Have you ever had those moments when a certain topic gets raised repeatedly, seemingly out of no where? My pastor brought up this topic during a recent sermon. I’m reading a book on productivity by Dave Perman that addressed the same thing. And then I was reading a biography of Athanasius (298AD - 373AD) by … Continue reading Don’t do Apologetics when…
People sometimes have a hard time with apologetics because it seems so confrontational. A friend of mine told me once that you can either win a soul or you can win an argument. I asked, “Is it too much to have both?” I said that a bit tongue-in-cheek but I have to ask if it … Continue reading Disagree Well
I spoke to a group of high school students at their Fellowship of Christian Athletes once. I had a burning desire to try to help prepare them for their coming experience in college. I wanted to help them not waste time in their spiritual growth and encourage them to get involved in a church as … Continue reading Opposition to the Faith
We’ve been digging into 1 Peter 3:15. My blogs have been focused on what it means to have a defense for our faith. First, we are to present positive evidence for our beliefs. Also we are to defend those beliefs when anyone attacks them. And finally, we are to know something about how other beliefs … Continue reading Make it known
Let’s start this week by admitting that no one likes the idea of criticism. No one likes being criticized. It can shut people off. And if you are a Christian, unconditional love is what you have been taught. Criticism seems like the opposite of love. Right? Not exactly. The same Apostle Paul who wrote “So … Continue reading Cautious Criticism
I hinted last week that a defense attorney’s job is to show how a prosecutor’s case fails as well as defend their clients case. This is like criticism apologetics; refuting claims that conflict with Christian claims. The Apostle Paul commends this in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the … Continue reading A Critical Mind
George Rogers Clark is one of Vincennes most popular historical celebrities. People from Vincennes know his story well. How Clark fought to capture and then recapture Fort Sackville (located in Vincennes at the George Rogers Clark Memorial). This is significant because due to an informal rule of war that any land connected to captured waterway … Continue reading What are you willing to protect?
There are several ways that apologetics is useful. We laid out four of them in my last blog and I promised to spend some time with each one. Evidence apologetics will be the first. This kind of apologetics emphasizes providing positive evidence for the Christian faith. I worked with my pastor, Ryan Lowery of Harvest … Continue reading Show me the Evidence!
I was working in a ministry at Vincennes University once and an atheist told me that he thought what my ministry does is great! I was thankful for his praise but this confused me since I considered the main function of my ministry to convince others why Atheism is false! For the last couple weeks … Continue reading “You do what… exactly?”
Last week we said that apologetics involves two people or groups who disagree about something significant. This week I want to talk about two more elements. And I have compiled another list of definitions from other apologists. “Christian Apologetics is the application of biblical truth to unbelief.” Covenantal Apologetics, K. Scott Oliphint “Christian Apologetics involves … Continue reading What is Apologetics: Part 2