Programme Schedule 8:30 - Doors Open – Arrival/Admission 9:15 - Welcome, Announcements, Introduction and Worship 9:30 - “Unashamed World” - Stuart Windsor, Christian Solidarity Worldwide. 10:15 - A word from our Partner: Tearfund 10:25 - Coffee/ Tea Break 11:00 - "The Unashamed Church” - Michael Ramsden, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. 12:00 - A word from our Partner 12:10 - Q&A with Michael Ramsden 12:40 - Lunch 2:00 - Afternoon Worship, Solas Initiative 2:15 - “Church and Culture in 21st Century Scotland” – Panel Discussion 3:00 - “Reaching Scotland” - David Robertson, Solas 4:00 - Close
Welcome This year the Solas Conference is entitled: ‘Unashamed’ and the reason simple. One of the devils greatest strategies for keeping us quiet is to make us feel ashamed. Ashamed of ourselves, the church and sometimes even the Bible – ‘did God really say?’ is his oldest trick in the book. The opposite of shame is not a proud self-confidence, but a humble rejoicing in the beauty and glory of the Gospel. I am not ashamed of the cross, because it is the power of God for salvation. Both conferences will address this topic. In Edinburgh, Michael Ramsden, who is Britain’s foremost apologetic speaker, will think about how apologetics can help the church be unashamed in an increasingly hostile culture. Stuart Windsor of CSW will speak about being unashamed throughout the world, and David Robertson will look specifically and practically at reaching 21st Century Scotland. In the Spring of 2016, the 'Unashamed' Conference will be in Inverness and this follow up conference is aimed to inspire, encourage and resource the church in Scotland. It’s for all the Lord’s people. Today there will be praise, Bible teaching, fellowship, refreshments, prayer and a bookstall.
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What is Solas? Solas Centre for Public Christianity was founded in 2010 to promote the gospel in public life - in Scotland and beyond. Distinctive in its strong evangelistic foundation of communicating the faith, it is intended to touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and opinion-makers of society and to REACH and CHALLENGE those who shape the ideas of culture with the credibility of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A wide range of resources are available through the Solas website, including the Quantum of Solas podcast, a range of articles and letters in the national press, books such as "Why I Am Not An Athiest" and much more. Solas also facilitates a number of events such as debates, seminars, sermons and conferences, some of which are evangelistic and others aimed at training Christians in persuasive evangelism.
24 Oct 18:30 at Old School House, Morningside Rd, Edinburgh In partnership with Solas CPC, Reasons to Believe, Bruntsfield Evangelical Church and Cornerstone Community Church. Tickets available at - www.tinyurl.com/FaithandCosmology
Today's Speakers Michael Ramsden is the International Director of RZIM and has been part of RZIM since its foundation in Europe in 1997. Michael is also joint Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Michael was brought up in the Middle East and later moved to England where he worked for the Lord Chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department investing funds. While doing research in Law and Economics at Sheffield University, he taught Moral Philosophy and lectured for the International Seminar for Jurisprudence and Human Rights in Strasbourg. He has also been a Professor-in-Residence at the Wolfsberg Executive Institute in Switzerland. Michael has been invited to lecture in various settings including the White House in Washington DC and has in the past addressed leaders at NATO HQ in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament, as well as bankers and investment managers on the current global financial crisis. Michael is also involved in a number of initiatives to equip and train emerging leaders and evangelists throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Michael lives in Oxford with his wife, Anne, and their three children.
Stuart Windsor was Christian Solidarity Worldwide's National Director for 19 years and is now CSWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special Ambassador. Throughout his time with CSW Stuart has seen our work achieve a high profile for advocacy on religious freedom throughout the world. Stuart has travelled extensively to countries where Christians and others suffer persecution for their religious beliefs. He has carried out briefings in the US Congress and Senate, given evidence in hearings at the UN High Commission for Refugees and has spoken at the European and UK parliaments. In recent years, his work has involved securing the safety of several Pakistani Christian families who were subject to persecution. Stuart is married to Ethel and they have two children.
David Andrew Robertson is minister of St. Peter's Free Church in Dundee, Scotland, and the 2015 Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland. As a director of Solas Centre for Public Christianity, he is also a blogger, speaker, debater and media commentator. His letters and articles are regularly published in The Scotsman and Christian Today, and he has appeared several times on Moody Radio. David is on the editorial advisory board for Scottish Christian Broadcast. @theweeflea http://theweeflea.wordpress.com/
Fifth Anniversary Appeal In July this year, Solas CPC quietly turned five years old. As the ministry grows, the need for new financial support becomes ever greater. Will you help us take advantage of the new opportunities the Lord presents? With the launch of the magazine, we have changed our "Friends of Solas" scheme to include everyone who gives at least £5 per month. It is a great way to support the ministry and also benefit from some of our evangelism resources. £5 or £10 per month Friends receive: • A subscription to Solas magazine • 10% discount at selected FM and CLC Bookshops £20 or more per month Friends receive: • Our book, “Why I Am Not An Atheist” • The “Quench: Café Culture Evangelism” training manual • Two tickets to the annual conference of your choice • A copy of the conference talks on DVD • Both gifts from the first tier Friends of Solas can now take advantage of our new easy-to-use Direct Debit facility with GoCardless. Sign up now on the Solas website - www.solas-cpc.org. Help support the Solas magazine, our videos and podcast, newspaper articles, the Solas conferences and so much more To learn more, please visit the Solas table at today's conference!