2021 Apologetics Conference
June 23 at 7:00 pm - June 24 at 5:00 pm
Third Annual ELS Apologetics Conference
Why Does Moses Matter to Christians?
Examining the Meeting Point of Ancient Inscriptions, Archaeological Discoveries, and the Hebrew Scriptures
Sponsored by the Center for Apologetics and Worldviews
All sessions are free of charge and will take place in the Ronald J. Younge Gymnasium at Bethany Lutheran College, plus be livestreamed worldwide. See below for registration, maps, and directions.
Wednesday, June 23
- 7:00-7:15 pm “Why Does Moses Matter to Christians?” — Introductory remarks by Pastor Donald Moldstad
- 7:15-8:30 pm “Is There Compelling Evidence of the Israelite Sojourn in Egypt?” — Keynote address by Dr. Douglas Petrovich, concluding with audience Q and A
Thursday, June 24
- 8:30-9:15 am “Apologetics Writers’ Workshop” (see note below)
- 10:00-11:30 am “Can Archaeology Teach Us Anything about the Conquest of Canaan?” — Dr. Douglas Petrovich, concluding with audience Q and A
- 11:30 am–1:00 pm Lunch Break
- 1:00-2:15 pm “Is Hebrew the World’s Oldest Alphabet, and Why Should Laypeople Care?” — Dr. Douglas Petrovich, concluding with audience Q and A
- 2:15–2:30 pm Break
- 2:30-3:45 pm “How Can Believers Make Inroads within an Academy Plagued by Skepticism?” — Panel discussion, addressing the hesitancy of liberal and secular scholars to accept the evidence of biblical Israel’s place in the history of Egypt and Canaan—Dr. Douglas Petrovich with Rev. Joseph Abrahamson and Rev. Steven Sparley
- 3:45-4:00 pm “How Does Evidence Properly Serve the Proclamation of the Gospel?” — Closing remarks by Pastor David Thompson
- 4:15-5:00 pm Alternative time slot for “Apologetics Writers’ Workshop” (see note below)
Note about the Apologetics Writers’ Workshop
The Apologetics Writers’ Workshop is designed for ELS pastors and lay delegates as a supplement to the synod convention. It will be held either Thursday morning at 8:30 or else Thursday afternoon at 4:15, depending upon whether the convention concludes its regular business on Wednesday afternoon or continues into Thursday morning. This workshop will begin with brief remarks from representatives of the Board for Home Outreach and the Center for Apologetics and Worldviews. The remainder of time will engage participants in brainstorming for the crafting of “Q and A Leading to Christ” fliers that apply apologetics to evangelism.
About the Keynote Speaker
Douglas N. Petrovich (Ph.D., M.A., Th.M., M.Div.) is Professor of Biblical History and Exegesis at The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas. He is author of The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-Consonantal Script (2016) and Origins of the Hebrews: New Evidence for Israelites in Egypt from Joseph to the Exodus (in press, 2021). He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, with a major in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, a first minor in ancient Egyptian language, and a second minor in ancient Near Eastern religions. He completed Master of Divinity and Master of Theology (in N.T.) degrees from The Master’s Seminary, as well as a B.A. in Evangelism from Moody Bible Institute. He previously taught at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Canada), the University of Toronto (Scarborough campus, Canada), Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary (Siberia, Russia), and Shepherds Theological Seminary (Cary, North Carolina). Dr. Petrovich’s research interests include biblical history and exegesis, Egyptology, and ancient Near Eastern history (including archaeology, epigraphy, chronology, and iconography). He is married and has three adult children, and he enjoys virtually every sport known to humanity. He also is an avid numismatist.
- Attendance is free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our donors.
- You may attend in person or watch via livestream video.
- Please register here to provide us with an attendance estimate and to receive email updates.
Maps and Directions
- Directions to the Ronald J. Younge Gymnasium at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota
- Campus Maps
- A livestream video link will be available here, June 23–24.
- Video archives will be posted a few weeks after the conference.
- A free PDF handout will be available on June 23.