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Apologetics in the Church: The Spiritual Readiness Project Moves Forward

Apologetics in the Church: The Spiritual Readiness Project Moves Forward

What will it take to bring apologetics into the local church? I must have heard that question asked hundreds of times over the past ten years. Of course, I run in circles where people are likely to wonder. They know: Christianity is under unprecedented pressure. Most young people raised in solid Christian churches walk away from the faith when they leave home — which means most young people raised in reasonably solid Christian families walk away — and that one…

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Apologetics In Your Teaching: Start With the Questions That Matter

Apologetics In Your Teaching: Start With the Questions That Matter

Fourth in a series on “How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away.” If you want to help your hearers know the answers to their questions, it pays to start with knowing what they’re asking. These questions — their questions — are the questions that matter. Discovering these questions used to be difficult. Not any longer. Now, I’ve been encouraging pastors and other teachers to bring apologetics into their churches. I don’t care if you actually use the…

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Apologetics in Your Teaching, With the Apologetics Study Bible

Apologetics in Your Teaching, With the Apologetics Study Bible

Third in a series on “How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away.” You’re teaching through the New Testament at your church or Bible study group. Early on you run into the Massacre of the Innocents in Matthew 2:16-18. You ask yourself, “What kind of slaughter was this? How many boys were killed? Did it make other news?” That’s a great place to start: asking questions. Actually it’s not that hard. If you look it up on…

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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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