Media Communicators

2018 European Media Communicators Network

In today's world, journalism, film, television, and the Internet dominate the way we, as an increasingly global community, understand and relate to the world and each other. If Christians wish to continue making a meaningful impact upon the world, gifted communicators who want to relate biblical Christian faith to contemporary culture through these media platforms will be greatly needed.

This Network seeks to encourage and equip such existing or emerging leaders who can speak with authenticity and relevance from within these influential cultural arenas. It will also focus on biblical foundations and models, worldview analysis of media and popular culture, and critical reflections on creative communication in contemporary media contexts.

Applicants should be current or potential leaders who are gifted communicators in the media (in such creative fields as journalism, film, TV or Internet), media commentators, media critics, media teachers or media scholars. Whatever the role, the common missional vision should be the wish to relate biblical Christian faith to contemporary media in a way that is authentic, appropriate, and relevant.

Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.


Lars Dahle is a theologian, educator, preacher, and apologist. Having a long previous experience in various academic leadership roles, he now works as Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication (NLA Kristiansand), where he has lectured in worldviews, ethics, and apologetics since 1991. Lars wrote his PhD on Acts 17:16-34. It is entitled An Apologetic Model Then and Now? (Open University, UK). Since 2013, he is also the Lausanne Catalyst for Media Engagement. Lars has written several academic and popular articles on apologetics, media engagement and missiology and was a co-editor of The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives (Oxford: Regnum, 2014). He is also the Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed Nordic apologetic journal Theofilos. In addition, Lars co-leads the European Leadership Forum Media Communicators Network with his wife, Margunn. Follow Lars on his blog Media Messages Matter or on his Twitter account @LarsDahle.


Margunn Serigstad Dahle, the co-leader of the European Media Communicators Network, is Associate Professor at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication, NLA University College, Norway, where she has taught in the fields of communication, media and worldviews since 1991. She is Programme Director for the Communication and Worldviews Bachelor Program, which is designed to equip evangelical communicators and apologists in various fields for the contemporary Western cultural context. Especially connected to her Damaris involvement, she is a regular lecturer, speaker and writer in various contexts in Norway and beyond. She was a co-editor of The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives (Oxford: Regnum, 2014). Margunn formerly served as Chairman of Lunde Publishing House.



Kay Carter is Director of Communications at Tyndale House, an academic institute for biblical understanding, where she supports researchers to speak about their work in a way that cuts through the academic/popular divide and captures the public imagination. Kay has a background in journalism, including as a staff member of The Sunday Times in London and as founding editor of The Difference magazine, which examined political issues through the lens of Christian ethics. She has a long-term interest in religious freedom and has worked as a lobbyist for organisations that represent persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Before joining Tyndale House, she ran the secretariat for the British All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief.


Paul Copan (Ph.D. Philosophy, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida. For six years, he served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.  He is author and editor of over thirty books, including works such as The Rationality of TheismThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy of ReligionCreation out of Nothing, Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues, The Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and ScienceA Little Book for New Philosophers, and The Cosmological Argument (a two-volume anthology). He has also contributed essays to over thirty books, both scholarly and popular, and has authored a number of articles in professional journals. In 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. Paul and his wife, Jacqueline, have six children, and they reside in West Palm Beach, Florida. His website is


Glynn Harrison was formerly Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, UK, where he was also a practicing consultant psychiatrist. Now, as an author and speaker, he is interested in issues at the interface between biblically-based faith and psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry, as well as wider issues of culture and Christian worldview. His most recent book A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing turns a critical eye to the sexual revolution.


Amy Orr-Ewing is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and the Europe, Middle East and Africa Director of RZIM. She leads a team of inspirational apologist-evangelists and speaks around the world on how the Christian faith answers the deepest questions of life. Over the last twenty years Amy has spoken on university campuses, including Oxford, Cambridge, Vienna, Hong Kong, Phoenix, Massachusetts, in the Speakers Rooms and Chapel at the UK Parliament, on Capitol Hill and to West Wing staff at the White House. Amy speaks in banks, businesses, and consultancy firms, as well as churches and conferences. She gained a first-class degree in Theology and a DPhil (doctorate) from the University of Oxford and is an Associate Tutor at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Amy is the co-founder of REBOOT, a youth Apologetics initiative aimed at helping young people think deeply about faith, which now runs in countries all over the world. Amy is married to Frog and helps lead Latimer Minster, a church plant and community on a farm in Buckinghamshire, and they have three children. 


Espen Ottosen has worked as the information director for Norwegian Lutheran Mission since 2003. In that capacity, he has frequently appeared in debates on national television and radio. Also he has written essays and articles in a wide range of Norwegian newspapers and publications. For many years he has been writing a column regularly in Aftenposten (see, currently the biggest newspaper in the country. Ottosen has published about 20 different books and pamphlets in Norwegian and in Spanish mostly on popular theology. Before taking the position as information director, he was a missionary in Peru together with his family.


Tony Watkins is a speaker and writer on media and the Bible. He works alongside several organisations including Damaris Norway and the Lausanne Media Engagement Network (as Network Co-ordinator). He teaches at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communications, Norway, and the Norwegian School of Theology. He is doing doctoral research in the relationship between the biblical prophets and today’s media. Tony has written, or co-written, several books including Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema and Dark Matter: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Philip Pullman. Tony and his family are involved in Above Bar Church, Southampton, where he is part of the leadership team.


Richard Weikart is professor of modern European history at California State University, Stanislaus, and Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.  He has published six books, including most recently The Death of Humanity: And the Case for Life and Hitler’s Religion.   He has also published extensively on the history of evolutionary ethics, eugenics, social Darwinism, euthanasia, and scientific racism.  He has been featured in several documentaries, including Ben Stein’s Expelled, as well as on many radio programs.  He recently produced a documentary to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation called Exploring the Reformation and Revivals in Germany.





Teaching Media Literacy Across Cultures: A Missiological Approach
Margunn Serigstad Dahle

A plurality of media technologies and media messages are increasingly shaping our everyday lives. This is becoming a key global challenge for mission and discipleship, resulting in an urgent need for relevant teaching and contextual educational resources. Based on wide experience from a variety of cultural contexts, this lecture proposes a missiological approach for teaching media literacy, analysis and critique across cultures.


How to Navigate a Fake News World
Tony Watkins

We live in a 'post-truth' society, amid an epidemic of fake news. In the media world, Jeremiah’s words seem to ring true: ’Truth has perished; it is banished from the lips’ (Jeremiah 7:28). Why is there so much fake news? What psychological and sociological factors make fake news spread rapidly while truth ’stumbles in the street’ (Isaiah 59:14)? How can we respond?


Learning from Science: Setting the Cultural Agenda
Kay Carter

While Christian perspectives can be heard in public discourse, they are largely confined to a narrow band of topics where they clash with dominant secular worldviews — including sexuality, creation/evolution and beginning or end of life issues. This leaves Christians frustrated that the enormous breadth of biblical thought is unheard or misrepresented. In recent years scientists have faced similar issues, in particular that they have compelling answers to questions that the majority of people aren’t asking. Their response has been to prioritise the communication of scientific depth, particularly through mainstream and online media, in a way that captures the public imagination. Kay Carter asks how Christians might learn from the success of the science-communicators phenomenon to broaden the space for Christians in the public square.

Communicating the Christian Perspective on the Sexual Revolution: Principles and Practical Examples
Glynn Harrison
Our culture is obsessed with sex, but Christians find it increasingly difficult  to communicate the Christian perspective on issues related to sex in the media.  This is especially true in interviews, where Christians quickly find themselves on the defensive or grossly misrepresented. How can we confidently and carefully take opportunities to share the Christian worldview in interviews? What strategies are best to use in these situations? In this session, we will discuss recent examples and principles to help us communicate more effectively and compellingly.  We will also witness a live interview with an experienced communicator and engage in opportunities to practice the principles we learn.




Nazi Propaganda: An Historical Case Study on the Ethics of Communication 
(Joint session with the Politics and Society Network)
Richard Weikart

The Nazis masterfully used speeches and the media to manipulate the German people by preying on their wounded pride, resentment, and feelings of superiority to win their support. Nazi propaganda tried to avoid rational discourse to appeal to irrational impulses. Weikart will also demonstrate that Hitler and other Nazis deceived the German public about their religious stance, bringing many to falsely think that Hitler and his party were more in harmony with their own views. This will be a joint session with the Politics and Society Network.


How to Communicate the Christian Worldview in the Public Square
Espen Ottosen

For more than ten years Espen Ottosen has been participating regularly in debates of various kinds in the media in Norway. In a country like Norway, which is very secularized, standing up for a Christian perspective on same-sex marriage, biotechnical issues, and gender issues is a big challenge. In this lecture Ottosen will share some of his own experience focusing on how to engage people in the public square who have little knowledge and/or many prejudices about classical Christian belief.


Panel Discussion: How to Communicate the Christian Worldview in the Public Square
Moderated by Lars Dahle with Espen Ottosen, Amy Orr-Ewing, and Paul Copan

Many parts of today's Europe are characterized by a secular and pluralistic public square, whether the arena is the media, the academy, or the workplace. As evangelical Christians, we are often marginalized in such public contexts. How can we communicate the Christian worldview with biblical authenticity and contemporary relevance in this public square? The panel discussion will relate this key task to challenges from competing current views of (a) values, (b) humanity, (c) reality, and (d) faith commitments.


Group Discussion
Lars Dahle and Margunn Serigstad Dahle

In the final session of the Network, participants will be able to share their work, discuss the challenges they face, and plan to implement the lessons leaarned from the week. 




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