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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

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

Evidence: Experience Over Facts?

Evidence: Experience vs. Facts

This recent post by blogger Natasha Crain highlights some crucial points about the role that objective evidence should play in our understanding of reality. Natasha walks us through the way she processed the terrifying idea that she might have cancer. Through this experience, she saw some of the limits of trying to look at reality objectively all the time. Many times, especially in moments of hardship, even the most intellectual people are not interested in… Read More →Evidence: Experience Over Facts?

Can Darwinism explain the language of life?

Language of Life

In this recent episode of the Discovery Institute’s ID the Future podcast, Dr. Jonathan Wells brings to light some interesting information (no pun intended) about the genetic code that is foundational to cellular life. He explains how this specified information, this language, cannot be explained by random mutation and natural selection for the same reason that randomly shaking up a bunch of letters and throwing them out on the floor randomly would not produce a… Read More →Can Darwinism explain the language of life?

Video: How can we communicate truth to a relative culture?

Communicating Truth

How can we communicate truth to a relative culture? “All I want to do is bring a mirror out and show them that deep inside they value truth, they want truth, and they actually do try to live their lives based on what they think is true.” — Sean McDowell, Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics, Biola University Many people in our society today claim that they don’t believe in the value of truth. Sean McDowell… Read More →Video: How can we communicate truth to a relative culture?

Thinking in Church Before the Academy

Church & the Academy

This article by detective J. Warner Wallace does a great job of highlighting a shortcoming in the church today. Wallace points out that there has been an increased interest in apologetics at a university level in the last few years, even while the number of students who leave the church after high school stays quite high. This is not to suggest that students are deciding to study apologetics in college and then, after their training,… Read More →Thinking in Church Before the Academy

Why Don’t Christians do Miracles Today?

Why Don't Christians do Miracles Today?

At Stand to Reason, Tim Barnett’s short video provides excellent advice for interpreting John 14. Tim explains how if we look at the rest of the New Testament and the early church, we will find that no one actually believed all Christians were supposed to perform miracles. Instead, Tim argues, it makes more sense to interpret Jesus’ words to mean that we, believers in Christ, would do “greater works” than he did in the sense that… Read More →Why Don’t Christians do Miracles Today?

Faith is about what you feel, not what you know—or is it?

The movie Gifted tells the story of an intelligent young girl named Mary and her uncle, Frank (Chris Evans of Captain America fame), who serves as her guardian after the death of her mother. The story examines the difficulties of family life, the pain of loss, and the challenges that go along with being a kid. Mary is exceptionally gifted at math and is curious about many things, including God. In this scene, Frank tries… Read More →Faith is about what you feel, not what you know—or is it?

Sean McDowell on the Old Testament & Dennis Prager

Old Testament Reliability

Summit speaker Sean McDowell offers a few thoughts on the Old Testament after reading Dennis Prager’s The Rational Bible. Prager and McDowell seem to agree that there are a many characteristics of the Torah that show its originality, reliability, and divine origin. These characteristics include new theological ideas such as a universal God (as opposed to the local deities of individual people groups), a God who is moral and beyond nature, and universal human value. Additionally, there are a… Read More →Sean McDowell on the Old Testament & Dennis Prager

Video: Can we maintain hope in a broken culture?

Living with Hope

Can we maintain hope in a broken culture? “We shouldn’t just stand in our moment and try to make sense of Scripture; we’ve got to stand in Scripture to make sense of our moment.” — John Stonestreet, President, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview As Christians, we must battle to keep straight the story of the world and the moment we live in. If we can learn to stand on the unchanging scriptural truth of… Read More →Video: Can we maintain hope in a broken culture?

Video: Can we rely on the disciples’ words in the Gospels?

Diciples eyewitness testimony

Can we rely on the disciples’ words in the Gospels? “If you’re looking for an account that’s written by a non-Christian, well you’ve got it; it’s called the gospel of Matthew. Don’t blame him for becoming a Christian after seeing [Jesus’ works].” — Jim Wallace, Speaker and Author of Cold Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith Many people suggest that we cannot trust the testimony of the disciples recorded in the gospels because they were… Read More →Video: Can we rely on the disciples’ words in the Gospels?

Video: How can Christians start conversations with non-believers?

Conversations with Unbelievers

How can Christians start conversations with non-believers? “The best way to start a conversation with a non-believer is by asking them questions.” — Brett Kunkle, Founder and President, Maven Brett Kunkle explains how strategically placed questions and genuine, interested listening can be used to guide conversations with non-believers towards truth. 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,… Read More →Video: How can Christians start conversations with non-believers?