September 20, 2016
Southern Evangelical Seminary President and Evangelical Leader Joins Internationally Known Speakers for ‘The Gathering’ in Texas
Sept. 21 Event Featuring Dr. Richard Land Will Focus on Praying for Nation in Advance of Historic Election and Encouraging America to Pursue God
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES,www.ses.edu), will be a part of the National Solemn Assembly event, “The Gathering,” in Southlake, Texas, on Sept. 21. He will join a host of internationally known leaders who will come together for corporate prayer for the country’s leaders, families, churches and communities, as well as to encourage repentance and the pursuit of God throughout America.
According to the event website, “The Gathering is the body of Christ coming together one day to unite across racial, denominational and generational lines, lifting up the name of Jesus and taking responsibility for the condition of our nation. No personality, denomination or organization will be promoted.”
“In Matthew 18:20, Jesus told us that where two or three are gathered in His name, there He will be also,” Land said. “This gathering in Texas will bring together those who are fervently praying for the nation during one of the most crucial times in our history. I am honored to join them as we look ahead, not only to the November election, but to the months and years down the road and what God has planned for America.”
The Gathering consists of two separate events: the National Solemn Assembly Leaders’ Event from noon to 3 p.m. CT Sept. 21, and the National Solemn Assembly that evening from 7 to 9 p.m. CT. Guests can attend one or both events in person for free at Gateway Church, 700 Blessed Way, Southlake, Texas, or via live-stream online.
Land will be featured in the 8:12 to 8:35 p.m. CT session titled “Repentance & Pursuit of God for the Church” and will lead attendees in prayer.
Besides Land, additional speakers include David and Jason Benham, bestselling authors and speakers; Dr. Tony Evans, evangelical leader and speaker; Dr. Jack Graham, pastor and author; Anne Graham Lotz, evangelist and daughter of Billy Graham; Max Lucado, pastor and author; Winfred Neely, minister and professor at Moody Bible Institute; Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network; Les Steckel, president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and Lysa TerKeurst, author and head of Proverbs 31 Ministries for women; among others.
The Gathering is also offering several online resources, which include a 21-day devotional, facilitator’s kit and a document on prayer and fasting in the life of the pastor. Learn more at thegathering2016.com.
Next month, SES will kick off its 23rd annual , one of the premier apologetics events in the nation. Hosted by Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte, the event begins Oct. 13 with a women’s conference and continues through the weekend.
Taking place just three weeks before the presidential election, SES has lined up an impressive program of nationally known speakers who will tackle the many tough topics that have been debated both in society and on the campaign trail. The seminary will welcome such top names as Norman Geisler, Richard Howe, Richard Land, Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell, Hugh Ross, Jay Sekulow, Lee Strobel, Frank Turek and J. Warner Wallace, along with many others.
The theme of the conference, “The Defense Never Rests,” focuses on the ongoing charge to Christians to defend their beliefs rationally, intelligently and lovingly.
SES is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.
SES explores ethical issues through its “Ethics in Emerging Technology” program; for more information, visitwww.ethics.ses.edu. Southern Evangelical Seminary also recently unveiled a new apologetics blog atwww.WhyDoYouBelieve.org, where Land and other SES voices address the most pressing issues of the day.
Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on almost 400 stations nationwide, including nearly 200 on the American Family Radio Network and 100 on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, airs on the NRB Network Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” also reaches nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area on the Total Living Network. For details about stations, times, downloads and more, click here.
Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”
Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the tens of thousands who have downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.
SES has also been ranked as one of the top graduate programs for General Christian Apologetics by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.”
For more information on SES, visit its web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH. For more information about SES’ “Ethics in Emerging Technology” program, visit www.ethics.ses.edu.
For information on SES or to set up an interview with Dr. Richard Land or another representative, contact Jen Retallick, 610-584-1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215-815-7716 or610-584-1096, ext. 102.
Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The Christian college and seminary offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.