Faith for Life
Never before have your students been presented with so many options and different perspectives on how to make ethical decisions. The culture screams at us to “live our own truth” and tells us to “be a good person” while new technologies and a changing political landscape are framing our minds to focus on an idea of good that isn’t consistent with a Christian worldview. What do we need to be able to make God-honoring moral choices in an immoral world?
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Today’s young adults are driven by their moral convictions. They are morally motivated and are willing to work toward seeing their vision of a good and fair world become a reality. But what is good, and how does one know? How do the younger generations answer those questions? In this lecture, we will look at how the younger generations determine what is good, to what degree secular ethics have influenced them, and how we can help them make God-honoring moral decisions in a morally complicated world.
As new technologies emerge almost daily, the ability to incorporate these advancements into our lives pushes far beyond simple tools. Our students are growing up in a world where technology can reshape humanity itself. We need to be aware of the difference between therapeutic uses of technologies and those uses which may fundamentally alter the human experience. However much this new worldview expresses itself in the language of improving the human condition, it can foster a view of what it means to be human that erodes basic concepts of gratitude, relationship, and how we seek the perfections of our nature through living in the likeness of Christ.
Today’s students are globally aware with a keen sense of justice. Unfortunately, this makes them highly susceptible to false worldviews such as Marxism and Socialism. Seventy-percent of young adults now say they would vote for a socialist for president. Does the Bible have anything to say about the crucial economic (and political) issues of our day?
Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his speaking engagements and media appearances Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including the Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times, and Understanding the Culture textbooks which have been studied by tens of thousands of students.
Megan’s favorite part of her job at Life Training Institute — aside from sharing life-saving training material and getting to help students nationwide understand who they are and why they matter — is being a student of her craft. She enjoys following her curiosity on topics that relate to pro-life apologetics and is currently most interested in questions related to aesthetics; the power of great stories and how they relate to human dignity and the Gospel; the vital importance of true community and its impact on human flourishing: and human limitations and creativity.
Michael C. Sherrard is a gifted teacher with a passion for equipping the church, especially the coming generations, to make the case for Christianity. He is lead pastor at Crosspoint Community Church, the co-creator and director of Ratio Christi College Prep, speaker for the Life Training Institute, founder of the Pro-Life Pastor’s Initiative, and faculty member at Summit Ministries. Michael travels throughout the United States and Europe training groups to contend for Christianity and the Pro-life position. He speaks at churches, camps, and conferences including the National Conference for Christian Apologetics, Summit Ministries, and the Clarkson Academy in Great Britain.
Jay is the Founder and President of Merely Human Ministries, INC., an organization committed to equipping Christians and people who hold pro-life views to graciously defend the intrinsic dignity of all human life in a positive, impacting, and Gospel inspired manner. He has spoken to high schools, universities, and professional organizations all across the United States. He has appeared on radio and television interviews, regularly featured as the keynote at banquets and national conferences, published popular level articles on a wide array of topics pertaining to bioethics and the university culture, and is a contributing writer with the Christian Research Journal.