Resources from Summit

I’m Jogging!

Over the past nine years, YouTube sensation Julian Smith has entertained audiences with his hilarious short sketches, original music, and wry sense of humor. His channel currently has over 1,800,000 subscribers. He’s gone on to write and direct commercials, as well as beginning a podcast called Spellbound. Sometimes his videos are just crazy, but many of them contain interesting social messages. In this sketch, Julian looks at the addiction people have to the Internet and… Read More →I’m Jogging!

Video: How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture?

Christians Shaping Culture

How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture? “We sometimes want to change the world and forget to change our community.” — Jennifer Marshall, Vice President, The Heritage Foundation In this video, Jennifer Marshall highlights the need for local change that often gets overlooked by those of us who are focused on changing the entire world. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the… Read More →Video: How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture?

Christianity: The Fuel for Modern Science

This video by Tim Barnett highlights some crucial points about the relationship between science and Christianity. Many of the founders of modern science actually became scientists because they expected nature to be orderly and intelligible, as the result of it’s creation by an orderly, intelligent creator. Despite what many people say today, Christianity and science are not competing explanations for the natural world, but rather, belief in God fueled the curiosity about the world that became… Read More →Christianity: The Fuel for Modern Science

Pantheism’s Finest Hour

In May of 1980 George Lucas released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to his 1977 breakout hit Star Wars. The film is often regarded as the best of the Star Wars films, coming in at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, and ranking as the thirteenth highest-rated movie on IMDB’s top 250. The film contains some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. Among these is the training of Luke… Read More →Pantheism’s Finest Hour

Oh Death, Where is Your Sting?

Death, where is your sting?

In this thought-provoking article, Detective J. Warner Wallace highlights one of the practical out-workings of belief in Christianity. If we truly accept the Christian picture of eternity, that we have an immaterial soul that will carry on forever in relationship with God, it makes sense that we would not fear death nearly as much as those who believe in no afterlife at all. It is certainly understandable that we would be afraid of the unknown… Read More →Oh Death, Where is Your Sting?

Video: Does God care about economics?

Economics: Does God Care?

Does God care about economics? “God cares about economics because God cares about human beings.” — Jay Richards, Senior Fellow and Author, Discovery Institute Economist Jay Richards discusses the importance of economics to human interaction, and how human interaction is of much interest to our Creator. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions that you’re asking, address the difficulties you’re facing, and they’re all from… Read More →Video: Does God care about economics?

Logical Fallacies

A logical fallacy is “a mistake in reasoning that renders an argument invalid, unsound, weak, or ineffective.”1 In philosophy courses, students are often taught a whole list of fallacies and how to avoid them. However, fallacies are extremely common in pop-culture—news media, commercials, TV shows, movies, and political debates. Below are some common examples.   Ad Hominem – Time Warner Cable   The Ad hominem is “a fallacy in which an argument attacks a person… Read More →Logical Fallacies

Talking to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Talking to Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses

This short work by Dr. Mike Licona is a must-have resource for understanding Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, especially from the Christian perspective. Dr. Licona highlights some of the core theological and practical differences between Christianity and these two groups, and then he evaluates the bases for these differences with historical precision. He then offers practical advice on how to handle conversations with Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses if they come to your house to evangelize, which they often… Read More →Talking to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Video: Effective apologetics without being an expert

Effective Apologetics

Effective apologetics without being an expert “If you want to have effective conversation with people, then find points of communication by asking them about what they believe and why they believe it.” — Mary Jo Sharp, Assistant Professor of Apologetics, Houston Baptist University In this video, Mary Jo Sharp gives practical advice for incorporating apologetics into conversation. If we ask questions about the other person’s views, we can understand and evaluate their ideas without having… Read More →Video: Effective apologetics without being an expert

The Commie Test

“Am I a communist?” So asks the daughter of legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the 2015 film, Trumbo. The film is concerned with the events of the 1940s-50s surrounding the Hollywood blacklist. During this controversial period, artists, filmmakers, and screenwriters suspected of having communist affiliations were brought before anti-communist committees. Many were barred from working in their respective industries for having previous ties to the Communist Party. Filmmakers went to other countries to make their… Read More →The Commie Test

Defining Our Terms: Having Clear Conversations

Having Effective Conversations

In this video, Tim Barnett makes a great point about the nature of God. He points out that God doesn’t need us for anything because He is completely self-sufficient. Objecting to God’s self-sufficient nature by saying He “requires” something from us is to equivocate a “requirement” from us, for our benefit, to a “need” that God has us to fulfill. These two meanings are very different; the question of who is in need is quite important. As… Read More →Defining Our Terms: Having Clear Conversations

Video: How can Christians champion the pro-life movement?

Champion the Pro-Life Movement

How can Christians champion the pro-life movement? “We’ve got to study, but we also then have to take what we learn and communicate it.” — Scott Klusendorf, Founder and President, Life Training Institute Many Christians don’t know where to start when they want to make an impact for the pro-life cause. In this video, Scott Klusendorf gives some practical advice for making a difference on this important issue. This video is part of a series… Read More →Video: How can Christians champion the pro-life movement?