Does Religion Poison Everything?

Apologetics and Theology

A frequent claim today is that religion poisons everything. Some atheists are arguing that religion is not just false but that religion is dangerous. Andy Bannister of RZIM Canada addresses this concern in this video […]

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4 Ways to Search for God When He Seems Hidden

Thomas Rauchenstein is a Canadian apologist who I have come to respect. His posts are always very thoughtful and both biblically and philosophically sound. I recommend you visit his site, Hope Beyond Reason. I am thankful that […]

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Has Stephen Hawking Eliminated the Need for a Creator?

Apologetics and Theology

Get William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith (USA) (Canada)

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5 Tips For Beginner Apologists

Apologetics and Theology

I hear from time to time about people who have been bitten by the “apologetics bug.” Perhaps they have heard a famous apologist speak or read a great book on apologetics. It may be that they […]

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Top Ten Christian Apologetics Books

Although I have my own favourites, I do find it interesting to discover what other people like in the area of Christian apologetics. As a result, I am sharing Amazon’s top ten list. However, I […]

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Get Thee to the Poached Egg

Apologetics and Theology

This is an exciting time to be involved in apologetics. The internet, for all its faults, offers tremendous resources for apologists. One of the the best is The Poached Egg. The Poached Egg, created and […]

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Thinking? Review

The Church has been blessed in recent years with some excellent apologetic resources. A great addition to these is Andy Steiger’s new book, Thinking? Answering Life’s Five Biggest Questions. Steiger is a missionary, an American missionary […]

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An Apologetic for Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

In this episode of my video blog, I look at some of the concerns that some people have about apologetics. Should we be involved in apologetics, either on the evangelism or the discipleship side? I […]

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Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?

Apologetics and Theology

The resurrection of Jesus is one of the most important doctrines of the Christian faith. In this video, William Lane Craig presents the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.

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What is an Apologist?

Apologetics and Theology

What makes a person an apologist? Does setting up an apologetics blog make a person an apologist? What about a large collection of well-read apologetics books? It is easy for a Christian to self-identify as […]

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Why is Apologetics Important?

Apologetics and Theology

I recently asked some people why they thought apologetics was important. This is what they said. “The question isn’t: do you have an apologetic? Everybody does. The question is simply: is it a good one?” – Andy […]

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5 Mistakes Apologists Make

Apologetics and Theology

Apologetics has never been easier. Not only is there an abundance of apologetics resources (books, podcasts, conferences, etc.), with the internet there are countless opportunities. It takes almost no effort to enter into an apologetic […]

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Is Bible Teaching a Part of Apologetics?

Apologetics and Theology

I was recently challenged by someone about including a post about Bible teaching in the subject of apologetics. The purpose of this post is not to argue with the individual but to interact with the […]

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My Top Five Posts

Apologetics and Theology

My most popular posts I have been blogging in some manner or other for about ten years. This particular blog is a bringing together of my three previous blogs. Since the amalgamation, it has been […]

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You Shouldn’t Use Apologetics

Brett Kunkle of Stand to Reason responds to the common misconception that Paul teaches Christians in 1 Corinthians to not get involved in apologetics-related activity.

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Faith Today: Apologetics Without Apology

The new issue of Faith Today magazine is now available. If you have not discovered Faith Today yet, you really need to. I think it is great, and that is not just because I used […]

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5 Things to Include in an Apologetics Blog Post

Blogging and Writing

Perhaps one of the best opportunities for apologists these days is that of blogging. You can put out your thoughts and people can read your content for free, no matter where in the world they […]

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The Cumulative Case Against the Book of Mormon

Apologetics and Theology

I recently came across an article titled, Defending the Faith: Creating a Cumulative Case for the Book of Mormon, written by Daniel Peterson. It is an attempt to respond to critics who argue that the […]

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Apologetics Prayer Points

Apologetics and Theology

Apologists are not known for their prayer activity. That is not to say that we don’t pray, it is just that is not what stands out. Ironically, there are some specific prayer points that apologists […]

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How I Became Interested in the Jesus Myth Theory

Apologetics and Theology

The Jesus Myth Theory has always been a fringe movement on the scholarly side and has only recently become well known on the popular side thanks to the internet. So how did I become interested […]

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Is Apologetics Good or Bad?

Asking whether apologetics is good or bad is not a very good question. It is like asking, is leadership good or bad? There is only good leadership and bad leadership. It is the same for […]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and Samaritan Issues

In a previous post, I looked at how the Jehovah’s Witnesses get some things right. That is the first section of my book, The Watchtower and the Word. The second section of my book deals […]

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The Jehovah’s Witnesses Get Some Things Right

In my book on Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Watchtower and the Word, I divide the book into three sections. The first section is on what they get right. Some people don’t like that at all. It would […]

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Is Apologetics Trying to Reason Oneself to God?

Apologetics and Theology

I had a friend recently tell me that they heard a highly educated Christian define apologetics as trying to reason oneself to God. What?! I have no problem with people not liking apologetics. But if […]

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Apologetics and Knowing Your Audience

How do you do apologetics? You just do apologetics. You know your apologetics information and if you meet any skeptic, you just unload it on them. Right? Think again. If you want to be involved […]

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My YouTube Channel

My latest adventure is to begin recording YouTube videos. I have my own official channel that you can find here. It is still very small as I am just starting but I am getting a […]

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3 Things You Can Do to Encourage Apologetics in Your Church

Apologetics and Theology

One of the greatest frustrations of people involved in apologetics is the lack of interest in their congregations. “Apologetics is so great! Why can’t everyone else see that?” To be honest, there probably was a […]

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Last Call for the Apologetics Dictionary

A few years ago I got a great idea to put together an apologetics dictionary. I know so many people with backgrounds in many areas that the project just can’t go wrong. And then life […]

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The Biggest Mistake For an Apologist

This is a mistake that you don’t have to be an apologist to make. Every Christian stumbles on this at some point. Whatever your role, never, ever do this: Do not assume what another person […]

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John Calvin, C.H. Spurgeon and Apologetics

What role should apologetics play in the Church? I have been thinking about two quotes by very important reformed thinkers. Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it and it will […]

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5 Reasons Apologists Should Not Attack Apologists

There is no lack of apologists attacking other apologists. The internet has made this both easier and more public. I understand that many apologists are so zealous for the truth (as they understand it) that […]

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Not God’s Type: A Conversation With Holly Ordway

Apologetics and Theology

I have been posting a number of interviews with Christian leaders and have been getting a good response. This interview with Holly Ordway will be unique in that she will be the first non-Canadian to […]

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Unapologetically Apologetic: A Conversation With Andy Bannister

Apologetics and Theology

I first met Andy Bannister when he was doing some lectures at Tyndale University College. I was impressed with how he communicated but even more so with his content. I have been able to hear […]

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Apologist, Know Thy Audience

Apologetics and Theology

The problem with some apologists is that they do apologetics. Not that there is anything wrong with apologetics. The problem is that they just drop a generic apologetics bomb and hope that it damages some […]

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Apologetics Beyond Reason

Apologetics and Theology

I am automatically drawn to any book dealing with apologetics and so ordering this book required no hesitation. Having said that, this is a much different book from what I am used to. James Sire, […]

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10 Things That Apologists Should Know Something About

Apologetics and Theology

When it comes to apologists, there are those who seek to be generalists and those who seek to be specialists. I am a firm believer that we need both. I am actually somewhere in between. […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Recommended Blog Posts: Is Apologetics Biblical? – Andy Steiger The Deity of Christ in the Gospel of Mark – Jonathan McLatchie David Hume on the Observability of Causation – Thomas Rauchenstein The Origin of the Idea of God […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Recommended Blog Posts: God Conversations – Nancy Steiger Eschatological Solution to the Problem of Pain and Suffering – Prayson Daniel The Cumulative Case for Christianity: Death by a 1,000 Paper Cuts – J. Warner Wallace Prepare […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Recommeneded Apologetics Posts: Identity Crisis: Should We Use the Term Apologetics? – Steve Wilkinson What Was the Shape of Jesus’ Cross? – J. Warner Wallace If There Is a Good God, Why Do We Have […]

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What Really is Apologetics?

Apologetics and Theology

What is apologetics? Some people have been turned off of apologetics. I would want to ask what type of apologetics they have had a bad experience with. Some people have seen apologetics as compiling evidence […]

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5 Tips to Prevent Apologist Burnout

Apologetics and Theology

I recently posted on how to prevent pastor burnout. Those who dedicate their time to apologetics also need to be watchful of this danger. There are enough stories of apologists who not only gave up […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Some recommended apologetics posts: Historicism & Christianity – A. Joubert The Context of God’s Judgment As Portrayed In The Old and New Testaments – Ron Galloway Convince Me There’s A God – Archaeology 17 – Mark McGee […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Does God Hate Amputees? – Chris Price Is There a Conceited and Arrogant God Forcing Us to Worship Him? – Rob Lundberg So, would you ever leave your faith? – Scott Smith 14 Ways I […]

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Suppressing the Laughter: Being Respectful But Honest

Apologetics and Theology

I have been teaching a class on sects at a local church. Over the past two weeks I have taught on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It has […]

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Skills for the Apologist

Would you like to be active as an apologist? Great! So what do you need to know to be an apologist? The common sense answer would be that an apologist needs to know about apologetics. […]

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Start at the Beginning

Apologetics and Theology

One of the reasons that people are hesitant to get involved in apologetics is they do not know where to begin. While I understand the fear, if we lived by that we would never do […]

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Apologetics is Fine as Long as It is Just Me

Apologetics and Theology

One of the reasons why some people are reluctant to get involved in apologetics is that they are introverts. Full disclosure: I am as big an introvert as there is. Even as an introvert I […]

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Jim West, Karl Barth and Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

Recently, Jim West posted on his blog something about Barth on ‘Apologetics.’ The fact that West puts apologetics in quotes gives us an idea of what he (not just Barth) thinks about apologetics. In the post […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Canada and Christianity: Where Are We? – Justin Wishart Is Atheism the Default Position? – Patrick Collins Word of Advice to Atheists – Stop Defining Atheism as a Lack of Belief – Tyler Vela Resources […]

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The Non-Arguing Argument

You can’t argue people into the kingdom of God. This is one of the most common reasons why people do not want to get involved in apologetics. I would want to ask what is meant […]

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Apologetics Journal: The Update

A few years ago I felt the need for a new apologetics journal. There are not a lot of them out there to begin with. It was to be something not just for academics but […]

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Youth Ministry Should Be Unapologetically Apologetic

Apologetics and Theology

This post originally appeared on the Faith Today blog. The faith journeys of young adults have been a hot topic in Canada over the past two years since the Hemorrhaging Faith research study was released. […]

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Can You Prove That?

Apologetics and Theology

One of the reasons that people are hesitant to get involved in apologetics is the belief that you cannot prove that God exists. That is correct. You cannot prove that God exists. But the truth […]

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Why I Am An Apologist

Apologetics and Theology

This is a post that was originally posted on the SGM Radio blog. Much of my activity is in the area of apologetics. What is apologetics? It is not as complex as it sounds. Do […]

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7 Reasons Why I Reject the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

The Jesus myth theory (the idea that there was no historical Jesus and that the Christ of the Gospels is based on pagan myths) has become quite popular in recent years. I have talked to […]

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Silly Little Apologist

Apologetics and Theology

One of the reasons that people may be afraid to get involved in apologetics is that their church friends may make fun of them. Why would people make fun of apologetics? The same reason that […]

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Apologetics Roundup (8/24-8/30)

A Pastor Can Be Trained to Defend the Faith Even Without Formal Training – Matt Rawlings A Look at Pauline Apologetics: What Can Apologists Learn From Paul? – Eric Chabot The Blind Monks and the […]

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Heart vs. Head

Apologetics and Theology

One of the reasons people don’t want to be involved in apologetics is that they do not want to have a intellectual faith. If they had to choose between a head faith and a heart […]

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Grand Central Question

Apologetics and Theology

Perhaps one of the most important topics to study is that of worldviews. What often happens is we debate words when we should really be debating worldviews. Until you understand a person’s worldview, you will […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Richard Dawkins: A Gift From God – Nick Peters The Apologetic Parent: Training Children to Live the Faith – Jennifer Pinch Resources to Help You Respond to the Problem of Evil (Free Bible Insert) – J. […]

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Pardon Me, Do You Have the Time?

One of the reasons that people are hesitant to get involved in apologetics is that they do not have the time. I will confess that I have little sympathy. I have a full-time job as […]

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What If I Don’t Know the Answer to a Question?

Apologetics and Theology

One of the reasons that people do not get involved in apologetics is that they are afraid that someone will ask a question that they have no answer for. What if they ask a hard […]

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Me Am Not Smart

Apologetics and Theology

Some people do not get involved in apologetics because they feel they are not intelligent enough. Perhaps that is the fault of some apologists. We lift up someone like William Lane Craig as the model […]

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But I Just Don’t Feel Led…

Apologetics and Theology

One of the reasons why some people don’t want to be involved in apologetics is that they just don’t feel led. What does that even mean? Is being led a direct communication from God? How do […]

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10 Reasons Not to Do Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

Of course I believe that it is important to be involved in apologetics. However, most Christians are not involved in apologetics. This would be my guess for the top ten reasons not to be involved […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

What Criminal Trials Teach Us About Objective Moral Truth – J. Warner Wallace Would Jesus Say “I’m spiritual, but not religious?” – Eric Chabot The Google Generation – Nick Peters What an Apologist’s Job is NOT– […]

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The Most Important Passage for Doing Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

Please note that I am not saying that this is the most important passage for apologists (1 Peter 3:15 is arguably that). I am arguing that this is the most important passage for doing apologetics. […]

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Who Are the Five Most Influential Apologists Today?

I need to make myself clear here. There are others that have been more influential in previous generations. There are others who may have more degrees or who get invited to more apologetics conferences. But […]

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6 Tips for Apologetics Bloggers

Apologetics Bloggers

Many of these tips are relevant to all bloggers, but in this post I am writing specifically for apologetics bloggers. These come from my experience as an apologetics blogger. I enjoy blogging and I hope […]

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10 Reasons Why You Should Read the Watchtower and the Word

Apologetics and Theology

I am very happy with my new book, The Watchtower and the Word. I think you should purchase a copy (or three) and not just for me to make some money. Here are ten reasons […]

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7 Reasons Why I Believe Christianity is True

  I am a Christian. But I was not always a Christian. I grew up in the church but I did not have a personal faith. In my mid-teens I left the church and became […]

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You Can’t Argue Someone into the Kingdom. Really?

  As soon as you mention that you are interested in apologetics, someone will say “You can’t argue someone into the kingdom.” I heard someone say that tonight. Now in that case, what was meant […]

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5 Things I Love About Apologetics

I recently posted 5 Things I Hate About Apologetics. In case someone gets the wrong idea, I want to give the other side of the story. There are plenty of things that I love about […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Myth and Fact at the Council of Nicaea – Scott McClare Challenging Eyewitnesses of the Resurrection – Luke Nix Out With The Old, In With The New? – Jonathan Sherwin Role of Counselling in Apologetics – […]

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5 Things I Hate About Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I really enjoy apologetics. I am glad that I am involved in it. But that does not mean that I like everything about it. Here are five things I hate about apologetics. 1. Apologetics breeds […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Is Christianity a Hoax? – Kevin Ray Short Apologetics in the Church – Patrick Collins A Look at the Jesus Story – Eric Chabot Stephen Meyer and Junk DNA – Andrew McDiarmid Artificial DNA, Actual […]

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Bart Ehrman and Richard Dawkins: Who is the Most Dangerous?

When I think of popular critics of Christianity, I think the most well known are Bart Ehrman and Richard Dawkins. They are very different. Bart Ehrman is an agnostic New Testament scholar who was once […]

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The Wrong Jesus

I believe that one of the main battlefronts for apologetics at this time is in New Testament studies, more specifically in the study of the historical Jesus. In many ways, things have not changed that […]

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8 Myths About Christianity

Apologetics and Theology

The Church in general and Christians in particular have made many mistakes. But if you are going to criticize Christianity, stick to the facts. Here are eight myths about Christianity that are common. 1. Religious […]

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Mere Apologetics

Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers & Skeptics Find Faith By Alister E. McGrath / Baker Books Throughout history there have been great and articulate defenders of the faith, from Augustine and Aquinas to Jonathan […]

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Apologetics in Canada

Apologetics and Theology

In 2004, Canadian religion writer Tom Harpur wrote a bestselling book claiming that Jesus never existed. In 2010, Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens debated on the moral merits of religion at Roy Thomson Hall in […]

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Getting an Apologetic Foothold in Your Church

Apologetics and Theology

You may understand the importance of apologetics, not just for professional apologists, but for the average person in the pew. But how do you introduce apologetics to your church? Many people are intimidated by the […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Does 1 Corinthians 2:4 Mean Christians are Wrong to use Apologetics in their Evangelism? – Daniel Rodger Three Simple Strategies to Help You Become A Better Christian Case Maker – J. Warner Wallace Of Pageants […]

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5 Ways to Preach Apologetically

It is important for pastors to prepare their congregations for apologetic encounters. It may be difficult to get people to an apologetics small group or Sunday school class, but a pastor can still make an […]

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Why Apologetics is Important

Apologetics and Theology

I believe that apologetics is important but not because of some book that I read or a speaker that I heard. I believe that apologetics is important from experience. Let me share a bit of […]

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Dear Pastor

Apologetics and Theology

I know that you have a lot on your plate. You need to prepare sermons, organize a worship service, visit the sick and shut-ins and attend meetings. As society moves farther into the post-Christian era, […]

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Experiencing God Without Losing Your Mind

Apologetics and Theology

EXPERIENCING GOD WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND This book is a small group or individual study guide that seeks to help Christians understand how wrestling with the hard questions is compatible with experiencing God. The book […]

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Establish the Work of Our Hands

Apologetics and Theology

In my devotions recently, I came across this verse: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our […]

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Children, Try to Get Along!

Apologetics and Theology

In many ways I love the apologetic community. There is knowledge and resources that can be shared. There is encouragement that can be offered and ideas that can be ignited. Unfortunately there are also tempers […]

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God or Godless

There are plenty of apologetics book out there. But it is so easy to create a straw man and win arguments against people who don’t really exist. That is why I was excited to see […]

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Seeing the Big Picture

Apologetics and Theology

Earlier in the summer, I suffered from a number of health issues. I had a dramatic weight loss, severe joint pain, fainting, anemia and something odd in my lungs. Because I was between doctors, I […]

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Spiritual Dangers and Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I came across this surprising quote that may shock some readers: “I envy you not having to think any more about Christian apologetics.  My correspondents force the subject on me again and again.  It is […]

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Mere Apologetics

Strangely, I was not particularly looking forward to reading Alister McGrath’s Mere Apologetics.  I was not dreading it, but I was not excited either.  That is strange because I really like the work of Alister McGrath […]

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So You Want to Be an Apologist?

First of all, what do you mean by that?  Are you saying that you want to be a “professional” apologist or you want apologetics to be a part of your life as a Christian?  This […]

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Why I Believe in the Resurrection

Is believing in the resurrection of Jesus reasonable? Since we have just come out of Easter, I thought I would share why I believe in the resurrection of Jesus.  These are not “proofs.”  If you […]

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Two Types of Apologetics

As I have read numerous books, articles and blogs on apologetics, I have come to a conclusion: there are two types of apologetics.  The first type of apologetics is one that seems to be aimed […]

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Jerram Barrs on Apologetics and Outreach

I recently listened to an audio course on Apologetics and Outreach by Jerram Barrs of Covenant Theological Seminary.  It was quite good and I recommend it for others.  Despite the title, it is more about […]

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