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 […]
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.