Reason For Hope 2017

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2017 Reason For Hope Conference

March 17 – 18

Co-hosted by Trinity Evangelical Church and Pine Hills Church

Held at Pine Hills Church, 4704 Carroll Rd, Fort Wayne, IN

Cost is only $10, which includes lunch on Saturday (must pre-register for discount)


Pre-register so that we can make appropriate plans for lunch.

Featuring D. A. Carson

Dr. D. A. Carson is one of the top New Testament scholars in the world. He holds a B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from McGill University, an M.Div. from Heritage Baptist College and Heritage Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in the New Testament from Cambridge University. Dr. Carson serves as Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has taught the New Testament since 1978. He has also taught at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Richmond College, and Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto. Over the years he has authored over 50 books, including New Testament commentaries and books on Bible translation, the church and culture, missions, and more. As a renowned speaker at conferences worldwide, his engaging style has opened the riches of the Bible to thousands and challenged believers to a deeper, richer commitment to scripture.

Not only an academic, Dr. Carson has a passionate love for the Lord and a pastor’s heart. He has served as an assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Additionally, he is the president of The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two children. In his spare time, Dr. Carson enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.


Jesus told many stories (parables) about the end of the world. What was he trying to show us? How do these parables work? What valuable lessons might we apply to our individual lives?


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6:30 Registration

7:00 Welcome

7:10 Plenary Session #1: Why Did Jesus Tell Stories? 

8:30 Dismissal


9:30 Registration

10:00 Plenary Session #2: The Bags of Gold

11:00 Q & A

11:30 Lunch Break

12:45 Plenary Session #3: Sheep and Goats

2:00 Break

2:20 Plenary Session #4: On Being a Good Samaritan

3:30 Dismissal


(Held at Trinity Evangelical Church)

10:00 Morning sermon: Heaven and Hell — The Rich Man and Lazarus

Reason for Hope Mission

Being a disciple of Christ involves a lifetime of learning as we strive to better understand God’s Word, to be intelligent about what we believe, and to ably defend that belief.

To this end, the Reason for Hope seminar provides the chance to learn from top evangelical scholars and educators. Too often the world of scholars seems distant from the pew, but these sessions provide and understandable window into this world for all.

Join us as we work together to sharpen our faith and become informed and prepared Christians. “Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.” 1 Corinthians 14:20



Previous Keynote Speakers

William Lane Craig of Reasonable Faith, Greg Koukl of Stand To Reason, Scott Klusendorf of Life Training Institute, New Testament scholars Craig Blomberg of Denver Seminary, Ben Witherington III of Asbury Theological Seminary, Mike Licona of Houston Baptist University, and Paul Copan of Palm Beach Atlantic University.

D. A. Carson