant alike, yet it has stood the test of time. Why is this? And what do we believe about the Bible? Is the Bible the inspired, infallible Word of God? Is what we have in the Bible today what was originally written down? Is what was originally written down true? Let’s dig deep into the history of these dusty scrolls and see if we can find the answers to these questions.


Nel Brace:

Nel Brace holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree as well as the Diploma of Higher Education from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She earned a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Biblical Studies at Southern Evangelical  Seminary. Nel’s interest in apologetics and the Christian mind was prompted by her interaction with Muslims and those of other world views at Speaker’s Corner in London. Here she became aware of her personal lack of training in Christian thinking and the need for such training in the church at large. Together with her husband Simon she is pursuing what she believes is her calling, to be a witness to Muslims and others who do not share the Christian faith and to be instrumental in the resurgence of Christian thinking throughout the church. Nel currently serves as a chapter advisor for Ratio Christi NWU Potchefstroom. Simon and Nel have four children and Nel also serves in the distinguished position of “homeschooling Mom.” This is by far her biggest challenge yet!


The Christian Mind as Pertaining to Women.

The study of theology proper, philosophical theology, and apologetics has traditionally been dominated by male thinkers.
The relatively small number of noteworthy female scholars in these disciplines attest to this.
Why is this the case? Is the content of these disciplines of little or no value for women? What is a Christian woman's responsibility as pertaining to her mind? And is there spiritual and practical value in cultivating well developed Christian thinking? This presentation will explore these and other related questions and will evaluate the importance of the life of the mind as pertaining to the Christian woman.

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