PREPARED: Youth Apologetics Event – March 15, 2014

PREPARED is a youth apologetics event seeking to train and provide students with answers for some of the difficult questions that they are often faced with in today’s world, while also strengthening their convictions and faith in Jesus Christ.

“…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being PREPARED to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15

Date:  March 15, 2014

Location:  Pike Christian Academy Jr./Sr. High School, Waverly, Ohio

Cost:  PREPARED is totally FREE! While the event is free, we ask that afternoon participants fill out the form at the bottom of the page in order to provide an accurate estimate for dinner and to prepare certificates for participants.

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Time:  Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. Students can sign in at any time thereafter. See below for a more detailed schedule of events.

Format:  The format for the evening session will be much the same as last year’s format, with music, two speakers, and a panel discussion with Q&A. However, this year we have added an afternoon session as well, which will be more of a camp setting in which students will attend classes on three different topics. Dinner will be provided for all students and chaperones who attend the afternoon session. See below for a more detailed schedule of events.

There will also be an adult session from 3-4pm for those adults who bring students to the afternoon camp.

Ages:  The event will be geared toward high school students. However, middle school students are welcome and encouraged to attend as well.

Schedule:

Afternoon Camp

  • 2-5pm – The afternoon will consist of three 45-minute rotating sessions in which students will attend each of the following:
    • The Importance of Arguing from Scripture with Dylan Rowland
    • First Principles of Logic: Making Arguments That Make Sense with Robie Day
    • Understanding and Maintaining a Christian Worldview with Miranda Smith
  • Adults will be able to talk to various youth organizations and ministries from the region during this time, as well as attend an adult session on Training Students in Apologetics with Jay Wise from 3-4pm.

Dinner

  • 5pm – Dinner will be provided for afternoon participants and their accompanying youth leaders, group chaperones, or pastors.

Evening Session

  • 6:00 pm – Welcome and Opening Prayer
  • 6:10 pm – Music led by Caleb Hickerson
  • 6:30 pm – Is There a Conflict Between Faith and Science? with Dr. Gideon King
  • 7:15 pm – The Problem of Evil with Dr. Daniel Johnson
  • 8:00 pm – Panel Discussion/Q&A

About the Speakers:

Daniel M. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon (BA) and Baylor University (Ph.D). A website with selected essays and information about his research can be found here:  https://sites.google.com/site/danielmjohnsonphilosophy.

Gideon King practices family medicine at Central Ohio Primary Care in Canal Winchester, Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine (MD) and is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Dylan Rowland is a teaching elder at Grace Community Church in Waverly, Ohio and the president of the SOPC. He is a graduate of Shawnee State University (BA) and currently studying at Reformed Theological Seminary (MA).

Robie Day is the pastor at Grace Brethren Chapel in Piketon, Ohio and the vice president of the SOPC. He is a graduate of Shawnee State University (BA), Ohio State University (MA), and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (MA).

Miranda Smith teaches science and philosophy at Pike Christian Academy. She is a graduate of Shawnee State University (BA), has completed graduate work in science and mathematics education, and has training and experience in crisis intervention and mentoring at-risk students.

Jay Wise is an ordained pastor in the Wesleyan Church and attends First Wesleyan Church in Chillicothe, Ohio. He works as the Reference Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan Unversity’s Columbus Ohio Education Center. Jay is a graduate of Kent State University (MA) and Ohio University (MA) and is currently studying at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University (MDiv).

Registration:  While the event is free, we ask that afternoon participants fill out the form below in order to provide an accurate estimate for dinner and prepare certificates.

Getting to PCA:

  • From the Chillicothe area – take U.S. 23 South into Waverly. Turn right onto Clough St. Turn left on Walnut St. PCA Jr./Sr. High School will be on the left.
  • From the Portsmouth area – take U.S. 23 North into Waverly. Turn left onto Clough St. Turn left on Walnut St. PCA Jr./Sr. High School will be on the left.
  • From the Jackson area – take U.S. 32 West to U.S. 23 North into Waverly. Turn right onto Clough St. Turn left on Walnut St. PCA Jr./Sr. High School will be on the left.
  • From the Adams County area – take U.S. 32 East to U.S. 23 North into Waverly. Turn right onto Clough St. Turn left on Walnut St. PCA Jr./Sr. High School will be on the left.

There is parking along both sides of Walnut St. in front of the school, as well as the PCA Elementary parking lot which sits diagonally from PCA Jr./Sr. High School.

PCA map

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