Sunday, September 17, 2017

Remembering Nabeel Qureshi April 13, 1983 - September 16, 2017

April 13, 1983-September 16, 2017

Nabeel Qureshi died of cancer yesterday (Saturday) morning. I did not know him as well as those in the RZIM community, the Houston Baptist faculty and the folks at Biola. 

However I am thankful for the privilege having the opportunity to be a break out speaker in 2010, when he and his pastor hosted a regional apologetics conference as a youth minister at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church and conversing with him about his and David Wood's experiences at the Dearborn Arab Festival.  I had a short visit with him a few times at the National Apologetics Conference, particularly the year that he shared his testimony and why he wrote Seeking Allah and Finding Jesus.  

He will be greatly missed by many.  Please continue to pray for his wife, Michelle, and their daughter Ayah.  

There are some wonderful posts out there in the blogosphere. Allow me to recommend this article from The Stream by Tom Gilson.  Also, Ravi Zacharias has written a wonderful testimony of Nabeel's impact with RZIM for  the Washington Post.  Also Justin Taylor from the Gospel Coalition has written a wonderful article on Nabeel's life.

His writing, his preaching and speaking and his fellowship in the apologetics world will be sorely missed. He impacted many in the church to reach out to Muslims and defend their faith with the gentleness and respect we are called to do. This young man's legacy will continue to impact many because of the many lives that he touched. Ravi Zacharias stated that it was tens of thousands. 

This is not good bye, Nabeel. This we'll see you later and soon.  

Rob

Addendum:

For those of you who may have missed the service and would like to view it, RZIM's YouTube page has the link that we have obtained for you here:



You can also read the gleanings by Ravi Zacharias who gave Nabeel's eulogy.  It is found online in the Christianity Today  What Ravi Zacharias Said at Nabeel Qureshi’s Funeral.  Please continue to pray for Nabeel's wife Michelle, their daughter Ayah Fatima, and Nabeel's Mother and Father and his sister who are both Muslims.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Five Questions Every Worldview MUST Answer Coherently and Cohesively



You hear a lot about the subject of world views and you may have run across some posts here at The Real Issue on world views. But repetition is always a good teacher, particularly when it comes to matters of truth and ministry. 

There are a variety of definitions that are presented by different authors. When we look at the meaning of the worldview, my go to is James Sire's definition where he says that a worldview is  "a worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions, that may be true, partially true, or false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides that foundation on which we live and move and have our being".[1]  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: It's Apologetics Awareness Week! (September 10-17, 2017)

September 10-17, 2017 kicks off the first Apologetics Awareness Week.  If you have been following the postings this week, took some time to sum up those postings and share a little about this week.

This is a week to get those who have not thought about the task of apologetics or have had difficulty questions thrown their way and have not known how to answer them. It is also a week for those who have wondered about apologetics and have not had the chance to get in on the fun of learning what it means to be confident about one's faith.

Check out the Real Issue Podcast for more information and more equipping in this show, on "It's Apologetics Awareness Week" on the Real Issue podcast.


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Saturday, September 9, 2017

What Can Apologetics Do and Why Do Apologetics?

We are fast approaching the Apologetics Awareness Week (September 10-17) and I have shared with you somethings about the purpose and the importance of apologetics. My previous post was about what apologetics cannot do without the aide of the Holy Spirit.  In this post I want to do double duty in sharing with you about what apologetics can do and why we should do apologetics.

First off we need to understand why we do apologetics apart from the Scriptures commanding us to give a reason for the hope that we have.

Friday, September 8, 2017

What Apologetics Cannot Do

We have a few more days before the beginning of the Apologetics Awareness Week (Sept 10-17).  Be sure to check out your local LifeWay stores to find if and when there will be a workshop during the week. The Tuesday event is a workshop that will be held by a staff member of the LifeWay store walking the participants through the free Apologetics workbook. Make sure that if you have thought of learning about apologetics, these events might be a good activity to whet your appetite.

In this post, I want to share with you about four (4) things that apologetics cannot do.  Let's address them and get to the real issue.  Tomorrow's post will be on the things that apologetics can do as we wrap up the week of posts.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

What is the Goal of Apologetics?

As we continue some short posts in preparation for next week's nationwide Apologetics Awareness Week (Sept 10-17), I am often told by folks who really don't understand the goal of apologetics or the purpose of apologetics that apologetics is divisive. Many think it is about winning an argument.  But this posting is going to show that apologetics has a broader purpose than winning a debate in a formal setting, or demolishing arguments or giving reason.

The goal of apologetics, in a one to one conversation should be evangelism. No way! Really? Yes. Really!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Why is Apologetics Important and Necessary?

Continuing on as we approach the Apologetics Awareness Week, let me share with you why I believe apologetics is very important and very necessary for Christians and for the Church today. Here is my "ugly statement." Believers who would like to be effective in their evangelism and discple-making must understand three reasons why apologetics is important and necessary for Christians and the Church.