“In the beginning, God created … .” And He created all things perfectly — including man and woman, giving them value, dignity, and the purpose of glorifying Him. Then sin entered the world and damaged God’s image in man, but it did not damage the value of persons made in His image.
Now God’s design for personhood is under assault. Everywhere we see extreme expressions of self-identification and self-worship, such as devaluing unborn children, childhood, gender, sexuality, ethnic differences, the disabled, and the elderly.
Join us as we go back to “the beginning” to strengthen our understanding of the theology, implications, and applications of personhood regarding who we are created at conception and who we are recreated in Christ.
Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University and BJU Seminary, leads the next generation of evangelists and disciple-makers with emphasis on character that serves and loves people and with a commitment to God’s inerrant, relevant truth.
Paul Tautges, senior pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, is a biblical counselor who is a fellow for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and a prolific author who helps others grow in God’s all-sufficient grace and truth.
Jim Newcomer, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is an ACBC-certified adjunct professor for biblical counseling at BJU Seminary who is committed to practicing and teaching biblical pastoring and counseling.
Stuart Scott, director of biblical counseling at BJU Seminary who also serves as executive director of One-Eighty Ministries and fellow and director of membership services for ACBC, pastored and now teaches biblical counseling with the conviction that every pastor is a counselor.
Nicolas Ellen, senior pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church in Houston, Texas, serves in numerous counseling and teaching roles as an ACBC fellow, including adjunct professor at BJU Seminary and founder of Expository Counseling Training Center, where he equips saints for ministry.
Jim Berg, professor of biblical counseling at BJU Seminary, teaches and writes on leadership, counseling, and discipleship and, as an ACBC-certified counselor with addiction specialization, leads Freedom That Lasts®, a local church-based addiction ministry he and his wife founded.
Alan Benson, executive vice president for student development and ministry advancement at Bob Jones University, applies his over-25 years of local church ministry to training the next generation and overseeing student discipleship, leadership, conduct and counseling.
Marc Chetta, faculty member of BJU’s School of Health Professions, teaches human anatomy and physiology courses, having previously worked as a full-time medical doctor for 10 years in private family, obstetric, and surgical practice and 20 years in the emergency room.
Jessica Minor, dean of BJU’s School of Health Professions, specializes in medical ethics with an emphasis in preventative and organizational ethics and wrote her published dissertation on informed consent in predictive genetic testing.
Renton Rathbun, director of BJU’s Center for Biblical Worldview and BJU Seminary apologetics teacher, helps faculty, staff, and students understand and communicate a biblical worldview by working with them to integrate it into every course.
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