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Do You Enjoy Apologetics? Then Take Your Pastor to Lunch!

Do You Enjoy Apologetics? Then Take Your Pastor to Lunch!

April is “Take Your Pastor To Lunch Month!” for Christian apologists. I don’t mean pros, I mean everyone who enjoys apologetics, who wants it to become more of a ministry in your churches, and who’d like it to grow across Christianity. Why take your pastor to lunch? Two reasons. From the Spiritual Readiness project page: Relationship. The key to building apologetics ministries is to be connected with your church’s overall ministry. That takes relationships with leadership. And as you’ll see when…

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“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

I’m on my way to Little Rock for an interview with FamilyLife about my book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens, I decided to re-read the book on the way, and I came across a passage in it that applies to any question, any issue with our children. I want to share it with you, because it’s absolutely vital. I’d just told the story of a friend whose faith was shipwrecked for years by her…

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Apologetics That Won’t Scare People Off — My Own Example Curriculum

Apologetics That Won’t Scare People Off — My Own Example Curriculum

Image: The Sombrero Galaxy, representing the first lesson in this curriculum. Second in a series. Earlier this week I started a series on teaching with apologetics, without scaring anyone away. I’m not just doing armchair reporting here. I did it in a Sunday School class I taught about six years ago. It was a series on ten crucial points in God’s history of dealing with his people on earth: Creation Created in God’s Image The Fall The Calling of God’s People God’s…

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How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away

How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away

First in a series. Apologetics. In church. How many times have I heard people say, “Apologetics? What’s that?” I’m still talking about people in church, you understand. Not to rush too quickly to judgment, though, there are reasons people react that way. They think it’s a dry subject for intellectuals, if they think of it at all. Maybe they’ve heard it taught that way; some of it can be pretty academic, after all. Or they think it’s an affront to…

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Are You Guilty of This Common Apologetic Error?

Are You Guilty of This Common Apologetic Error?

Christian apologists often respond to the Problem of Evil by pointing out that atheism has its own problem of evil. There’s a good case to be made here. The problem is, frequently I hear Christian apologists making a bad one instead. So this is a bit of internal correction I want to offer my friends on a common apologetic error The correct version of atheistic problem of evil is one that says atheism has no standard with which to judge…

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New Release! A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ

New Release! A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ

Just released! My new book A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ. It’s a collection of the best from this blog, plus a couple articles first published at Discipleship Journal and Touchstone magazine. Available as Kindle ebook or paperback. (Paperback may not publish for a few hours yet.) From the description at Amazon: A Christian Mind comprises the best of Tom Gilson’s original work, curated from his highly popular Thinking Christian blog, written over the past ten years or so —…

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How Knowing Apologetics Can Reduce Argumentativeness

How Knowing Apologetics Can Reduce Argumentativeness

Apologetics is about being argumentative, right? That’s the reputation. The reality can and should be very different. Jonathan McLatchie demonstrates the real effect of knowing apologetics in this 10 minute video exchange with atheistDouglas Letkeman. Watch and observe: Watch how easily he answers. He doesn’t say more than necessary, because this is an artificial “intervention” Douglas is performing with him, called “Street Epistemology.” (He calls it SE in the first moments of the clip.) Watch also how little confrontation there…

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7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ

7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ

The Pure Flix film The Case for Christ opens nationwide tonight. I saw it last night in an advance screening. My word to you: Go see it! You’ll be glad you did. Directed by Jon Gunn, this movie tells the true story of Lee Strobel,  legal editor at the Chicago Tribune in the late 1970s and early 80s. His marriage fell into crisis after his wife, Leslie, chose a path in life totally unlike his own. She knew their marriage…

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