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.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Now That the Court Has Ruled, 'How Then Shall We Live?'

Let me open this posting by asking you a question.  Do you consider yourself a tolerant person?  If you say "yes," then whether or not you agree with what you are about to read, you will tolerate me, in the real sense of toleration, as a person of worth.  If you say "no," and choose to continue reading, then I would only ask you to do to think about this position that is different from your own and see if it makes sense to you.[1]

As a result of this past Friday's Supreme Court's decision, the church in America received a wake up call.  It was a wake up call from a deep, deep sleep and presented an "exam" that it is not prepared for.  The 5-4 decision, by the Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage has given the Christian church in this country a huge essay question that resounds with the question, "how then shall we live?"

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Authenticating Your Terms When Communicating With the Spiritually Blind

For those who engaged my last posting on how to identify cultic doctrine while dialoguing with a member of the local Kingdom Hall or a couple of Mormon missionaries, I would like to take this a little further and open this posting with an illustration.  

After a fire team squad completes an operation, each squad returns home. However, before they depart on the mission, or during the operation each squad leader receives the authentication code from the home base for their return "home" once the operation is completed. Before their return, a sqaud will have to go through the "commo" process between the RTO's (radio transmission operators at "home" and in the field) to the authenticate the squad authentically identifies with the platoon. At times the squad leader may even have to go through the process of authenticating each returning member of the fire team to make sure the enemy has not or is not entering the camp.

When speaking to members of the Jehovah's Witnesses or two nice people from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,

Thursday, June 18, 2015

How to Discern Cultic Teaching When You Are Conversing on the Doorstep

This posting is kind of going back to a specialty when I first started on the adventure in the discipline of apologetics. Prior to addressing things like the problem of evil, the existence of God and worldview subjects, I was involved with doing ministry training churches to witness to people in the cults.  So in this posting I am going to go back to that to address something that came up in a conversation just the other night.

The other night I found myself talking with a couple members at our church and we were in the discussion of how to recognize or discern the differences between biblical teaching as opposed to the teachings you hear about in the cults. One was a former member of a group and the other was eager to learn how to discern and pierce the blindness blinding those entrapped in the cult ideology.

So what I would like to do in this posting is share with you a tool that you can use to discern what is false teaching as oppose to what is biblical teaching when it comes to conversing with someone from the local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses or from the local ward or stake from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.[1]

First let me share with you about the word that is more or less a "hot-button" term, the word "cult."

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Congratulations to The Poached Egg Apologetics Network for Five Years of Ministry!


It was about three years ago that I received a phone call from Greg West sharing with me about his passion on apologetics. At that time The Poached Egg Apologetics Network was still in its adolescence, and reflected that passion.

What is this poached egg illustrative description?  The name of his ministry comes from C. S. Lewis' statement in Mere Christianity,

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

Monday, June 8, 2015

Apologetics Serves Evangelism in a Post Christian Culture

Thinking this morning about where our culture has been and where it is going, I could not help pondering about the church’s effectiveness in this post Christian culture in reaching those without Christ.  

The truth is that every believer already, whether they realize it or not, does some form of pre-evangelism to the ones who are hostile to the gospel message. The question now becomes, do they want to continue to do it poorly or do they want to do it well? And it saddens me to think that there are many pastors who are still stuck in the old paradigm of "the Bible says" approach to evangelism. 

While that paradigm may work in some scenarios, such encounters are becoming less frequent as our culture plunges itself deeper into the the naturalistic worldview.  How is this manifesting itself?