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, May 28, 2017

Quick Answers to the BIG 4 Objections to the Christian Faith

Having been involved in the realm of apologetics for quite a few years now. there are several objections or questions that come to the forefront over and over again. These objections impact in one way or another what I call the BIG FOUR: 1) the matter of whether or not truth is absolute or relative; 2) God's existence; 3) Biblical authority; and 4) the credibility and historicity of Jesus' resurrection.  In this post I would like to just provide for you some quick responses so that you can keep them at your fingertips or in a folder and refer back to them when you need them.  Also I pray that what is provided here, will put you in a mode to research and reinforce these quick answers. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: What is Apologetics (Part 2)



If someone were to ask you what apologetics is good for and why it is necessary for the church today, would you be able to answer them?  Apologetics is not just for refuting bad truth claims  That is only part of the equation.  It is also for equipping believers to go out and give our culture Heaven, and to protect the Church from error. On The Real Issue Podcast, this week we address these issues and answer a couple of objections at the end. Join us on this episode of The Real Issue podcast.



powered by podcast garden

Sunday, May 21, 2017

What is the New Apostolic Reformation? A Short Summary


The New Apostolic Reformation (hereafter NAR), is a loose collection of non-denominational and independent churches rallying around a particular set of biblical interpretations. The New Apostolic Reformation approaches church leadership and biblical interpretation quite differently from mainstream Protestant and Evangelical denominations. There is are distinct roles and power for its spiritual leaders that is focused upon spiritual warfare and cultural and political infiltration.  Unfortunately this has led to some unscriptural applications to faith and spirituality. 
The growth in the NAR is driven primarily through small groups and NAR church plants that are often birthed by a parent congregation. The movement has no central control like a pope or bishop, and many of those in the movement do not self identify as of it or even recognize the name of New Apostolic Reformation. Despite this there are thousands of churches and millions of believers embracing the teaching of the NAR.  Some of the popular teachers of the NAR include C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, Bill Johnson and Kim Clement.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: What is Apologetics? (Part 1)

If someone were to ask you about the meaning of apologetics and is it necessary today, would you be able to answer them?   On The Real Issue Podcast, this week we address this question, but also give you some good reasons why apologetics is a necessary discipline today.  Join us on this episode of The Real Issue podcast.



powered by podcast garden



We are now in iTunes Subscribe and keep up with the Real Issue as part of your equipping to give an answer for the Christian faith.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Contemplative Prayer, is it Biblical?

One of my favorite disciplines under the umbrella of theology is the what is called contemporary theology.  Marrying this to the style of apologetics, to the beginnings of my journeying into apologetics, I was involved in what would be called today, counter cult apologetics. If you think of it, contemporary theology and cult movements in our culture really make for an interesting blog post. This is where I want to begin a series on what is called the New Apostolic Reformation.  Before I do that, I want address what I consider to be the "initial camel in the tent" which led to this new wave in modern Christendom.[1] That "camel" is what is known as contemplative prayer.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: What is the Bible? What Did Jesus Believe About the Bible?


Have you ever been challenged by someone asking "What is the Bible? On The Real Issue Podcast, this week we address this question, but also give you some ammunition by sharing what Jesus believed about the Bible.  Join us on this episode of The Real Issue podcast.




powered by podcast garden



We are now in iTunes Subscribe and keep up with the Real Issue as part of your equipping to give an answer for the Christian faith.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Misusing Isaiah 55:11 in Support of Evangelism to the "Happy Pagan"

You don’t believe the Word of God if you don’t start your evangelism with the Bible! God’s Word will not return void! Just give 'em the gospel and if they don't want to listen, oh well!” This was told to me by a well-meaning Christian college student after one of our club meetings this year. 

First off, as one who believes in the inerrancy of Scripture, the sufficiency of Scripture, the 
perspicuity of Scripture[1], and its preservation and protection by God, I find this objection rather misguided. Misguided because the verse we will address is taken out of context. Secondly as one who has attended and engaged a few atheist rallies up in D.C., and having dialogued with a handful of skeptics here in the ‘Burg, I find this objection from well meaning believers very disheartening.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: How Do We Know God Exists?


Have you ever been challenged by a skeptical atheist to discuss your convictions about God's existence and find that they will not listen to your or my Bible?  Welcome to the Real Issue podcast where we touch on this issue.  Listen in and learn some ways for you to communicate your understanding on God's existence with the goal of presenting the gospel.



powered by podcast garden

We are now in iTunes Subscribe and keep up with the Real Issue as part of your equipping to give an answer for the Christian faith.

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Short Q and A About the Matter of Apologetics Today


Last week we finished our semester meetings with Ratio Christi at Germanna. As many of you know, Ratio Christi is a campus apologetics alliance equipping students to give reasonable answers to their Christian faith. But as Christian clubs go, there is always someone who has questions about apologetics or has an opinion about what the nature and understanding of apologetics.  

What is apologetics and is there only one way of understanding of apologetics? This posting is going to take a question and answer approach to this subject and answer some questions that pertain to the essence of apologetics and the "Why" questions for its necessity.