The Ahmanson Lectures are This Weekend!

Bring your friends join us for The Annual Ahmanson Lecture Series at Saddleback. Check out five of the greatest minds in Christian apologetics as they answer some of the biggest questions about the authority and reliability of the Bible.

Here at Saddleback, we don't want you to just take our word for it, we want you to have a backbone for your faith based on biblical truths. Christian apologetics has been around for centuries and Saddleback will continue the argument by presenting fact-based, historical evidence, and philosophical and scientific investigations so that you have a defense for your beliefs.

Saturday, November 26

4:30 p.m.  Why Historians Take the Gospel Seriously: John Dickson
Dr. John Dickson (PhD) is a historian, author, and public advocate for the Christian faith. As the director of the Centre for Public Christianity (, he regularly writes for secular newspapers and appears in the media promoting thoughtful Christianity. Dr. Dickson is also the presenter of the historical documentaries—The Christ Files and Life of Jesus, and is Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Australia’s Macquarie University.

6:30 p.m. The Reliability of the New Testament: Sean McDowell
Sean McDowell serves as head of the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches Philosophy, Theology, and Apologetics. He has co-authored several books, speaks at conferences in the United States and abroad, and has a passion for reaching the younger generation with the message of the gospel. Listed among the top 100 apologists, Mr. McDowell’s apologetics training was awarded Exemplary Status by the Association of Christian Schools International. 

Sunday, November 27

9:00 a.m. Top Ten Reasons We Know the New Testament Writers Told the Truth: Frank Turek
Dr. Frank Turek is the founder of and the award-winning author and coauthor of three books: I Don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. He spends most of his time engaging skeptics and encouraging Christians by presenting I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist at universities and colleges across the nation. A former aviator in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Turek has a Masters from George Washington University and a Doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. 

11:15 a.m. Following Jesus on the Reliability of Scripture: Paige Patterson
Dr. Paige Patterson presently serves as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and has served as a president of institutions of higher education for almost 37 years. The focus of Dr. Patterson's leadership is an intense commitment to evangelism and the task of global missions, based on a foundational component of demanding research and rigorous academic preparation. He has served twice as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

5:00 p.m. A Biblical View of Truth: Doug Groothuis
Douglas R. Groothuis received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Oregon. He is a Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary since 1993. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Philosophical Society, and Society of Christian Philosophers. Dr, Groothuis has written eleven books; most recently Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith and has published articles in several scholarly journals.