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Apologetics Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

Europe today is in great need of gifted apologists who can winsomely and wisely communicate that Christianity is true and relevant. 

Apologetics is much more than the right collection of arguments and knowledge.  In addition to explaining the Gospel in the power of the Spirit, a biblical apologist is spiritually mature, has honed his or her skills in persuasive communication, is able to open closed doors, and has the foresight to walk across key cultural bridges.

Forum Apologetics Mentoring focuses specifically on how to think strategically about apologetics, how to identify and connect with important points of contact in a culture and how to remove roadblocks to the Gospel. Forum Apologetics Mentoring is designed for anyone seeking to address difficult apologetic questions or for emerging apologists seeking advice in their ministry and calling.

APOLOGETICS MENTORS

Christian Bensel (DPhil) grew up in Berwang, Tyrol, Austria, and studied linguistics and philosophy in Innsbruck and London, receiving his DPhil. He worked for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in Austria while writing a dissertation on truth and change. During his time at Schloss Mittersill (Mittersill Castle), he organised the "Bible & Culture" course. He taught at and ran the study centre of ITG – Institut für Theologie und Gemeindebau (Martin Bucer Seminar) in Linz until it merged with other ministries in Austria to found a privately owned and fully accredited university in Vienna. Besides working at this project, Campus Danubia – Privatuniversität für Kirche und Gesellschaft, he speaks publicly on apologetic issues, is on staff of the Mennonite Free Church in Wels and a homemaker for his family.

 

Bjørn Hinderaker is an Assistant Professor at NLA University College, Campus Gimlekollen  (www.nla.no), a Christian university college with accredited degrees in Journalism and Communication, where he teaches Ethical Theory and Christian Apologetics. He was for ten years senior pastor in a local church (www.misjonshuset.com) with regular preaching and teaching appointments there and in the surrounding region. Bjørn has been a missionary to Kenya and was involved in the founding of Damaris Norway (www.damaris.no), an organization which is seeking to relate biblical faith to contemporary culture. He is programme director for the annual Veritas Conference (www.veritaskonferansen.no), whic has generated Veritas Research Symposium, Veritas as publishing brand and Veritas Norway, a network for strategic initiatives in Norway.

 

Bruce A. Little has master’s degrees in Apologetics and Religion and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and a DMin in Apologetics. Presently, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Collection at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he served on faculty since 2001 until he retired in 2018. While at Southeastern he served as the second director of the L. Rush Bush Center for Faith and Culture from 2008 to 2013. From 1969 pastored several churches, three of which he helped start, and taught at a Bible college (1965-2000). Since 1995 he has travelled widely to several continents lecturing in universities, teaching in a variety of schools and presenting papers at international conferences. He has published in various professional journals, edited several books, either authored or co-authored six books and contributed chapters in several books the last being God and Evil published by InterVarsity Press, 2013.

 

Stephen McQuoid grew up in Ethiopia where his parents were missionaries. He then lived in Ireland where he qualified as a nurse before going on to study theology, gaining a variety of degrees including an MTh and PhD in theology. He is the author of 16 books on subjects such as discipleship, evangelism, apologetics, and church discipline. Stephen is the general director of Gospel Literature Outreach, a missionary organisation based in Europe. He is married to Debbie, and they along with their three children fellowship at Liberty Community Church in Bellshill, where Stephen is a teaching elder. His interests include motorbikes, football, boxing, MMA, and politics.

 

 

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