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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

For Those Who Are Struggling, What Does God Think of Me as His Child?

Here is a list of biblical affirmations about who we are, when it comes to our identity in Jesus Christ that is derived from a few selected passages in the New Testament. This is just a portion of the many truths about who we have become through faith in God’s Son.  Use this as a way of taking inventory from time to time.

• I am a child of God.

But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children … (John 1:12).

• I am a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life.

I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me--and I in him--bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing (John 15:1, 5).

• I am a friend of Jesus.

I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).

Monday, April 13, 2015

You Should Not Legislate Morality! Really?


Introducing the Challenge

Whenever you and I find ourselves in a conversation with someone centered around a volatile issue concerning morality or lifestyles, we are bound to hear something like, "you cannot legislate morality!" Is this true? Do we, ourselves legislate morality whenever we go to the voting booth? Is this challenge logical? Is this challenge correct from a political understanding?

These last two questions go to the nerve of this challenge.  Let's look at these real issues.