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Apologetics Bonus Level!

I’ve gone back and updated all the posts on my apologetics series with my notes. You can now read the lessons as they were written.

And as an extra bonus, here are the notes from the lesson that didn’t get recorded.

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“Because the Bible says so” isn’t going to cut it with many of the people we talk to. Here are a few reasons why.

We claim not only that our God is the only god, but that the Bible is the Word of God. These are outlandish claims in a relativistic culture. People may be tempted to dismiss them outright – how could they possibly be true in a world with so many religions and holy books? Read the rest of this entry

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Apologetics Finale: Jesus

In the final lesson of the apologetics series, we touch on perhaps the most important question of all: how can Jesus be the only way to God? What about all the other religions of the world? And aren’t all religions basically the same anyway?

Apologetics: Jesus (.m4a | .mp3)

And thus ends my Sunday School series. I hope it’s been useful and enlightening to you.

After this week, I’ll be getting back to regular blog posts. I say after this week because I’m preaching this Sunday! I’ll be working on my sermon, which you’ll be able to hear on the Crossroads podcast.

In the meantime, check out the Extra Life Ministries Twitter feed and Facebook page for more content. There’s already been a lot of cool news in gaming and technology this week, with more to come.

Also, my friends are trying to rope me into playing Warhammer 40k. And I’m tempted. Pray for me.

Below is the lesson as written.

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This morning, we’ll talk about our most central apologetic task: defending Jesus Himself. Without Jesus, there’s no point in discussing the rest.

Jesus says this in John 12:32: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” The term “lifted up,” according to my footnotes, also means “exalted.” Our job is to, in a manner of speaking, make Jesus look good. The best way to do that is to tell the truth about Him.

That means we’ll need to have answers ready for views that oppose Christianity. We need something to say when people ask, “how can Jesus be the only way to God?”

It may be good to start by asking for clarification. If someone asks that question, you still may not know their specific objection. Read the rest of this entry

Apologetics Double-Feature!

No Rocky Horror reference intended.

Here is the audio from the past two weeks of my apologetics series at Crossroads. Last week, we discussed the Church. Is it just an antiquated religious institution, or something more?

Apologetics: the Church (.mp3 | .m4a)

This week, we talked about the clash between science and Christianity. Do you have to pick one and discard the other?

Apologetics: Science (.mp3 | .m4a)

I’ll have one more lesson in the series. Then, I’ll be preaching in the main service on the 12th. After that, I’ll get back to regular blog posts.

There will be some other changes around the site soon. Good stuff, I promise.

Below are the lessons as written.

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Today, we’ll be discussing the church. Now, I’m well aware that I hardly need to defend the church to a group that actually shows up for a 9:00 Sunday School class. What we’ll focus on this morning is arguments we can use to defend the church to two groups of people.

Now, what do we mean by church? Some of us still think of the building. More likely, we think of the Sunday morning service. I’m not really talking about either of those. What I mean, basically, is the body of believers: the Church. That may look somewhat different in different denominations, or areas of the world, or cultures. That’s fine.

First, we’ll speak to the believers who say they don’t need to be part of the church to be Christian. That’s technically true, in a sense. If you’re in solitary confinement, for example, and are prevented from meeting with other Christians. Read the rest of this entry

Apologetics: Intro

I’m teaching a class on apologetics at my church. It’s Sunday morning at 9:15 am, for the next few weeks.  Here’s the first lesson!

Apologetics: Intro (.mp3 | .m4a)

I invite your comments.

Below is the lesson as written.

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The idea behind apologetics is to offer a defense of the faith. The idea is to use well-formed, well-founded arguments to demonstrate the truth of Christianity.

The idea is not simply to win arguments. It shouldn’t be our goal to use this approach to pick intellectual fights just so we can feel smart. Apologetics is not for beating down people who disagree with us. Read the rest of this entry

Faith isn’t Un-reason

Suppose you have a friend. Every time that friend makes you a promise, he keeps it. Every time that friend tells you a fact, he turns out to be right – even though you don’t always believe him at first. Your friend is always honest with you, even when it’s difficult to hear.

Your friend says something. Is it reasonable to believe him? Do you trust him?

I define faith as trust. Others, though, hear “faith” and think, “belief in a set of religious ideas despite a large volume of  evidence to the contrary.”

Some people don’t trust the Bible, but do trust their own hearts, or vice-versa. Trust can be reasonable or not. You generally trust your senses because they’ve been generally trustworthy.

Faith isn’t the opposite of reason. It’s a matter of what you trust enough to believe.

Apologetics is Not the Art of Saying Sorry

Ravi Zacharias is a genius. No exaggeration.

Dr. Zacharias is one of today’s preeminent Christian apologists. That is, he provides a defense of the faith in historical, scientific, and philosophical terms.

This guy goes to college campuses, businesses, and pretty much any other organization that will listen and gives talks on why Christianity best represents reality. He then opens the floor for questions. For most Christians, this is a terrifying thought. For him, it’s ministry.

His podcast Just Thinking typically features a segment of a question and answer session on Friday. I’ve gone through the archives and dug up all the series I could find. If you want to hear some solid arguments for the Christian worldview, do yourself a favor and listen to a few.

After Easter, I’m going to be teaching an apologetics series during our Sunday School hour. I’m going to be taking much of my material from these discussions.

Utah Q&A (part 1 of 4)

Utah Q&A (part 2 of 4)

Utah Q&A (part 3 of 4)

Utah Q&A (part 4 of 4)

Georgia Tech, Q&A (part 1 of 3)

Georgia Tech, Q&A (part 2 of 3)

Georgia Tech, Q&A (part 3 of 3)

Mind and Heart Q&A (part 1 of 4)

Mind and Heart Q&A (part 2 of 4)

Mind and Heart Q&A (part 3 of 4)

Mind and Heart Q&A (part 4 of 4)

Is There Meaning in Evil and Suffering? Q&A (part 1 of 3)

Is There Meaning in Evil and Suffering? Q&A (part 2 of 3)

Is There Meaning in Evil and Suffering? Q&A (part 3 of 3)

Muskoka Q&A (part 1 of 2)

Muskoka Q&A (part 2 of 2)

Cornell Q&A (part 1 of 2)

Cornell Q&A (part 2 of 2)

Calvary Chapel Q&A (part 1 of 2)

Calvary Chapel Q&A (part 2 of 2)

Fourth Presbyterian Q&A (part 1 of 3)

Fourth Presbyterian Q&A (part 2 of 3)

Fourth Presbyterian Q&A (part 3 of 3)

Oxford Q&A (part 1 of 6)

Oxford Q&A (part 2 of 6)

Oxford Q&A (part 3 of 6)

Oxford Q&A (part 4 of 6)

Oxford Q&A (part 5 of 6)

Oxford Q&A (part 6 of 6)

Weber State Q&A (part 1 of 4)

Weber State Q&A (part 2 of 4)

Weber State Q&A (part 3 of 4)

Weber State Q&A (part 4 of 4)

Penn State University Q&A (part 1 of 3)

Penn State University Q&A (part 2 of 3)

Penn State University Q&A (part 3 of 3)

Michael Coren Q&A (part 1 of 2)

Michael Coren Q&A (part 2 of 2)