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D2D Conference Mary Jo Sharp – Speaker Profile

On April 28th and 29th, New York Apologetics will be hosting theD2D Conference that will feature MaryJo Sharp as one of its speakers.

You can read her bio below:

Mary Jo Sharp is an aspiring author and Christian apologist. She is a certified apologetics instructor with the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention). Mary Jo holds a M.A. in Christian apologetics with honors from Biola University (May 2008) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with distinction from the University of Oklahoma.

Mary Jo grew up in the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon. Since her sophomore year of high school, she was determined to become a nationally renowned director of bands either at the high school or collegiate level. Mary Jo sought the educational mentorship of Dr. Stephen J. Paul, and studied with him at the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. During her undergraduate studies, Mary Jo became a Christian at the age of 20 after having read the One Year Bible completely through. Upon becoming a Christian, she quickly enrolled in her local church’s MasterLife discipleship course. After a year in the church, Mary Jo and her husband, Roger, were asked to lead the youth ministry. Mary Jo and Roger have been in youth and/or music ministry for 13 years (Roger holds an M.A. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Mary Jo has taught band for eight years.

Several years into ministry with her husband, Mary Jo began to question the basis for her belief in God. She decided that if God was real, there should be solid answers to support His existence; and solid answers are what she found. Mary Jo became interested in pursuing her research in a graduate program. She began the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics program at Biola University in the Fall of 2005. Throughout this program, Mary Jo has become familiar with the arguments for and against the existence of God in a number of areas. She has studied with Gary Habermas, J.P. Moreland, Craig Hazen, Clay Jones, R. Douglas Geivett, John A. Bloom, Kenneth Samples, and R. Scott Smith. She has also been mentored by Dr. Paul Copan, president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, through the Emerging Scholars Network. Her main interests are in the defense of the resurrection, the existence of absolute truth, philosophy, the problem of evil, the mystery cults, Christianity and Islam, and the writings of the early church fathers. However, she also enjoys the compatibility of science and faith, the theories on origins of the universe, and the debates concerning evolution and creation.

Through her studies, presentations, and dialogues Mary Jo has found that 1) the arguments for the existence of God are solid, 2) the popular culture in America leads people away from understanding and applying logical arguments, 3) the scientific method and/or an adherence to metaphysical naturalism cannot explain everything we know, 4) Christians believe they have actual truth; therefore they are not “shoving” anything on anyone…unless truth, itself, has become intolerable, and 5) the God that created the universe has revealed himself in the person of Jesus Christ

Why an apologist?

Before MJ became a Christian, she thought religion was for the weak-minded who needed a crutch to lean on. Her main influence in this decision was the portrayal of Christianity she saw on the television in the 80’s. Coming from a loving home where she was taught to think for herself and to be accepting of all people, she did not see the need for religion or a personal savior. For MJ, God basically did not exist in her thought life.

She desires to challenge all people to provide reasons for why they believe in whatever they believe. As a Christian apologist, Mary Jo is prepared to offer reasons for why she believes in the existence of God. She hopes to encourage other Christians to ask the hard questions about their faith and to find out what they really believe.

Engaging the Culture

In November of 2006, Mary Jo formed the website Confident Christianity with her friend, Deanna Huff. Confident Christianity is dedicated to the discussion of theology, philosophy, and apologetics. In 2007, they began the Facebook group entitled “Two Chix Apologetics,” which is one of the largest Internet-community website apologetics groups. Mary Jo enjoys conversing with people of differing views and backgrounds from all over the world who challenge her to support their beliefs.

SCS Scholarship

On April 28th and 29th, New York Apologetics will be hosting the D2D Apologetics Conference at Smithtown Christian School.  Friday night will consist of a two-hour question and answer session geared toward answering the tough questions our youth often encounter.

Saturday will consist of various Apologetics presentations on several key topics on which Christians should be ready to have answers.  The presentations will include evidences for the resurrection, the reliability of the Bible, and the existence of God.

Additionally, New York Apologetics will be giving away a $2,500 scholarship to one parent of a Smithtown Christian School student, just for attending.  Each SCS parent that attends will be entered into a raffle to win the scholarship. The winner will be picked on Saturday.

This is a tremendous opportunity to learn the reasons we have for the Christian faith and be able to answer the tough questions from our kids. Our children are facing a society hostile to Christianity. It is our obligation to train them up in the way they should go.  This conference is designed to do just that.

Please join us as we seek to give an answer for the hope that lies within us…

Early bird tickets are $29 through March 15th. More information can be found here:

http://www.newyorkapologetics.com/conference/

D2D Speaker J Warner Wallace’s Bio

We are very excited to have cold case homicide detective turned apologist J Warner Wallace presenting at our D2D conference.

He is a remarkable speaker and just an all around great guy.

Here is his bio:

James “Jim” Warner Wallace (born June 16, 1961) is an American homicide detective and Christian apologist. He has authored several books, including Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene, in which he applies principles of cold case homicide investigation to apologetic concerns such as the existence of God and the reliability of the Gospels. Wallace serves as an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and hosts the weekly television program Cold-Case Christianity on the NRB Network.  He has been featured as a cold-case homicide expert on Fox 11 Los Angeles, truTV (formerly Court TV), and NBC.

Biography

Wallace graduated from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Explorer Academy in 1978. From there he went on to pursue a career in the arts, earning a bachelor’s degree in design from California State University at Long Beach and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  In 1988, Wallace returned to law enforcement, attending the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy as a recruit for the Torrance (CA) Police Department. During his law enforcement career, Wallace served on a number of assignments, including SWAT, Gang Detail, and Robbery Homicide. He was also one of the founding members of the Torrance Police Department’s Cold-Case Homicide Unit.

Investigative work

As a homicide detective, Wallace has investigated a number of high-profile cold-case murders. His cases have been featured on Dateline (NBC) and North Mission Road (truTV). As a founding member of the Torrance Police Department Cold-Case Homicide Unit, Wallace earned the Sustained Superiority Award from the South Bay Police and Fire Medal of Valor committee.  He also won the 2015 California Peace Officer Association COPSWEST Award for best solved cold case.

Conversion to Christianity

In 1996, Wallace became a Christian (previously having been an atheist) at the age of 35, after investigating the gospels as potential eyewitness accounts to the life of Jesus.  Wallace joined the staff of Saddleback Church, while continuing to serve as a cold-case homicide detective. He later enrolled in Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, earning a master’s degree in theological studies.

Christian apologetics

Wallace began applying the principles of cold-case homicide investigation to Christian apologetics. He has written three books addressing the evidence for Christianity: Cold-Case Christianity, Alive, and God’s Crime Scene. Wallace has been a guest on a number of television programs, including The 700 Club (CBN), Praise The Lord (TBN), 100 Huntley Street (Crossroads), and The Leon Show (TBN/The Miracle Channel).  He has spoken on several radio broadcasts, including The Laura Ingraham Show, The Eric Metaxes Show,The Janet Mefferd Show, and In the Market with Janet Parshall. Wallace also has a cameo role in the film God’s Not Dead 2, playing himself testifying in a court scene.

 Books

Cold-Case Christianity

Wallace’s first book is Cold Case Christianity; A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels (David C. Cook, 2013), presenting ten principles of cold-case homicide cases and using them to investigate the claims of the New Testament gospels.

Alive

In Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection (David C. Cook, 2014), Wallace investigates the accounts of the resurrection of Christ and argues that there is compelling evidence to believe them.

God’s Crime Scene

In God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe (David C. Cook, 2015), Wallace utilizes a simple investigative template to examine eight lines of evidence in what he calls the “crime scene of the universe,” arguing they point to the existence of God.

Cold-Case Christianity for Kids

In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids (David C. Cook, 2016), Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think. In this children’s companion to Cold-Case Christianity, Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.

You can check him out on the web at: Cold Case Christianity

He’s looking forward to his visit to New York and wants to see you at the conference!

NY Apologetics will be hosting their Dare to Defend Conference right here at SCS on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th! A $2,500 scholarship will be given away to one SCS parent who attends. To purchase tickets, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dare-2-defend-conference-tickets-31259275334?aff=es2