What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Format for a Clearer Direction

Over the last few months, I have been sensing the Lord's leading to make some changes in our online presence.  This past year, I have found it a struggle to find the time to work on updating my personal website. Some of this has been due to the time crunch I have had for ministry, and reporting what the Lord is doing during my interactions with those I find myself conversing with during the days and the weeks.

That said, I am going to be notifying my web provider to discontinue my web hosting. I will still be keeping my URL (roblundberg.org) for the next year. I do have hopes and a vision to move in the direction for lengthening my leash in this ministry.  If you click on the link aforementioned, or go to my website, you will be redirected to this blog site.

All this aside, you may have noticed a different look to this blog. With my desire to change my vocation, and move into something that is going to give me more time to give to our work with Ratio Christi and our apologetics outreach ministry. That is why I am moving forward with this blog and seek to build it with the tools available into our ministry webpage.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Is There a Conceited and Arrogant God Forcing Us to Worship Him?

I love tough questions, and students who want to throw their "skeptical curveballs." Sometimes a skeptic will present an objection with the thinking that there is no way it can be answered. Such was case with one of our students who shared with me that he was given such an objection from a fellow college student. The student's objection was about believers worshiping an infinitely creative God went something like this: "Why should I worship a God who is self-centered and conceited, just because He created an entire Earth and universe just to sit around and worship Him?"

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Practical Definition for Apologetics

Having just returned from from the National Christian Apologetics Conference and Ratio Christi Symposium, I have been thinking on the interactions I had with fellow apologists of the weekend. After some reflection, I cannot help thinking about the condition of the church in light of its misunderstanding of the spiritual discipline of apologetics. 

Let me say that it is both troubling and encouraging at the same time. As Charles Dickens wrote in the opening of his work, A Tale of Two Cities, "it [is] the best of times, and it [is] worst of times." The reason for this is because the church at large seems to be refusing, except in some circles, to engage the culture with the truth of the gospel. But engage the culture how?