Larry was raised in a Christian home in California. He became a Christian around the age of 9 and later committed to seeking full-time ministry. He studied pastoral theology at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in Southern California, where he received his B.A. in 1982. He pastored for fifteen years as an Associate Pastor/Student Ministries (youth pastor). During that time, he spoke at numerous youth rallies, camps, and other junior high and high school events and taught seminars for youth pastors with Word of Life Clubs and other student ministry organizations. After years of witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other people deceived by false religions, Larry developed a counter-cult ministry, reaching many Jehovah’s Witnesses for Christ. This led him to seek out further education in the area of apologetics—defending the historical Judeo-Christian faith. Larry earned his Master of Arts in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2002.
Larry has been a regular guest speaker at the National Christian Apologetics Conference and the Spiritual Counterfeits Conference. He was an instructor of World Religions and New Religious Movements, and Church History at Southern Evangelical Bible College. He was the founder/director of the Lay Institute for Biblical Studies and taught on various topics, including cults, apologetics, theology, OT/NT, and social disciplines. He is one of the editors of the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics. For approximately two and a half years, Larry was a regular guest on the weekly radio program The Voice of Truth. He has also been a guest on the local public access television show, Giving an Answer, speaking on various topics including Scientology, The DaVinci Code, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Larry also teaches classes in apologetics and world religions in the prison ministry at Kershaw Correctional Institution, Kershaw, South Carolina.
In addition to directing Apologia Academy, Larry teaches seventh grade through adult students in the Academy. Some of the topics include “Christian Apologetics—Introduction,” “Answering [the New] Atheists & Other Skeptics,” “Answering Islam: Jihad or Jesus,” “Answering Evolution,” “Creation Apologetics,” and “Countering the Culture.” Larry enjoys racquetball, calling one of his grown children, and dating his wife, Jane, in the vibrant city where they now live—Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Larry’s Speaking Topics
Is the New Testament Historically Reliable?
This question seeks to discover if the major events described in the New Testament documents really happened. In particular, was there really a Jewish man 2,000 years ago by the name of Jesus who taught profound truths, performed miracles, was crucified by Roman and Jewish authorities for claiming to be God, and who appeared to many witnesses after rising from the dead three days later? Larry Blythe shares two questions for investigating the reliability of the New Testament:
1. Do we have an accurate copy of the original New Testament documents?
2. Do the original New Testament documents tell the truth?
Cults and Other False Religions
Cults and other false religions are on the rise, not only outside the church but also within, and they want you! Are you prepared? It is very important that homeschool families warn their children about the dangers of cults and other aberrant religious groups. False teachers are very persuasive and seek to deceive our children into joining. In this seminar, you will be equipped to battle the onslaught of twisted scripture, emotional anti-Christian arguments, and destructive doctrine that has permeated our society and our churches.
Session options include:
• Cults: The Unpaid Bills of the Church
• Twisted Scripture: How Cults Misuse the Bible
• The Top Three Most Dangerous Cults
• Islam: Jihad or Jesus?
Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People? (The Problem of Evil)
Human suffering constitutes one of the greatest challenges to the Christian faith. Think about it: If God is all-good and opposes evil, is all-knowing and knew about evil from the beginning, and is all-powerful and can defeat evil, then why does He permit it? It is unquestionably true that there is no greater obstacle to faith than that of the reality of evil and suffering in the world. Indeed, even for the believing Christian, there is no greater test of faith than this—that the God who loves him permits him to suffer, at times in excruciating ways. And the disillusionment is intensified in our day when unrealistic expectations of health and prosperity are fed by a multitude of Christian teachers. Why does a good God allow His creatures, even His children, to suffer? We know God created all things, and evil is something. So then did God create evil? There are great answers to these questions. You will learn:
• The Nature of Evil
• The Origin of Evil
• The Persistence of Evil
• The Purpose of Evil
• The Problem of Physical Evil
• The Avoidability of Evil