Understanding Your Invisible Enemy: Demonology According to Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and Hollywood
FRIDAY, MARCH 1st – SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd
Location and Registration to come
On Friday evening and Saturday morning, March 1st – 2nd we will be hosting John Mahaffey, former pastor of West Highland Church in Hamilton, ON, former missionary with SEND International in the Philippines and former Chair of the Adam House Board, a special ministry to refugees in Toronto. See his full Bio below.
John will be speaking from his vast experience in working with many different religions from around the world on the topic of EVIL SPIRITS and what the biblical teaching on this subject teaches us….
The Bible is filled with references to evil spirits, witchcraft, demonic oppression/possession, and the devil. Did you know that evil spirits play a big role in Islam, Hinduism, and other faiths? Increasingly, we live in a society that either:
– disbelieves in the real, ontological existence of evil spirits;
– has radically different views than Christianity about evil spirits; or
– finds the idea of evil spirits neutral, fun or even helpful.
Our next Dig & Delve will be a blend of apologetics and missiology. We hope you will join us to discover why the Biblical view of demonology is wise, true, freeing, hopeful – and deeply needed by those in our community who are trapped or ignorant of this dangerous realm.
Plan to attend and have your knowledge of the biblical teaching on these matters sharpened and deepened. Come with your questions! Dig & Delve, March 1-2, 2024.
John and his wife Andrea served as missionaries with SEND International in the Philippines. He led two church planting teams of Filipino and foreign missionaries in establishing three churches affiliated with the Alliance of Bible Christian Communities of the Philippines. Prior to moving to Hamilton he pastored Morningstar Christian Fellowship, Toronto, a large multicultural church with people from over 70 nations.
John is a graduate of Central Baptist Seminary and pursued further theological training at Asian Theological Seminary, Tyndale Seminary and McMaster Divinity College. He assisted Arab World Ministries in the founding of Adam House, a ministry to refugees in downtown Toronto. He also served until recently on the Board of Heritage College and Seminary. John was part of the original group of pastors who formed the National Council of The Gospel Coalition in 2005 under the leadership of D.A. Carson and Tim Keller. He is an original Council member for TGC Canada and also serves on the TGC Canada board.
John and Andrea have four adult children and two grandchildren. Two of their children are in ministry, a daughter serving with Daystar among the Ojibway people of northern Ontario, and a son serving as an assistant pastor in Toronto. In his spare time, John can be found bombing around Hamilton on his 1957 vintage Vespa scooter.
2020/2021 DIG & DELVE DIALOGUES
Click here to watch any of these Dialogues on YouTube.
November 6th – Gracious God or Moral Monster – Daniel Gilman Click here to find a list of suggested reading from Daniel.
December 4th – Classic Skeptical Challenges to the Christmas Story – George Sinclair & Ben Jolliffe
January 8th – Finding a Better Identity: Sexuality, Gender and Jesus – Jojo Ruba
February 5th – Good News or Fake News: Why should I trust the Bible? – Wesley Huff
March 5th – Divine Child Abuse or Good Friday: Why did Jesus Die? – Paul Carter
April 9th – The Witness of History and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Michael Haykin
May 7th – A Christian Response to Critical Theory – Cameron McAllister Click here to watch some introductory videos on Critical Theory.
June 11th – Clarity on Critical Race Theory – Brandon Cleaver
DIG & DELVE is an annual humble apologetics conference that explores the deeper questions that humans ask.
People Are Saying…
The Dig and Delve conference helped me to uncover and test some assumptions that I didn’t even realize I had. It was beneficial to have an engaging conference that allowed me to be open with myself and think about why I believe what I believe.
Brady, uOttawa Student
I really enjoyed the Dig and Delve conference on the validity of the New Testament! Exploring the cultural context of the 1st century and the literary devices the Biblical writers would have used has helped me better understand the New Testament and the so-called discrepancies between different books and texts. As a student who has never studied theology or analyzed the Bible as intentionally as some of the other attendees, the talks were both accessible and thought-provoking.
Andrea, uOttawa Student
I really enjoy the depth of knowledge and expertise coupled with "out of the box" thinking on topics. This isn't a "sunday sermon" dragged out for a weekend, but theologians with expertise and understanding digging into issues without the bounds of religious epitomes encouraging you to think and come to your own conclusions.
I liked dig and delve because firstly it made me think about things that I might not otherwise think about in a manner I might not otherwise think about them. Also I loved learning about the topics put forward from experts in that field.
Rhys, 14yr old
Very friendly, very open. I enjoyed the fact that there was a lot of discussion and a lot of openness and it felt very anonymous. You were able to give your text messages and ask your own questions without having to really present yourself. I found, maybe not for me, but for the general public, I think that’s a really good thing. Being exposed to so many different types of thoughts, it really allows you come back to your own thought and your own faith, and really isolates exactly how you feel and to put it into better terms.
It’s a really neat experience to be able to listen to talks from people from all different backgrounds. Anything from philosophy to sciences to humanities. Every year it’s a little bit different, which is great because we have people from all different backgrounds and fields within the audience as well. So, I found it encouraging, it was challenging, it was thought provoking and it’s an overall wonderful sort of atmosphere.
It’s made me think of questions I never really thought of asking before. Or, looking at issues from an entirely different perspective, one that would never have occurred to me in my own natural mode of thinking.
I think it’s important to look at your faith critically and to really know that you know something because it’s logical and rational and not just because you inherited it from your parents. I think Dig & Delve is the most amazing opportunity to be able to look at a whole different bunch of perspectives from really knowledgeable people and use that information, that is so Biblically founded and researched so carefully, from these experts and to then apply it to your own faith, I think it’s just such a valuable tool in my faith walk that I couldn't miss it.