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Winston Salem, NC
Winston Salem, NC
Renton speaks on biblical worldview and apologetics across the country. He has been a classroom teacher for over two decades. His experience has included both secular and Christian colleges and universities. He holds a BS in English Education and an MA in interpretative speech from Bob Jones University. He has also received an MFA in crea
Renton speaks on biblical worldview and apologetics across the country. He has been a classroom teacher for over two decades. His experience has included both secular and Christian colleges and universities. He holds a BS in English Education and an MA in interpretative speech from Bob Jones University. He has also received an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, an MA in philosophy from the University of Toledo, a ThM from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and has a PhD in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. Renton is presently the director of the Center for Biblical Worldview at Bob Jones University.
Young people continue to consent to and even affirm culturally acceptable sin. LGBTQ+, Social Justice Theory, and Critical Race Theory are not just movements, they are a unified way of thinking. In this talk, we discover the root of this thought process that has groomed Gen Z into doubting God, redefining Christianity, and ultimately walking away from the faith. We discuss 3 biblical principles to respond as we educate, train, and prepare this Generation for a world that hates God.
Students today are inundated with LGBTQ+ indoctrination via social media, entertainment, and personal friendships. Now there are movements, even within the church, that have accepted varying degrees of LGBTQ+ affirmation. Christian schools can take steps to address this issue biblically. In this session, we will explore how biblical worldview strategies can shape our students’ thinking about these concepts.
Recently, the word “worldview” has become a household word particularly within the homeschool community. But few will admit we’ve been getting it wrong. In this talk, we discuss a useful definition of biblical worldview and investigate how it can affect the classroom and curriculum.
Some view biblical worldview as a nice addition to a curriculum if there is extra time. This fundamental misunderstanding of biblical worldview shaping stems from the idea that critical thinking is possible without biblical worldview shaping. Because of the demands and scope of critical thinking as a discipline, biblical worldview is absolutely inherent in providing real critical thinking skills.
No matter what we teach, we all run across an argument, view, or philosophy that rejects or diminishes the Christian faith. In this workshop we discuss a process of defending the faith called “B.I.G. Apologetics”—a simple but effective way to model intelligent engagement with difficult arguments, views, or philosophies set up against God.
There have been many news articles about unrest and political activism in the public university. There have also been many stories of students leaving the faith after attending public universities. What are Christian homeschoolers in for when they embark on attending such a place? After numerous years of teaching in public colleges and universities, Dr. Rathbun will lay out the challenges that Christian students will face, as well as biblical strategies for preparing them for those challenges.
Christian education needs strong leadership. But what does that mean? A Christian school can create a healthy interdependency between administration and faculty. This is possible when the leadership leads by transforming their faculty into leaders. This workshop traces the foundational principles of biblical leadership, illustrates strategies for engaging and inspiring millennials, and demonstrates the importance of changing from “game-theory leadership” to, what we will call, “foxhole leadership.”
Typically, attempting to integrate Bible into a math course results in unconvincing biblical connections and zero advancement of mathematical knowledge. This workshop defines mathematics from a biblical worldview and develops strategies that allow for 1) discussions of biblical worldview that do not change the subject away from math, 2) advances in mathematical knowledge, and 3) provide connections that are cohesive and unified.
When Christian schools were first established in response to public education, the Bible was at the center of the education. Is the Bible still the centerpiece of the Christian school today? Does the Bible suffer from a lack of intentional, year-to-year scaffolding, a lack of relevance to other subjects, and a lack of rigor that equals the rigor of other subjects? This workshop is about getting back to our original formula.
Textbooks are not written to steer the perspective and thinking merely of students. They are created to steer the teacher's thinking as well. It is subtle. It is deliberate. It is effective. In this talk it is established that knowledge is not neutral, but rather, ethical. We discuss the five principles that leads to better curriculum.
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