The Scriptures Come to Life (February 3-4, 2012)

We at Between the Times would like to invite you to this year’s 20/20 conference, “The Scriptures Come to Life,” on Southeastern’s campus Feb 3-4, 2011. This year’s conference centers on the nature, authority, and eternal relevance of the Christian Scriptures, and features plenary sessions by Danny Akin (SEBTS), D. A. Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), Tullian Tchividjian (Coral Ridge Presbyterian), and Tony Merida (SEBTS; Imago Dei Church), in addition to 27 breakout sessions. Matt Papa will be leading worship.

The annual 20/20 conference is designed for undergrad and grad students around the country, many of whom sit in classrooms where their professors are militantly opposed to the Christian faith and teach their courses in a manner reflective of that opposition. For many of these students, the brightest and most persuasive people they know are professors (literature, philosophy, biology, etc.) who oppose orthodox Christianity and teach their courses in a manner reflects that opposition. For this reason, the 20/20 conference seeks to expose university students (as well as exceptional high school students) to intelligent men and women who will speak about the important matters of life, and will do so from within an explicitly Christian framework.

This year’s 20/20 conference deals with a host of issues related to the Christian Scriptures. Our thesis is that The Bible is the Word of God and, as such, is deeply relevant to our personal lives, our college studies, and our future vocations. It speaks with power to every dimension of society and culture, and across the fabric of human existence. In other words, the Bible matters not only for personal devotions and for Sunday mornings, but for the arts, the sciences, the university, the government, and business sector. For this reason, The Bible Comes to Life equips students study the Bible for all it is worth, to memorize the Bible as our life depends upon it, to speak the truths of the Bible powerfully in our 21st century context, and to apply the Bible to every aspect of our lives.

The conference begins Friday evening and concludes late Saturday afternoon. In one 24-hour period, you will be exposed to hours of riveting discussion on important issues, coupled time to hang out with 1300 other students. The registration fee is $35, and students may attend for a mere $30; please attend and bring a group! To register for the conference, click here.

Below is a sketch of the plenary and breakout sessions:

Plenary Speakers

Danny Akin (confirmed): The Authority of Scripture

D. A. Carson (confirmed): The Bible’s Storyline

Tullian Tchividjian (confirmed): A Gospel-Centered Reading of Scripture

Tony Merida (confirmed): A Christ-Centered Reading of Scripture

Panel Discussion: Danny Akin, Tullian Tchividjian, Andy Davis, Tony Merida

Breakout Sessions (Listening to the Bible)

What is the “story” that the Bible tells?

What is the gospel (in relation to counterfeit “Christian” gospels)?

What is a Christian worldview (in relation to other worldviews)?

What does the Bible say about the Bible?

How do I answer Bart Ehrman (and other critics of the Bible)? Why should I trust the Bible?

What does the Bible say about what it means to be “human”?

What does the Bible say about the origins of the world?

What does the Bible say about sex, dating, and marriage?

What does the Bible say about my future vocation?

What does the Bible say about discerning a call to full-time ministry?

How does the Bible challenge us to be significantly involved in a church?

How does the Bible challenge us to risk by taking the gospel to the nations?

What does the Bible say about a Christian’s responsibility to the inner city?

How does the Bible challenge us to take care of orphans and the fatherless?

How does the Bible challenge us to make disciples on my college campus?

What place does the Bible have in the proclamation of the gospel?

How does the Bible equip us to share the gospel on my high school campus?

How can I be a witness to my college professors?

Breakout Sessions (Reading the Bible)

Why should I read the Bible in community (rather than by myself)?

How does Jesus Christ relate to the whole Bible, especially the Old Testament?

Is the God of the Old Testament a moral monster?

How do I read the first five books of the Bible?

How do I read the Psalms?

How do I read the Prophets?

How do I read the gospels? And why are there four gospels?

How To Read the Epistles

How do I handle difficult Bible passages?