Rooted Recommends: reTHINK Apologetics Student Conference


Here’s a resource youth pastors should know about: the annual reTHINK conference for high school students.

Our own Cameron Cole spoke at the reTHINK Apologetics Student Conference April 2018 conference in Birmingham, AL. In a world of increasingly attractive worldviews, reTHINK is an invaluable occasion for your teenagers to come with tough questions about politics, law, race, gender, morality, science, and see how the worldview of Christianity stands up against all of these things. HINT: It does.

Read below for a fuller glimpse into this remarkable event:

You were created to seek truth. Soon after you learn your first words, the questions start. And they don’t stop.

Questions are a good thing. They mean we are thinking critically. They push us, challenge us, grow us. These questions start off small: Why is the sky blue? Are monsters real? Why is my daddy bald?

But as we get older, the questions get bigger: Where did I come from? What’s wrong with the world? Is there a solution? Why am I here?

The answers to these questions form your worldview. All of us have a worldview picture- at least a rudimentary one- forming in our minds, even if we are not consciously aware of it. Every religion tells a story of reality. Every philosophy and every individual outlook on life is a take on the way someone thinks the world actually is. There is no escaping it. These stories are meant to bring order to our beliefs, to explain the “pieces” of reality that we encounter in life, whether big things or little things, important or inconsequential.

All worldviews are not equal, though. Some have pieces that seem to fit together (internally) better than others, and some have pieces that seem to fit reality (externally) better than others. If they are good stories- that is, if they explain many things, especially the most important things, in a way consistent with our normal encounters with the world- then we have more confidence the stories are accurate, which is just another way of saying the worldview is true.

So, what is Christianity? Christianity is a picture of reality. Christianity is a worldview. It is an account, or a description, or a depiction of the way things actually are. It is not just a view from the inside (a Christian’s personal feelings, or religious beliefs, or spiritual affections, or ethical views, or “relationship” with God). It is also a view of the outside. It is a view of the world out there, of how the world really is in itself.

Without realizing it, our worldview is being shaped by the many ideas around us. News, social media, movies, friends, and teachers are all shaping how we think about the world. And what you believe about the world determines how you live in the world. So these ideas have serious consequences.

That’s why we are so excited to invite you to this year’s reTHINK Apologetics Student Conference on April 20-21, 2018 at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Our goal at reTHINK is that you would:

Equip yourself. This conference is all about rethinking how you understand the world, especially in the areas of law, politics, race, gender, morality, and science. No topic is off limits. So, bring your questions and press in until you find the answers.

Engage with ideas and speakers. Christianity is a worldview, but it’s not the only worldview. It has competition. That’s why we’ve invited some of the brightest Christian minds to interact with you on these tough topics. It’s time to put the Christian worldview to the test. It can handle it.

Enjoy yourself. Whether you are a believer, or a skeptic, or somewhere in between, we want you to have fun. Learning isn’t merely a destination; it’s a journey. We’re excited to walk this journey with you and share some laughs along the way.

So, together, let’s reTHINK how we see the world.
Tim Barnett
Apologists and Speaker for Stand to Reason
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