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Friday 21st to Saturday 22nd February 2020

 

OUR SPEAKERS

Dr. William E. (Bill) Brown is Senior Fellow of Worldview and Culture and directs the Colson Fellows Program (formerly, the Centurions Program). Prior to joining the Colson Center, Bill was President of Cedarville University and Bryan College.

He also serves as the Senior Executive of WorldAPP, an international technology firm with offices in Kiev, London and Boston. As President of Radical Leadership (and his popular web log, Radical Life www.williamebrown.org) he carries a heavy schedule speaking for conferences, universities, churches, and schools. He mentors and consults with leaders in ministry and business and assists colleges, schools and organizations in being more effective and employee-centered.

As a nationally recognized speaker and expert in culture and worldview, Dr.  Brown has authored several books and more than a hundred articles for journals, magazines, encyclopedias, and newspapers.  He is the author of Making Sense of Your Faith, Where Have All the Dreamers Gone? Observations from a Biblical Worldview, and Making Sense of Your World (with Gary Phillips and John Stonestreet), a book used by many colleges and universities as an introductory text to worldview/philosophical thinking. His writings have been quoted in various national newspapers and magazines, including Reader’s Digest and Christianity Today. He is the Executive Producer and teacher of the multiple award-winning DVD series, re:View.

Dr. Brown has a passion for discussing worldviews, and an incredible heart for students.  These two passions have aligned to create the re:View worldview study, focused on teaching students how to discern and engage culture by first knowing truth. Dr. Brown and his wife, Lynne, have been married since 1976.  They have two children – April and Alex, and four grandchildren. 

Mark Durie is a pastor and academic. He writes and speaks on a wide range of topics which include the connection between faith and culture, freedom of religion, the persecution of religious minorities, particularly non-Muslims living under the Islamic sharia, the origin and history of Islam, and discipling new Christians.

Mark has a life-long passion for freedom and to see people claim their spiritual freedom and walk in it. He is fascinated by the ways in which people’s experiences, including what has been spoken into their lives by others, can bind and limit them, and likes to reflect on ways to help people overcome their limitations. He is particular interested in how people construct their personal worldviews, and in the factors that can cause people to question their worldviews and revise them, including how people respond to cognitive dissonance (mismatches between their inner worldview and their outer reality). In an increasingly secular western cultural milieu, he is interested in the way secular-minded people process spiritual phenomenon, and likes to help people reflect on the spiritual dimensions of living well. He enjoys helping people understand the way faith shapes the worldview of individuals, and, over time, how it can profoundly transform the social structures people of faith participate in.

In his writings, Mark combines a love for the truth with a gracious, pastoral heart for others. He is troubled at the damage that can result when people pursue truth at the expense of grace, or when they pursue love without a solid grounding in truth.

Mark’s initial interest in Islam came about through doing fieldwork among the Acehnese people of Sumatra, and living in an Acehnese coastal village during the 1980’s. Then, when Islam began to come more into public focus in the West after 9/11, he became active in researching and teaching about this influential resurgent global faith. He has combined this with work as an Anglican pastor in Melbourne. He has assisted many people to change their religion, from a wide variety of spiritual backgrounds, including atheism, Hinduism, the New Age and Islam.

Mark is a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam, and a member of the Apostolic Roundtable of the International Society of Deliverance Ministers. He also pastors a church in Melbourne, Australia. His publications on religious topics include The Qur’an and its Biblical Reflexes, Which God?, The Third Choice, and Liberty to the Captives. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

A graduate of the Australian National University and the Australian College of Theology, he has held visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA, and Stanford and also held a variety of positions during the 1980’s and 1990’s at Melbourne University. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1991 for his work in linguistics.

SCHEDULE

Thursday 20th February


7:00am – 9:00am
Business Breakfast
Breakfast is optional and not included in the registration price. Ticket can be purchased separately below

Friday 21st February


8:30am – 9:00am
Registration & Coffee
9:00am – 10:45am
Worship & Session 01
Dr. Bill Brown
10:45am – 11:15am
Morning Tea
11:15am – 12:30pm
Session 02
Dr. Mark Durie
12:30pm
Lunch & Break
1:15pm – 2:30pm
Session 03
Dr. Mark Durie
2:30pm – 3:45pm
Session 04
Colson Fellows Students

Saturday 22nd February


8:30am – 9:00am
Coffee
9:00am – 10:45am
Worship & Session 05
Dr. Bill Brown
10:45am – 11:15am
Morning Tea
11:15am – 12:30pm
Session 06
Ps Caleb Nicholes
12:30pm
Lunch & Break
1:15pm – 2:30pm
Session 07
Darren Shelton
2:30pm – 3:45pm
Session 08
Dr Bill Brown
 
 

*Schedule is subject to change

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED