What is Reality? Atheist & Christian Discuss!

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GENERAL LIBRARY BASEMENT B15 & B14

University of Auckland

This will also be live streamed and a live Q&A submission link announced on the night!

Come see this structured cross examination and discussion between Peter Harrison, a Naturalist-Atheist and President of the NZ Association of Rationalists and Humanists, and Mark Powell, a Baptist Christian Pastor, lecturer and previous CEO of the Warehouse Group in NZ.

They will be discussing the nature of reality and how we know it. Do you think reality as we experience it is better in line with the Christian narrative of the Naturalist description!?

Bring a friend and come and join the conversation! We would love your questions on the night for the back and forth Q&A!

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Unshaken ’19

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UNSHAKEN ’19 CONFERENCE

In today’s society, and as culture rapidly shifts around us, we’re constantly faced with new waves of challenges and conversations that challenge our faith. It is more important than ever for us, as Christians, to find clarity and confidence in what we believe as topics such as, the value of human life, sexual identity and God’s ultimate truth are being questioned.

Unshaken is a conference for youth and young adults (age 13-30 years) designed to ignite the Christian imagination, and empower us to understand why Christianity is not only believable but also desirable. We’re bringing together speakers, artists and performers to explore the tools we need to become salt and light in our spheres of influence. Join us as we explore the hard questions and learn how to navigate culture together![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

We’re bringing UNSHAKEN ’19 to three cities this year

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Friday Night | Doors Open 6.30 pm | Session begins 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm
Saturday | Doors Open 9.30 am | Program begins 10.00 am – ends 6.00 pm

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AUCKLAND

16th & 17th August
C3 Ellerslie

20 Cawley St, Ellerslie

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TAURANGA

23rd & 25th August
Tauranga Elim

59 Koromiko Street

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CHRISTCHURCH

6th & 7th September
Riccarton Community Church

44 Elizabeth St, Riccarton

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AUCKLAND & TAURANGA

Keynote Speaker | Megan Almon

Megan, a former University of Georgia gymnast, was a part of the 2002 SEC Championship team. She worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008, joined Life Training Institute in 2009, and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011. Megan and her husband, Tripp, who serves as a pastor and a gymnastics coach, have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at their log cabin in Newnan, Ga., and is still known to practice handstands in her living room and occasionally coach the sport she still loves. She has served as faculty at Summit Ministries and Impact 360. She has spoken to high school-and-college assemblies and classrooms, conferences, youth organizations, women’s groups, and congregations across the nation on topics including:

  • The Case for Life — Communicating and defending the pro-life view persuasively and graciously
  • Christianity as a Worldview — Thinking about Christianity as a worldview and how that impacts the whole Christian
  • The Resurrection: A B.E.A.R. of an Argument — Sharing and defending the truth of the Resurrection of Christ winsomely and convincingly

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CHRISTCHURCH

Keynote Speaker | Brendan Malone

Brendan Malone is the Director of LifeNET NZ. He has been working full-time in pro-life, marriage, and family ministry for the last 14 years where he speaks at churches, universities, high schools, and conferences on bioethics and sexuality issues throughout New Zealand and Australia. During that time he has delivered over 500 presentations, and spoken to more than 30,000 people. He is one of the founders of ACTIV8 Pro-Life Training Week – an annual philosophy, apologetics, and media/social-media training event for young adults which has been running for 10 years in New Zealand and over 7 years in Australia. He is married to Katie and they have five children. Brendan also has a background in communications and media training, and he regularly connects with people in the online space via his YouTube channel which has approximately 20,000 subscribers.

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What’s Covered

Topics and speakers vary between venues 

In today’s society, and as culture rapidly shifts around us, we’re constantly faced with new waves of challenges and conversations that challenge our faith. It is more important than ever for us, as Christians, to find clarity and confidence in what we believe as topics such as, the value of human life, sexual identity and God’s ultimate truth are being questioned.

Unshaken is a conference for youth and young adults (age 13-30 years) designed to ignite the Christian imagination, and empower us to understand why Christianity is not only believable but also desirable. We’re bringing together speakers, artists and performers to explore the tools we need to become salt and light in our spheres of influence. Join us as we explore the hard questions and learn how to navigate culture together!

Joining us for UNSHAKEN ’19 we have, Megan Almon (Life Training Institute, USA), Brendan Malone (Focus on the Family NZ), Jason Knapp (Thinking Matters), Neihana Reihana (Oati Trust), Rodney Lake (Thinking Matters), and Scott McCulloch (Lifezone) who will help us to engage with the following discussions:

  • Mental Health: Exploring Depression and the Hope for Change
  • Racial Reconciliation: Healing the Scars of Our History
  • Human Value: What the Bible Says About Why We Matter?
  • Sexuality: Questions & Answers
  • Pure Freedom: How Limits Help Liberate Us
  • Culture Sculptors: The Christian’s Call to Shape Culture
  • The Porn Phenomenon: The Impact of Pornography in the Digital Age
  • The Battle for Truth: Rethinking the Lies We Believe Without Thinking
  • What Do We Mean When We Talk About Worldview
  • How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell?
  • Modern Feminism & Christianity: Are They Compatible Or Conflicting?
  • Faith & Technology: How Scripture Can Shape the Way We Engage with Screens

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TICKETS

Dates vary for discounts for each event

Super Early Bird | $29
available until about six weeks before each conference

Early Bird | $39
available until about three weeks before each conference

Standard Tickets | $49
available right up until each conference

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Confident Christianity Conference 2019

Confident Christianity Conference 2019

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AUCKLAND  |  TAURANGACHRISTCHURCH

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Can you give both intellectually and emotionally satisfying answers to tough questions about God and Jesus? Can you represent Christ’s message in a reasonable and compassionate way, even in the face of doubt and scepticism?

Confident Christianity Conference – our annual premier conference – is packed full of top international and local speakers who will equip you with the tools to sensitively and skillfully respond to the biggest objections Christians encounter today.

Become equipped to live a confident, yet gracious, everyday faith.

  • Be equipped with skills and knowledge for God conversations with your friends.
  • Be encouraged in struggles with doubts about your faith.
  • Get answers to some of the most common questions non-believers ask about your Christian faith.
  • Be motivated to engage others in conversations about God.

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Early Bird pricing

Adult     |    $79      Save $10
Pensioner      |     $59      
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Student       |     $45      Save $10
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Standard Pricing

Adult     |    $89
Pensioner      |     $69

Student       |     $55
Family      |     $239 

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Auckland

7th-8th June

Northcross Church
826a East Coast Road
Oteha, Auckland

Early Bird pricing available until 10th May 2019

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Tauranga

14th-15th June

C3 City Church
252 Otumoetai Road
Otumoetai, Tauranga

Early Bird pricing available until 17th May 2019

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Christchurch

24th-25th May

Hope Presbyterian Church
27 Amyes Rd
Hornby, Christchurch

Early Bird pricing available until 26th April 2019 

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Keynote Speaker | Auckland & Tauranga

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Stuart McAllister | International Director | Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Keynote Speaker for Auckland and Tauranga, Stuart McAllister saw his life changed by Christ at the early age of twenty. A hunger to learn more and deepen his understanding of the faith eventually led him to join Operation Mobilization in 1978. He worked with the organization for twenty years in Vienna, Austria, and his service took him to Yugoslavia, where he was imprisoned for forty days for distributing Christian literature. Upon his release, he continued to work in communist countries, resulting in more imprisonments.

Stuart joined Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in 1998 as the International Director and today serves as Global Support Specialist. With a heavy travel schedule that takes him all over the globe, Stuart speaks in churches, universities, and other forums with the same passion he first knew as a follower of Christ.

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Keynote Speaker | Christchurch

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Dan Paterson | Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Dan Paterson is a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries based in Brisbane, Australia. After some family tragedies in his childhood that raised a series of barriers to belief in God, Dan came to Christ at eighteen years old through an investigation of the New Testament. The towering figure of Jesus of Nazareth and his response to suffering moved him to faith.

Given this background and his involvement in speaking to youth, Dan developed a driving passion to study theology and apologetics in order to help make sense of the Christian faith for skeptics and spiritual seekers. He completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in ministry and theology in Australia as well as the one-year course at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

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Conference Topics and Speakers

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Which Happiness? Whose Good Life? The Pursuit Of Happiness As God Intends

Freedoms Call, The Longing For Lasting and Real, Freedom

Our Non-Physical World – Everything That Makes Us Human

Making Sense Of Suffering – Why Evil Is A Problem For Atheists

The Case For The Ressurection – How We Can Know Jesus Rose From The Dead

The Gospel and The Courage To Be Countercultural​

Effective Use of Social Media in Cultural Engagement

Call Me Crazy, But I Think God Is Real!

Tough doubts, real faith – Is God an imaginary friend, or a real one?

Has Science Buried God? Does Science Make More Sense In A Christian Or Atheistic World?

Why Suffering? How The Christian Story Changes Our Experience Of Suffering

Am I Crazy to Believe in Miracles? Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence?

Understanding Transgenderism – A Christian Response to the Gender Identity Phenomenon

Heterosexuality; The Hazardous Journey Into Adulthood

The Latest Threat to Christian Morality and Freedom: Therapeutic Sexual-formation Censorship Legislation

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David Riddell | Founder | Living Wisdom

Trained in Theology, psychology and Pastoral care, with over 30,000 hours of logged counselling hours, David has incredible insight into the psychological behind many relevant cultural and hot topic issues such as sexuality, anxiety and depression.

AKL | TGA | CHC

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Renee Joubert | Executive Officer | Euthanasia-Free NZ

Renée Joubert is the executive officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ, a secular non-profit organisation informing the public about implications of legal euthanasia and assisted suicide. Euthanasia-Free NZ is a member of the Care Alliance, along with Hospice New Zealand, the Salvation Army, Family First and others.

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Brendan Malone | Focus on the Family

Brendan Malone has been working full-time in pro-life, marriage, and family ministry for the last 14 years where he speaks at churches, universities, high schools, and conferences on bioethics and sexuality issues throughout New Zealand and Australia.

AKL | TGA | CHC

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Mark Powell | Chairman | NZ Christian Network

Former CEO of The Warehouse Group, Mark now has a number of commercial and Christian not-for-profit board roles. A speaker for Thinking Matters, he regularly presents at churches and conferences around New Zealand.

AKL | TGA | CHC

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Ann Hutchison | Senior University Lecturer

After building a career in human resource management Ann discovered academia in her early thirties and became hooked on research.  As a past HR practitioner, her research has a practical bent, aimed at serving the HR profession. Her research focuses on some core areas of HR delivery: recruitment and selection, staff development, reward and performance management, with a particular context of interest: senior executives. She is also particularly interested in supervising masters or PhD students who wish to conduct research on the senior-executive context.

AKL | TGA 

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Adam Claasen | Senior History University Lecturer

A university academic with 19 years teaching and research experience in the field of history, Dr. Adam Claasen also talks on the intersection of faith and popular culture & the historical links between faith and science.

AKL | TGA 

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Dave Mann | Shining Lights Trust

Author of the booklets “Because we care”, “That Leaders might last,” Dave Mann is passionate about communicating an understanding of the Christian Faith in the public square in creative and engaging ways.

AKL | TGA | CHC

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Rodney Lake | National Director | Thinking Matters

Rodney speaks at churches, youth groups, conferences and to non-believers at outreach events around the country on the reasons why Christianity is true. He is an adjunct apologetics lecturer at Faith Bible College and Bethlehem Tertiary Institute.

AKL | TGA | CHC

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Todd Funk | Director of Speaker Development | Thinking Matters

Todd‘s messages, teaching and ministry have powerfully impacted people of all ages on several continents. He has spoken for Thinking Matters at our Confident Christianity conferences and Unshaken Youth & Young Adult Conference and has been involved in men’s ministries and accountability groups for over 15 years.

AKL | TGA | CHC

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Jason Knapp | National Youth Director | Thinking Matters

Passionate about seeing young people equipped to navigate culture & persuasively share their faith with others, Jason is a dynamic communicator who speaks to students across the country at youth ministries, churches, and university campuses.

AKL | TGA | CHC

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Bruce Fraser | Director of Leadership Development | Thinking Matters

Working days as a Software Architect & nights & weekends as a husband and father of two, Bruce is passionate about seeing people love God with their whole heart, mind, soul and strength.

AKL | TGA | CHC

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…and more to be announced!

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