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Time for Change: Retiring this Blog to Focus on a Crucial New Initiative

Time for Change: Retiring this Blog to Focus on a Crucial New Initiative

How does one say this, after all these years, all these friendships, all these interactions? It’s been quite a ride, for one thing. And it’s coming full circle. When I started this blog on another platform almost 15 years ago, I thought it was going to be about Christian strategy. It quickly morphed into an apologetics and ethics blog, however. Now I’m returning to that original strategic intention now. I’m doing as part of a group, on a different platform,…

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Who’s Interested in Apologetics and Why? New Research Reveals New Answers

Who’s Interested in Apologetics and Why? New Research Reveals New Answers

Why are some Christians more interested in apologetics than others? Do you think you know the reasons? Probably. But only partly. The Spiritual Readiness Project has just released a research report this morning on What Motivates Interest In Apologetics? Read it online or download the printable version. Prepare to nod your head in agreement with some of the findings, and to be surprised at other — especially the two big factors we found that don’t seem to motivate many people’s interest…

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Why 2019 Must Be Your Church’s Year to Wake Up, Get Equipped, and Reach Out

Why 2019 Must Be Your Church’s Year to Wake Up, Get Equipped, and Reach Out

Happy New Year! It could be a great one, if we’ll finally wake up, get equipped, and reach out. That’s why I want to ask you to take thirty minutes to watch at least the first half of this video. Dr. Michael Brown and I were talking on his Line of Fire radio program about my Stream article, Church, Wake Up! An Urgent Call to Action. (Also mirrored on this site. The Line of Fire title you see below is for the…

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Yes, We Need Moral Apologetics! In Today's Western World, It's Our First Task of All

Yes, We Need Moral Apologetics! In Today's Western World, It's Our First Task of All

Should apologists concern ourselves with today’s hot moral issues, or should we focus on Christianity’s timeless, core truths instead? Someone raised that question on Facebook, or one a lot like it. I’ve taken my own liberties with the wording; it gives me a chance to beat a drum I need to sound every once in a while. The short answer is yes, we must be involved in these issues. Very involved. I’m writing a book on the most timeless truth…

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Why Is the Christian Subculture Still So ‘Mindless’? Apologetics' Wrongest Answer: Thinking This Problem Comes From Too Few Answers

Why Is the Christian Subculture Still So ‘Mindless’? Apologetics' Wrongest Answer: Thinking This Problem Comes From Too Few Answers

A Facebook friend raised this tough question: We now have a veritable Apologetics Industrial Complex. A nerd like William Lane Craig (no insult intended–I am a certified nerd myself) can be a kind of superstar. We have more quality seminaries churning out more Evangelical DMins and PhDs than ever before. Yet the mindlessness of the American conservative Christian subculture as a whole has never been more pronounced than it is now. What are we doing wrong? Great question! Urgent question,…

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Why This Spiritual Readiness Research? Understanding Apologetics in the Church So We Can Help It Grow

Why This Spiritual Readiness Research? Understanding Apologetics in the Church So We Can Help It Grow

The Spiritual Readiness Project is asking apologetics-interested lay people, students, professors, writers and speakers to join in our Apologetics Interest survey. If you haven’t filled it out already, please do so as soon as possible. But you might wonder why, and where this is heading. It’s a good question; thanks for asking! Our main purpose is to discover what has sparked people’s interest in apologetics, so we can help create or collate ways to spread that around, and see more…

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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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