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2009 Christian Book Expo
Feature Controversial Panel Topics, Bestselling Authors:
Christopher Hitchens, Lee Strobel, J.I. Packer, Donald Miller,
Don Piper, Randy Alcorn, And More

Visit www.ChristianBookExpo for the scoop on this first-ever show.

Check out the social networking links (MySpace, etc) at the CBE website. Bloggers can join group/s and tell friends about CBE.

Blog about the idea of a Christian Book Show for the public, the panel topics and panelists, etc. The first 200 people to publish a CBE blog post of 100+ words will receive complimentary admission to the show! Send the link to your post to be eligible.

Interview Mark Kuyper in advance of the show for a blog post.

NOTE: Press registration is for professional members of the press only. However, coupons for $5 off admission are available at Family Christian Stores in the DFW area.

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX—The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) has announced five discussion panels and confirmed panelists for the 2009 Christian Book Expo held in Dallas, Texas. The panel discussion sessions are included with admission to the 2009 Christian Book Expo, but seating will be limited. Christianity Today magazine is sponsoring the panel discussions and providing moderators. The panels are scheduled for Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21. The panel discussions will be videotaped by GodTube.com, the official webcast partner of the 2009 Christian Book Expo, and posted at their website.

Christianity Today magazine, which offers complete news coverage of the church in the world today, is the official sponsor for the 2009 Christian Book Expo panel discussions. Christianity Today editors and ECPA jointly selected the panel topics as well as the panelists. The panelists for each discussion were chosen for their special knowledge of the topic and their ability to communicate that information. The final panel of the weekend (“Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?”) is expected to attract special attention since panelists will include nationally bestselling authors Christopher Hitchens (anti-theist, journalist), Lee Strobel (Christian apologist), Douglas Wilson (Christian apologist, co-author with Hitchens), William Lane Craig (professor/Christian philosopher) and Jim Denison (pastor/Christian apologist).

“The discussion panel topics and panelists selected are sure to garner the attention of book lovers and media alike,” comments ECPA President Mark Kuyper. “We expect a full house for these panels and urge attendees to arrive early.”

“Christianity Today’s goal is to give followers of Christ intelligent, thoughtful coverage of today’s issues and trends,” said Stan Guthrie, the magazine’s managing editor, special projects. “That’s why we’re so excited to sponsor these panel discussions. They bring together top authors to examine some of our day’s most important topics, from multiple angles. We expect these unique sessions will be highly informative and enjoyable.”
Following is a description of each of the five 2009 Christian Book Expo panel discussions. All panels will be housed in the Dallas Convention Center; exact room locations to be announced soon.

What is the Gospel?
Friday, March 20 / 9:00 – 10:30 AM CT
Moderator: Darrell Bock, Jesus According to Scripture (Baker Academic)
Panelists: Richard Stearns, President, World Vision International and author of A Hole in the Gospel (Nelson); Mark D. Roberts, Can We Trust the Gospels? (Crossway); Tullian Tchividjian, Do I Know God? (Multnomah); Justin Taylor, The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World (Crossway)

A Guided Tour of Heaven and Hell
Friday, March 20 / 1:00 – 2:30 PM CT
Moderator: Mark Galli, Christianity Today
Panelists: Don Piper, 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life (Baker); Sam Storms, The Hope of Glory (Crossway); Randy Alcorn, Heaven (Tyndale); J I Packer, Knowing God (Inter-Varsity Press)

Living Christianly in a Post-Christian Culture
Friday, March 20 / 3:30 – 5:00 PM CT
Moderator: Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making, editor at Christianity Today
Panelists: Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz (Nelson); Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms (Inter-Varsity Press); Randy Frazee, Making Room for Life (Zondervan); Mary E. DeMuth, Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House)

The Emerging Church
Saturday, March 21 / 9:00 – 10:30 AM CT
Moderator: Mark Galli, Christianity Today
Panelists: Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet (Zondervan); Tony Jones, The New Christians (Jossey-Bass); Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck, Why We’re Not Emergent (Moody)

Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
Saturday, March 21 / 1:00 – 3:00 PM CT
Moderator: Stan Guthrie, Christianity Today
Panelists: Lee Strobel, The Case for the Real Jesus, The Case for a Creator (Zondervan); William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith (Crossway); Douglas Wilson, Is Christianity Good for the World? (Canon Press); Christopher Hitchens, Is Christianity Good for the World? (Canon Press) and God Is Not Great (Twelve Books); Jim Denison, Wrestling with God (Tyndale)

The inaugural Christian Book Expo will be held in Dallas, Texas, on March 19-22, 2009, at the Dallas Convention Center. ECPA has invited publishers, ministries, authors and booksellers to exhibit in this open-to-the-public event. Activities at the three-day Expo include workshops, seminars, panel discussions, mini-events and evening programming—all led by authors. Many author groups will be represented at the show (Chi Libris, American Christian Fiction Writers, Advance Writers and Speakers Association, the Christian Writers Guild), as well as self-published authors and literary agents. More than 200 authors have registered to date.

For more information on the 2009 Christian Book Expo, contact Pamela McClure at 615-595-8321. More information, including press registration, is available online at www.ChristianBookExpo.com .

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization, comprised of nearly 200 member companies worldwide, representing a combined revenue of nearly $2 billion. Founded in 1974, ECPA is dedicated to serving the Christian publishing industry through equipping its members through cutting-edge technology, meaningful data, dynamic educational opportunity and unprecedented access to markets. For more information about ECPA, contact us at: 480-966-3998 phone, 480-966-1944 fax, 9633 South 48th Street, Suite 140, Phoenix, Arizona 85044, info@ecpa.org www.ecpa.org

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