Fri. is TD’s ’16 – ’17 Opening Night!!!


Hey TD!

Check out September’s schedule, beginning Friday:

9/9 – Opening Night

We would love for you to come join the festivities as we kick-off the 2016 – 2017 TD year!  TD is heading in an exciting new direction, with new initiatives and opportunities, and a new spirit that we think you’ll appreciate!  Come join us as we unveil our year’s theme, set sail, plant seeds, and embark on the new year!  We’ll have fun, will cast our vision, and hear from and get to know our leaders in a personal way.

9/16 – Offerings 5

Come participate and enjoy our 5th Offerings Night with art, poetry, music, and more as we choose to SEE God as He is!

9/24 (Sat.) – ReThink Apologetics Student Conference (Costa Mesa)

It’s our annual trip to Stand to Reason’s student conference, designed to help you think through issues clearly and biblically, and to help you learn how to articulate those thoughts to your friends.  As STR’s motto says, this is clear thinking Christianity.

Cost: $45 by 9/22 – sign up with a TD leader today!


Last Call! reThink Conference/Ravi & The Afters

Hey TD!

There are two great opportunities this week for you to sharpen your mind and to be inspired by some of the finest Christian apologists on the planet:

1.  reThink Apologetics Student Conference this weekend, 9/25 – 9/26.  Yes, we will still give you the TD discount!  Let your small group leader know if you’d like to go ASAP.  We are registering our group tomorrow.

reThink Student Apologetics Conference web site

2.  Ravi Zacharias is in Pasadena this Thursday, along with Christian music artists, The Afters.  Admission is free (!), but you must register online to enter:

Ravi in Pasadena

Ok, take care, TD!

– Arthur

TD Outing – “reTHINK” Apologetics Student Conference (9/25 – 9/26)


Hey TD!

As we shared last Friday, TD will be heading down to Orange County next weekend (Sept. 25-26) to help provoke each other and our peers to “rethink their worldview, recapture the truth, and then reengage the world for the cause of Christ.”  It’s going to be very valuable for you personally and for your effectiveness in fulfilling your calling as an ambassador of Christ to your world.

We had a great time of learning and sharpening last year, and look forward to honing our understanding and skills once again.

This is the last weekend to sign up to go with TD and to get the TD deal (we’ll pay half your tuition!!).  So, don’t delay!  Bring your $20 and sign up with Sandra at TD on Friday or before Sunday School this Sunday.  Hope you can join us!

Here’s the link to all the details:

reThink Student Apologetics Conference web site

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us.” 2Cor. 5:20

This is Higher Education???


Hey TD!

As the school year is now fully underway for you, there are a host of TD alum who have begun another year of “higher education” at colleges and universities across the country; and I wonder if their time in TD was able to help do its part in supporting, challenging, and equipping them spiritually during their years with us … because for many, it’s a spiritual battle – socially, academically, and spiritually.

A few years ago, one TD alum of a major local public university told me that the professor opened the class asking if there were any Christians in the class; because if there were, they wouldn’t be by the time the semester was over.  Another from a prestigious Ive League school emailed me to tell me that she walked out of her class because of the strong assault on her Christian faith by the professor.

At another prominent private university’s Honors English course, the student showed me the very first writing assignment.  The teacher gave the class two paragraphs to begin their essays with; then the students were to complete the essay by finding evidence to support the opening paragraphs.  Here were the opening paragraphs:

  “In contrast to some of the differences between God and human beings commonly assumed in Western culture, Anthony Heck’s poem ‘Sacrifice’ depicts the God of the Hebrew Bible and human beings as having in common a frightening power to determine life or death, and a terrifying, even capricious will, whether good or evil, whose chief purpose above all else seems to be to command others’ obedience; even a sacrificing of a family’s most basic family values or of the human rights of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.

     The Scriptural sources for this poem, Heck implies, represent a God whose chief interest is obedience, not love; whose chief interest is punishment, not mercy; revenge, not justice; fear, not human happiness.  The following textual evidence from Genesis, Exodus, and/or 1Samuel supports Heck’s interpretation of these frightening correspondences between God and human kind.

Finish the essay.”

I asked the student if there would be another essay to be able to present the other side.  He said, no, and asked what he should do.  To hear what I told him to do, listen here.

Should you encounter one of these experiences when you head off to college, how will you respond?  Are you equipped?

This month at TD, we plan to offer you some help:

9/12 – Movie and discussion

9/26 – 9/27 – “RETHINK” Student Apologetics Conference  – We want you TD’ers to come so much that we’ll pay for half of your registration costs.  Just sign up at TD this Friday.

See you this Friday! – Arthur