Mars Hill

Description: The competitor uses books, movies, and other genres to discuss the appeal and impact of the theme(s) within the topic, holding them up in light of Christian truth found in the Bible.

Goals: The competitor learns to relate cultural references to themes common in humanity to find common ground and draw the listener to Christian truths. The competitor will share Biblical principles on a conversational, personal level to
inspire reflection, understanding that God’s truth is not divorced from culture.

Recommendation: For competitors 14 and older or with the parental consent due to some mature themes.

Please be sure to read the Stoa Mars Hill Rules. Click here.

The Mars Hill Topics for this tournament come directly from the Stoa USA website. The complete list of topics is here.


Apologetics

Description: The competitor is given four (4) minutes to prepare a persuasive, reasoned, and original speech that defends a tenet of the Christian faith.

Goal: Competitors will be motivated to study, articulate, and defend the core issues of their faith in a knowledgeable, sincere, and respectful manner. The focus may or may not be evangelistic. Content is key: greater weight should be given to the speech content, rather than the presentation style.

Please be sure to read the Stoa Apologetics Rules. Click here.

The Apologetics Questions for this tournament come directly from the Stoa USA website. The complete list of questions is listed here.