Apologetics With Authenticity

Apologetics and Theology

Each generation is different and we need to be prepared to communicate with them on their terms. One of the values that have been identified is authenticity. This doesn’t mean that there is no longer […]

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POWER Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

One of the things that I enjoy writing about is the practical application of apologetics. Knowing specific arguments is not effective if we don’t have a healthy model for apologetics. Thinking about apologetics, I came […]

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Letter to an Aspiring Apologist

Apologist

So you want to become an apologist. Good for you. There is more of a need for quality apologetics now than ever before. But the key is quality. The internet is a great means of […]

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Everyone is an Apologist

Apologetics and Theology

I chuckle when I hear Christians criticize apologetics because everyone is an apologist. I don’t mean everyone should be an apologist but everyone is an apologist. This is not limited to Christians. Apologetics was around […]

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Apologetics and Preaching

Apologetics and Theology

While I consider myself an apologist, my primary role is that of a pastor of a local church. But I don’t find these roles to be contradictory. I try to include apologetics in my pastoral […]

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Interview With Wesley Huff on Faith and Apologetics

Hope's Reason

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Wesley Huff, a fellow Canadian apologist, about his faith journey and current ministry. Wes ministers on campus with Power to Change and is also a doctoral student […]

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The Golden Rule of Apologetics

Apologetics

What is the Golden Rule of apologetics? Are you ready? Here it is. The Golden Rule of apologetics is… The Gold Rule. Yes that Golden Rule. So in everything, do to others what you would […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Include Apologetics in Your Ministry

Pastor

Some people embrace Christian apologetics and some have no interest at all. I would suggest that pastors don’t have the right to reject apologetics. Even if we are not interested, apologetics is necessary for our […]

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Richard Carrier is an Apologist

Richard Carrier

Richard Carrier has recently had an ongoing debate with New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado. I have not been following the debate because frankly I don’t care. Plus, I find that Carrier just gets nasty and […]

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Blogger Interview: Lenny Esposito

Lenny Esposito

As I evaluate and rank a variety of apologetics blogs, Lenny Esposito’s Come Reason is always near the top of the list. Lenny dos a great job of presenting Christianity in a reasonable way, both […]

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The A.P.O.L.O.G.E.T.I.C.S. of Apologetics

Apologetics

Apologetics is much more than simply defending the faith. To try and flesh out the fullness of apologetics, I will use APOLOGETICS as an acronym. Applicable Apologetics shouldn’t just be about the pet interests of […]

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5 Ways to Include Apologetics in Youth Ministry

Apologetics and Theology

I started my pastoral ministry as a youth pastor. My first five years as a pastor was in the area of youth ministry. Looking back, it was probably some of the most challenging experiences. At […]

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5 Reasons Why I Blog About Apologetics

Apologetics

A number of years ago I started an apologetics blog called Apologia. While that particular blog site no longer exists, the posts from that blog can be found on this site. But why would I […]

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A Biblical Image For How Apologetics Helps Build the Church

Apologetics

Christians are divided on the role of Christian apologetics and its usefulness. While some are convinced of the importance of apologetics, others see it as a distraction from “real” ministry. I see apologetics as having […]

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Apologetics Will Not Make Anyone a Christian

Apologetics and Theology

There are those within the church who are critical of Christian apologetics who point out its limitations. They will argue that presenting an apologetic for Christianity will not result in the person becoming a Christian. […]

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Why I Teach Apologetics at My Church

Apologetics and Theology

My primary role in ministry is as a pastor of a local congregation. Why then do I choose to teach apologetics at my church? Is this just a case of me pushing my interests on […]

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5 Objections to Apologetics (and 5 Responses)

Apologetics and Theology

Some of the strongest objections to Christian apologetics comes not from outside the church, but from within. Here are five common objections to Christian apologetics with my responses. Apologetics leads to a purely intellectual faith. […]

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What is the Difference Between Evangelism and Apologetics?

Apologetics and Theology

Evangelism and apologetics are related activities but they are not the same thing. Evangelism literally means the announcing of Good News and apologetics means giving a reason. There is some overlap between these activities but […]

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Required Books for an Apologetics Library

Apologetics

The tools of the trade when it comes to apologetics is a good library. But what kind of books should an apologist have? There are thousands of books out there but you can’t read them […]

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How to Deal With an Angry Skeptic

Apologetics and Theology

If you are involved in apologetics, you will be talking to different types of people. You will talk to Christians who are dealing with doubts and non-Christians who are seeking information. But you will also […]

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An Interview With Paul Franks on Apologetics and Philosophy

Hope's Reason

For the last six years, I have been teaching at Tyndale University College as a sessional lecture, mainly in the area of the New Testament. I have really come to appreciate this school. Somewhere in […]

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Apologetics and the Seven Churches: Sardis

Apologetics

This is a continuation of my series on an apologetic reading of the letters to the seven churches in Revelation. ‘Write this to the angel of the church in Sardis. “These are the words of […]

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5 Ways to Grow as an Apologist This Year

Apologetics and Theology

Many people are attempting to follow new year’s resolutions. This is good for every area of life. This includes those interested in apologetics. It is not too late to take steps to grow as an […]

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C.S. Lewis and Rational Argument

C.S. Lewis and Friends

In this opening lecture on “C.S. Lewis and the Rational Argument”, Professor Alister McGrath, the author of a recent biography of C.S. Lewis, explores the role that rational, philosophical argumentation played throughout Lewis’s life, before […]

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5 Apologetics Topics Pastors Can Preach On

Apologetics

I am both an apologist and a pastor. I do not see those as two different vocations, but rather two aspects of the same calling. I believe that it is important for pastors to integrate […]

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7 Skills of an Effective Apologist

Apologetics and Theology

There are those who are interested in apologetics and those who are involved in apologetics. If you want to be an effective apologist, it requires more than just reading a few books. Here are seven […]

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7 Ways Pastors Can Begin to Integrate Apologetics into Their Ministry

Apologetics

I believe that apologetics is important and not just for those interested in apologetics. Apologetics is especially important for pastors, whether they like it or not. The fact is that there is a steady stream […]

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4 Dangers of Apologetics

Apologetics

I really believe in the importance of Christian apologetics. I spend a significant amount of time thinking about and writing on apologetics. It is a good thing for people to be involved in. Having said […]

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3 Bad Reasons to Do Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I love apologetics and I enjoy working in the area of Christian apologetics. I’m glad there is tremendous growth in the interest of apologetics. But I also believe that there can be some bad motivations […]

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Did Jesus Ever Do Apologetics?

Apologetics

Awhile back, I got into a conversation with someone on Twitter about apologetics. This person, who had a seminary education and was involved in ministry, was pushing back on a tweet I wrote about the […]

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21 Things That Apologists Need to Know

Apologists

I’m thankful for the renewal of interest in apologetics in recent years. There has been an increase in apologetics organizations, academic apologetics programs and individual apologetics activity. These are exciting times for apologetics. I have […]

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C.S. Lewis’s Approach to Apologetics

C.S. Lewis

Although C.S. Lewis had many talents, his apologetics writing is what attracts quite a few of his fans. Jerry Roots leads a seminar on C.S. Lewis’s approach to apologetics found on the Bethinking website. You […]

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10 Things I Love About Apologetics

apologetics

I have been involved in apologetics for a long time. I’m not a professional apologist, in the sense of making my living by apologetics, but I do enjoy it. I thought I would share ten […]

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5 Steps to Become an Apologetics Speaker

Apologetics Speaker

Have you ever wished that you could speak at apologetics events and share the information you have gained over the years? You can do it. But there are certain steps that can increase your chances […]

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Should Apologetics Be Rejected as a Modernist Endeavour?

Apologetics

One of the podcasts that I listen to is called Theology on Mission (You can find all the podcasts I listen to here). One of the recent episodes, called “World Evangelicalism – A Future For […]

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started in Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I have been involved in apologetics since I came to personal faith in the mid-90s. I became more formally involved in apologetics when I co-wrote Unmasking the Pagan Christ in 2006 and started blogging shortly […]

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4 Reasons Why I Am an Apologist

Apologetics and Theology

I have been involved in apologetics almost right from the beginning of when I made a personal faith commitment. But this was no phase I was going through. Apologetics has only become more important to […]

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The Four Cs of Good Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I recently wrote a post on the four Rs of good apologetics. I decided that I would follow this up with a post on the four Cs of good apologetics. Here they are: Character Are […]

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What is Christian Apologetics?

Apologetics and Theology

Is this even a question worth asking? Doesn’t everyone know what Christian apologetics is? I would suggest that we need to define Christian apologetics clearly. It is bad definitions of apologetics that lead to some […]

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How to Talk to Your Pastor About Apologetics

Apologetics

I have heard from a number of people who have been frustrated when their church leadership does not seem interested in apologetics. You have read the books and have been to the conferences and you […]

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What is Your Goal for Apologetics?

Apologetics and Theology

I’m sure that most people involved in apologetics want to be successful in their apologetics endeavours. But how can you know if you are successful? You need some way to measure. One way to do […]

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5 Reasons Why Pastors Should Care About Apologetics

Apologetics

As both a pastor and an apologist, I believe that there should be connections between both roles. I actually became an apologist because of a need that arose while being a pastor at a local […]

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Don’t Be That Apologist

Apologetics and Theology

It is easy to call oneself an apologist. It is a different thing to be a good and effective apologist. There are plenty of bad examples of apologetics for us to learn from. Obviously, I […]

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The Four Rs of Good Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

It takes much more than an excitement or appreciation about apologetics to be a good apologist. You can have read dozens of apologetics books and have listened to all the best podcasts and still be […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

The Jesus Myth Theory, the belief that Jesus never existed and that the Gospels are based on pagan myths, just does not seem to go away. The recent appearance of a mythicists on the Unbelievable? […]

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5 Tips For Apologetics Bloggers

Apologetics Bloggers

I have been blogging in some form or another for ten years. Much of that has included apologetics blogging. I enjoy writing apologetics-related blog posts and hopefully I have learned something over the years. Here […]

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My Suggestions for Summer Reading

Apologetics and Theology

There is nothing like sitting outside in the beautiful weather, enjoying the sunshine and a good book. But what are you going to read? I have shared some suggestions from some other people but I […]

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An Interview With Tim Barnett

Tim Barnett

I have known Tim Barnett for a couple of years, first online and then through an apologetics conference that we were both at. I have watched as God has opened doors for him to expand […]

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4 Steps to Becoming a Better Apologist

Apologetics and Theology

We live in a time of unprecedented apologetics resources. With a few clicks on a smart phone, you can have the information that would have taken hours in a library just a decade ago. Schools […]

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C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer

C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer

If one wanted to name the most influential apologists of the twentieth century, both C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer would be near the top of the list. If these two men have had an impact […]

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Is Apologetics Blogging Dead?

Apologetics Blogging

In recent months I have come across numerous articles, posts and podcasts reflecting on the question, “Is blogging dead?” Obviously blogging cannot be completely dead as I am writing a blog post on the subject. […]

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Top Ten Apologetics Blogs – March 2016

Apologetics Blogs

One of my aims is to promote and encourage Christian bloggers, especially in the area of apologetics. To this end, I have been compiling a top ten list every quarter. For those who ask, I […]

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My 5 Least Read Blog Posts

Personal Reflections

Most bloggers like to highlight their most popular blog posts and I have done that myself. But I thought I would do something different. Instead of listing my five most popular blog posts, I’m going […]

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Pastor as Protector: Some Clarifications

Apologetics and Theology

I recently wrote a post about why apologetics is an essential role for a pastor. Gavin Rumney at the OTAGOsh blog was nice enough to respond to my post with his own post called Apologists and […]

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Why Apologetics is Essential to Being a Pastor

Apologetics

I sometimes encounter resistance by pastors about the value of apologetics. I have also heard from laypeople who have had negative experiences talking to their pastors about apologetics. I would like to argue that not […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 30

Apologetics

Determine Your Apologetics Goals We have gone through many challenges to take your apologetics ministry to the next level. The expectation was never that you would do all of these things in one month. All […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 29

Apologetics and Theology

Enter into a Mentoring Relationship Apologists should be life long students. Another word for student is a disciple. The New Testament has a lot to say about discipleship. It is worth looking at how Jesus […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 28

Apologetics

Read a Systematic Theology An important skill for any apologist is to have a good general knowledge of theology. You cannot detect counterfeits unless you can recognize the real thing. It is unfortunate that many Christian […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 27

Apologetics and Theology

Integrate Prayer What are the activities required of apologists? Reading. Researching. Speaking. Writing. Praying. Praying? One of the most important aspects of apologetics is prayer. This may not always be highlighted and yet it is […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 26

Apologetics and Theology

Write an EBook I believe that people involved in apologetics have something good to say. They have studied the material, interacted with people and have presented good arguments. We have talked about sharing that material […]

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Removing Three Major Stumbling Blocks for Pre-Christians

Apologetics and Theology

I am pleased to present a guest post by Marilyn Joy Tyner. Marilyn is the founder of True-Way Tracts, a Christian ministry that produces gospel tracts and apologetics briefs and distributes them worldwide (TrueWayTracts.com). Marilyn […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 25

Apologetics and Theology

Record Your Testimony There is a debate among apologists as to the value of a personal testimony. Some would say that apologists should avoid subjective testimonies and focus only on objective fact. The problem with […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 24

Apologetics and Theology

Have an Apologetic Conversation What is the difference between an apologetics junkie and an apologist? An apologetics junkie enjoys reading and talking about apologetics. An apologist actually does apologetics. One of the best ways to […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 23

Apologetics and Theology

Develop Public Speaking Skills They say that public speaking is the number one fear among people, beating out even fear of death. At the same day, public speaking is a very important skill for apologists. […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 22

Apologetics and Theology

Read Biographies Christians look to the Gospels to understand the words and actions of Jesus without thinking about their genre. The Gospels are considered to be ancient biographies. While not exactly the same as modern […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 21

Apologetics and Theology

Study Hermeneutics If I had to choose the number one need within the church, I would say that it is knowledge of the Bible. If I had to choose number two, it would be the […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 20

Apologetics

Read Some Contemporary Fiction Apologists are not known for having a wide range of reading. Some may be stretching themselves if they are reading books on a number of subjects within philosophy. This may be […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 19

Talk to a Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon What do you do when a Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon comes to your door? Do you pretend you are not home? Do you try to scare them off […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 18

Apologetics

Learn About World Religions We live in an exciting time when people from all over the world are right here in our communities. Religious diversity is no longer about whether you are Baptist or Presbyterian. […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 17

Apologetics

Read the Early Apologists Who is your favourite apologist? Some may say C.S. Lewis, others Ravi Zacharias or perhaps William Lane Craig. We do have some great apologists active in the twentieth and twenty-first century […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 16

Apologetics

Do an Apologetics Periscope One of the reasons it is a great time to be an apologist is the multitude of social media outlets that can be used. You can post messages on Facebook, Twitter, […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 15

Apologetics and Theology

Talk to Your Pastor About Apologetics This challenge is aimed at laypeople but if you are a pastor, the principles are the same for talking to the leadership in the church. One of the frustrations […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 14

Apologetics and Theology

Read the Qur’an Islam seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. Between the war on ISIS to the welcoming of Syrian refugees, Islam has risen to prominence. But what do we know about Islam? […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 13

Apologetics

Read a Book By an Atheist If you wanted to know about atheism, what would you do? You might read a Christian book or blog post on atheism. There is a place for that but […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 12

Apologetics and Theology

Write a Guest Post for Another Blog You have good things to say. You have studied and learned and want to pass on your knowledge. But how do you do that? You may have your […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 11

Apologetics

Network With Other Apologists One of the things that I appreciate most about being a pastor is networking with other pastors. I attend ministerials and other gatherings where I can learn from and encourage other […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 10

Apologetics and Theology

Discover Academic Journals When many people want to learn about a subject, looking to books is the first thought. There is nothing wrong with books, but they are not the only option. When I teach […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 9

Apologetics

Read Dead People We live in a time when there are quality apologetics books being published all the time. There are so many resources available that we could never have the time to read them […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 8

Apologetics and Theology

Start a Podcast This challenge has much in common with the previous challenge of starting a blog. It is based on the same motivation of getting good apologetic content out to the people who need […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 7

Apologetics and Theology

Start a Blog This section is both for those who do not have a blog or those who want to improve their blog. If you already have a successful blog, feel free to move on […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 6

Apologetics

Become a Specialist Last time I encouraged you to become a generalist, that is to gain a good understanding of a number of subjects. That is important but it does not negate the need to […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 5

Apologetics and Theology

Become a Generalist There is a debate among some apologists about whether it is better to be a specialist or a generalist. My response is that is important to be both. What do I mean […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 4

Apologetics and Theology

Plan Your Education It is definitely possible to become a knowledgable apologist without a formal education. At the same time there is a benefit to following a curriculum and being held accountable to completing a […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 3

Apologetics and Theology

Subscribe to a Good Apologetics Podcast Christian apologists today live in a time of unprecedented free and accessible apologetics information. There was a time that learning required either a taking an in-class course or getting […]

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30 Day Apologetics Challenge: Day 2

Apologetics

Build a Biblical Foundation When some people get a vision for apologetics, they may get excited about all the apologetics books that should be read. Those are great resources but it is skipping a step. […]

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Top Ten Apologetics Blogs – December 2015

Apologetics Blogs

Here is the updated list of the top apologetics blogs. There has been some movement in ranks, partially because a significant number of blogs have been added to the master list. Here are the top […]

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What People Are Saying About the Watchtower and the Word

Apologetics and Theology

A few years back I wrote a book called the Watchtower and the Word. It started out as a response to the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ book, What Does the Bible Really Teach? However, it grew into […]

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5 Reasons Pastors Should Consider Apologetics

Apologetics

One of the frustrations that apologists often express is the difficulty of getting the church to buy into the importance of apologetics. Unfortunately, this sometimes is influenced by the pastor’s negative view of apologetics. As […]

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5 Steps to Becoming a Better Apologist

Apologetics and Theology

Are you an apologist? If you are serious about apologetics, you should be seeking to improve. Being an apologist is so much more than starting a blog and posting about apologetics-related topics. I do not […]

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You Cannot Argue Someone to Jesus (Except When You Can)

Apologetics and Theology

Probably one of the most common critiques of apologetics is that you cannot argue someone to Jesus/Heaven/Salvation etc. That is an easy assertion to make but is it true? Examine this passage: “After Paul and […]

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What Apologetics Training Should You Get?

Apologetics Training

If you have heard that you need a PhD in philosophy of religion to be an apologist, you have been misled. It is a great degree to have but you can be involved in apologetics […]

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started in Apologetics

I first became involved in apologetics (although I did not know it by that name) in the 1990s. Although I had been brought up in a mainline church, I had just made a personal commitment. […]

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10 Things Apologists Should Remember

Apologetics and Theology

I am so thankful for the growth in Christian apologetics. There are so many apologetics books, blogs, podcasts and conferences. More apologetics information has gotten into the hands of more people. It is a great […]

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Thank God for Apologetics

Apologetics

Not everyone appreciates apologetics. That is fine. Not every Christian needs to be involved in an apologetics ministry, although we all need to be able to provide a defence for the reason for the hope within […]

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Me and Autism

Autism

It has been a few weeks since I announced that I was diagnosed with high functioning autism. In this podcast, I reflect on some of my feelings about autism and faith. Check out some of […]

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Apologetics: Not for Me, Not for You

Apologetics and Theology

I frequently encounter people who have a problem with apologetics. What problem do they see? First, apologetics has been of no use in their own spiritual journey. They never had any intellectual doubts. Their path […]

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God’s Crime Scene

A few years ago, I was given a review copy of a book by a new apologist named J.Warner Wallace. I loved his Cold-Case Christianity and so I was happy when I heard he had new […]

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Apologetics in the Real World

Sermons

1 Peter 3:13-16 Introduction I have many roles in my life of ministry. I am a guest preacher, a Bible college teacher, an army chaplain and a writer. One of the roles that I really […]

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Peter Enns and Concerns About Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I came across an interesting blog post titled “the best defense of the Christian faith is…” written by Peter Enns. I both agreed and disagreed with what he said. I strongly agree with Enns when […]

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