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Reasons to believe: August 1-29, 2021

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 1-29 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 1

Michael Heiser

God as Man

Michael Heiser is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Ancient History) and the University of Wisconsin- Madison (M.A., Ph.D., Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies). I have a dozen years of classroom teaching experience on the college level and another ten in distance education. I’m currently a Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software, a company that produces ancient text databases and other digital resources for study of the ancient world and biblical studies.

August 8

Dan Kimball

Does Christianity claim all other religions are wrong?

Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He was one of the founders of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California where he still serves on staff. He is also a faculty member at Western Seminary and leads the ReGeneration Project, which exists to equip and encourage new generations to think theologically and participate in the mission of the church. He is married to Becky and has two daughters, Katie and Claire. His passion is to see Christians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, intelligence, and creativity.

August 15

Jay Kim

The Deconstructing of Faith in the Digital Age?

Jay Kim serves as lead pastor of teaching at WestGate Church and a teacher-in-residence at Vintage Faith Church. He is the author of the book Analog Church and serves on the leadership team of the ReGeneration Project, where he co-hosts the ReGeneration Podcast along with Isaac Serrano.

August 22

Mike Licona

The A, B, C,.....D and E's of Defending the Gospels

Mike Licona has a Ph.D. in New Testament (University of Pretoria). He completed all requirements “with distinction” and the highest marks. He is a frequent speaker on university campuses, churches, Christian groups, retreats, frequently debates, and has appeared as a guest on dozens of radio and television programs. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological and Philosophical Societies, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the prestigious Studitorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Mike is associate professor in theology at Houston Baptist University and the president of Risen Jesus, Inc.

August 29

Frank Turek

Your God is Too Small

Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: Stealing from God:  Why Atheists Need God to make their Case, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of, Frank presents powerful and entertaining evidence for Christianity at churches, high schools and at secular college campuses that often begin hostile to his message. He has also debated several prominent atheists including Christopher Hitchens and David Silverman, president of American Atheists.