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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pope Francis Says "We're All Children of God" If He Says It, then It Must be True. Right? Not Quite!

A few days ago I saw an undated article on one of the Apologetics boards to which I am periodically contributing my posts. I will be sharing this post on there as a response to a statement made by Pope Francis about how God is the Father of all of us.  
Unfortunately, many people who concur with the papacy's proclamations, blindly think that whenever the pope says something on religious matters then it must be true. But is the pope right?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: Why Christian Students Fall Away from Their Faith and What We Can Do to Help Them

In just a few weeks, many parents will sending their college student off to the most liberal battlegrounds on the American soil. Have our Christian kids been equipped and made ready to confront the challenges to their faith?  

What happens when your student goes off to college and has their faith challenged by a professor or their peers? They can go quiet insulating themselves. They become isolated so that their faith quits. Or they can quicken their faith by getting trained to defend their faith. 

Join us as we look into this battlefront and how we can assist you in helping your students get ready for action.  Learn more in this episode.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

What Influences Our Kids to Walk Away?

One of the main reasons I believe apologetics is necessary for the church is due to the church not  addressing the exodus of our young people in the church. I don't want to sound accusatory right out of the gate, but I am not sure the church thinks there is a problem. As I shared with you in my last post, there is a rampant anti-intellectualism in the church across America, and we are seeing the manifestation of that anti-intellectualism through a high casualty count that I will address in a moment with our kids going off to college. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast: Understanding and Responding to the Anti-Intellectualism in the Church

If you were to be asked why you're a Christian, could you answer that question without giving your personal testimony? What about your belief in the Bible? Could you defend why it is God's word in an intelligent manner before skeptical inquisition?

What is anti-intellectualism and how did the church get here? What are the dangers and the pitfalls for both the individual believer and the church?

Join us for this week's episode of the Real Issue Podcast where we tackle these questions and more. This podcast springboards off of the blog posting from this ministry.  So get ready to examine your faith and stretch you mind as we talk about the reasons for God and why Christianity needs a robust forensic faith.


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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Anti-Intellectualism in the American Church is Not a Spiritual Gift

Over the past few months, even years, I have been wrestling with a gnawing issue on why the church is not amenable to apologetics. This is evidenced by the overwhelming anti-intellectualism that has been plaguing the church ever since 1859 when Darwin wrote his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life as well as other influences.  

This post is by no means going to be exhaustive, and I will be referring to others who have cogently written on this same subject. We share in this burden and are seeking ways to show that "ignorance" about why we believe is not a spiritual gift, nor is it found in Scripture.[1]

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Real Issue Podcast Are Apologetics and Evangelism Necessary to Reach the American Culture and the Church?

There are a lot of questions about whether or not apologetics is compatible with today's evangelistic efforts in our post Christian culture. Does and can the Holy Spirit use reason to draw a person to saving knowledge of Christ?  How does apologetics interact with today's evangelism? Find out the answer to these questions and more on this episode.


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