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Keeping The Faith From Sunday School To Monday School


“Professor Richard Dawkins has claimed that forcing a religion on children without questioning its merits is as bad as 'child abuse'.” How do you respond?

We at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church,  together with Apologetics.com and Reasons To Believe, invite you to join us for a very special FREE event, a two-day conference on April 24 & 25 titled, “Keeping The Faith From Sunday School To Monday School.”

Steeping ourselves and our children in the knowledge that is hidden in Christ is not just one good foundation among many, it is the only foundation upon which a just society can be built, and the one salvation for the believer.

Please join us as "We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ!" (2 Cor. 10:5), with keynote speaker Kenneth Samples, Senior Research Scholar at Reasons To Believe (www.reasons.org). Other great presentations include:

● "Keeping The Faith:The Foundation of Knowledge" by Elder Lindsay Brooks of SOPC, Staff Apologist for Apologetics.com and co-host of the weekly Apologetics.com Radio Show.

● "The Genius of Sunday School" by Elder Larry Larsen of SOPC, and college educator.
● "Monday School: Finding Light In the Dark" by Jamiella Brooks, Doctoral Candidate at UC Davis, and teaching consultant.

There will be a panel discussion where your questions will be discussed by the speakers, and other experts to the end of readying ourselves for the encounter with ideas in the public square, whether at school, work, or among our neighbors, and to give an answer with gentleness and respect for the hope that is in us! (1 Pet. 3:15)

● Event is FREE! A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
● Location: Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church, 9169 Union Park Way Elk Grove, California 95624
● Friday, April 24 gathering for coffee and refreshments will begin at 6 with the keynote speaker at 7 and time for Q & A afterward, concluding no later than 9pm.
● Saturday, April 25 we will meet at 8AM for coffee and light snacks and the first speaker begins at 9, with the conference concluding around 4pm.

The great theologian of the last century, J. Gresham Machen said, “What is today a matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires.” We have seen this principle at work in our lifetimes. Ideas change things; good ideas change things for the better, and bad ideas crush the spirit of men. Join us as we discuss how best to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).

For more information, and to register ahead of time, go to soaringoaks.org, apologetics.com, or reasons.org. We look forward to seeing you!

Ken Samples

Kenneth Samples is a senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity.  Kenneth earned a BA in social science with an emphasis in philosophy from Concordia University, and his MA in theological studies from Talbot School of Theology.  As a youth, he wrestled with “unsettling feelings of meaninglessness and boredom until he encountered Christian philosophy in C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Now, he encourages believers to develop a logically defensible faith and challenges skeptics to engage Christianity at a philosophical worldview level. He is the author of several books, including 7 Truths That Changed the World.

Company: Reasons to Believe


Lindsay Brooks

Lindsay Brooks is an Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church an co-host of the Apologetics.com Radio Show.

A graduate of Musician’s Institute, he is a former songwriter/producer for legendary Motown music publisher, Jobete, and has done music for several major motion pictures. His passions for Theology, Church History and Philosophy have been focused through his love of music, resulting in a robust music ministry, and an apologetics ministry geared toward engaging the world with the beauty of the Lord, as well as His truth.

A profound love of the Gospel has led him to champion alternative evangelization models in order to meet people where they are in our post-modern culture, including social media and personal evangelization. Lindsay is a frequent public speaker on the subject of Christian Apologetics and has developed a workshop on the co-linguistics of music and its application to Christian liturgy. He is co-author of the book 'Think and Live', and has published articles in the Journal for Trinitarian Studies and Apologetics.

He is husband to Jamiella and daddy to Tinisha, Gabrielle, Amaris and Ezra.

Company: Apologetics.com

Jamiella Brooks

Jamiella Brooks is a Ph.D. candidate in French at the University of California, Davis. She received her B.A. in English at Oberlin College, a small liberal arts school in Ohio, where she was a McNair Scholar as well as a Mellon Fellow. In 2009 she received a Fulbright Grant to teach English to high school students in a small town outside of Paris, France. Now she is writing a dissertation that focuses on North African (Maghreb/Maghrib) literature written by female authors in the French language. In her work, she continues to consider how religious frameworks in academic settings are treated. She is especially concerned with the intersections of faith and language, and the ways that speaking or expression are God-given.

From 2013-14 she was a Professors for the Future Fellow, developing and showcasing a project on interdisciplinarity in academia. On the UC Davis campus, she is active as an AI (Associate Instructor) and TA (Teaching Assistant) Consultant Coordinator and Researcher, facilitating pedagogical workshops and helping to improve the quality of AI and TA instruction through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Jamiella is the mother of Amaris (3) and Ezra (4 months) and wife to Lindsay. She joined Soaring Oaks Presbyterian in 2012.


Lance Lewis

Pastor Lance Lewis serves as the pastor of Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove CA. He was born and raised in Philadelphia PA and for twelve years served as a pastor and church planter in Philadelphia before coming to Soaring Oaks church. Pastor Lance is committed to equipping God’s people to take the message of God’s kingdom in Christ into every area of life and believes we should humbly and thoughtfully engage our communities and society with God’s glorious truth. He’s contributed to three books, ‘Glory Road’ The Journey ofGlory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity, Keep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness and the Cosby Conversation both published by Crossway Books and Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions published by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.

Pastor Lance has been graciously blessed to be married to Sharon for 30 years and they have two wonderful children, Sarah and Charles.

Larry Larsen

Larry Larsen is an air quality scientist (27 years) and a community college Statistics professor. He holds an M.S. in Agronomy and an M.S. in Statistics.

 At the time they married in 1976, Larry and his wife, Cherilyn, were Bible beginners, but God changed that.  Cherilyn joined a women’s Bible Study Fellowship class.  Larry saw the blessed results and joined a men’s class in 1987.  He was a group leader, children’s leader, and substitute teaching leader.  In 2001, he became the teaching leader of a new men’s BSF class in Elk Grove.  In 2009, God called him out from BSF to serve as an Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church.

 Elder Larsen says, “I am 64 in Adam, but 41 in Christ.” Alive in Christ, he grows in grace, treasuring His Word, proclaiming the Gospel, and longing for the day when we will all see Him face to face. Larry and Cherilyn have raised Leah (34) and McLeod (30) in the love and the law of God.

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