Boldly Virtual Event Featured Key
Addresses by Experts on the Theme of ‘Hold Fast’
October 27, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A premier annual event in Christian apologetics just wrapped up Saturday, October 17, after six days of enlightening sessions that featured a record-breaking 75 speakers who are nationally known experts in their fields of study. All speakers skillfully used their unparalleled expertise to defend the Christian faith and to teach Christian apologetics in ways that are unmatched.
At Southern Evangelical Seminary’s (SES, www.ses.edu) 27th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), over 1,500 attendees from approximately 28 states and Puerto Rico—and an estimated 23 different countries—heard over 100 hours of content.
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event was boldly virtual this year—and an array of distinguished speakers addressed the theme of “Hold Fast” on such critical core issues as Truth, Faith, and Hope. Speakers raised significant points, including “How will God redeem us from evil?” “Can our national hurts be healed?” “Why must we trust in the New Testament’s divine revelations?” An added bonus is that since the event was virtual, people can still attend the 2020 NCCA after the fact.
As Dr. Richard Land, president of SES, noted, “In addition to the advantage of the conference having been available around the world because it was virtual, it now allows people who missed the conference to still attend after the fact. People can become virtual apologetics ‘time-travelers’ and attend all the general session as well as the more than 100 workshops that were offered. When you pay a $30 registration, you can eventually watch all of the sessions and workshops as many times as you desire until April 15, 2021—and you can have as many people watch them with you as you wish. You can go to conference.ses.edu to find out how you can register and receive your access to all of this great, informative, and inspirational material. The entire program of speakers is a great resource for Bible studies and prayer groups as well.
“The over 1500 registered attendees have given us almost universally positive feedback about their very positive experiences from attending the conference virtually. If you decide to become an apologetics time-traveler and register to view the conference, I am sure you will agree that they are great and inspirational resources.”
Notably, speaker Abdu Murray—who spoke on the topic of “Hold Fast to Truth,” said, “People who rise from the dead tend to have great credibility.” Commented one attendee of those words, “That was a great quote from Abdu Murray’s session. I also really loved how he spoke about Truth over preferences.”
Dr. Land delivered his plenary session on the topic of “Hold Fast to Faith.” Other illustrious speakers this year included Gary Habermas (“Hold Fast to Courage”), Hugh Ross (“Hold Fast to The Gospel”), Richard Howe (“Hold Fast to The Good”), Alisa Childers, who recently released her new book “Another Gospel?” and many more. A complete list of all 75 speakers who appeared can be found at conference.ses.edu.
SES has received very encouraging feedback on its virtual conference this year, including these comments:
- “I’m so glad this convention has been made available online. It has truly been a blessing!”
- “I live in an area far away from any types of conferences like these, so getting to take part virtually is so helpful.”
- “This attendance format was perfect for me. Thank you all so much for thinking outside the norm to make this year a great success! I loved this online format.”
As part of the virtual approach, plenary and breakout sessions were live-streamed, and recordings are being posted this week for on-demand viewing. All those who attended will have exclusive access to more than 100 hours of content until April 15, 2021. Attendees also participated in sessions by asking questions in a virtual chat that speakers then addressed. Dr. Land noted that for the first time, attendees were spared the excruciating task of having to choose between great competing workshops offered during the same period. This year, participants viewed one session in real time each day—and can now watch all other offerings at their leisure.
Land also teaches classes at SES on a regular basis. Recently he taught a live-streaming ethics class from the perspective of biblical truth and natural law. This month (Oct. 19-24), SES will offer a new class on “Christian Theology, Racism, and Social Justice.” Land will be the “lead teacher” and will welcome Dr. Alveda King, Kay James, and Ralph Reed as prominent guest speakers who will address various aspects of these issues. It will be a live-streamed course. Learn more about this and other SES classes here or visit ses.edu/apply.
To learn more about this year’s NCCA virtual conference, visit conference.ses.edu. For 27 years, SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics has given believers the tools, knowledge, and motivation to defend their beliefs in a culture that is sometimes hostile toward Christianity.
To interview Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary, contact Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.