Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rob on the Bellator Christi Podcast: Apologetics and the Church

This past Friday, I had the privilege to be interviewed on the Bellator Christi podcast hosted by my good friend Brian Chilton.  Brian and I met face to face at the last National Apologetics Conference, last October and had a great time of fellowship.  Brian had me on his program, because we share a common burden about how the task of apologetics needs to be revived in the American church.

For those of you who have some of the common issues about trying to get apologetics a hearing in your church, or if you would like to know what apologetics is all about, and how it can impact your evangelism, please tune into the Bellator Christi podcast, and listen to our conversation with Brian Chilton (host).

On this program we discussed a few subjects as it related to apologetics and the church. Here is an outline of our discussion for those who want to zero in on a particular subject:



Outline:
  1. Introduction. (0.00)
  2. Tell us about how you came to faith in Christ. (7:15)
  3. When we speak about apologetics, what are we referencing (for first-time listeners)? (18:00)
  4. Why is apologetics necessary for modern Christianity? (22:25)
  5. What are some of the greatest intellectual challenges facing our youth today? (29:07)
  6. What apologetics arguments do you find most useful in answering these challenges? (38:17)
  7. Is apologetics useful for evangelism? If so, why? (43:20)
  8. How can the church become better involved in the apologetics enterprise? (45:44)
  9. Tell us about Ratio Christi and your work with them. (47:30)…broken connection…picks back up at (48:13)

To listen to our discussion: (BCP) Apologetics and the Church (with Rob Lundberg)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Why Don't Christians Like Apologetics? Three Responses to Three Popular Objections to Apologetics

Every so often I find myself frustrated, wondering how long it will take Christians to get the idea that our culture is changing right before our eyes and that we need to update how we share with our ever increasing skeptical culture the gospel of Christ.  Please understand I am not advocating changing the unchanging message.  Some of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen this from some of our postings on the need for apologetics in evangelism and why it is necessary for the church to incorporate it into the ministry of the church today. 

This posting is not going to discuss the "how," but what I want to do is get to the real issue and respond to the criticisms toward apologetics and provide a response to what I think are the top three criticisms today.

Before I do, let me explain that apologetics is not just for those in the scholarly circles but for the church at large.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Three Quick Approaches to Responding to the Problem of Evil

Suppose someone told you that they were a skeptic or they had a loved one who was a skeptic, and that the biggest "bug" for them about the existence of God is the problem of evil. This conversation actually happened to me one night as I was closing up the dealership. I had a daughter with her Mom, who were believers, asking this question as part of an off the subject of buying a car.

As someone who teaches on the subject of apologetics and worldview, this problem cannot be answered by any worldview outside the Christian worldview.  The pantheistic religions say that evil does not exist or that it is maya (non existent). The atheistic worldview finds it a problem that we all have to reconcile in ourselves, or blame someone, and for those who are its victims, one just needs to tough it out.

Only the Christian worldview has three approaches to answering to the problem of evil, and this what I would like to address in this posting.  I have written on this subject in the past, so some of this might sound a little familiar.  While we have storms (natural evil) and sickness, illness and disease, this posting will address the third kind of evil.  This is the problem of moral evil.

What are those approaches?