EMNR 2017 Conference Program

Apologetics: Handmaiden of Evangelism and Discipleship

Plenary Speakers:

  • William Honsberger — Director of Haven Ministries, Vice President of EMNR
  • Richard Howe — President of the International Society for Christian Apologetics
  • Irina House — Marriage and Family Therapist, Theologian, Apologist
  • Rev. Keith Gibson — Pastor of Word of Life Community Church
  • Poray Casimier — Teacher, expert on the Nation of Islam

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:00–10:00 AM Exhibitors can set up tables
10:00–1:00 PM Summit conference (EMNR members only)
1:00 PM Registration opens
2:00–3:15 PM Plenary 1 – Bill Honsberger
Evangelism and Discipleship: Distinct Animals, Oil and Water, BFF’s, or Part of the Same Package?
3:30–4:45 PM Workshop sessions 1
4:45–6:15 PM Dinner break
6:30–7:30 PM Workshop sessions 2
7:45–9:00 PM Plenary 2 – Richard G. Howe
A Christian Perspective on the Occult

Saturday, April 29, 2017

8:00–8:45 AM Exhibitor Tables and Registration Open
8:45–9:45 AM Workshop sessions 3
10:00–11:15 AM Plenary 3 – Irina House
How Has Experiential Theology Replaced Objective Truth in the Contemporary Church?
11:15–1:00 PM Lunch (1.5 hours)
1:00–2:00 PM Workshop sessions 4
2:15–3:30 PM Plenary 4 – Rev. Keith Gibson
Equipping the Warriors: The Role of the Local Church in Apologetics
3:30–3:45 PM Break
3:45–4:45 PM Workshop sessions 5
5:00–6:15 PM Plenary 5 – Poray Casimier, Sr.
The Nation of Islam, Islam, and Christianity: Differences That Matter

Plenary Speakers and Topics

Session 1 : Bill Honsberger
Evangelism and Discipleship: Distinct Animals, Oil and Water, BFF’s, or Part of the Same Package?

Evangelism and discipleship are commonly considered two important but very distinct parts of the Church’s responsibility. We will look at reasons to rethink the common paradigm and argue instead for a model based on seeing discipleship as a critical, integral part of the evangelistic method.

Bio: Bill has worked with cult members for over 25 years, first under the auspices of Conservative Baptist Home Missions and now with Haven Ministries. With degrees from Western Bible College, Denver Seminary, and post-grad study at three universities, he has taught at several Christian schools and a community college. During this time, Bill and his wife Terri raised a family of eight children in Aurora, Colorado. He is completing his Ph.D. at  Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is Vice President of EMNR.

Session 2 : Richard G. Howe
A Christian Perspective on the Occult

We will unpack the essential elements of an occult view of reality and show how these elements manifest in Extreme Occultism (Satanism), Moderate Occultism (Wicca, Witchcraft), Mainstream Occultism (the New Age movement), and “Christian Occultism” (the Word of Faith movement).

Bio: Richard is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he still teaches part-time. Dr. Howe is also President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics.

Session 3 : Irina V. House
How Has Experiential Theology Replaced Objective Truth in the Contemporary Church?

Christianity calls all to hear the truth of God revealed in Scripture, ultimately expressed in Jesus Christ, God incarnate. What happens if we judge truth by our own experiences rather than by God’s revelation? How often do we accept a church that we feel comfortable with, rather than conforming ourselves to the One who is both grace and truth?

Bio: Irina emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1996. She became a believer in Jesus through her grandmother’s testimony. In the U.S., she has worked as a medical interpreter, translator, and mental health therapist. Irina has a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, an M.A. in Psychology (marriage and family therapy), and an M.A. in Theological Studies. Currently, she is pursuing the D.Min. in Apologetics at Faith Seminary (Tacoma), and is married to Dr. H. Wayne House, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Law and Culture at Faith Seminary. She has two daughters who love the Lord, and with her husband Wayne she speaks to tour groups to the Holy Land.

Session 4 : Rev. Keith Gibson
Equipping the Warriors: The Role of the Local Church in Apologetics

We will look at the biblical mandate upon the local church to engage in Apologetics and Discernment ministry through examining the ministry of the Apostle Paul.  In addition to examining the biblical command, the presentation will attempt to provide practical suggestions for accomplishing this mission in the local church setting.

Bio: Keith has served in church ministry for over 32 years. He is the founding pastor of Word of Life Community Church in Peculiar, Missouri. Keith is also an Adjunct Professor at Calvary University, teaching Systematic Theology and Apologetics. He and his wife Doreen have been married for nearly 32 years and have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.

Session 5 : Poray Casimier, Sr.
The Nation of Islam, Islam, and Christianity: Differences That Matter

In the name of “unity” and “interfaith cooperation,” Christians are pressured to embrace ideas that blur the lines between truth and error. We must highlight these irreconcilable differences, despite the threat of being mislabeled “ïntolerant” and “unloving.”

Bio: Poray lives in Chicago with his wife and three sons, where he serves as an elder at New Hope Fellowship on Chicago’s south side. He has done radio interviews, conducted seminars comparing Islam, the Nation of Islam, and Christianity and is the author of the book Islamic Impostors: Exposing the Beliefs of Black Muslims (Xulon Press, 2004).

Workshop Speakers and Session Topics


Workshop #1, Friday, 3:30–4:45 PM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary Phil DelRe The Power of God from Sinai to the Cross
W. Sanct Steve Lagoon Satan’s Recycled Deceptions: Early Church Heresies and their Modern-day Counterparts
W. Fellow Janice Lyons Back to Eden
201/203 Jim Valentine Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of Seventh-day Adventism
S.S. Room open open


Workshop #2, Friday, 6:30–7:30 PM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary H. Wayne House Trinitarian Baptism and the Jesus Only Controversy: Is There a Solution to the Apparent Contradiction Between Matthew 28 and the Book of Acts?
W. Sanct James Pittman, Jr Where Have All the Shepherds Gone?
W. Fellow Eric Lundstrom Why Me? The Making of a Homosexual
201/203 David Clark In Defense of the Gospel and Apologetics: Reply to the “Investigative Judgment” teaching of Ellen G. White and the Seventh Day Adventists
S.S. Room open open


Workshop #3, Saturday, 8:45–9:45 AM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary Richard G. Howe “Christian” Occultism: The Word of Faith Movement
W. Sanct Joy A. Veinot Jehovah’s Witnesses and Historical Revisionism
W. Fellow Keith Gibson Sex, Gender and the Image of God
201/203 Keith Tolbert Demonstration of SpaceTimeReligion Religious Studies Reader
S.S. Room Collin Brendemuehl The Difference Between “Good” Apologetics and “Bad” Apologetics


Workshop #4, Saturday, 1:00–2:00 PM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary Bill McKeever Is Mormonism Moving Towards Orthodoxy?
W. Sanct L.L. (Don) Veinot Jr. JWs: Resurrection or Xerox?
W. Fellow Pastor Dan Cox Basic Bible College for Everyone
201/203 Andre Traversa No Cross, No Gospel: In Defense of Blood Atonement
S.S. Room Joe Whitchurch Panorama of Reasons and Hope


Workshop #5, Saturday, 3:45–4:45 PM

Location Speaker Title
Sanctuary Robert Stewart Universalism: What It Is, What It’s Not, Why It’s Wrong
W. Sanct William Honsberger How to Reach a Pagan World
W. Fellow Rob Bowman Developing a Christian Mind in a Non-Christian World
201/203 Eric Pement The Gathering of Christ Church
S.S. Room open open

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