Ligonier 2010 National Conference – Tough Questions Christians Face

Thank you  Christianity.com and Ligonier for making this free webcast available to the world. I pray that many will come to the saving faith of Christ through this preaching and teaching of God’s Word. I want to encourage you to take the time to listen to the messages from this conference and I pray and hope that you will be edify through it.

Thursday, June 17

9:00am – 9:20am with Ed Stetzer
The Brave New World of New Media

9:25am – 9:45am with Tim Challies
Principles for Conduct in Communication

10:00am – 10:20am with Burk Parsons
Taking Captive New Media for the Church

10:25am – 10:45am with Albert Mohler
The Hypersocialized Generation

10:55am – 11:55am with Various
Questions and Answers

3:10pm – 4:10pm with John MacArthur
Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
Many skeptics have argued that the Christian doctrine of the atonement is inherently unjust. How is it just, they say, for an innocent man like Jesus to be punished for the sins of another? Even professing evangelicals have questioned the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, with one going so far as to call it “cosmic child abuse.” In this lecture, Dr. John MacArthur looks at the biblical doctrine of the atonement showing how the righteousness and holiness of God are upheld in it.

5:10pm – 6:00pm with Michael Horton
Is the Doctrine of Inerrancy Defensible?
For centuries orthodox Christians have taught that the Holy Scriptures are inerrant. Skeptics, on the other hand, claim that this doctrine is meaningless, saying that the doctrine of inerrancy has died the death of a thousand qualifications. How should Christians respond? In this lecture, Dr. Michael Horton explains what the orthodox Christian doctrine of inerrancy means and shows how and why it remains a defensible part of our confession.

8:00pm – 9:00pm with John MacArthur
Does the Doctrine of the Divine Decrees Eliminate Human Will?
Reformed theology teaches that God has ordained whatsoever comes to pass. Critics of Reformed theology argue that this entails a fatalistic worldview in which only God’s will truly exists. They claim that if God decreed or willed the acts of our will, then our will is not real. In this lecture, Dr. John MacArthur explains why the Biblical doctrine of the divine decrees does not eliminate the reality of the human will and does not entail a fatalistic worldview.

Friday, June 18

8:30am – 9:30am with R.C. Sproul
What is Evil and Where Did It Come From?
Many skeptics have challenged the consistency of the Christian worldview, arguing that evil could not have originated in a universe created by a wholly good God. Therefore, since evil exists, the universe could not have been created by a wholly good God. The challenge is not new, and in this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains the Christian response to this age-old challenge.

9:30am – 10:30am with R.C. Sproul Jr.
Why Do Christians Still Sin?
All Christians struggle with continuing sin in their lives, and many wonder why. If God answers prayers that are according to His will, and if God’s will is that we do not sin, why doesn’t God grant our request to be free of the struggle with sin? In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. responds to this question in light of redemptive history and the Bible’s teaching on prayer and sanctification.

11:40am – 12:30pm with Derek Thomas
How Do We Know Which Interpretation is Right?
There are many conflicting and mutually exclusive interpretations of Scripture. Skeptics point to this as a reason to reject Christianity’s truth claims, and many Christians who accept the truth of Scripture wonder how they are to know which interpretation is right. In this lecture, Dr. Derek Thomas provides Christians with guidelines to assist them in understanding not only why there are so many interpretations, but also how they are to evaluate and weigh conflicting interpretations.

2:30pm – 3:25pm with Steven Lawson
Is the Bible Just Another Book?
One of the most common claims heard today is that the Bible is merely a collection of contradictory human writings with no coherent structure. Even believers sometimes express frustration because they cannot understand how these various writings fit together. They cannot see the “big picture,” and many give up trying to understand Scripture. In this lecture Dr. Steven Lawson will remind Christians of the importance and privilege of knowing Scripture, helping them to grasp the basic content as well as its meaning and significance.

4:15pm – 5:15pm with Alistair Begg
Is the Exclusivity of Christ Unjust?
One atheistic website raises the question: “Did the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust go to hell? The obvious implication of such a challenge is that it is unjust to say that only those who place their faith in Christ will be saved. In this lecture, Dr. Alistair Begg explains what the Bible teaches about the exclusivity of Christ and answers the emotionally provocative challenges raised by inclusivists and pluralists.

7:15pm – 8:30pm with Various
Questions and Answers
Many skeptics have argued that the Christian doctrine of the atonement is inherently unjust. How is it just, they say, for an innocent man like Jesus to be punished for the sins of another? Even professing evangelicals have questioned the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, with one going so far as to call it “cosmic child abuse.” In this lecture, Dr. John MacArthur looks at the biblical doctrine of the atonement showing how the righteousness and holiness of God are upheld in it.

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