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.

Monday, December 26, 2016

What Happens When We Divorce Faith from Reason?

Atheists, skeptics and critics attack Christianity saying that it is unreasonable. Faith, they say contradicts reason.  Many of us have heard their rhetoric, "Faith is a blind leap in the dark"; Faith requires one to check your brains at the door"; "Faith has been rendered meaningless in this age of science and reason."  Sadly more and more Christians sitting in our pews with doubts, week in and week out, have heard this rhetoric, and are slowly divorcing faith from reason.

This view is not consistent with historic Christianity, let alone biblical. The Early Church Fathers, the Medieval Scholars, and the Protestant Reformers believed that faith fits the biblical view of reason. In this posting, I want us to consider the reasonableness of faith, keeping in mind that our finite human intellect is not able to fully grasp infinite divine truth.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

How Should We See the Results of this Election, and What Should Be Our Response?

There seems to be a big gasp of relief for many Americans who were paying close attention to recent Presidential election.  Some were relieved with the direction the country is now taking (at least for now), and others heartbroken.  There actually seems to be that a lot of the tension for the majority is over, and America has picked her candidate.  The rest need to find away to come together and help make this country into something.

As a Bible believing follower of Jesus Christ, I would not see this election any different had any of the other candidates had won.  This ministry has neither endorsed a candidate in the past or present, nor do I expect to do so in the future. What I do endorse is sound critical thinking upon the issues rooted and grounded on what I would hope to be a solid biblical worldview.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

What This Upcoming Election Means

"You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." ― Morpheus, to Neo  The term red pill refers to a human that is aware of the true nature of the Matrix.


Being that we are just a few weeks from a National Election for the highest office, I thought that now is a good time that I should chime in and let you know my thoughts on what I believe this election means.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Did the Universe Begin to Exist?

Over the past several weeks, I have been finding myself running into skeptics who are willing to take the leap and say that the universe has always been, and did not have a beginning to its existence. When I ask them about Sir Edwin Hubble's telescope about half of them claim that they haven't given it much thought.

The reason is the influence of the likes of Carl Sagan, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson's program, on PBS/Fox respectively called "Cosmos."  If you go back as far as I do, you might recall the opening line, "The cosmos [universe] is all that is, or was or ever will be."  According to this view held by many pop skeptics, it is stating that the cosmos (vis-a-vis the universe) had no beginning. If the universe had no beginning then what is the need for a Beginner is their thinking?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Miracles: God's Supernatural "Calling Card"

Whenever the subject of miracles arises in a conversation, the accusation of extremism rules the day along with other spiritual topics. Some people deny the possibility of miracles. Others obsess over alleged supernatural events. As we examine the pages of the Bible, miracles appear all throughout its pages usually validating God's messenger. The Old Testament prophets, Jesus, and His apostles were all confirmed by signs and wonders.  Their extraordinary acts all testify that God's messenger spoke from and for God.  This posting is going to define a "miracle" and then briefly examine different views of miracles and provide a response.

Without a supernatural realm, miracles are impossible, and without miracles as God's supernatural calling card, the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles might have been rejected more than what they were.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

"Black Lives Matter:" American Society's Genetic Fallacy

Sometimes some of my best thinking happens in the wee hours of the morning, while I am preparing for my day job. But on this one particular morning I was pondering on the subject of informal fallacies. This posting is going to explain what a fallacy is, then move into explaining the genetic fallacy, and finally share a couple examples of cultural committals of the genetic fallacy. Just a fair word of warning. This posting is probably going to get some hits from both sides of the issue. But it comes with the territory.

What is the genetic fallacy?

Those who are familiar with the study of logic have heard this term "fallacy."  A fallacy is an error in reasoning which violates fundamental laws of logic.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

What Purpose Does Apologetics Have in the Church?

Whenever we talk to another believer about the subject of apologetics, we often get some unique reactions. Some think that apologetics is about arguing someone into Heaven.  It's not about arguing as much as it is persuading or encouraging one to believe.

Others think that apologetics is about debating two contrary views.  While conversation has the potential to get spirited if the wrong attitude is taken this is a misnomer as well.  

This posting is not a response to the reactions to apologetics. That might sound like another blog posting.  What I would like to do here is just share some of the notes that I am putting together for our church, and what we are planning to teach in the not too distant future.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Why Did the Bible Include Certain Books and Not Others?

I have a good friend on (and outside of) Facebook who posted an apologetics video from my wall summarizing evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. This in turn sparked a conversation with one of his friends about the issue of which books were chosen to be included in the Bible.

This person's best defense was an appeal to the faulty sourced used on the National Geographic and History Channels with their presentations of historical documentaries on the Bible. Why didn't the History Channel and other programs daring to pontificate on the books of the Bible include solid evangelical scholarship?  The answer to that question still remains a mystery.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Do the Souls of Babies and Young Children Go to Heaven When They Die Too Early?

Incidents in recent news of a child being dragged into the lagoon at Disney World have sparked a great question from my daughter, which I am sure some may have asked or have yet to ask.  As we have seen in the media, the two year old child wanders away from their parents into an area of a lagoon that contained an alligator. As we read or heard on the news, the events of this situation were tragic in our hearing the the child lost their life. 

When my daughter and I were discussing this news piece this evening, it sparked in her mind a question, "did the child go to Heaven?" Whenever tragedy strikes, we often wonder where God is in the situation, and what about the victims?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What are the practical implications of an atheistic worldview?

As I seek to get back into the game and hopefully get a "longer leash," I am thinking about starting up a "Thinkings Group" here in the Fredericksburg area. This idea came about from thinking on what to do to reach out to Christian parents, and students in helping them understand and respond to some important questions that every believer needs to learn to answer.

Natasha Crain provides these questions for us in her Christian Mom Thoughts Blog, in her posting from a couple plus years ago, 65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Short Circumstantial Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

This time of year is a exciting because it is the high time where people are open to talk about the significance of Easter, according to their understanding. Some will want to draw us to talk up the chocolate bunnies, the marshmallow peeps, and hardboiled colored eggs all set in an Easter basket. But when that happens, I like to detract the conversation to what Easter is really all about. In fact, for me, it is my favorite holiday.

Why is this my favorite holiday?  It is my favorite holiday because, it was the resurrection of Jesus that "nailed it" for me as a skeptic, in becoming a follower of Jesus Christ, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  It is because Easter, ah hem, I mean RESURRECTION Sunday is about an empty tomb.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Is God a god of our imaginations?

Some folks might say, "Don't talk to me about the Bible. Of course they are going to say that there is a God. But what if God is just a creation based upon people's needs or imaginations so that they can feel like they are cared for?"  Those who have picked up this objection to the existence of God have been influenced by a strong intellectual current that has been around for the last couple of centuries.

It's origin comes from the influential German philosopher, Ludwig Feuerbach who pontificated this idea that God was made in the image of man, that God was a creation of the human mind. Sigmund Freud also contributed to this

Thursday, March 17, 2016

What Is Apologetics and Why Should We Do It?

Apologetics is the discipline that deals with a rational defense of Christian faith.  It comes from the Greek word apologia which means "to give a reason or "a rational defense."  The most important reason to do apologetics is that God has commanded us to do so.  

The classic statement in 1 Peter 3:15, which says, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."-1 Peter 3:15.

This verse tells us to be ready. Being ready is not just a matter of having the right information available, it also entails that we are making Christ holy in the very seat of our emotions (our hearts). It is also conveys and encourages an attitude of readiness and eagerness to share the truth of what we believe. 

This is essential to both pre-evangelism as well as evangelism in the 21st post-modern culture we find ourselves in today. (Norman Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, 37). The task of Christian apologetics is all but lost as a spiritual discipline in the church today. Richard Land, the President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, recently stated that one cannot do evangelism, church ministry, church planting, preaching, and teach Sunday school without undertaking in the task of Christian apologetics.  

Let's get together and start a "Thinklings" group to start talking about how we can better do evangelism and apologetics together.  Contact me either through Facebook or by email at roblundberg@me.com.

How Can I 'Know' God Exists

Over the last few months, I have had conversations with co-workers who have engaging questions about life and spirituality. Some have held foreign worldviews, like Wicca, and others who embrace  a nominal understanding of Christianity. So no matter whether one challenges me with the question of “How do you like your blind faith?” or another asks “When you say God, what do you mean?” the question is still the same. That question is what kind of God exists? 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Is the Office of Apostle Alive Today?

There's a lot of talk about whether or not the office of apostle is still alive and well today. There are those who say that the office is closed, and I would say I agree. But others like Fred K C Price and those in the New Apostolic Reformation and groups aligned with them (International House of Prayer and Prayer Furnace groups) would disagree, saying that the office is alive today.

And let's not forget the mainstream Charismatic groups, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints (Mormons). Official Mormon doctrine attests that there are alway 12 living apostles. Doctrinally speaking, the aforementioned New Apostolic Reformation is entirely based upon the idea of modern day apostles and carrying the mantel of apostolic authority.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

What is it About Apologetics That We Do Not Understand?

"What am I apologizing for about my faith?" "Don't you know that you cannot argue someone into the Kingdom of Heaven?" "I don't need apologetics!" "We don't need apologetics training in our church."  

Ever hear objections like these about apologetics? These are just a few of several that I will not answer in this posting.  All I will say is that when an objection is made against apologetics, the person making the objection now has the burden of proof on them to defend that position.  In other words they have to "give an answer back" as to why they believe their objection is true.

Now that my "health button" has been reset, I wanted to go back to the some basics and share with you a few ways to understand why apologetics is necessary in our present day.  For the purposes of this posting, I am going to address the subject by defining what we mean by apologetics and then show two important practical aspects for the believer and for the church at large.