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Annual Apologetics Conference

Apologetics is a Biblical word which is found in 1 Peter 3:15b: “always being prepared to make a (apologia) defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”

Every year we bring together some of the leading apologists in the church to discuss topics of interest to those who may or may not be members of Christ’s Church.  This conference was begun in 2007 under the inspiration and leadership of the Rev. Rodney Zwonitzer, who now enjoys retirement after serving as the Director of Broadcast Services for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Missouri. 


Naming the Demon: Apologetics in the Rabbit Hole

The Rev. Peter Burfeind, author of the highly commended Gnostic America, A Reading of Contemporary American Culture & Religion according to Christianity’s Oldest Heresy (Pax Domini Press, 2014) will clearly identify the pervasive, ever growing danger of Gnosticism in modern culture and how it robs Christians of salvation, to provide an attractive alternative “secret knowledge,” a path to (flesh) “being god” instead of knowing God. Sound familiar (Gen. 3. 5)?

This event was hosted by Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 7 p.m.

You may find links to the handouts and the audio here.


Previous years’ topics and speakers include:

2018 – Prof. Jack Cascione: “The Bible Encounter”

2017 – Rev. Dr. Roland Ziegler

2016 – Rev. John T. Pless

2015 – Rev. Joel R. Baseley

2013 – Rev. Jonathan Fisk: “Broken,” and “How Not to Let the Zombie Apocalypse Get You Down”

2012 – Rev. Todd Wilken: “On-line Apologetics: The Free Marketplace of Ideas, Opinions, and Just Plain Stupidity”

2011 – Rev. John T. Pless: “Human Beings or Persons? Conflicting World Views”

2010 – Professor and Composer Terry Herald: “The Power of Music: Positive, Negative, and Neutral”

2009 – Game Show Format for Discernment: “To Tell the Truth, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?”

2008 – Dr. Adam Francisco: “Christians and the Challenge of Islam; a Balanced View”

2007 – Dr. Angus Menuge: “Intelligent Design or Darwinism?” & Dr. Jeffrey Kloha: “Did We Got the Right Bible?”