The Defense of Our Hope

Preparing to give an answer

September 14-16, 2018
New retreat location this year: Camp Croix
1945 Gold Star Rd
Danbury, WI 54830

This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming Professor Allen Quist, who will take us through an introduction to apologetics, the art and science of defending the reasonableness of the Christian faith.

Pricing & Registration

(through August 13 20)
After August 13 20
Full weekend $130 $150
Full weekend (Student) $75 $85
Saturday only $50 $60

Early-bird deadline extended to August 20!

Includes: Meals* (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast), lodging and camp access (two nights), instructional materials, and T-Shirts (not guaranteed for late registrants).

* Saturday only registration includes lunch and dinner

If you have any questions, contact the Salem church office at (651) 439-7831.

Location: Camp Croix

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This year the Men's Retreat will be held at Camp Croix in Danbury WI, just a little over two hours northeast of the Twin Cities. Supported by WELS churches, surrounded by 160 acres of forest, and boasting 2,100 feet of lakeshore along Lake Rooney, it hosts camps and events throughout the year.

Bring your boat! It is a more rustic facility than prior years. There are a number of spots for RVs with power and water connections. Sleeping accommodations include the lodge and four-bunk cabins. Please let us know if you would like to bring a camper or other RV.

We also take a moment to thank Dan and Karen Scholz for 10 years of hosting the Men's Retreat at Beacon Shores.


Friday, September 14

5pm Dinner - As you arrive
9pm Welcome and Devotion

Saturday, September 15

8am Breakfast and Fellowship
9am Session One: How do we know the Bible is true?
Mid-morning Break
Session Two: Evidence for Easter
12 noon Lunch
1pm Session Three: Why is apologetics Lutheran?
Mid-afternoon Break
Session Four: Evolution and fake science
4pm Free time
7pm Dinner
Vespers, Bonfire, and free time

Sunday, September 16

7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Session Five: Scientific evidence for natural law
10am Wrapup/Q&A/2019 Planning / Free time
11:30am Pack up / Clean up

Speaker: Allen Quist
Author of "The Reason I Believe"

Prof. Allen Quist

Allen Quist is Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, Minnesota, and is also a member of the Committee on Doctrine for the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. He was Professor of Religion and Psychology at Bethany Lutheran College from 1968 to 1981. In 1981, he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he served three terms from 1982 until 1987. He served as Chair of the Social Services Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee. While in the House, Quist was the author of numerous bills and amendments. He was chief author of the bill that created Minnesota’s Department of Jobs and Training, replacing the old department of Economic Security. Quist was also chief author of the bill that led to the legalizing of homeschooling in Minnesota.

As a researcher, Quist uncovered the extraordinary marriage penalty hidden in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The results of his research were widely publicized in a variety of national venues. The prestigious Heritage Foundation used Quist’s work as the starting point of its own research and exposé on the marriage penalty. In addition, Quist has authored seven previous books.

Allen Quist’s primary interest and area of research, however, is in Christian apologetics. He has published three previous books on this topic and has written numerous magazine and journal articles in this field as well. While serving as a professor at Bethany Lutheran College, Quist taught a course in apologetics called The Case for Christianity. In 2014, he was one of two featured speakers at the Bjarne Wollan Teigen Reformation Lectures on the topic of Christian apologetics.

Quist holds a Master of Arts degree from the Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, Minnesota. He and his wife, Julie, live in rural St. Peter, Minnesota. They have ten children and forty-six grandchildren.

Quist recently presented at Bethany Lutheran College's "Apologetics and Worldview Seminar" on the subject of "Why Is Apologetics Lutheran?".

Martin Luther College Professor Dr. Mark Paustian, author of Prepared to Answer and past Men's Retreat speaker, will be attending and serving as chaplain for the weekend.

While all are welcome, this retreat is designed for the adult men of WELS/ELS churches. Fathers are encouraged to bring their sons 16 years or older.

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