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For Immediate Release
July 24, 2017


Beth Harrison, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 104,


Southern Evangelical Seminary’s ‘God, Sex and Gender’ Event Considers Polarizing Cultural Issues

Daylong Seminar on Aug. 5 Features SES President Dr. Richard Land, Michael Brown and Frank Turek; Open House Set for Morning


CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Issues related to God, sex and gender have polarized the culture, and too many Christians are ill-equipped to navigate the murky waters of discussion.

A daylong seminar next month at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, titled “God, Sex & Gender” will examine the philosophical, biblical and pragmatic reasons for holding to conservative and complementarian views of sexuality, and enable Christians to rationally defend their faith when it comes to these issues.

The day will start with an SES open house and conclude with a tag-team debate on the regarding a proper understanding of love.

“The issues of ‘God, Sex & Gender’ are ones that have certainly caused much debate in our society,” said Evangelical leader and SES President of Dr. Richard Land, who will be a featured speaker at the event. “As Christians, we are charged to defend our beliefs in the public square, and that means not only educating ourselves on the most pressing issues of the day, but having the resolve to bring to light what the Bible says about these matters. We hope this event at Southern Evangelical Seminar on August 5 will equip Christians to do just that.”

The day’s schedule includes:

  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.—“How Does Morality Depend on God?” with SES Academic Dean Dr. J. Thomas Bridges
  • 1:25-2:10 p.m.—“Does Gender Matter?” with SES alumna Nora Hale
  • 2:20-3:05 p.m.—“What is a Human Being?” with SES President Dr. Richard Land
  • 3:15-4 p.m.—“Can You Be Gay and Christian?” with Dr. Michael Brown
  • 4:10-4:55 p.m.—“Correct, Not Politically Correct: Speaking Truth in a Culture of Affirmation” with Dr. Frank Turek

A debate titled “Must Love & Tolerance Equal Affirmation?” will conclude the day, from 5:15-6:45 p.m., when Brown and Turek will dialog with the Revs. April Johnson, Minister of Spiritual Formation at Wedgewood Church, and Ladale Benson, PRN Chaplain at Carolina Healthcare Systems, regarding the nature of love. Must we affirm beliefs, desires and behaviors in order truly to love someone? What exactly is “love”?

Dr. Michael L. Brown is the founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, N.C., Director of the Coalition of Conscience, and host of the daily, nationally syndicated talk radio show, “The Line of Fire,” as well as the host of the apologetics TV show, “Answering Your Toughest Questions,” which airs on the NRB TV network.

Dr. Frank Turek is an adjunct professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary, and founder and president of He is also a popular speaker and the award-winning author of three books, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,” “Legislating Morality” and “Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone.”

To register for “God, Sex & Gender” or for more information, click here.

Prior to the start of the “God, Sex & Gender” event, SES will host a free Summer Open House from 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 5. Attendees can learn more about the many ways SES helps equip Christians to proclaim and defend the Gospel. Open house attendees will also receive free admission to “God, Sex & Gender.” Register for the open house here.

Brown, Turek and Land will also be featured speakers at SES’s 24th annual National Christian on Christian Apologetics this fall. One of the largest events of its kind, the two-day conference will welcome the nation’s top apologists, scholars and thinkers, who will delve into headline-making topics on Oct. 13-14 at Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. For 25 years, SES has been educating Christians about how to best defend their beliefs.

Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, here.

For more information on SES, visit its web site at or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH.


For information on SES or to set up an interview, contact Beth Harrison, 610-584-1096, ext. 104,