Biography: For 30 years he pastored at Grace Fellowship Church of God in Front Royal, Virginia and also pastor in Illinois, North Carolina. Dennis was mentored by Pastor Z. B. Duncan in Lenoir, North Carolina and by the Church of the Resurrection Hope elders and leaders. He is licensed and ordained by his home church in North Carolina, by the Southeast Conference of the Churches of God and by the Church of God General Conference.
Sunday sermon: "Seed Sown Among Thorns." Some receive the Word of the Kingdom with a joyful heart. What happens next?
Biography: Born in Surrey, England; educated at Oxford University and Bethany Theological Seminary. MA in theology and modern languages. Part-time staff of Atlanta Bible College. Anthony continues to write, teach and travel, fulfilling a life-long desire to make the best of Bible scholarship available to the wider churchgoing public. Served as co-editor of A Journal from the Radical Reformation. Married to Barbara with three daughters.
Title: Will You Accept Jesus?
Biography: Sean Finnegan is the president of Living Hope International Ministries (lhim.org), a biblical unitarian network of churches and fellowships. He's also the host of Restitutio (restitutio.org), a weekly podcast focused on restoring authentic Christianity. He lives in the Albany-area of New York with his beautiful and talented wife, Ruth, and their four boys. He holds an MTS in Early Christian History from Boston University, a BA in Theology from Atlanta Bible College, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Title: Why I No Longer Use the King James Version
Thesis: As a young Christian, I read and studied the King James Version of the Bible exclusively, because I sincerely believed it was the most accurate English translation available. Even though the Shakespearean language and arcane vocabulary impeded my comprehension, I pushed through, thinking it was all worth it. I wasn't going to sell out to some dumbed-down modern version for the sake convenience. However, later on, when I learned that the oldest Hebrew and Greek manuscripts weren't discovered until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, well after the KJV came about, I began to doubt my confidence in the venerable KJV. This presentation will cover two major flaws in the KJV and explain why newer translations are often more accurate.
Biography: J. Dan Gill is editor-in-chief at 21st Century Reformation and author of The One: In Defense of God. J. Dan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He has done course work in biblical languages at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Belmont University. Much of his academic work has been in the field of church history.
Title: Saved by Whose Works?
Thesis: Is the view that Christians are “not saved by works” an accurate understanding of this aspect of Soteriology? This presentation explores views of Jesus, Paul and other NT figures regarding this important question.
Biography: Ken holds a B.A. in Religions from Southern Methodist Univ. (S.M.U.) 1975. He has been a Bible student since 1972 in several U.S. locations, Spain, and Mexico. He has worked as a Language Arts school teacher, specializing in helping kids with behavioral issues for 35 years. He's married to Luz del Carmen. They have been blessed to raise 3 sons while working as teachers and pastors of home churches on both sides of the border, in Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas.
Title: New Covenant Identity Markers - and Empathetic Apologetics
Thesis: Faithful Bible readers can see clearly how old covenant identity markers, which distinguished devout Jews from their Gentile neighbors, ceased to be applicable to new covenant Messiah people. What kind of "new" identity markers now serve to designate the reconfigured faithful to YHWH and His Anointed One? How are such distinctive identity markers vital in bearing authentic fruit? How did Paul's early letters carry Jesus' kingdom "covenant" realities to an international, spiritual family? Does Christian empathy play a role in helping others come into the family and growing in its new covenant truths?
Biography: As of January 7, 2017 Joe is retired as President and Executive Director of COGGC. He's still teaching through Zoom, distance learning, at Atlanta Bible College. Joe and Rebekah moved to Arizona to be near family. He received his doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary, and one of his masters is from Fuller Theological Seminary. He recently published on Amazon, a short book, Simply God, YHWH 6,828. He still teaches and preaches at different times.
Title: MIND THE GAP! Jesus the Christ or Jesus the God?
Thesis: In N.T. Wright’s book, Simply Jesus, he says there are “two myths” that swirl around, the “classic Western Christian myth about Jesus,” and the “new classic modernist myth” that “Jesus was just an ordinary man.” (p.17) Kuschel (Born Before All Time?) quotes Lessing, “That, then, is the ugly, broad ditch which I cannot get across, however often and however earnestly I have tried to make the leap.” (p.30) Can we make the leap biblically, from Jesus to God the Son? I do not think that is necessary! We need to “Mind the Gap!” Biblical Unitarian Christology is placing Jesus in truth where he belongs, at the right hand of God. “…The enlightened, critical historian inevitably finds a deep ditch between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith.” ( Crispin Fletcher-Louis, Jesus Monotheism, p. 78) Did Jesus ever think he was God? Find out Dr. Larry Hurtado’s answer!
Biography: Bill Schlegel taught Bible history, geography and Hebrew in Israel for over three decades. He is the author of the Satellite Bible Atlas. Through Bible study, Bill came to the understanding that the LORD is one, and that Jesus is the LORD’s human Messiah. Bill is married to Stephanie. They currently live in Tennessee with the two youngest of their five children.
Title: "Jesus Christ is not a human person” (the anhypostasis of Jesus Christ).
Thesis: Bill will look at the Trinitarian claim that since God the Son “took on humanity” he was not a human person, otherwise Jesus Christ would be two persons (one divine person and one human person). Trinitarian theologians call the non-human personhood of Jesus Christ the anhypostasis (“without personhood”), and the divine personalizing of the human nature the enhypostasis. Schlegel examines the anhypostasis theory from a biblical perspective and finds the theory to be anti-Messiah.
Biography: Robin Todd lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife, Marisa. Children and grandchildren are also nearby. Robin has an Associate Degree in Theology and Ministry from the Atlanta Bible College which he completed eight years ago at age 60. He is pastor of the Western Washington Church of God, a congregation of the Church of God General Conference in McDonough, Georgia. Previous to starting that congregation eight years ago, Robin began the Scattered Brethren Network, which has sought to connect like-minded Biblical Unitarians together for fellowship, and to promote the Biblical faith. To that end he has a website at www.scatteredbrethren.org, and a Facebook page on which he has a weekly livestream (search on Facebook for Scattered Brethren Network).
Title: “Honor the Creator, Believe the Gospel”
Thesis: Although much of the world’s human population would admit to believing in a God (or gods) of some kind, it is generally not thankful nor respectful of Him as the Creator. This lack of thanks and honor for Him as the Creator is reflected in religions that diminish His creative work. Thus humans generally are in the dark regarding the purpose for which they were created. The gospel of the coming Kingdom of God which has been declared throughout God’s Biblical revelation to humankind, is like a beacon of light in that darkness…pointing us back to the Creator and His purposes. But Satan’s worldwide deception has continued to hide these truths from the very beginning. He knows that it is in this kind of information, when believed and connected to God’s holy spirit in us, that there is power to become everything human beings were meant to be as God’s future immortal children.
Biography: Dale (PhD, Brown) was a professor of Philosophy from 2000-2018. He has published peer-reviewed articles on Trinity theories and other topics. He now works outside of academia in middle Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Title: The Stages of Trinitarian Commitment
Thesis: In this talk I will describe stages which people go through regarding belief in God as Trinity, starting with the stage where most trinitarians are at. Here, you have only a vague idea of what "the Trinity" is supposed to be, and you're afraid to investigate it, as you've been told this is far above your pay grade. Best to keep nodding and leave it up to the experts. But, what happens when you decide to open the latch and look under the hood?
Biography: From agnostic to Christian unitarian
Title: A Brief History of Spiritual Gifts
Thesis: 1. Have NT gifts like prophecy, healing, tongues continued or ceased? 2. If they continue, do claimants meet the biblical standards as some of us non-trinitarians understand them?
Biography: Tracy is a career missionary who served in Russia for nearly 20 years. She continues to serve alongside many scattered brethren and helps to encourage and strengthen them. Her website engages in internet evangelism and connects believers around the world. She's president of the MN Missionary Society and runs an equine ministry/business (www.hh-familyfarm.com). She lives in Oak Park, MN with her husband and 3 children.
Title: Living and Holy Sacrifices. Body & Mind
Thesis: Christians are called by Christ to walk as children of light and offer their lives as living and holy sacrifices.