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.

Topic Descriptions

If you would like to host a workshop or a seminar, Rob is available to serve your church, college group, or high school group.   Our ministry team can provide a list of seminars and subject by category upon request below.  Each talk or series is customized to meet the unique needs of your group or organization.



Specialized Workshops Include 

Parents, Pastors, and Ministry Leaders, We Have a Problem!
What is going on or not going on so that 75-80% of our teens are walking away from their faith? In this talk, we present the problem, show what and why it is happening, and give a solution. 


Why Defend My Faith? Understanding the Mandate of 1 Peter 3:15-17
Many Christians, when asked, why they are a Christian often times give their personal testimony. This is due to the last few decades of the church not adequately equipping the people for what is coming with the new religions, cults, and the rise of Islam and cultural issues. This talk shares that fact that defending our faith is a command and about a life of loving God with all of the heart, the soul and the mind.


Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
How can a dead man come back to life? Should we believe the resurrection story? With the rise of criticisms challenging Jesus, the answer to this question is crucial for all those claiming to be Christians. The resurrection of Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith, as the Apostle Paul has written, “If Christ is not risen from the dead, your faith is empty and you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17).

In this presentation I will give the evidence for the resurrection, by showing why it is most reasonable that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and not a matter of blind faith. If Jesus is truly resurrected, then it is most reasonable to worship Him with the assurance that the believers' relationship with Christ is totally secure.


What is a Cult?
Someone comes knocking at your door, and tells you they are from the local Kingdom Hall, or from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Are these people Bible believing Christians following the line of the historical Christian faith or do they belong to a cult group? What is a cult? What about other groups? How do we know the difference? This talk teaches the listener four major marks on how to recognize a cult and what makes some groups a cult and others not a non Christian cult.


Why Believe the Bible?
Is the Bible full of myths, fables, fairytales of a God who is a moral monster? Was the Bible concocted by a religious establishment a few hundred years after the events described in the Bible were lived out? Why do you believe the Bible? Rob gives some clear cut responses to these questions in this talk. This talk can be included in the Bible Authenticity package with "How Did We Get the Gospels?" and "Is What We Have Now the Real Thing?"


How Did We Get the Gospels?
Matthew Mark Luke and John comprise the historical narrative of the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. But where these gospel records concocted by a religious establishment a few hundred years after the events of the life of Christ lived out? Are they early or late? Rob gives some clear cut responses to these questions in this talk. This talk can be included in the Bible Authenticity package with "Why Believe the Bible?" and "Is What We Have Now the Real Thing?"


What Is and Why Do Apologetics?
When someone hears the word, “apologetics” the first thoughts are “what am I apologizing for?” Apologetics has nothing to do with apologizing. The word apologia, is a transliteration for a Greek word (apologia) meaning to give answer, defend or give a reason for believing something. It is the discipline of defending a position. A person can be an “apologist” for anything, a basketball team, a political party, a particular type of computer, an education methodology, an ideology, or a particular religion.

As a Christian apologist, I contend for the defense of the Christian faith against the opposing worldviews, philosophies or religions. Because there are so many things at odds with the Christian faith, this task has become more important than ever, for the individual Christian and for the church at large.


What You Will Hear Your First Year
Christians coming out of the safety and sheltering of their homes are having their faith ripped out from underneath them by approximately 51% of the professors who are skeptics of anything supernatural. What are they saying that causes to leave an impression on the Christian student? Is truth really relative? Are morals relative? Is the Bible full of myths and fables? Is Christianity nothing more than myths and not history? What about the Creation narrative, is that all nothing more than Gilgamesh revisited? Rob tears down the arguments in a cordial manner that will leave you with no more wonders about the attacks upon your faith.


Why the Christian Worldview?
Have you ever tried on a different pair of glasses to see how or what things would look like? When you put them on, the glasses literally change what everything looks like. Every person you meet has a set of assumptions that they use to navigate their way through life. These assumptions affect the way they see the world.

The Christian worldview has its assumptions and the worldviews prevalent in our culture are opposed to the Christian worldview and the Bible. As a Christian it is important to learn and recognize the world views we run into, and to know how to guard against the messages that are inherent in those world views. This talk will explain what is a worldview using four questions that each worldview must answer and show why Christianity satisfies those questions.


The Problem of Evil and Suffering 
The problem of evil is probably one of the most pervading questions that come from the atheists. It is important for all Christians to deal with the problem of evil for two main reasons: First, there is nothing more pervading of a question that is causing someone to become an atheist. Secondly, sooner or later, suffering is going to hit us all. False beliefs about the problem of evil are semi-causal to Christians losing their faith and/or abandoning the faith, church, and Christianity when potentially shipwrecking difficulties arise. In this presentation, I will answer the question of evil, defining evil and explaining why suffering occurs, and how a loving God still shows His love in the midst of allowing suffering to happen in our lives.


Is Truth Absolute or Relative?
Our culture has shifted over the last few decades. We live in a culture where the creed, “it may be true for you but not for me” seems to be a battle cry in the culture, the college campus, the public school and in some cases even the church. This is cultural relativism, and it is a cultural hot button toward which the church of Jesus Christ needs to respond. This talk helps the hearer understand that truth is absolute and respond by learning how to recognize and use relativistic statements against themselves.
(This talk is a good companion to Where DO you Hang Your Morality Coat? and Do All Gods Go to Heaven?)


Do All Religious Paths and Their Gods Go to Heaven?
You hear it in the classrooms as well as on the talks sho
ws, on the news reports, and even from politicians who say, “all religions say the same thing” OR “all ‘Gods’ are basically the same.” Is this truth claim true? If not then why not? This talk shows from many angles why this statement is false and why Christianity stands as the true faith.
(This talk is a good companion to Where DO you Hang Your Morality Coat? and Is Truth Absolute or Relative?)


Or if you would like a general list. . . 

Choose from the list below, or suggest a topic relevant to your church.

GENERAL

        •       Understanding 1 Peter 3:15-17
What is a Christian worldview?
How do I know the Bible is true?
Does God exist? 
Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?
What You Will Hear Your First Year of College
How Did We Get the Gospels?
Why is the Christian Worldview True?
What’s wrong with the prosperity gospel?
Do All Paths Lead to the Same God?
        •       The Problem of Evil and Suffering
        •       What about those who have never heard of Jesus?
        •       What are the practical implications of an atheistic worldview?

WORLD RELIGIONS AND CULTS

How can 4.5 billion people be wrong? An introduction to world religions and cults
Another Jesus, a different spirit, a different gospel:  Common threads in world religions and    
                cults (2 Cor. 11:3-4)
•        Islam and Christianity
Allah vs. Yahweh: Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?
Buddhism and Christianity
•        Hinduism and Christianity
Judaism and Christianity
       • An overview and understanding of Roman Catholicism
What is a Cult?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and Christianity
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) and Christianity
Sharing your faith with people who don’t share your faith

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