Preaching God’s Word in a Culture Hostile to a Biblical Worldview

Pastors in America today have unique challenges because the culture is hostile to biblical truth. Pastors recognize that the culture is inundated with a barrage of lies that are destroying people’s lives, and they don’t want to get caught in the political. They know they’re called to cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Agreeing with lies, like telling children that men can get pregnant, definitely does that.

So how do we speak God’s truth to answer each issue while keeping the gospel at the center of everything?  That’s the focus of this briefing. This seminar will help you make conversations about the sexual revolution, critical race theory, and transgenderism part of your gospel message instead of distractions from it.

Understanding HOW the Bible addresses the issues of the culture can be a difficult endeavor. A Biblical worldview is a necessary foundation. What is a worldview and how does it affect the decisions believers make? Too often Christians engage in conversation with concerns over an issue, often a moral issue and then find themselves in a political argument. These situations seem to further frustrate and even divide family members. Preaching needs to equip the saints to be ready to share Jesus. Beyond that, preaching needs to equip believers to know why they believe what they believe. Too often the foundational pillars of origin, morality, and purpose are ignored when considering the specific issues of the day. So, the challenge is often about how to answer the cultural questions, speaking the truth in love. This daylong seminar will help address these areas and more!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FREE

What to Expect:

  1. Preparing – Assist with background, research, and outline development for preaching God’s Word to believers.
  2. Preaching – Resource and outline key issues from Scripture that speak to the culture.
  3. Discipleship – Helping equip pastors to develop a Biblical worldview with their congregations.
  4. Exegetical study from a historical/grammatical hermeneutic. Pastors can be confident of the theological perspective offered while preparing to preach from passages like Genesis 1-11 and Jesus’ references to the Creation story and other Hebrew Testament passages.
  5. Resources – Resources provided are focused on developing a Biblical worldview and preaching the Scripture in light of the issues facing our churches.

Times:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM One day only. 7-hour Seminar including lunch.  

  1. Raleigh location, October 17th – Upper Room Church of God in Christ, Raleigh, Bishop Patrick Wooden presiding CLICK HERE FOR RALEIGH
  2. Charlotte location, October 19th – Trinity Baptist Church, Mooresville, Dr. Mark Harris, pastor CLICK HERE FOR CHARLOTTE

Resources and lunch are included.

This seminar is for Pastors and Preaching Ministers ONLY.  Transportation and housing are NOT included.REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Keynote Presenters:

Joseph Backholm: 

Joseph is the Senior Fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at the Family Research Council (FRC). He combines extensive legal, political, and policy experience with a love for the way biblical truth cultivates human flourishing.

Mr. Backholm has served as legal counsel and Director of What Would You Say? at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview where he developed and launched a growing platform that creates short, animated videos answering common questions about faith and culture. His YouTube career began as a self-identified “6’5 Chinese Woman” in a series of YouTube videos exploring the logic of gender identity. He served as a legislative attorney for three years and spent 10 years as the President and General Counsel of the Family Policy Institute of Washington in Washington State where he managed educational, legislative, and electoral operations on behalf of life, marriage, religious freedom, and parental rights. He has also led three ballot initiatives on marriage and gender privacy.

Joseph lives in Raleigh with his family.

David Closson 

David Closson serves as the Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview at Family Research Council. He researches and writes on life, human sexuality, religious liberty, and related issues from a biblical worldview.

David is completing a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.) and the University of Central Florida (B.A., political science, cum laude).

David is the author of FRC’s Biblical Worldview Series, which seeks to help Christians and Christian leaders apply the teachings of the Bible to difficult moral questions.

While in seminary, he served as a Teaching Assistant for courses including Introduction to Christian Ethics, Systematic Theology I, Personal Spiritual Disciplines, and Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission. He also served as an assistant to the Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary for two years.

David has served as a Program Leader for Covenant Journey, leading trips to Israel designed to strengthen Christian college students in their faith through an experiential journey of biblical and modern Israel. He has served on staff or as an ordained deacon at churches in Florida and Kentucky. He also interned for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

His writing has appeared at Fox NewsReal Clear PoliticsNational ReviewThe Council for Biblical Manhood and WomanhoodDecision MagazineWORLD OpinionsThe Gospel Coalition, Townhall, and Christian Post. David is the author of the forthcoming book Life in a Post-Roe World (B&H Academic, 2024) and is the co-author of Male and Female He Created Them: A Study on Identity, Sexuality, and Marriage (Christian Focus, 2023).

David lives in Washington, D.C. and is a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

Sponsoring groups:

North Carolina Family Policy Council – lead sponsor

Center for Biblical Worldview – Family Research Council

Association of Churches & Ministries – Family Research Council

Upper Room Church of God in Christ

Trinity Baptist Church

Frederick Douglass Foundation & Douglass Leadership Institute

North Carolina Baptists

Alliance Defending Freedom

Registration is OPEN on-line: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Contact: Pastor Tom Kakadelis with questions and registration info. Email Tom at  or text: 704-575-7345