Rockland Talks was established to help you deepen your biblical worldview and “See the World the Way God Sees it.” Think of Rockland Talks as having today’s newspaper headlines in one hand and the Bible in the other. We wanted to facilitate a conversation that isn’t as easily addressed during Sunday mornings with an interactive Q&A session following the guest speaker’s presentation. Rockland Talks represents the intersection of politics, culture, and religion. We host two events per year with insight and commentary from Christian speakers, writers, and thinkers.

Rockland Talks and our emphasis on a biblical worldview is a response to our changing society and culture. Rockland Talks is a tongue-in-cheek counterbalance to the secular Ted Talks. It will anchor on biblical doctrine, be led by Christian speakers, and provide a unique perspective on cultural trends or current events that run counter to the Word.

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Dr Douglas Groothuis - Christian Apologetics

October 2023

Dr Douglas Groothuis, head of the Masters Apologetics program at Denver Seminary and author of 19 books, gave prepared comments for about 45 minutes followed by extended Q&A. He systemically and thoroughly covered the perennial questions of our origin, morality, meaning and destiny.

Noelle Mering - Awake, Not Woke

May 2023

Speaker, Noelle Mering unmasks the current “woke movement” influencing our culture by examining its history, major players, premises, tactics, showing us that “wokeness”, at its core, is an ideology of rupture. It is an ideology with fundamentalist characteristics that is on a collision course with Christianity. This is a spiritual battle, and it is not accidental. The architects of the revolution have long known that the transformation of the West had to come by way of destabilizing the social, familial, and religious pieties of the citizenry. But there is a road to restoration, and it begins by identifying and understanding the operating principles of the woke movement. We invite you to listen to Noelle Mering’s insight on this important and timely topic.

Philip Yancey - Engaging Culture Through a Biblical Lens

October 2022

Philip Yancey’s talk anchored on four key themes made more relevant given the context of our divided country:

  1. Don’t confuse any nation with the Kingdom of God
  2. A Church should resemble an urgent care center more than a country club
  3. Christians fight with the weapons of grace
  4. We can learn to communicate with those who see the world differently

The real-world application of the above guidance was further elaborated upon by Yancey and he encouraged us as individuals and Church leaders to:

  1. Place your relationships and your Christian faith above tribal politics and be a light in a world of darkness. There should be a clear line of demarcation as to how Christians live and behave versus the rest of the world. It is better to have the Church and State separate because, historically, when the Church joins the State, it is usually the State that wins to the detriment of the citizens and the Church. Instead, the Church is to be the conscience of the State.
  2. Go out into your local communities and serve others that are not like yourself and who are not part of your Church. You are to serve others not because they are Christian but because you are a Christian.
  3. Love our enemies, real and perceived, just as Jesus loves us. That is, by definition, a grassroots bottoms-up effort.
  4. When engaging in conversation with others that hold a diametrically different opinion than you, seek clarity and understanding, not agreement. Instead of trying to convert or “win the argument”, simply focus on intensive and intentional listening and hearing their story.

Neil Anderson - The Spiritual Battle for Your Mind

April 2022

Best-selling author, founder and President Emeritus of Freedom in Christ Ministries, and former Chair of the Practical Theology Department at Talbott School of Theology came to speak at Rockland about the Spiritual Battle for Your Mind. Neil addressed five key areas that confront all Christians: The spiritual battle for your mind and helps to answer why, when I become a Christian, I don't feel any different? The battle between truth and lies and how are Christians being deceived by the World, their flesh and Satan. Worldly temptations, obedience to God and threshold thinking. Your identity and what Christ says vs what the western secular culture says. The renewing of your mind and how to achieve mental peace and avoid condemning, tempting, or accusing thoughts to be yourself as a child of God.

Father Lou Christopolus - What to Do Next in Post-Christian America?

September 2021

According to a recent Gallup Poll, for the first time in 80 years, less than half of American adults belong to a religious congregation. This can feel like difficult news as we witness the marginalization of religious participation and hear condemnations of Christian values and institutions. We mourn the tense divisions present between churches, marriages, families, and friends. Against this backdrop, we ask, "What do we do next in a post-Christian America?" To help us answer that question and provide us a unique perspective, the Discipleship Team invited Father Lou Christopolus to offer his insight from the Easter Orthodox Church, drawing us back to our early Christian roots.