“After I set out to refute Christianity intellectually and couldn’t, I came to the conclusion the Bible was true and Jesus Christ was God’s Son.”

These words of apologist Josh McDowell were in the spotlight recently at Oklahoma Wesleyan’s Collision Conference on apologetics. The third annual conference of the Josh McDowell Institute at OKWU focused on a simple, vital, question:

Who does your thinking for you?

At the 2016 JMI Collision Conference, OKWU welcomed three passionate, gifted speakers from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) to challenge us to think for ourselves.

There are two parts to every JMI conference: a campus day and a community day. Through the course of both days, students and other attendees were faced with some of the toughest questions of our time—issues of justice, religion, abortion, and more.

RZIM’s Cameron McAllister opened with a discussion of how to disagree, stating that “civil disagreement is not only possible but also desirable” and then showed how confrontation can be done with grace and honesty in a manner to which believers are called. Alycia Wood followed by reminding us that justice matters to God. However, before “anyone can talk about justice, one has to know what is behind the objective moral truth” that goes into every decision. That objective moral truth is a person- Jesus. Abdu Murray (pictured), who is also OKWU’s resident JMI Scholar, spent time talking about issues of religion in a culture that is intensely seeking both intellectual and spiritual fulfillment.

“Each year the JMI Collision Conference challenges all who attended to consider different facets of their belief system. This conference pulled back the curtain of our thinking.

Next year’s conference will be held the first week of February 2017. To learn more about the Josh McDowell Institute, visit www.okwu.edu/JMI.