Next Two Upcoming Mars Hill Forums, July 24 and July 27

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Mars Hill Forum #157:  Will Hell Eventually Be Abolished?

Monday evening, July 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Willimantic Camp Meeting Grounds, 453 Windham Road, Willimantic, CT

(Presentations, Conversation and Questions from the Audience)

Yes: George Sarris : Author: Heaven’s Doors: Wider Than You Ever Believed! “Everyone will ultimately be saved.”

No: John Rankin:  Author: The Freedom to Choose Hell. “Heaven is for the many who love mercy; hell is for the few who guard bitterness.”

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  • George Sarris is a 1978 graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, has served on the staff of three missionary organizations, including MasterMedia International and its outreach to New York City media professionals. He has published numerous articles on “ultimate restoration” at ChristianPost.com, and his website is heavensdoors.net. He and his wife Suzan have been married 46 years, with five grown children and eight grandchildren. He is the narrator of Zondervan’s 2011 revision of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible featured on www.biblegateway.com, and the creator of an award-winning series of children’s CDs that bring the Bible to life.
  • John Rankin is president of the Theological Education Institute (TEI), International (teii.org), with degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Harvard Divinity School (Th.M., Ethics and Public Policy), and is now working on his M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (A Political Theology of Freedom). His other books presently in print are: The Six Pillars of Biblical Power; The Six Pillars of Honest Politics; Jesus, in the Face of His Enemies; Genesis and the Power of True Assumptions (Second Edition); The Real Muhammad: In the Eyes of Ibn Ishaq; The Judas Economy; Moses and Jesus in the face of Muhammad; and Changing the Language of the Abortion Debate. He and his wife Nancy have been married 40 years, with four grown children and six living grandchildren.

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Mars Hill Forum #158:  A Jew, A Christian, and A Muslim: All Questions are on the Table

Thursday evening, July 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Willimantic Camp Meeting Grounds, 453 Windham Road, Willimantic, CT

(Presentations, Conversation and Questions from the Audience)

  • What is the definition and nature of both peace and jihad?
  • What is the status of Jerusalem in the Bible, Qur’an and current law?
  • What is the best way to handle immigration law for Muslims?
  • How do Jews, Christians and Muslims work together for genuine peace?

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  • Jonathan Hausman is rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Stoughton, MA, and hosts the Hausman Memorial Lecture series where he brings in national and international leaders to address issues concerning Israel, Islam and the Middle East. He holds degrees from George Washington University (B.A. Religion and Judaic Studies; M.A., Middle East and Jewish Studies), Emory University (J.D.), is ordained from Tifereth Israel Rabbinical Yeshiva.
  • Salim Mansur, Ph.D, teaches in the department of political science at Western University in London, Ontario. He is the author of award winning book Delectable Lie: a liberal repudiation of multiculturalism and Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim, and has published widely in academic journals, mainstream media, and online magazines. Born in Calcutta, India, he settled in Canada and is a Distinguished Fellow with the Gatestone Institute in New York, on the Board for the Center for Islamic Pluralism, a former academic consultant with the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and a founding member of Canada 100 Balfour.
  • John Rankin is president of the Theological Education Institute (TEI), International (teii.org), with degrees from Denison University (B.A. History), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Harvard Divinity School (Th.M., Ethics and Public Policy), and is now working on his M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (A Political Theology of Freedom). A West Hartford native, he is ordained through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and is the author of ten books, where the theme of freedom is central.

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