Is worker migration slavery? That’s a question we must ask ourselves as we consider Federal im-migration policy. It’s one that’s difficult to answer and the answer may be more difficult than the question. Some time ago, I read a critique of the President’s immigration policy. An accusation was directed at the morality of disallowing migrants […]
Discontent There’s a virtue that has evaded me for some time. It’s contentment. Whether it is due to my personality or can be blamed on circumstance is often indiscernible, Regardless, I have been guilty of a certain kind of restlessness, a kind I wish to depose. Contentment is its own apologetic but it’s hard to […]
Storytellers past I remember visiting my Grandmother when I was a young. She’d often make fried apple pies and there was nothing like them. Many times when I’d visit, my Great Grandfather, her dad who we all called Grandpaw Henderson, would be sitting at the table. I knew he was about to tell me a […]
Pretending your racism is patriotism picket Saturday, in my hometown, several folks participated in a march to demonstrate their disapproval of injustices against the lady-folk in our society. As I drove by the group of about 75, I noticed several signs, one of which was prevalent. It read, “Stop pretending your racism is patriotism”. I […]
Happy New Year! As 2018 became reality, many of you ushered in the new year over a meal of black eyed peas and cabbage. It’s a Southern culinary tradition that many people observe. I’m going to step out on a limb and say that most of you don’t know why the tradition began. Treason the […]
God’s Crime Scene for Kids is a valuable tool to introduce kids to critical thinking, investigative principles, and #apologetics
Are we blinded by our presuppositions? How imbedded are they?
To the culture, to impede someone’s pursuit of happiness is evil. But, is that real evil to them?
What’s true? Does it matter? What about love? As a Christian, which should be my greatest concern? Do I have to walk a mile in my neighbor’s shoes before I can tell them they’re a mile off? For folks interested in apologetics, the question can become one of empathy vs truth, where my loyalty lies. […]
The tactical approach improves conversation skills so you can just say something.
If you engage in accusations of Confederate dead without ensuring fairness, you dishonor God
In conversations with my Southern friends, our political affections often dissolve into a conversation about our current welfare state. In the United States, taking care of the poor is a problem that has had a slowing effect on our already slowing economic growth. We are not the economic empire we once were, and most people […]
I was raised in a very religious family. We valued our faith but in a way that was often legalistic. Don’t get me wrong. I am convinced that each of my relatives were/are true believers. But, I’ve witnessed too many family feuds in which the Bible was used as a weapon. Most of the time […]
If you’re like me, you were raised with a great deal of respect for the Bible. In fact, many times this respect was misappropriated. I knew that the Bible was God’s Word and that it was powerful and alive. It was efficacious, to use a theological term. It didn’t return void. If used properly, it […]
Are we a straw man when we represent the Bible?
It’s the historian’s job to understand, not condemn history.
In an era of historical skepticism and flagrant bias, can we know history? #apologetics #history
Apologetic Engagement When it comes to apologetic engagement-fish or cut bait! At least that’s what I’m thinking. It just seems like we’re just spinning our wheels sometimes. There’s a lot of teaching, training, and talk about putting all of that into practice. But, in the end nothing ever really seems to happen. It’s hard, without […]
Beans and cornbread #apologetics should be the staple, go-to, comfort food you serve
The more I consider how important it is that my small, local church engage our community in a meaningful way, the more daunting the task becomes. The closer I get to moving our adult apologetics class toward real conversations with real people who have real questions, the more I sense anxiety building. The more I […]
The evidence of God’s providence is displayed in our ancestry, but there is no guarantee that the next generation of Southerners will continue in our father’s and grandfather’s honorable footsteps
Some Southern people misappropriate ancestry. Many modern Southerners disregard their ancestors. I hit on that nail in my last post. Either they neglect to think about them or they willfully forget them. Some Southern people misappropriate ancestry. But how? 1) Neglect Family has suffered at the hand of modernity. Our communities used to be agricultural. […]
God has chosen to honor ancestry in his word. We should not neglect a careful study of why he did so.
The truth of the Resurrection matters. Paul argues Modus Tollens to prove it.
Love is a funny sort of emotion. We inherently believe it’s more than material. According to materialists, we’ve been duped!
Atheists remain relatively indignant…Their delusion is that they ought to be.
Final Judgment Eternal? When I write about the doctrine of Final Judgement or what’s popularly known as Hell, I don’t take it lightly. Just because I’m not going to be there doesn’t mean that it’s a pleasant thing to think about. It is likely that I love people who will experience hell. So, a reason […]
as a Protestant I must measure each authority against the final authority. The Canon (rule) of Scripture is the standard by which each authority is measured
Cold-Case Christianity for Kids helps children spot truth. It helps them discern evidence from non-evidence. It helps them discover why lies are hard to keep
I saw this posted on FB today by a FB friend and thought I’d share it. At Christmas it’s easy to reminisce and wish for what used to be but may never be again. We are captives of our circumstances and time, but two great graces our Creator has commonly given are memory and imagination. […]
Rachel Held Evans builds Christian-the straw man A tweet came across my Twitter feed a few nights ago that caught my eye. Rachel Held Evans, a person not usually friendly to conservative Evangelicals retweeted a post by an Evangelical. Her comment that quoted the article read, “Rarely do I see white evangelicals even attempt to […]
The tolerance shoe is on the other foot now. Considering recent events, the Presidential election of 2016, it’s becoming clear that the tolerance shoe is on the other foot. At least that’s clear to the people marching in the streets of several US cities protesting the election of Donald Trump. If there is a word […]
Andy Bannister’s The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist is a book I’d reccomend for the apologist, Sunday School teacher, and layperson.
As I prepare to write a review for Andy Bannister’s newest book The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments, it occurred to me that the only thing worse than a bad argument for Christianity may be no argument for Christianity. Andy may not agree and to be sure, I mean […]
My fear I am a Calvinist. For some of you I’m positive that when I say that, it brings out negative connotations. For many whose knee-jerk reaction is negative though, you might be surprised how much we have in common doctrinally. One of those important beliefs in which you and I may enjoy unity is […]
Objective morality means the secular chicken’s come home to roost. That’s important to remember when utilizing the third argument of three arguments that every Christian should know. We’ll get to why in a minute. First, let’s take a quick look at what the moral argument is. Moral laws imply a Moral Law Giver. There is […]
The evidence for design grows like a new patch of kudzu on a Mississippi highway. That is the second of three arguments each Christian should know. Officially, it’s called the teleological argument. So, what is the teleological argument? teleological argument. An argument for the existence of God that takes as its starting point the purposive […]
The first of three arguments every Christain should know #apologetics #cosmological
The truth is, Biblical contradictions are as scarce as hen’s teeth, but not if you ask most skeptics…
The law of causality is primary and necessary to understanding the Universe. Learn it. Tactfully and intentionally employ it as you discuss beginnings.
Atheists deny the obvious, bless their hearts.
Everything that has a beginning has a cause. Sometimes they are forced to deny that. To deny that is absurd.
It’s been said that peaches only grow where there’s peach blossoms. Well, that’s true for apologists as well. In a time when they’re needed, our apologetics ‘peaches’ don’t seem to “bloom where they’re planted”. That’s a favorite adage of Greg Koukl, an apologist who has a radio show out of LA (not Louisiana). “Bloom where […]
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the cultural sandlot, you’re probably beginning to see racial issues in America as more complicated than before.Once relegated by the cultural elitists to the South, racism has become a chasm that threatens the neo-patriotic idea of indivisibility more like a cracked windshield than a geographic fault-line. It’s fissures […]
David does more than imply that the Sun has been fixed on a course or set on a circuit
One can easily obtain apologetics from the Psalms. That’s right. I said the Psalms. Most of the time when we think of the Books of Psalms in the Scriptures, we think songs or prayers. Well, that’s what they are. But, it’s not very often that we consider the Psalms as a source for apologetics though. […]
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are….” (1 John 3:1, ESV) I’m my Father’s son. There’s no doubt about it. My habits, my personality, even my DNA declare it. In him my identity is found. Have you ever thought […]
Will Southern Baptists reject the Southern Cross of St. Andrew? That is a question that will be answered June 14 & 15 in St Louis as the Southern Baptists have their annual convention. At the top of the agenda and with much anticipation is a resolution for all Southern Baptists and their neighbors to reject […]
All of this to emphasize your duty as an apologist. You are not merely a defender of the Bible, God’s existence, or the Resurrection. You at your very essence are a defender of truth.
What is a vote? 1vote \ˈvōt\ noun [Middle English (Scottish), from Latin votum vow, wish—more at vow] 15th century 1 a: a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision especially: one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office As […]
So far this election cycle has been a tumultuous if not a divisive one for Christians. Not only is there the usual consternation between those who would be labeled Social Justice Warriors and the others who are more traditional, but within the Republican nomination process there have been stark divisions arise between some evangelicals as […]
As a Christfollower and apologist, live with that certainty. Encourage others to have faith. Give the gospel message of hope in Christ. That’ll preach when nothing else will in times of vulnerability.
Well, there should be a few places, a few citadels of coyness, where modesty reigns. But, they are quickly disappearing…
Before we assume God’s mercy or even his love, we must always know him first as righteous. Gods goodness can only flow from his righteousness. He can have no mercy until he is first just. God is in fact HOLY!
My Grandmother has been gone for several years now but although we can no longer hear her voice, see her face, or smell her cornbread and biscuits, she has not left us unattended. Her love for Jesus is now ours and her sense of duty to the gospel should be as well.
“Duty is ours; consequences are God’s”-Lt Gen Thomas J. Jackson It’s sad that another Christian “thinker” has slipped into PC quicksand and needs correction, but the consequences of their bad arguments are usually spun against all of us. It’d be easier to ignore them but as we’ll see, arguments matter. This time though, I am […]
If we are only prepared for the answer we allow God to give, we are shortchanging ourselves. But if our confidence is in the Promiser then our patience will be perpetual and we will persevere to the promise.
It’s a book of uncertainty and anger, prayer, judgment, promise, faith, and praise. It’s the history of the Church conjoined with the judgment of a culture, purified by fire and beautified by God.
As published by Raising Godly Children. This is not a post about how to help your children deal with their emotions as they face their fear of mass shootings, ISIS, or any of the other evils that are no longer hidden from them, despite your best efforts. That is a job for you and your […]
“You fight great, but I’m a great fighter.” –Apollo Creed That’s a great line from the final moments of Rocky III, one of my favorite movies. It’s a point well taken and I’m afraid a weakness of mine. No, I should confess that it is actually a bad attitude that I have to own. My […]
The problem with opinions is that they are like, well you know, and everyone has one. At least that’s the consensus. Of course that’s not to say that the prevailing opinion is that people should not have opinions. Other than a few cultural fatal feelings like racism, most people still admit that everyone has a […]
Christian Right? It would be easy to run away with the idea that if something is “a right” then it is permissible for the Christian. In other words, if something can be proven to be given to us as a right then it is alright for us to participate in its enjoyment. But, any pastor […]
Is it right for Christians to keep and bear arms? Recently, there have been several articles published by good men, Christians who are conservative and liberal, calling into question the right of people, especially Christians, to use firearms in their own defense or the defense of others. To be honest, I have wished that these […]
Christian apologists often confuse our responsibility to always be honest and represent the truth well with the idea that we can’t make our arguments emotionally effective
Even though in man’s corruption this last point is not clearly perceived, yet some vestige remains imprinted in his very vices. For whence comes such concern to men about their good name but from shame? And whence comes shame but from regard for what is honorable? The beginning and cause of this is that they […]
“After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,” (John 6:66–68, ESV) I don’t know if you keep up […]
Putting Christmas away You’ve probably spent at least part of the past weekend taking down your Christmas tree and maybe the other decorations you’ve spent the past month enjoying. In a way, you may be glad that Christmas is over. I met a man who is from Tennessee Don’t feel bad. I totally understand. I […]
“Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in […]
If there is anything we don’t like to do in America, it’s to wait. My vocation depends upon this cultural identidy. I am a UPS driver and I can guarantee that people do not like to wait. This is especially true during the Christmas Season, or what we call “Peak”. There’s plenty of evidence, other […]
Somewhere, sometime, the USA may get this race issue fixed, but it wont be before the Church does, and the Church will never be redeemed of racism until the truth about it is brought to bare from her pulpits and the fear of not being politically correct dissolves like so much filth from the minds of her congregations.
“In the freest manner, and on no mercenary grounds, does God bestow upon us his love and favour, just as, when we were not yet born, and when he was prompted by nothing but his own will, he fixed upon us his choice.”-Calvin When I’m speaking with my Reformationally challenged friends, a point of contention […]
Church just ain’t what it used to be. For so many good people in so many good places, church is lacking. Church planters say that churches are lacking focus. Churches need to focus on outreach, focus on becoming a part of the community, focus on worship, and the list goes on. In my humble opinion, […]
One of the great things about America is its vastness. America is an expanse of land that is a beautiful testimony of God’s creativeness. From the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina to the Northern Pacific in Washington, America spans the width of a continent, from sea to shining sea. Folks who reside in other nations […]
Sometimes I wonder why I, or anyone else for that matter, should be interested in apologetics. To whom or against what are we providing this defense? At the moment, I’m not involved in a specific teaching ministry. In fact, I’m in between churches. After leaving a church where I was involved extensively in teaching apologetics, […]
A man cannot conceive himself capable of a greater certainty than to know that any idea in his mind is such as he perceives it to be…He that demands a greater certainty than this, demands he knows not what, and shows only that he has a mind to be a sceptic-John Locke In my last […]
One of the first steps that must be made by the Church if she is to reclaim the meaning of the word faith is to continue hammering the nail of truth. Faith as we understand it is grounded in truth. Faith is not a guess. It is not a blind leap. Faith is trust in […]
When I have listened to sociologists and philosophers discuss the abiding effect of post-modernism on the common person in today’s culture, I am often perplexed that there is such a disregard of its power. It seems to me that in their haste to classify common folk as nonacademic, they have misunderstood the appeal of post-modernism […]
With the recent visit of the Pope to America, conversations abound about the Roman Church. From inclusivism to the “Pope-mobile”, the topic of the month is the pontiff visit. Many of these conversations have involved papal authority and as a Protestant that’s pretty understandable. We have a doctrinal aversion to the papacy and it’s at […]
When I received J Warner Wallace’s recent book “God’s Crime Scene” several weeks ago, I was pleasantly unsurprised. It was fairly thick and extensive. If you’ve ever met Jim or have had the privilege to hear him speak, you will understand what I mean when I say that Jim Wallace is a man of substance, […]
It’s understandable that unbelieving, pro-gay activists or even unconvinced by-standers might condemn Kim Davis for her actions. To them, her decision to not give in to the coercion of the “supreme” court and act against her own State Constitution (the mandate of her constituents) is both hypocritical and illegal. “She is disobeying the law of […]
Children assume God exists. That’s just the way it is. Whether born to Christians or to atheists, Islamists or Hindu, children have an intrinsic belief in the existence of some being that shares attributes like omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience (Rom 1:19-20). Until they reach an older age usually in their adolescence, children do not need […]
Abortion advocates continue to shadow box. Why? I’ll tell you why. They can no longer engage the arguments against abortion because abortion has finally been confirmed to be the killing of an unborn, human person. There is no justification for that. Abortion advocates have stuck with the same old boring arguments of women’s suffrage, choice, […]
Today the Planned Parenthood protests will take place across the country. After several weeks of videos from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), those opposed to infanticide will finally take to the streets en masse. Of course the supporters of Planned Parenthood, a Federally funded women’s health organization that participates in abortions across the country, […]
I was in the woods at a pretty young age. My dad was a deer hunter and I was going to be like my dad. I wouldn’t say that the things he taught me about woodsmanship and hunting were always intentional as far as logical or chronological order, but he started me young and taught […]
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38, ESV) In my friend Billy Dyer’s article Don’t Slip on the Eis (Ice), Billy asserts that the […]
With the recent SCOTUS ruling and the likely avalanche of lower court decisions and runaway cultural zealots like the Atty. Gen. for the state of Oregon who recently decided to completely ignore the First Amendment placing a gag order on a couple to “cease and desist” from speaking of their Christian convictions to not participate […]
In the last two articles I’ve made an assumption. That is, there is problem of nominal Christianity in the South. I’ve made that assumption without definition. Furthermore, in those two articles I’ve argued that 1) the overt Christian culture in the South is something other than mere hypocrisy and 2) the only accurate and Biblical […]
I wish I could say that I believed everyone who said they were Christian actually was. The South is full of them who do, but the fact is there are some who are not Christian at all. On the other hand, it would be equally false to say that most of those who have this […]
“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:4, ESV) A goal of Southern by His Grace is to bring change to a culture that takes […]
As I make my way around various circles, as I have written, read, listened, and conversed, I feel a little like the old Uncle Sam. “I want you!” Communicating my passion for and the need of apologetics in the local church has shed some light on people’s perceptions of apologetics. Most of the time those […]
As an extremely conservative evangelical apologist of Christian Faith and religious freedom, I say that there is no good biblical, historical, or strategic reason to defend the flying (display) of the Christian flag (cross, fish, Chi Rho, oil lamp, 10 Commandments, etc.) today. To defend the display of any of these symbols is complete hypocrisy, […]
You see, although I have left that tradition far in the past, and although I see some of the legalism associated with IFB traditions, I have a great passion for the people who remain there. They are my people. More importantly, they are God’s people.
You see, apologetics is not merely defending the Faith against the New Atheists. There is a great battle taking place for the life of our brothers and sisters. It is being waged on a spiritual plane but the casualties will be apparent to us all very soon. I’m sure that it’s obvious by now that he or she needs you, your service, your keeping. This is apologetics at its very core, the keeping of your brother, and the antithesis of Cain’s excuse. So may I ask, are you your brothers keeper?
That sweltering shock, that sultry surprise, that dog day disbelief is going to hit some of you square in the face like Al Wilson on a run blitz! All of this consternation calefaction will come as a result of not thinking clearly about the things that matter most. Buying into a few of the simple but effective rhetorical sound bites of the LGBT militarists will have cost you your comfort, your air conditioned continuation of neutrality.
While you sit at home or at church in your office, or while you visit the sick or evangelize to the needy, you are doing exactly what everyone expects of you. On the other hand, when lay people are practicing their vocation (nurse, teacher, business manager, office tech, machinist, baker, etc.) they are expected to practice only their respective job. In fact, any religious activity during their scheduled work is often discouraged. Furthermore, they come into contact with many more people who may openly confront them about their Faith. These people, the laity are the Church’s boots on the ground for Christianity
As I’ve contemplated the different scenarios of what may occur after the Supreme Court imposes its will on the people as far as same-sex marriage goes, there is something that becomes clear to me. The Church of the Living God ain’t going away!
In that case, an ounce of inoculation is worth a pound of argumentation.
Don’t be satisfied with the pad answers. Give them the tough stuff. Don’t be afraid that if you give them a robust argument to defend against that they’ll leave the faith. Don’t sell them short or give them the short end of the stick. Give them an ounce of prevention. Inoculate them, because if you don’t, there are those who will. I guarantee it.
An integral piece of the post-modern puzzle is this idea of absolute individual. The reader, not the author, determines the post-modern hermeneutic. Morality is relative to individual preference, not objective and transcendent. And then there’s covenant. Post-moderns avoid covenant like J.E.B. Stuart’s acquisition of Pope’s coat. They want nothing to do with joining anything organized, especially the Church.
Although it may be legitimate to break ones covenant relationship with a local church for some very specific reasons that are essential to what church is, most of the time I suspect that people leave for the wrong reasons. I’d like to list five wrong reasons to leave a local church.
For whoever either disregards the holy assemblies, or separates himself from brethren, and takes little interest in the cultivation of unity, by this alone makes it evident that he sets no value on the presence of Christ-Calvin
We should have a holistic approach to our apologetic method though. Whether we end up as Presuppositionalists or Evidentualsists, or somewhere in between like Classical apologists, our end goal should be Christ and we should have a way to get to him in mind.
In the first paragraph Ethan writes “I won’t be doing a rebuttal to his response”, referring to Ryan’s article about Ethan. He then writes about five hundred and thirty five words in response to Ryan’s article.
Recently, I saw a meme on a local atheist’s Facebook page. It was actually a picture from a “free-thinking” society in Asheville, NC. The meme read, “God hates facts”. Atheists love to call Christians arrogant. In fact, the only interaction so far that I have had with this particular group resulted in the same treatment […]
The strength of the American Church probably does not reside in her mega-churches and she will need all of her strength to endure the likely persecution that is coming. Can we help equip the people who sit in the pews of the thousands of small churches in America? I hope we can find a way to bridge the disconnect between apologetics and the small church.
When skeptics question the origin of the universe, they often decide that it could not have been the effect of an ultimate cause. Many of them can’t tolerate the idea that the universe came from something. Their answer for what caused the universe to come into existence, like my answer to my wife, is simply nothing.
There is a misconception about God that is prevalent in our culture. In less than orthodox mainline churches especially, this is not only a doctrine preached, it is an essential. In those places, this error is listed among the attributes of God. It is God’s Omni-tolerance.
The time will come that your apologetic aptitude will mean more to you than convincing your co-worker that you’re not some religious nut fooled by your own insecurities.
I’m curious though. What kind of idea is it that postulates a god who creates a universe (BIG MIRACLE), yet holds to a view that opposes miracles?
I think Christians are prone to the same temptations when it comes to apologetics/evangelism so it would be a good thing to point some of us back to those basic tactics every now and then, and today I’m going to use my turkey hunting experience to do just that. Here’s a spring reminder of three basic apologetic methods.
If you are an apologist worth his or her salt, you will help those(blue-collar) people. They need you. Your church needs you (whether they know it or not).
The question then becomes, how can you help “blue-collar” people become apologists? How can they become experts in Apologetics?
The Apostles witnessed the burial of Jesus. It is likely that they took part in his preparation, which was a lengthy process. The lifeless body of Christ needed to be carried to the tomb.
The old common sense saying seems to apply pretty well here. Perception is probably reality, at least this time…
The Universe is probably an apologetic duck.
How do we get in the game of apologetics and evangelism? Several years ago, I read a book by Norman Geisler and his son David titled Conversational Evangelism. It’s subtitle was how to listen and speak so you can be heard. I was attempting to deal with a problem of my own in which I […]
Yesterday afternoon, my wife and I were walking into the local hospital to visit her father in ICU. As soon as we exited the car in the parking lot, we could hear a lady crying near the ER. Her crying was not simply sobbing. It was that all too familiar crying, weeping, uncontrollable, pain ridden, […]
For the last several months my family and I have been attending PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) churches. After becoming reformed as far as my Soteriology (salvation) and gradually becoming reformed in the rest of my theology, we left the church we had attended for 14 years. In that church, we had been involved in […]
In fact, I would say that God is not overlooking evil at all, and if that is true, then the persistence of evil is no evidence against God’s character at all.
Every once in a while you run upon someone who has an aversion to Apologetics, usually out of a misunderstanding of what Apologetics actually is. “I will not ‘apologize’ for Jesus”, they might say.