Resources from Summit

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?

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?

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

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?

Video: What is the difference between Mormonism and Christianity?

Mormonism vs. Christianity

What is the difference between Mormonism and Christianity? “The two major differences between Mormonism and Christianity are our view of God and our view of salvation.” — Brett Kunkle, Founder and President, Maven Mormons frequently claim to be just another denomination of Christianity. In this video, Brett Kunkle highlights two key differences that separate Mormonism from Christianity altogether. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions… Read More →Video: What is the difference between Mormonism and Christianity?

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?

Can Toddlers Sway the Abortion Conversation?

Trotting Out Toddlers

In this article, founder and president of Life Training Institute Scott Klusendorf offers a great strategy for defending the pro-life position. Klusendorf highlights many of the central claims made by pro-choice advocates and how we can respond. One of the most effective strategies he discusses involves a comparison to a toddler. Many people claim that women should have the right to make decisions for themselves. So, Klusendorf points out, should we allow women to kill… Read More →Can Toddlers Sway the Abortion Conversation?

Video: How can Christians become more intentional about their worldview?

Intentional Christian Worldview

How can Christians become more intentional about their worldview? “We’ve got to get back to talking about faith as if it deals with matters of truth and not preference.” — John Stonestreet, President, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview In our current cultural climate, religion is often relegated to a matter of private personal preference. In this video, John Stonestreet emphasizes the public, absolute nature of the Christian faith that speaks truth about all of… Read More →Video: How can Christians become more intentional about their worldview?

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

Video: Why is the Christian worldview different when it comes to grief?

Grieving & the Christian Worldview

Why is the Christian worldview’s view of grief unique? “Christianity is the only worldview that makes sense of my pain.” — Esther Fleece, Author, No More Faking Fine In this video, Esther Fleece explains one way in which the Christian worldview is unique. She shows how the Bible actually makes sense of the suffering and grief that we experience in the hardest days of life. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your… Read More →Video: Why is the Christian worldview different when it comes to grief?

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?