Melissa offers single-session seminars and multi-session weekend training events. Her current teaching topics include:
Christianity and the Life of the Mind
This is a stand-alone session that makes a biblical and philosophical case for why Christians should cultivate their minds in the areas of theology and apologetics. Melissa explains why this is essential for personal development as a disciple of the Lord Jesus and in mentoring others, including our children, to become strong disciples.
Cosmology and the Existence of God
A philosophical and scientific case can be made for the necessity of a First Cause of all things—a cause that must have theistic attributes. Does theism provide a superior explanation for the observable cosmos, or was Carl Sagan correct when he said, “The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be”?
The Finely Tuned Universe
Do the characteristics of the universe point to a grand design? What can we say about the fine-tuning of the cosmos for intelligent life and the progress of science?
Origin of Life: Chemical Accident or Intended Design?
Is the naturalistic account of nature sufficient to explain the complexity of living things, or does the evidence point more strongly to a Designer of life? (Earth-age neutral)
Reliability of the Gospels and Acts
Is the primary source material for the life of Jesus of Nazareth trustworthy? How do we know the documents have been faithfully transmitted over the past two millennia? Moreover, can we be confident that they communicate historical facts?
Defending the Resurrection
Without the truth of the Resurrection, the Christian faith is in vain. There are compelling reasons to believe that the Resurrection is historical, and the case can be made using only facts that are accepted by the majority of New Testament scholars, including those who are skeptical of Christianity.
It’s Not All Relative: The Case for Objective Morality
How do Christians communicate the truth of the Gospel in an age when many deny the very existence of objective truths? How has moral relativism impacted human history, secular education, and attitudes towards religion? The Christian conception of moral values and duties is crucial for making sense of reality.
Exploring Creation Models
An objective, diplomatic introduction to the various Christian approaches to the science and Scripture related to origins. How have science and Christianity interacted throughout history? What can the Church learn from this? A condensed, single presentation or a detailed, multi-part series. (Earth-age neutral)
Adam and Eve: Fact or Fiction?
Human origins is a hot topic with the church and the secular scientific community. What are the different views of the related Scripture within Christendom? Is the traditional belief in a historical Adam and Eve still scientifically viable? What do the fossils, artifacts, and DNA really say? (This presentation is neutral on the age of the earth, but does include standard dating from paleoanthropology for informational purposes.)
Bioethics: The Case for Life
In a culture that has devalued the life of the unborn, how can Christians best argue for the sanctity of life? Are there good arguments for the pro-life position independent of Christian Scripture? What should the Church be doing in the crusade for the unborn?