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Reasons to believe: August 7-28, 2022

We live in a world where many people find themselves confused about Christianity.

From skeptics to people in the pews, there are doubts and questions in the air. Is there only one way to God? Is Christianity the one true religion? Can we trust the Bible? For the month of August, we have made it a tradition at South Valley Community Church to address these issues. We invite some of the top Christian thinkers from around the country to give us their insights on these difficult questions.

Join us on Sundays, from August 7th through August 28th and develop a clearer understanding of your faith and how to express it to others.

Gilroy Apologetics Services: 9:00am | 11:00am
Hollister Apologetics Services: 10:10am

The speaker lineup

August 7

Gavin Ortlund

Five Ways Beauty Points to God

Gavin Ortlund serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. Gavin received a B.A. in philosophy and religion from the University of Georgia, an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a PhD in historical theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Why God Makes Sense in a World That Doesn’t, Retrieving Augustine’s Doctrine of Creation, and Finding the Right Hills to Die On. He also hosts the YouTube channel Truth Unites. He and his wife, Esther, have five children.

August 14

Craig Hazen

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

Craig Hazen is a Professor of Comparative Religion and Christian Apologetics at Biola University and Founder and Director of the Christian Apologetics Program. He has authored or contributed to a range of published works including a monograph (The Village Enlightenment in America), a novel (Five Sacred Crossings), and a devotional (Fearless Prayer). Hazen holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, a degree in Biological Sciences, and has studied International Law and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He has lectured all over North America, Europe, and east Asia on key topics in religion, philosophy, and science. He and his wife, Karen, live in southern California and have four adult children.

August 21

Chris Nye

Reliability of Scripture

Chris Nye is a doctoral candidate at Duke University’s Divinity School and the author of Distant God (Moody Publishers, 2016), Less of More (Baker Books, 2019), and most recently, A Captive Mind: Christianity, Ideologies, and Staying Sane in a World Gone Mad (Cascade Books, 2022). For fifteen years, he has served as a local church pastor in Portland, San Francisco, and San Jose. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and various other publications. He lives with his wife, Ali, and their young son, Jude.

August 28

Paul Copan

Who Made God?

Paul Copan (Ph.D. Philosophy, Marquette University) is Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida. For six years, he served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.  He is author and editor of over 40 books—both scholarly and popular-level. These include works such as “True for You, But Not for Me,” When God Goes to Starbucks, Introduction to Biblical Ethics: Walking in the Way of Wisdom, A Little Book for New Philosophers, The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas, Loving Wisdom: A Guide to Philosophy and Christian Faith, Is God a Moral Monster?, Did God Really Command Genocide? and Is God a Vindictive Bully? (October 2022). He has also contributed essays to over 50 books, and he has authored a number of articles in professional journals. In 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. Paul and his wife, Jacqueline, have six children, and they reside in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Our prayer is that SVCC will be a place where you and your family can grow and connect. No matter where you are in life, our desire is to equip you with the truth of the gospel, and provide an environment that fosters a deeper relationship with God and His Church.
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