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Steven DiSebastian

Chapter Director

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Regional Director: New Jersey

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Edison, New Jersey 08817
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Steven DiSebastian

Chapter Director

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  • Read with Discernment (May contain information contrary to historic Christianity)
  • Opposing Viewpoint

Speaking Topics Include (click the arrows to see a detailed view)

  • Is the New Testament Trustworthy? (Has it Been Corrupted Over Time?)

    "The Bible has been changed over time" is a common claim by skeptics, often comparing the transmission of the New Testament to the childhood game "Telephone." But what does the actual physical evidence tell us? Learn how and why we know we can trust what the Bible tells us about Jesus. 

  • How Did the New Testament Canon Come About?

    Were the books of the New Testament decided upon over 300 years after the life of the Apostles? Why were some books accepted as Scripture and others rejected? How do we know what we read in the New Testament today are the right books?

  • Making Sense of Differences Between the 4 Gospels

    Skeptics often point to differences between the four Gospels of Jesus Christ to attack the reliability of the New Testament. Are these differences explainable or irreconcilable contradictions? What role does ancient literary conventions play in understanding these differences? Finally, what benefits does the Christian get from four separate accounts of the life and death of Christ? Learn “The Joy and Angst of Four Gospels.”

  • Identifying & Responding to “Christian Cults” (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Etc.)

    What's the differences between a denomination and a cult? How do we identify cults? How do we refute those that deny the diety of Christ or the Trininty and make other claims opposing historic Christianity?

  • Understanding Slavery in the Old Testament

    Slavery was a universally accepted evil in ancient times and remains a stain on the United States to this day. In the Civil War era, Christians who opposed slavery argued from the Bible, but so did those in favor of slavery. Did the Bible help abolish slavery or promote it? What are Christians to do with verses that appear to support the evil of slavery? Is the Bible consistent on this issue? Join us as we look closely at slavery in the Old Testament.

  • Understanding Slavery in the New Testament

    Slavery was a universally accepted evil in ancient times and remains a stain on the United States to this day. In the Civil War era, Christians who opposed slavery argued from the Bible, but so did those in favor of slavery. Did the Bible help abolish slavery or promote it? What are Christians to do with verses that appear to support the evil of slavery? Is the Bible consistent on this issue? Join us as we look closely at slavery in the New Testament.

  • Understanding the Canaanite Genocide

    The war against the Canaanites in the Old Testament is one of the most disturbing events in the Bible. Did God command genocide, including the slaughter of children? How can modern Christians condemn other religious wars yet accept this? Is there any hint of God’s grace in this event? Join us as we wrestle with one of the toughest biblical challenges facing Christians.

  • Wrapping Your Head Around The Trinity

    The Christian belief that God is three-in-one is unique to all other concepts of God. Why did this doctrine develop? Why has it been so hotly debated? And why is it so important? With this, how does the doctrine of the Trinity help us to better understand the God-man, Jesus Christ? We will dive deep into both the Old and New Testaments and strive to wrap our minds around the Trinity.

  • Wrapping Your Head Around Christ’s Duel Nature: Both Human & Divine

    The historical Christian view of Jesus Christ is that he is fully God and fully man. What does the Scripture tell us about this? How can someone live both as a limited human and omnipotent God? 

  • Understanding the Debate: Women in Ministry

    In the New Testament, we clearly see women working side-by-side with the Apostle Paul in ministry, yet Paul also says a woman must remain silent in church (1 Tim. 2:12; 1Cor. 14:34). How should we understand these two passages? Are these universal commands or specific to a particular church? Does the Bible put restrictions on women? Join us as we look closely at what the Bible says about women, their role in ministry, and related issues.

  • The Islamic Jesus and the Problem of the Muslim Sources

    Those unfamiliar with Islam may be surprised to learn of the reverence Muslims give Jesus. Yet, the Jesus of Islam is much different than the Jesus of Christianity. Are the earliest, most trusted Muslim writings reliable sources for the historical Jesus? Does the truth of Islam or Christianity depend upon the validity of their understanding of Jesus?

  • The Big Picture: How to Read the Bible & Understand it

    The Bible can be intimidating. Yet worldwide, it is the most read piece of literature of all time. Written thousands of years ago in foreign cultures, reading the  Bible can be a daunting task. But unlike the impression you may have gotten from grade-school level Sunday School classes, the Bible is not a book of unconnected morality tales. Whether reading the Bible for the first time or not, by understanding the overall story-line of the Bible, the key historical events, and different  genres of literature employed by the various authors, the Bible can come into sharp focus for anyone.

  • Sex is Not Morally Neutral: Defending the Christian Sex Ethic

    Sex. It’s a lot of people’s favorite subject. It’s also the battleground of many heated cultural debates and a topic that separates the Christian worldview drastically from popular culture. Do those who would have us believe sex is morally neutral believe that themselves? Is the biblical understanding of sexuality stifling? Can it be defended in a culture preoccupied with sexual freedom?

  • Have a Discussion, Not a Debate: Introduction to Apologetics & Evangelism

    In this modern age of skepticism, evanglism and apologetics are so intertwined they're almost the same thing. Learn not only why apologetics (defending the faith) is important for all Christians to know, but also how to do it. A workshop of practical strategies for those who are NOT natural evanglists or apologists.

  • Apologetics Essentials: Intro to Arguments for Believing in God and Christ

    An overview of some scientific, philosophical, and historic arguments for believing in God and following Christ. 

  • Introduction to the Messianic Prophecies

    Prophecy in the Old Testament is confusing and mysterious, so how did the Jews develop this idea of a coming Messiah? Who and what is the Messiah? And does Jesus fulfill the Messianic prophecies? We will explore all these questions, survey the relevant passages, and learn tips for understanding Old Testament prophecy. (Relevant year-round of course, but also great around Christmas.) 

Availability

Readibly available to speak in the NJ, NYC & Philadelphia area. Open to traveling farther; please contact.

Cost

NJ, NYC & Philadelphia - Voluntary donations to my ministry are thankfully accepted.

Outside NJ/NYC/Philadelphia area - Travel costs; lodging costs (if needed); voluntary donations thankfully accepted.