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4th Annual Worldview Super Conference 2010: Sovereignty & Dominion

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Why are you here? What is your purpose? Are Christians meant to eke out a passive existence in this life while they wait to die and go to heaven… or is there something more? The Bible tells us in Genesis 1:28 that God created us to multiply, fill the earth, and take dominion of His creation for His Glory. When Jesus came to earth, He gave his disciples the Great Commission and told them to make disciples of all nations, Baptize them, and teach them to obey all that he had commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). These two mandates form the basis for why Christ’s Church exists on this planet. Every square inch of this world belongs to King Jesus. It is our privilege to serve Him by exercising servanthood dominion in every area of life.

American Vision’s 4th annual Worldview Super Conference will be held July 21 – 24, 2010, on the picturesque campus of the recently expanded North Metro Church on Barrett Parkway. This conveniently located church is just minutes from Kennesaw’s Town Center Mall area, offering a vast array of lodging and culinary options. The church is just 4 miles off major interstates 75 and 575, a 26 mile drive from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. A large bookstore and lobby will feature a Worldview Super Store and exhibits from relevant ministries and organizations. You won’t want to miss it! Make plans to join us for this unique family event this July in Atlanta!

Find out more about the American Vision LIVE Webcast of the 2010 Sovereignty and Dominion Conference!

Registration pricing starts at just $164 and INCLUDES all sessions, workshops, performances, provided onsite meals, and a great time of fellowship with like-minded brethren from across the globe!

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Schedule

Wednesday, July 21

10:00 am  –  Registration and Store Opens! Be sure to bring your barcoded ticket (attached to your registration confirmation email) to sign in.

1:00 pm – Congregational singing with Nathan Clark George & Welcome

1:30 pm – Gary DeMar: Why Government CAN Save You (It All Depends on Your Definition of Government) – Government isn’t the same as politics. Before Christians can change our present corrupt political system, we must lay hold of a truly biblical view of government that (1) acknowledges the sovereign, overruling government of God and (2) the limitations of delegated governments created by God. The further we get from God’s sovereign will, the closer we get to the tyranny of men. Gary will develop a biblical definition of government and then show how Christians are obligated to return civil government to its proper and limited role. He will counter a number of arguments (Biblical and Constitutional) that Christians often use for not getting involved beyond the private sphere.

2:30 pm – Reverend David Hall: The Impact of the Reformation on America – John Calvin’s disciple Theodore Beza was the unsung hero of the American revolution. Prior to the time of Calvin’s disciples, a doctrine of unqualified submission to the civil magistrate prevailed within Christendom. Calvin and his followers were forced to re-examine such notions and the result of their exegetical reformulations transformed the West. Without the theology of the Reformation, American government would not have unfolded as it did. The ideas of limited government, checks-and-balances for elected rulers, civic accountability, constitutionalism and individual/family responsibility will be discussed as seeds sown two centuries prior to 1776.

Break

4:00 pm – Nathan Clark George Concert

4:30 pm – Joel McDurmon: One Kingdom, One Law: A Critique of Two-Kingdom Madness – Recently some Reformed theologians have made a concerted effort to revive “Two Kingdoms” theology, a construct that separates society and civil government from God’s redemptive work and revealed law. Following this dualistic view as it influenced Reformed theologians of the past, even John Calvin, these modern teachers wish to divert Christian efforts at reforming politics, law, business, economics, etc. and focus only on “the Church.” Does this doctrine have any Biblical justification or is it merely medieval hangover? Why did many Reformed theologians historically hold a similar view? And why do certain Reformed professors focus so centrally on this issue today? What is their argument? What is their agenda? What influence will they have? Joel McDurmon’s lecture will confront this issue and its implications from the perspective of a Biblical worldview.

5:30 pm – Dinner Provided Onsite (Free Meal!) by California Dreaming; background music presented by Harp of Dixie

7:00 pm – Bojidar Marinov: Europe as a Mirror for America

Break

8:15 pm – Roger Schultz: The Christian Philosophy of History – Covering Biblical teaching about the nature of history, emphasizing creation, God’s sovereignty and providence and theology in contrast to secular approaches. A Biblical and Reformed approach to history is the only consistent and meaningful philosophy of history.

9:30 pm – Store Closes

Thursday, July 22

8:00 am – Store opens (open all day)

8:30 am – Nathan Clark George & Congregational Singing

8:45 am – Roger Schultz: Christianity and Postmodern Historiography – Postmodern approaches to history, including multicultural and deconstructionist innovations have dominated liberal academia. This presentation is a Biblical critique of the presuppositions, emphases and trajectory of postmodern historians.

9:45 am – Joel McDurmon: Kicking Against the Pricks (Acts 9:5); Christian Political Theory – McDurmon argues that modern Christians need a “Damascus Road experience” in order to wake up to the real challenges of reforming Christian social theory. What will it take? What inertias must we overcome? Why do so many refuse to get involved? Why do mainstream theologians who do address the issue fail to offer real solutions for godly change? Why do those who do offer solutions get attacked and black-listed by mainstream theologians? This lecture will answer those questions and offer practical direction for reforming Christian social theory.

Break

11:00 am – John Eidsmoe: The Church and the IRS – Pastors and churches need to be assured that they can get up in the pulpit and discuss anything related to social issues, pending legislation and particular candidates. Specific details of the law, current legislation, and related issues will be covered. Has any church lost its tax-exempt status and how? What freedom does the Constitution guarantee the church and her pastor?

12:00 pm – Lunch Provided Onsite (Free Meal!) by Chick-fil-A; don’t forget to have your photo taken with the famous Chick-fil-A Cow!

1:00 pm – Nathan Clark George mini-concert

1:15 pm – Bill Potter: John Winthrop and a City on a Hill – The English Puritans who came to America in the “Great Migration” of the 1630s brought the Law of God and the dominion mandate to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This lecture will trace the theological roots of the “Spiritual Brotherhood” of pastors whose theology was of the most serious and practical kind as they sought to develop a culture based on God’s Sovereignty and dominion over the whole of society.

2:30 pm – Reverend Joseph Morecraft: An Introduction to Authentic Christianity – Culminating a lifetime of learning, preaching and pastoral care, Morecraft will give an overview of his five-volume work which incorporates the most stalwart of Reformed theology from recent centuries as well as past masters. In a time when the church faces many doctrinal challenges, Morecraft calls her back to the foundations of the Reformed faith, directing her to the spiritual power of God’s Word through consistent application and relentless recourse to God’s Word as taught through the Larger Catechism. In this session we will find relevant solutions to the challenges the Church faces and the power to transform individuals, families and our culture.

Break

4:00 pm – Israel Wayne: The Family and Dominion – It seems everything in our culture is fighting against the unity and sanctity of the family. The battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation is being waged by secularists who use the media, education and pop culture to promote their humanistic agenda. How can parents not only defend their homes against this assault, but equip their children to advance the Kingdom of God into every sphere of life? This message will help you learn how to successfully train and equip world-changers.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Break for Offsite Dinner (Meal Not Provided) – We suggest you utilize this opportunity as a time to fellowship with other attendees at nearby eateries! AV hopes to provide discounts, too! Details to follow….

7:00 pm – Charles Marshall: Family Friendly Christian Comedy

8:15 pm – Samaritan Ministries International Workshop

8:15 pm – Evidence America Workshop: Homicidal Atheists – How atheists are murdering the God of hope and what you can do about it! The worldview promoted by atheists, while loud and seemingly intellectual, is completely devoid of hope in the end. In this talk, President of Evidence America, Wes Moore, will give strong arguments for the Biblical God’s existence, explain death and suffering from a Biblical point of view, and demonstrate how the increasingly atheistic worldview of our culture – along with all other non-biblical worldviews – leads only to hopelessness. Finally, Wes will outline effective strategies for engaging the lost with this powerful truth: The only hope that exists is in the God of the Bible!

9:30 pm – Store Closes

Friday, July 23

8:00 am – Store opens (open all day)

8:30 am – Nathan Clark George & Congregational Singing

8:45 am – Dr. Gary North: Wish List #1: The Right Home School Curriculum

9:45 am – Dr. Gary North: Wish List #2: The Right Christian College

Break

11:00 am – Samaritan Ministries International Workshop

12:00 pm – Lunch Provided Onsite (Free Meal!) by Dagwood Subs

1:00 pm – Harp of Dixie mini-concert

1:15 pm – Joel McDurmon: Christians in the Trenches – Following his previous discussion of reforming Christian social theory, McDurmon will now attempt to answer the common question for dominion-minded Christians: “What do I do now?” Addressing many areas including education, economics and government, from the family to the state, this talk will offer the desperately needed practical application, tangible actions Christians can take towards reforming civil and social order.

2:30 pm – Bruce Shortt: Conceived in Sin – All too often official history is a myth and the more enduring historical myths are those that play to our conceit, greed and lethargy. One enduring historical myth is the story of the immaculate conception of the public school system. That myth is closely allied to the critical faculty numbing claim that “this generation” (pick any generation) is the “best educated ever.” These falsehoods have consoled several generations of American parents while also puffing them up with pride and absolving them of any sense of responsibility for investigating the true nature of their children’s education. The truth about the origins of the public school system may surprise you and may help you understand why “the little red schoolhouse” would be more accurately described as the “little whited sepulchre.”

Break

4:00 pm – Gary DeMar: Why It Might Be Ok to Eat Your Neighbor – A high percentage of Christian young people go off to college and often lose their faith because they have not been prepared to answer some of the tough questions of the day. Atheism is alive and well in all sectors of society. The media have done a good job propping up the modern-day atheist movement. So what’s the best way to answer atheist objections? While the traditional proofs and reason-alone argumentation coupled with the claim of factual neutrality are the most popular methods, there is a better way. It doesn’t take long to get into the head of born-again atheist when you ask him a series of questions of how he accounts for his new “rational” faith and the moral worldview that he claims is far superior to biblical morality. Gary will show you and your children how to ask the right questions of an atheist and also how to use their words and ideas against them.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner Provided Onsite (Free Meal!) by Williamson Brothers BBQ; Live bluegrass performed by The Carrell Family

7:00 pm – Kevin Swanson: Rousseau vs. God – Two Theories of Education – The core battlefield, the Omaha-Beach of the war of the worldviews is without question, taking place in the field of education. When Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote the book on K-12 education several years after abandoning his own children on the doorstep of an orphanage, he set the direction for the modern humanist state. Here Kevin Swanson will contrast “God’s form of Education” with the Education configured by Cain and that modern vagabond, Rousseau, in sharp and jarring antithesis.

8:15 pm – Anthony Edwards: Family-Friendly Celebrity Impressionist

8:15 pm – Evidence America Workshop: Your Worldview is Dying – Relevant strategies to promote a Biblical worldview to the lost around you. The Biblical worldview is all but dead in America, even among professed believers. The worldview of the average American is a cross between ancient Hinduism, secular atheism, and New Age mysticism. Wes Moore will discuss the reasons for this frightening transformation, offer a single, potent cure – a radical obedience to the Great Commission on the American continent – and spell out a non-confrontational, aggressive model for engaging the lost in the believer’s sphere of influence.

9:30 pm – Store Closes

Saturday, July 24

8:00 am – Store opens (open all day)

8:30 am – Nathan Clark George & Congregational Singing

8:45 am – Kevin Swanson: Creating a Financial Legacy for Your Family – The Platonic-Marxist worldview is committed to the dissolution of the family and the ultimatization of the state. Against this construct, Kevin Swanson presents a biblical socio-economic system in the form of the family. In what ways can families begin to reconstruct a decentralized family-based economic system that will “re-relevantize” the family in the 21st century? This powerful presentation will give families practical ways to build a biblical socio-economic construct, at a key moment in history – as the Keynesian system is on the brink of collapse.

9:45 am – Bojidar Marinov: The Defense of Property Rights

Break

11:00 am – Gary DeMar: The 4 Beliefs That Render Christians Powerless & How to Overcome Them – It’s been said for a long time that ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have bad consequences, and Christians have quite a few of them. If we are going to confront our world with a biblical worldview, then we need to confront the inadequacies of our own worldview. This is a hard thing to do, but it must be done! Gary will discuss the problems of (1) Dualism, (2) Red-Letter Christianity, (3) Gnosticism and (4) Escapism. Irenaeus wrote, “Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to be inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than truth itself.”

12:00 pm – Break for Offsite Lunch – We suggest you utilize this opportunity as a time to fellowship with other attendees at nearby eateries!

1:15 pm – AXIS Worldview Workshop: Media, Culture and College – Geared specifically for youth ages 14-22, AXIS Worldview leader David Eaton will model the importance of living with an integrated worldview, challenging them to grapple with some of the most influential ideas in the history of our planet, looking at worldview that impact the entire world. Students will be encouraged to evaluate their own beliefs and will be given the tools to ensure that they have a well-reasoned, consistent and coherent worldview.

2:15 pm – Evidence America Workshop: American Catastrophe – The America we know and love from the past is cooling in the coffin and we all know it. In this talk, Wes Moore will outline the warning signs seen in modern America as confirmed by the Old Testament prophets. Then Wes will contrast contemporary church growth and cultural change strategies with the approach presented in the New Testament. Finally, in order to bring about the change we all desire in the Church and our culture, Wes will outline a biblical strategy for reformation and revival that is the only lasting solution to the spiritual collapse of America.

5:00 pm – Store Closes

Conference Pricing

REGISTER TODAY
Ministerial Staff Price – $164

Anyone currently and actively involved in a full-time ministry role (missionaries, pastors, Christian school teachers, chaplains, non-profit directors) is eligible for this registration price. AV is certified to provide 4 CEU credit with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as a benefit to teachers who are required to participate in continuing education (possible tax deductions as well).

Single / Student / Military Price – $189
Any attendees not attending as part of a married couple or family unit, currently full-time military personnel, or currently enrolled college students of any age are eligible for this registration price.

Married Couple Price – $299
Married couples or couples engaged to be married by the end of 2010 are eligible for this registration price. One parent attending with one child under the age of 18 may also register under this price.

Family (up to 8 persons) Price: $399
Families containing up to 8 persons, including married couple and up to 6 children under the age of 18 are eligible for this pricing.

Family (9+ persons) Price: $499
Families containing 9+ persons, including married couple and children under the age of 18 are eligible for this pricing.

What is included?

All sessions, workshops, performances and provided onsite meals are included in registration pricing as is a personalized Shop ‘n’ Ship box! Fill your box with resources purchased at the conference and we’ll ship it to your home for free.

These low rates are made possible by our sponsor, Samaritan Ministries International.

Speakers

Gary DeMar

Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. In 2007, he earned his Ph.D. in Christian Intellectual History from Whitefield Theological Seminary. Author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles, he also hosts the vodcasted and podcasted Gary DeMar Show. Gary has lived in the Atlanta area since 1979 with his wife, Carol. They have two married sons and are enjoying being grandparents to their grandsons and are members of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA).

Joel McDurmon

M.Div., Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, is the Director of Research for American Vision. He has authored several books, Manifested in the Flesh: How the Historical Evidence of Jesus Refutes Modern Mystics and Skeptics; The Return of the Village Atheist; Zeitgeist Refuted: Is Jesus an Astrological Myth?; and Biblical Logic in Theory and Practice. His latest How to Argue with a Liberal and Win is one of American Vision’s bestsellers and has a corresponding vodcast series on Youtube. He also serves as a lecturer and regular contributor to the American Vision website. He joined American Vision’s staff in the June of 2008. Joel and his wife and three sons live in Dallas, Georgia.

Dr. Gary North

Gary North received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Riverside in 1972. Gary is the author of over 42 books including The War on Mel Gibson: The Media versus The Passion and Crossed Fingers: How Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church. Gary is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking historians and economists in modern times.

Bojidar Marinov

A Reformed missionary to his native Bulgaria for over 10 years, Bojidar preaches and teaches doctrines of the Reformation and a comprehensive Biblical worldview. He and his team have translated over 30,000 pages of Christian literature about the application of the Law of God in every area of man’s life and society, and published those translations online for free. He has been active in the formation of the Libertarian movement in Bulgaria; a co-founder of the Bulgarian Society for Individual Liberty and its first chairman. Maggie and Bojidar Marinov were the first Christian homeschooling family in Bulgaria and they keep working to encourage, help and support other homeschoolers in their country. Bojidar holds the strong belief that the problem of foreign missions today is the truncated Gospel they preach. He believes that the “gospel of personal salvation” makes the missionaries’ preaching irrelevant and therefore kills their credibility in foreign cultures. Only the preaching of the Kingdoms of God as a complete, comprehensive civilization under the Law of God is what accomplishes the Great Commission Jesus Christ gave to His disciples. Preaching for the transformation of souls must be accompanied by preaching the Law of God for the culture those souls live in, otherwise we are not “teaching the nations” in the sense Christ wants us to. Bojidar is committed to build and present a model for missions that is comprehensive, relevant, and worldview-motivated.

Pastor Joseph Morecraft

A preacher of the gospel and a noted lecturer on contemporary political and historical trends in the United States, his published works include How God Wants Us to Worship Him: a Defense of the Bible as the Only Standard for Modern Worship, With Liberty and Justice for All: Christian Politics Made Simple and Authentic Christianity: An Exposition on the Theology and Ethics of the Westminster Larger Catechism. Native to Madison, West Virginia, Pastor Morecraft holds a B.A. in history from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, a M.Div from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and a M.Th. and Th.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland, Florida, has been the pastor of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church since 1974 and has assisted in the planting of other churches in the Atlanta area. Pastor Morecraft and Becky have four children and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Roger Schultz

Before coming to Liberty University in 2002, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for taught at Virginia Intermont College, the University of Arkansas, and Oak Hills Christian College. He is particularly interested in world-view education and how Christian commitments and Biblical presuppositions influence approaches to academic disciplines. His articles on these topics have been translated into Spanish and Hungarian. Dr. Schultz is a specialist in American religious history and he frequently preaches in local churches and speaks at conferences. His essays and articles have appeared in World Magazine; Banner of Truth; Faith for All of Life; Fides et Historia; Chalcedon Report; Contra Mundum; Human Events; The Presbyterian Witness; Presbyterian Advocate; American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia; The Ozark Historical Review; The Journal of Christian Reconstruction; The Christian Observer; Presbyterian and Reformed News; and Christianity and Civilization.

Reverend David Hall

Serving as Senior Pastor of the historic Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Powder Springs, Georgia, he holds degrees from the University of Memphis (1975), Covenant Theological Seminary (1980), and the Ph.D. in Christian Intellectual Thought from Whitefield Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Ann, have three children. Rev. Hall is the author of over 20 books and numerous essays which include: Election Day Sermons; The Arrogance of the Modern: Historical Theology Held in Contempt; Holding Fast to Creation; Did God Create in 6 Days?; and A Heart Promptly Offered: The Revolutionary Leadership of John Calvin. Rev. Hall was the general editor of the Calvin 500 series, and is featured in the American Vision DVD, Masculine Spiritual Leadership.

Bruce Shortt

A graduate of Amherst College, Harvard Law School, has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, was a Fulbright Scholar, and serves on the board of directors of both the Houston Ebony Music Society and the Exodus Mandate. Mr. Shortt is a member of North Oaks Baptist Church and currently practices law in Houston, Texas, where he resides with his wife and their sons. Mr. and Mrs. Shortt believe strongly in homeschooling and homeschool their sons. Bruce Shortt and T.C. Pinckney were co-sponsors of the Christian Education Resolution submitted for consideration at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, calling for pastors to encourage their flock to remove their children from tax-funded schools and establish private Christian schools in the Sunday School classrooms. He is also the author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools (2004).

Israel Wayne

Homeschool graduate and the author of Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Israel is a regular columnist for Home School Digest and Brush Arbor Quarterly, published by Wisdom’s Gate, where he currently serves as the Marketing Director. He is also the site editor for www.ChristianWorldview.net. Israel is a popular conference speaker, and a frequent guest on national radio programs discussing home education and cultural issues from a Biblical perspective. Aiming for both the head and the heart, Israel’s goal is to challenge audiences to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. In his words, “God’s Word applies to all areas of life. There is not one facet of our existence which does not fall under the direct claim of Lordship by Jesus Christ. This includes how we spend our money, what entertainment we consume, how we educate our children, how we use our time, etc. All of life must be understood from within a Biblical worldview.”

Bill Potter

Mr. Potter (MA, PHD, abd) brings almost forty years of research, writing, and teaching experience to the History Guild Lyceum. Bill has held teaching positions in college and university programs as well as being a popular speaker at history conferences and tours in the United States and Europe. He is a member of the Georgia Historical Society and is on the Board of Directors of the Conservative Caucus in Virginia. As a specialist in American political and military history, Bill’s lively lectures have been heard by thousands across America on CD and the internet.

John Eidsmoe

A retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and Alabama State Defense Force Colonel, a graduate of the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War College, John Eidsmoe is Professor of Law at the Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy. He has served as Senior Staff Attorney with the Alabama Supreme Court and is currently Legal Counsel for the Foundation for Moral Law. He is an ordained pastor with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations and serves on the Board of Lutherans for Life, on the Board of the Plymouth Rock Foundation, and on the Board of the Gospel Martial Arts Union, and is a constitutional attorney who has defended home schools, Christian schools, the right of students to study the Bible in public schools, and the right to display the Ten Commandments in the public arena. He has authored 13 books, including Christianity & the Constitution, God & Caesar, and Columbus & Cortez, and has produced numerous audio and video lecture albums including The Institute on the Constitution and Here I Stand: A Biblical Worldview for a New Millennium. He holds six academic degrees in law, theology, and political science.

Deborah Brinson

The recipient of 7 2008 SHMA awards, including Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year, Deborah is a home education graduate from North Carolina. She specializes in performing vocal music from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and the American South while accompanying herself on the harp.

Nathan Clark George

Award winning singer/songwriter Nathan Clark George has been touring with his music for over a decade, including 4 years full-time in an RV with his family, encouraging a multi-generational vision for the family and the Kingdom of Peace. His discography delivers compelling musical presentations of Scripture along with transparent snapshots of life.

The Carrell Family

A huge hit at the 2009 Worldview Super Conference, the Carrell family hails from Alabama, where in 2008 they began to use their talents with the fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, banjo and guitar for the glory and praise of God, per Psalm 33: “Sing a new song to Him; play skillfully on the strings, with a joyful shout.” They encourage you to read the entire Psalm 33.  It is 22 verses of Praise to the Creator and explains how the heavens and the earth and all that is in them were created by God.  It tells us that happy is the nation whose God is the Lord.  God desires our praises and instructs us to sing joyfully unto Him.

Entertainment will be provided by Christian comedian Charles Marshall and celebrity impressionist Anthony Edwards!

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