On Tuesday, February 24, the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN, will focus on Islamic challenges to theology, the Great Commission, culture, and security. A special one-day registration is available for this event.
The morning session will cover “Islam: Theological and Great Commission Challenges.” This session will feature theologians, expositors, apologists, and a broadcaster who is a former Muslim. Dr. Michael Youssef, Dr. William Lane Craig, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, and Isik Abla will share research, insights, and personal stories about the challenges we face from the theology and global rise of Islam. How should we approach the issue from a doctrinal and Gospel perspective, and how should we fulfill the Great Commission among Muslim peoples?
In the afternoon, the session theme is “Islam: Cultural and Security Challenges.” Baroness Caroline Cox will speak about how Islamic culture challenges the Judeo-Christian concept of human rights. What does Sharia Law mean for women? Session attendees will also learn about religious persecution and slavery under Islam.
What should America expect as our Muslim population grows?
England will serve as a “case study” for America in the following session. Joining Baroness Cox, a panel from the UK will discuss changes, challenges, and opportunities that face a country with a Judeo-Christian culture and an increasing Muslim population. Along with Cox, the panelists will include Dr. E. David Cook, Lord Robert Edmiston, and Peter Kerridge of Premier Radio. This panel will speak from their own experience as British leaders from Christian media, academia, business, and government. This session will be moderated by NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson.
The afternoon session will conclude focusing on “Islam: Security Challenges.” Frank Gaffney, Joel Rosenberg, and Erick Stakelbeck will consider what Christians at home and abroad need to know about the security threats posed by Islamists who are using a strategy of terrorism to wage jihad. Understanding that government is ordained by God to use the sword to restrain evil (Romans 13), and that in representative government Christians must be engaged as citizens, what do we need to know about current security threats posed by Islamic terrorism? This panel will cover the security landscape in America, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Richard Land will moderate this session.
“When Muslim immigration to America and Europe grows every year, when Islamic terrorists increasingly behead and bomb, when barbaric Islamists are forming a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, it is time for Christians to figure out the Great Commission for the Church and the security mandate for our government,” shared Dr. Johnson. “More than ever before, Christian broadcasters must know the theological issues and security factors that must be addressed with Islam.”
Other speakers and sessions at NRB will also address Islam, including John Bolton, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations (Monday); Isik Abla, a broadcaster who converted from Islam to Christianity, who will speak in the International Session (Tuesday); Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States (Thursday); and Joel Rosenberg, who will headline the dinner on Thursday speaking on the topic of “Israel, Iraq, and Islam.”
In addition to the sessions on Islam, the upcoming NRB Convention will also include sessions on radio, church media, marriage, the sanctity of human life, and defending free speech. There is also a Film & Entertainment Summit (Monday, February 23) and a Digital Media Summit (Wednesday, February 25).
The convention schedule, speakers list, and registration information are available at nrbconvention.org. In total, there will be more than 60 speakers at NRB15 and around 200 exhibitors participating in the Exposition (February 24-26). The convention begins Monday, February, 23, and ends Thursday, February 26.
By NRB Staff
Published: January 15, 2015