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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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Atheists and “Evidence”

Atheists and “Evidence”

Mike Gene got me thinking about atheists and evidence with a post today at Shadow to Light. (If you’re not following his blog, you really ought to be.) I comment there with the following thoughts, which I think are worth sharing more publicly. His post provides some necessary context, although if you’ve been involved in some of these conversations before you’ll be able to pick this up right from here.   Atheists frequently say “evidence” when they mean “proof.” For…

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What Is Faith? (Facebook Video)

What Is Faith? (Facebook Video)

The latest in my “Contentious Questions (Because some questions just are that way)” series with The Stream. Christianity is all about faith in Christ, right? But what is faith, anyway? The definition is more controversial than you might have thought. This talk is based on an article at The Stream. Image Credit(s): Patrick Fore, Unsplash.

Parents and Youth Leaders, ‘Give This Segment a Listen’

Parents and Youth Leaders, ‘Give This Segment a Listen’

I was on the air for an engaging discussion with Judy Redlich, KSIV radio St. Louis, not long ago, talking about Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens. https://www.judyredlich.com/podcast-download/373/tom-gilson.mp3 Download File | Play in a New Window | Duration 14:34 Here’s what she she  had to say about it: Judy Redlich and author Tom Gilson discuss how Christian parents and pastors need to be prepared to give Biblical answers the challenges teens and pre-teens face in today’s increasingly…

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Church Surveys and Other Organizational Research: PLEASE Get Help To Do It Well

Church Surveys and Other Organizational Research: PLEASE Get Help To Do It Well

I just got invited by Dropbox, one of the largest companies on the Internet, to take part in a survey. What I found there may well be instructive to you, should you ever want to do a church survey or other organizational research. My grad studies included a heavy research emphasis, and I’ve done quite a bit of organizational research since then. More than once I’ve been asked to crunch the numbers and produce a report on surveys others have…

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Don’t You Just Hate the Culture Wars?

Don’t You Just Hate the Culture Wars?

Don’t you just hate the culture wars? I was live on Facebook just now talking about four false beliefs that make it harder on Christians than it needs to be. It was episode three of my series “Contentious Questions (Because some questions just are that way).” Read more on this at The Stream. (I made a comment near the end about not knowing the news. Turns out the commenter I was responding to wasn’t talking about current breaking news tonight, as…

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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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Are Christians Arrogant To Say Our Way is the One Way to God?

Are Christians Arrogant To Say Our Way is the One Way to God?

Yes. If we say our way is the one way to God, then we are indeed arrogant. Here’s why. Next Tuesday (8 pm Eastern time) on “Contentious Questions” at The Stream‘s Facebook page: Why Do Christians Insist on Fighting These Unseemly Culture Wars? Image Credit(s): Sean Thomas.

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