Truth in Public is a one-week camp on political engagement for older high school students. We want to invest in the next generation by equipping students to engage our increasingly secular culture with the Gospel. Citizenship in the United States is a privilege that is also a responsibility and a unique opportunity. Given the responsibility, Christians must act on behalf of others and they must do it in a way that honors Christ. Every Christian is called to care for their neighbor and to promote human flourishing. We want to see the next generation raised up to bear the torch of advocating and caring convictionally for those who do not have a voice and cannot speak for themselves: the poor, the unborn, the abused, the trafficked, and so many more. Just as William Wilberforce committed himself to the reformation of society in pre-victorian England, so we want to see high school students commit themselves to seeing the Gospel change the culture.
Should Christians care about politics? At Crossings, we believe God saves people through the work of King Jesus—not through conservative and moral policy. Nevertheless, Christians still bear the opportunity and responsibility to promote human flourishing according to biblical principles and ethics. The mandate to love our neighbor requires that we act on behalf of those who live alongside us in this country. While no one is mandated to enter politics and many will not, we all must know how to act responsibly as citizens within the public sphere. We must bring our Christian worldview to bear on how we vote, who we support, what policies we champion, and the way that we interact with and engage those in our sphere of influence.
Thus, Truth in Public is about equipping high school students to act. Whether they plan to enter politics or simply want to act as informed Christians and citizens, Truth in Public will train high school students to act responsibly and shape the culture around them. Throughout the week, students will learn to understand and articulate a Christian worldview, which will include biblically-based teaching in the areas of ethics, human dignity, sexuality, justice, religious liberty, government, and more. Students will then learn to employ this worldview in personal conversations, local and federal politics, state legislature, and the local church. They will even practice forming a bill into law through mock legislative session in Kentucky’s House chambers on Thursday.
Our commitment to you is that this camp will promote a love for Jesus Christ and the Gospel, foster a strong understanding of evangelical cultural engagement, and equip students to speak and act with integrity, clarity, and conviction as they bring the truths of Christianity to bear on society.
July 10-14, 2017
Truth in Public will be held at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. The students will be staying in the dormitory facilities, participating in lectures in the classrooms, and eating in the cafeteria. We will also be spending one day at the capitol in Frankfort, KY running mock senate sessions.
9a – 1p Check in
Session 1 | Christian Ethics
Session 2 | Parties, Positions, and Parliamentary Procedures
Late night Event
Session 3 | Religious Liberty and Freedom of Speech
Session 4 | Biblical Sexuality
Session 5 | How a Bill Becomes a Law and Committees
Session 6 | Public Theology
Bill Opposition Assignment
Session 7 | Breakout Sessions
Session 8 | A Theology of Culture
Briefing on Capitol and Chambers
Bus to Capitol
Tour of Capitol
Bus back to Asbury
Late Night Event
Session 9 | Politics and the Local Church
Is Truth in Public for me?
Truth in Public is for older high school students that are ready to engage, learn, and take a deep dive into critical issues that Christians face in the public square.
Can individuals attend?
Yes, individuals are allowed to attend Truth in Public.
What do I need to bring?
- Linens (Sheets and blankets)
- Alarm Clock
- Laptop /iPad
- At least 1 business outfit for Capitol (suits and ties)
Bryan Baise is the Assistant Professor of Worldview and Apologetics and Program Coordinator of Worldview and Apologetics at Boyce College. He has served as a college pastor and has preached in various churches and revivals across Kentuckiana. Baise has served on an editorial staff as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and currently as a research fellow with The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He also speaks at various conferences on philosophy, worldview, apologetics, and has participated in several debates on college campuses. His interests range from philosophy, politics, aesthetics, pop culture, and, most assuredly, sports. He is married with three children.
Denny Burk is the Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of The Center for Gospel and Culture at Boyce College. He is also associate pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church at Victory Memorial. Burk writes frequently on biblical and theological topics. He is the author of a book on sexual ethics titled What Is the Meaning of Sex? as well as a Transforming Homosexuality. He has written articles that have appeared in the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Tyndale Bulletin, Bulletin for Biblical Research, and the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Hershael York has served as senior pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY since 2003. He is also the Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Tanya, have raised two sons.
Richard Nelson is the executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center. He currently serves on the Pennyrile Christian Community Board and previously served on the Trigg County Hospital Corporation Board and also the Trigg County Fiscal Court as magistrate. Richard’s articles and opinion pieces have appeared in several newspapers including the Lexington Herald-Leader, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Louisville Courier-Journal. Father of three girls and a boy, he resides in Cadiz with his wife Kari of 26 years on their farm where they keep cattle, horses, two dogs, and two cats.
Kent Ostrander attended Lafayette High School in Lexington and then studied at Vanderbilt University, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society as a junior. Kent began work on The Family Foundation in 1988, establishing a Board and incorporating the organization in 1989. Kent and his wife, Joyce, have seven adult children.
Dan DeWitt serves on faculty as the founding director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics & Public Christianity at Cedarville University. He is author of Christ or Chaos, Jesus or Nothing, and The Owlings.