Making the Case for Life on Hostile Turf, Part 1
Scott Klusendorf travels throughout the United States and Canada training pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views in the public square. He contends that the pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas if properly understood and properly articulated.
A passionate and engaging speaker, Scott has appeared on nationally syndicated Christian programs such as Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family,The Albert Mohler Radio Program, Lee Strobel’s Faith Under Fire, Hank Hanegraaff’s The Bible Answer Man, Dr. D. James Kennedy’sTruths That Transform,Richard Land’s For Faith and Family, Tim Wildmon’s American Family Radio, Kerby Anderson’s Point of View, Todd Wilken’s Issues Etc., Todd Friel’s Way of the Master, Billy Graham’s Hour of Decision, and Moody Radio’sPrime Time America with David Wheatley.Secular talk show appearances have included KABC out of Los Angeles, the Lesley Primeau Show listened to broadly in the Edmonton area, and Radio America’s nationally syndicated program, The Gregg Knapp Experience.
Nationally, Scott has participated in numerous debates at the collegiate level. His debate opponents have included Nadine Strossen, President of the ACLU (1991-2008) – Kathryn Kolbert, an attorney that has argued for abortion rights in a United States Supreme Court case – and Kathy Kneer, President of Planned Parenthood of California.
Scott has debated or lectured to student groups at over 80 colleges and universities, including Stanford, USC, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Loyola Marymount Law School, West Virginia Medical School, MIT, U.S. Air Force Academy, Cal-Tech, UC Berkeley, and University of North Carolina.
Each year thousands of students at Protestant and Catholic high schools are trained by Scott to make a persuasive case for life as part of their worldview training prior to college. He’s provided that same training to students at Summit Ministries and Focus on the Family Institute.
Scott is the author of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture, released in March 2009 by Crossway Books and co-author of Stand for Lifereleased in December 2012 by Hendrickson Publishers. Scott has also published articles on pro-life apologetics in The Christian Research Journal,Clear Thinking, Focus on the Family Citizen, and The Conservative Theological Journal.
Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, said: “Scott first grabbed my attention when Focus on the Family featured one of his presentations on its national broadcast. I was struck by his ability to communicate truth so clearly and insightfully. I’ve heard many speakers who deliver excellent content, but few who can actually equip people to communicate their pro-life convictions to a secular culture. In fact, I was so impressed with Scott’s talk that I phoned him directly to learn more about his work. After that, I scheduled him as a keynote speaker for our own Breakpoint conference.”
Scott is a graduate of UCLA with honors and holds a Masters Degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.
“Scott first grabbed my attention when Focus on the Family featured one of his presentations on its national broadcast. I was struck by his ability to communicate truth so clearly and insightfully. I’ve heard many speakers who deliver excellent content, but few who can actually equip people to communicate their pro-life convictions to a secular culture. In fact, I was so impressed with Scott’s talk that I phoned him directly to learn more about his work. After that, I scheduled him as a keynote speaker for our own Breakpoint conference.”
“When it comes to the controversial issues of our day, it’s really difficult to actually get to a point where you get light instead of just heat, where you actually get calm, reasoned discussion instead of just a bunch of flame throwing and mud slinging, and that’s why I love LTI. All of their speakers are committed to defending something that’s extremely important — the dignity of all human life, including, and especially, the unborn. But they’re committed to doing it in a gracious, compassionate way. I’ve seen thousands — literally thousands — of students trained from the speakers of LTI, like Scott and the other part of his team, and when they leave, they’re not only equipped personally to think well about the life issue, they are actually equipped to take and use those same arguments. It’s some of the most repeatable, usable, and articulate training that I’ve ever seen done in any area—and it’s done in one of the most controversial issues of our day, the issue of abortion. And so without reservation, I recommend the work of LTI. If you’re a school administrator, bring them in, let them train your students. You’ll see the difference in their thinking and in their action immediately.”
“I am so grateful for the work of Scott Klusendorf and the Life Training Institute. Scott began training me in pro-life apologetics when I was a college student back in 1999. Because of his inspirational example, intentional formation, and encouraging guidance, I am a full-time pro-life apologist and have been for almost two decades. Scott has a brilliant mind and winsome personality. He knows how to kindly communicate truth, build bridges, and guide people over to the reasonableness of the pro-life perspective. He is a courageous leader, tireless fighter, and excellent teacher.”
“We had something happen that we have never experienced and it was something that you can’t put a price tag on—six pro-choice people specifically told us they rethought their stands on abortion and some of them are now pro-life! Our total raised at this point is $246,000—which comes to $351 per person, one of our best nights ever. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!…The banquet was absolutely awesome! Scott Klusendorf did a fantastic job and was so easy to work with. I was very thankful for how he mingled and talked with the guests. We have received many comments that Scott was the best speaker that we have ever had! He handled everything perfectly!”
“I’ve gone to Catholic school my whole life…What I admired most about your presentation to me was this was the first case against abortion that I’ve heard that does not require a leap of faith. You proved your points with science and philosophy….After your talk, people who were in your audience began really talking about the issue.”
“Yesterday you came and talked to my high school, Archbishop Spaulding, about pro-life. It made a big difference on how I thought about abortion. I was totally for abortion and I thought that pro-life was just plain stupid. I have totally changed my mind after I listened to the pro-life point of view. Upon watching the video of aborted fetuses, I felt my stomach turn and I thought, “How could anybody do this? How could anyone be so cruel and self absorbed as to kill an unborn baby who doesn’t have a say in that decision?” Then I thought, “Oh my gosh, I think that!” I was totally ashamed at how selfish I had been. Before the assembly, I didn’t want to listen to what you had to say. I was going to nap during your speech…until I saw that video. Now, I am totally changed forever. Keep doing what you do!”
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