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Craig Hazen

~ Jan. 18, 2017 :: Christianity in a World of Religions ~ 6:30-8:30p @ Living Oaks Church

Craig J. Hazen is an Associate Professor of Comparative Religion and Christian Apologetics at Biola University and Director of the new Biola Center for Christian Thought. In addition, he is the founding editor of the philosophy journal, Philosophia Christi, that is now the top circulating philosophy of religion journal in the world.

He did his doctoral work in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California where he focused on the historical interaction of science and religion. He is the author of articles such as Is a Science of Religion Possible? God and the Law, and The Defense of the Defense of the Faith. In addition, he is the author of the book entitled The Village Enlightenment in America (University of Illinois Press).

Prof. Hazen holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Religious Studies, a B.A. in Biological Sciences, and has studied at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. His academic work has been recognized with multiple awards for excellence from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Religion. He is a recent fellow of U.C. Berkeley´┐Żs Bancroft Library, The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. As an instructor at the University of California, Prof. Hazen was nominated three times as teacher of the year.

Prof. Hazen has given lectures around the United States and Europe on the evidence for the resurrection, the historical reliability of Scripture, religion and science, and Christianity among World Religions.



Mary Jo Sharp

~ Jan. 25, 2017 :: Pagan Myths and the Story of Christ ~ 6:30-8:30p @ Living Oaks Church

Mary Jo is a former atheist from the Pacific Northwest who thought religion was for the weak-minded. She now holds a Masters in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and is the first woman to become a Certified Apologetics Instructor through the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Mary Jo is an assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University, on faculty with Summit Ministries, an author with Kregel Publications and B&H Publications, author of the top-selling Bible study, “Why Do You Believe That?” and has produced a new DVD Bible Study with LifeWay Resources.  A clear communicator with a heart for people, she finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Savior.

Confident Christianity is a Christian apologetics ministry founded by Mary Jo Sharp that addresses the hard questions of Christianity through research, writing, training and debate.



Jon Noyes

~ Feb. 1, 2017 :: Defeating Naturalism ~ 6:30-8:30p @ Living Oaks Church

Jonathan grew up in Plymouth, MA and attended American University in Washington, DC where he studied criminal justice. In 2013 he earned a masters degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, graduating with honors. Jon brings a unique perspective to LOCC having worked in the legal field for ten years before entering full time ministry. Perhaps what's more though is that Jon spent the majority of his life as an atheist, arguing against the existence of God. Due to his past Jonathan is passionate about evangelism and sharing the gospel message. He lives in Newbury Park with his wife and four daughters.




Stephen C. Meyer

~ Feb. 8, 2017 :: Darwin's Doubt giving a case for intelligent design ~ 6:30-8:30p @ Living Oaks Church

Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He has authored most recently the New York Times best seller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2013) as well as Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2009), which was named a Book of the Year by the prestigious Times (of London) Literary Supplement in 2009.

Meyer’s other publications include ten chapter contributions to the 2015 collection of essays Debating Darwin’s Doubt as well as contributions to, and the editing of, the peer-reviewed volume Darwinism, Design and Public Education (Michigan State University Press, 2004) and the innovative textbook Explore Evolution (Hill House Publishers, 2007). He has published editorials in national newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The National Post (of Canada), The Daily Telegraph (of London) and The Los Angeles Times.

He has appeared on national television and radio programs such as The Jim Lehrer News Hour, NBC Nightly News, ABC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline, Fox News Live, Paula Zahn Now (CNN), Good Morning America and the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS. In 2008, he appeared with Ben Stein in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.  He is featured prominently in the science documentaries Icons of Evolution, Unlocking The Mystery of Life, and Darwin’s Dilemma, as well as two New York Times front-page stories and attention in other top national media.




Greg Koukl

~ Feb. 15, 2017 :: The Story of Reality: How the world began, how it ends and everything in between ~ 6:30-8:30p @ Living Oaks Church

Greg Koukl started out thinking he was too smart to become a Christian and ended up giving his life for the defense of the Christian faith. A central theme of Greg's speaking and writing is that Christianity can compete in the marketplace of ideas when it's properly understood and properly articulated.

Greg's teaching has been featured on Focus on the Family radio, he’s been interviewed for CBN and the BBC, he’s debated atheist Michael Shermer on Hugh Hewitt’s national radio show, and did a one-hour national television debate with Deepak Chopra on Lee Strobel's “Faith Under Fire.”  Greg has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report and the L.A. Times. An award-winning writer, Greg has written or contributed to 14 books, including Tactics—A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions,  Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air with Francis J. Beckwith, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 200 articles and has spoken on 70 college and university campuses both in the U.S. and abroad.

Greg received his Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, graduating with high honors, and his Masters in Christian Apologetics with honors from Simon Greenleaf University.  He is an adjunct professor in Christian apologetics at Biola University.  He’s hosted his own radio talk show for over 25 years advocating clear-thinking Christianity and defending the Christian worldview.

J. Warner Wallace

~ Feb. 22, 2017 :: Cold-Case Resurrection Examining the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus – full media ~ 6:30-8:30p @ Living Oaks Church

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, Christian case maker and author. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist through his undergraduate and graduate work in Design and Architecture (CSULB and UCLA); he always considered himself to be an “evidentialist”. His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth is tied directly to evidence. But at the age of thirty-five, J. Warner took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

J. Warner served as a Youth Pastor for several years, then planted a church in 2006. Along the way, he created and built the Cold-Case Christianity website, blog and podcast as a place to post and talk about what he discovered related to the evidence supporting Christianity. Jim has appeared on television and radio, explaining the role that evidence plays in the Christian definition of “faith” and defending the historicity of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible and the truth of the Christian worldview. Jim also speaks at churches, retreats and camps as he seeks to help people become confident Christian case makers.