Philip Yancey
Jan
9
12:00 PM12:00

Philip Yancey

Author, Thinker, Climber

Vanishing Grace

How do we show grace in a culture that is growing increasingly divisive and more hostile to Christians? Grace is the Christian’s great distinctive, the one great gift we can offer the world. Yet in a time of culture wars, Christians often come across more like the morals police than as dispensers of God’s grace.  How can we convey this rich gift to the world at large? From the author of What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Philip Yancey grew up near Atlanta, where negative experiences with a rigid church, including losing his polio-stricken father when the congregation suggested he go off life support and allow his faith in God to heal him, caused Yancey to lose his faith. He attended college in South Carolina and completed graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College Graduate School and the University of Chicago. He served as editor of Campus Life magazine—a publication directed towards high school and college students and then as an editor for Christianity Today, writing articles for Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Publishers Weekly, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Eternity, Moody Monthly, and National Wildlife. Now living in Colorado, he is a freelance writer and editor-at-large for Christianity Today.  

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Brant Hansen
Feb
6
12:00 PM12:00

Brant Hansen

Radio Host, Author, Chief Storyteller for CURE International

The Truth About Us

"Am I a good person?" According to surveys, we all think we're better than average! Brant will talk about how we think about ourselves vs. what Jesus says about us, and how embracing His shocking point of view can revolutionize our daily lives.

Brant Hansen is a radio host, author and storyteller for CURE International, a nonprofit operating hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide where patients experience the life-changing message of God’s love as they receive surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion or ethnicity. He has won multiple national awards for his on-air work and his radio show is syndicated nationally on more than 200 stations. He also has authored two bestselling books: Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better and Blessed are the Misfits.

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Louis Upkins, Jr
Mar
6
12:00 PM12:00

Louis Upkins, Jr

Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

UnPrepared: Navigating the Journey and the Courage to Trust in God Along the Way

No one likes negative surprises, especially after planning carefully to avoid them.  In what ways do we trust God when we feel totally inadequate, unprepared or blindsided by unforeseen events?   In  this talk Louis Upkins will address this issue and offer uplifting case studies of leaders and families who have faced these kinds of challenges and overcome them by God's grace.

Louis Upkins, Jr. is an entrepreneur, author, consultant and speaker. Based in Nashville, he is an expert in branding and marketing, is a leader to leaders and the author of Treat Me Like A Customer. Upkins has worked with some of the largest names across a variety of industries from professional sports to entertainment to Fortune 500 companies to celebrities. His products have been featured in many publications such as Time, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and People. Upkins is the founder of Leadership Sports, which marries the worlds of professional athletes to the corporate space.

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Katherine Alsdorf
Apr
3
12:00 PM12:00

Katherine Alsdorf

Founder of Redeemer's Center for Faith & Work

Katherine Leary Alsdorf is the Founder & Executive Director of Redeemer's Center for Faith & Work. She came to Redeemer in 2002 to establish the Center for Faith & Work and help nurture a meaningful integration between people's faith and their professional work. Prior to this ministry role at Redeemer, Katherine served 20 years in the high tech industry. In California, she served as CEO of Pensare, Inc., an online management education company, and CEO of One Touch Systems, Inc., a hardware/software products company. Before that, she was President of Private Satellite Network, a communications network and services company - in New York City. She also worked in various consulting, sales, and marketing roles, primarily in the technology sector.

She received an MBA from The Darden School, University of Virginia and a BA in Psychology and Education from Wittenberg University. She became a Christian mid-career in NYC through the ministries of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and has taken seminary classes at Regent College in Vancouver. She also serves on the Theology of Work Project Steering Committee.

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Phoebe Cade Miles
May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Phoebe Cade Miles

Board President and CEO of the Cade Museum  of Creativity and Invention

Biblical Insights into Creativity, Invention and Entrepreneurship

Scripture has a lot to say about every aspect of life.  Applied to creativity and invention, current research and recent scientific discoveries are catching up to what Scripture has said all along.  

Phoebe Miles founded the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention is also co-founded the Gloria Dei Foundation, a nonprofit that awards grants to organizations that promote the common good in accordance with Christian principles. Both were endowed by her parents, Dr. Robert Cade and Mary Cade. Dr. Cade, a University of Florida researcher and physician, is best known for leading the team that invented Gatorade. A native of Gainesville, Florida, Phoebe has lived overseas with her diplomat husband in Nuremberg, Germany; Bridgetown, Barbados; Berlin, Germany; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fluent in German and Spanish, she earned BAs in History and German from the University of Washington.

 

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Ward Brehm
Dec
5
12:00 PM12:00

Ward Brehm

The Brehm Group

Bigger Than Me: Just When I Thought I Had All The Answers, God Changed The Questions

Many have bought into the lie that the good life is a showy one. Yet the greatest adventures come when we stop living for self and what the world says is important – and start living for things that really matter. Nothing is duller than one more bag of money, one more business conquest, or one more round of earthly pleasure. Speaking from the heart with humor, thoughtfulness and transparency Ward will encourage you in your faith as he reflects candidly on his life as a businessman about money, ego, truth, busyness, solitude, legacy, dying, faith, gratitude and much more.

Ward Brehm is a Minnesota businessman who founded The Brehm Group. In 2004 President Bush appointed Brehm to be Chairman of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and was reappointed in 2010 by President Obama and he continues to serve under President Trump.  In 2008, Brehm was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal – the country's second-highest civilian honor – for his work in Africa at an Oval Office ceremony.

Brehm brought his message as an advocate for the poor in Africa to the 2008 National Prayer Breakfast and was the first person from the business community to ever be asked by Congress to address this annual gathering in Washington DC. Brehm is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and was recently appointed to the board of Advisors to USAID.  He is the author of three  books, Life Through A Different Lens, White Man Walking, and the recently released , Bigger Than Me ( just when I had all the answers, God changed the questions).

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John Stonestreet
Nov
7
12:00 PM12:00

John Stonestreet

President of the Colson Center

What is Our Salvation For? Joining Gods Restoration Agenda

All Christians are called to join God’s mission in the world. How can we live out our faith in a broken culture?

John Stonestreet is the President of the Colson Center. With a passion to illuminate a biblical worldview for today's culture, he is a speaker, writer, cultural commentator and collaborator of worldview initiatives. He directs conferences and curriculum projects, speaks around the world, consults on education and appears on web and radio broadcasts.  With Eric Metaxas, John is co-host of BreakPoint, a daily radio program providing commentary on current events from a biblical perspective.  John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Bryan College and is the author of A Practical Guide to Culture.

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Alice Rhee
Sep
13
12:00 PM12:00

Alice Rhee

Journalist, Philanthropy Executive, Multimedia Producer, Storyteller, Film Advisor

Telling the Truth: Why Secular Journalism Matters Today – And Why Christians Should Care

Bashing the national press is not new in the United States. But it has reached a painful point in our divided nation. Believers – people of all faiths – must understand why truth is essential to a functional democracy. Professional journalists have a valued role to play in holding our leadership accountable.

Alice Rhee is an Emmy award-winning television producer and multimedia journalist. At present, she is Editorial Director of Folo Media, an affiliate of the H.E. Butt Family Foundation. She is also program advisor for the Tribeca Film Institute working on the If/Then Short Documentary initiative. Most recently, she was Senior Producer for Washington Post’s digital video enterprise, covering breaking news and special events for NBC News and MSNBC. While in New York with NBC, Rhee worked closely with Brian Williams on National Political Projects, and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell on global news coverage.

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