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.