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.

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?