Jon's Speaking Topics

Hello My Name Is: Atheist
In this interactive role-play Jon puts on the hat of an atheist and presents the top five reasons not to believe in God. Jon, having been an atheist for more the 25 years brings a conversation that is very convincing and often proves to be a great way to introduce an apologetic series. During the discussion the aim is to show the participants their misunderstandings of atheism while highlighting the need for apologetics and learning why they believe not just what they believe. This has proved to be a great eye opener for students and adults. 

Tactics: How to Discuss Spiritual Things
Have you ever been asked by a friend or co-worker to defend why you believe what you do? Or, have you ever avoided getting into a conversation because you didn’t want to get caught in the hot seat or look foolish? Jon’s dynamic presentation is designed to equip you with tools that will help you enter into and then guide conversations regarding any number of issues found in culture at large. Learn how to steer a conversation through the use of questions while keeping the burden of proof on the person making the claim. And yes, learn how to get out of the dreaded hot seat.

Being an Ambassador: An Introduction the Apologetics
If you’re looking to introduce your group to apologetics or simply wanting to brush the dust off things that have already been taught, then this is the experience for you. In this talk, Jon gives a general overview of what apologetics, offers biblical support for it. He then goes on to show why it’s important to be a 1 Corinthians 5:20 Christian.

Truth in a Relativistic World  
We live in a relativistic world where truth has become secondary to feelings and pleasure. If there were a slogan for the reigning system of beliefs in our culture it would be, “It’s true for you, but not for me.” During your time together Jon will explain the history of relativism, showing how it’s become the prominent belief in our society, influencing morality and the church. He will then offer some tools that help others see what’s wrong with relativism and why it doesn’t accurately reflect the world around them.

Intelligent Design: What it is & Why it matters 
Did you know that there are two to three times more atheists on the college campuses than in the culture at large? Why do you think that is? In this talk Jon first show that Darwinism has permeated all areas of our lives, not just academia. From there he helps you understand why that matters in practical ways. Finally, Jon points to a number of pieces of evidence that indicate the world around us is designed by an Intelligent Designer. In the process we see where Darwinism has failed. If you have ever wondered if something or someone created the universe and everything in it, this is the presentation for you.

Kalam Made Simple
Have you ever looked up and the night sky wondering who it all started? Have you and a friend ever asked the question, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” In this talk, Jon focuses on the Kalam Cosmological Argument, digging into its two premises and conclusion showing that with just a little work anyone can master one of the most powerful arguments for the existence of God.

Abortion Made Unthinkable
There are 2,899 abortions each day in the United States. As many as 1 in 4 of those are done by people who consider themselves to be Christian. It’s time we become equipped and take a stand against abortion. Jon will put to use his many years of experience street preaching and evangelizing outside places like Planned Parenthood to help equip you with powerful and effective tactics in pro-life persuasion. You’ll learn how to engage in healthy, compassionate dialogue moving beyond the debate and rhetoric and towards truth and clarity. Learn to defend life and persuade others on one of the most important ethical issues of the day.

Defeating Naturalism
Every worldview has to answer five questions about the world around them: Where did I come from? Who am I? Why am I here? Is there right and wrong? What happens when I die? These are the fundamental questions of life. In this presentation Jon allows his personal experience trying to answer these questions as a naturalist and how that actually lead him to belief in the Christian worldview. Jon’s goal is to provide the audience with an accurate understanding of atheism and where the worldview false short in explaining reality while showing why we can confidently say Christianity most accurately reflects reality..

Why I’m A Christian
Why do you believe what you say you believe? For many years Jon would ask his believing friends that very questions. The answers he got were not persuasive and usually he left the conversation more affirmed in his atheism. The reason we should believe something is because it accurately reflects the way the world really is. In this talk Jon explores his past as an atheist and shows why he had to make the worldview change he did as his atheism started bumping him into reality. Some bumps were harder than others.

Evangelism: Sharing Your Faith With Atheists, Agnostics And Cultists
This presentation is intended to equip believers to engage atheists, agnostics and various cults. Specific attention is on why we need to evangelize and learning a handful of arguments to present to people who subscribe to atheism, Mormonism, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-ay Saints.

Can I Trust the New Testament
We are people of a book, The Book in fact. But what if the Bible is actually unreliable? What if it’s just a collection of antiquated stories, never meant to be trusted? In this presentation Jon puts is years of experience in the legal world to work and builds a multifaceted case for why there are good reasons to trust the New Testament documents we read today accurately record history. Jon will show you how to build a cumulative case for the historicity of the New Testament using things like early dating, eyewitness testimony, embarrassing stories, and more. Can we trust the Bible? Absolutely.

The Problem of Evil
This was Jon’s nail in the coffin as he tried to persuade Christians to abandon religion and join him as an atheist. If God is so good, why is there so much evil? This is the question that has caused more people to struggle with their faith than any other. So much so it’s been called the “Rock of Atheism.” In this presentation Jon takes a look at the problem as it’s classically stated, showing that it’s not a problem for the Christian at all. Actually, it’s a problem for the skeptic.

Suicide and Euthanasia: A Biblical and Real-World Perspective 
Death is a reality of life. Everyone dies. However, when, where and how someone dies has become a complicated issue in recent history and suicide and euthanasia have touched many of us personally. But it doesn’t need to be complicated. By learning some simple truths and keeping some important distinctions in mind, we’ll apply biblical principles of human value and worth to make the case and defend the idea that life is valuable and worth living. All with the goal of providing comfort and hope to those around us who are in the midst of suffering and darkness. Maybe that someone is you.