But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Joel Settecase - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:00

Be Ready

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The Bible has a lot to say about apologetics (the defense of biblical truth). The Bible doesn’t begin with an argument *for* God’s existence, rather it presupposes God’s existence: “In the beginning, God…” (Genesis 1:1). However, throughout its 66 books, the...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:00

Worldview Wednesday: Monotheism

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Q2 of the New Covenant Catechism (revised): Is there any true God besides the Lord? No! The Lord is the God of Heaven and earth. As Lord he possesses all authority, exercises total control over everything that happens, and is actively present everywhere. He is the ground, source and perfect...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 20:00

Apologetics = Scripture + Unbelief

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I love this quote from John Frame. There are three major schools of apologetics: (1) Evidentialism, using historical and scientific (and perhaps personal testimony) evidences, (2) Classicalism, using rational and philosophical proofs, and (3) Presuppositionalism, using Scripture. Really,...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 21:00

Contend for the (Biblical) Faith (All of It)

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Doing faithful apologetics means contending “for the faith,” or fighting for the body of doctrine that the Bible teaches, that make up orthodox Christianity. On the one hand, we aren’t to go beyond what is written, defending weird fairy tales of our own imagination. On the other...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:00

Worldview Wednesday: Metaphysics

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Q1 of the New Covenant Catechism: Who is God? The Lord is God. The most fundamental question of every worldview is “what is the nature of prime reality?” This question is answered by the study of metaphysics. John Frame​ points out that some worldviews have concepts of prime...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 12:31

Sharing the Gospel with Your Family

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Sometimes it can feel easier to evangelize a total stranger than that *one* person in your family. But when you take the opportunities God gives you, and you trust him to work, guess what. He works. Here’s a good article over on the Cru website about presenting the Gospel to family members....

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Cornelius Van Til is the father of Presuppositional Apologetics, and this quote is a good summary of what this method is all about. Here’s another way of looking at it: Let’s say a Christian and a non-Christian decide to debate the existence of God or the truth of the Bible. You and...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 12:19

Beware Bad Ideas Masquerading as Good Ideas

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We wouldn’t need to be warned, if there weren’t real danger of this. The Apostle Paul tells to Colossians to be on guard against plausible sounding arguments that seem pretty-darn-near biblical, but in actuality are nothing more than inventions of man, based on empty, worldly thinking,...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 12:16

Those Four Spiritual Laws

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When I was growing up, my church had little yellow tracts in the back of every pew, and on the cover was written, “Have you heard of the four spiritual laws? If you grew up in the church in the 90s or earlier, you might know what I’m talking about. The Laws have taken a… Continue...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 12:13

What Is Apologetics?

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New year, new ministry. We’re getting rolling. I’ve set a goal this year of starting a new website for the Think Institute. However, in the meantime, I’m re-launching the trusty old WordPress blog. Let’s kick things off with a post defining apologetics and see how it goes...

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What follows is my last “Forest Glen Weekly,” written to the partners and congregation of Park Community Church (Forest Glen), in which I reminisce about my ministry and time at Park, discuss connections between the book of Judges and our current context, and exhort God’s people...

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imageSamson’s fall and rise is a strong warning to God’s people to take sin seriously or risk the consequences. This post was originally sent out as part of my weekly email to Park Community Church (Forest Glen).  Isn’t Samson fascinating? On the one hand he is an incredibly...

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I want to give you an important update on my role at Park Community Church and the Settecase family. What’s the update? In Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commands his followers to make disciples. Aliza and my desire has been to fulfill our piece of the Great Commission and to...

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Scripture shows us that God has authority over everything, including evil spirits. He will use the most unexpected of means to accomplish his good purposes, and will not let anything or anyone prevent his plans from working out. God uses unexpected methods to accomplish his purposes, doesn’t...

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imageIt is impractical to try to judge whether whether a manifestation of the Holy Spirit is authentic by looking for accompanying miraculous gifts. Instead, it is more appropriate to evaluate the authenticity of manifestations by how they relate to the Son, viz. Jesus. For more, go...

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imageScripture is replete with references to God’s love, but it also speaks of his wrath. Are these two attributes of God somehow in tension, as if one part of God were somehow opposed to another part? I will explain why there is no actual tension between God’s love and God’s wrath,...

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imageFreud-Marx complaints do not stand up to rigorous criticism, because they provide no evidence for their claims, which, even if they were true, would not prove what they set out to prove, that is, that Christianity is false. What Were Marx and Freud’s Complaints About Religion? Sigmund Freud...

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imageAlvin Plantinga’s “Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism,” or E. A. A. N., is the argument that, given, the conjunction of evolution by natural selection and naturalism, any person has a defeater for his or her belief in naturalism. It can be described as P(R/N&E), where P...

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I received this question last week from a reader named Shae about the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones. Shae’s Question I have a question about #70 on your list of New Covenant Catechisms for Little Ones. What are the verses to support it? That seems like a pretty big one but there is no...

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In the book of Jonah, the author uses his former self as an object lesson for God’s people. Israelites believed themselves to be better than the Ninevites. Yet the Ninevites repented immediately at the word of the Lord. Their quick response and God’s gracious forgiveness put the...

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Christians must address Muslim misunderstandings through conversation based in relationships with Muslim people. I’m reading through a document by Dr. Sabeel Ahmed called “Effective Dawah,” written in 2010 to equip Muslims to engage in outreach of non-Muslims to Islam, and the...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 05:49

Six Misconceptions About Christianity

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The core of Christianity is the Gospel. However, the Gospel has many implications, and these are often misunderstood. Therefore, it can be easy to misunderstand Christianity’s core or conflate it with its implications. Christians should be able to articulate the Gospel and recognize when...

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image When spending any amount of time talking with Muslims about faith, the topic always comes up, “But the Bible has been corrupted!” We can use the Qur’an and the Muslim worldview in a way which points to Jesus and the Bible, the true authority! The Qur’an states 348...

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imageEvery spring for nearly 2,000 years, followers of Jesus have commemorated a single historical fact that we believe transformed the world: the rising of a dead man back to life. This historical event, the resurrection of Jesus, is at once the most important event and perhaps the most...

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You may have heard the phrase, “God is love.” That is a quote from the Epistle of 1 John, and it unleashes a whole host of questions in the inquiring mind. What does it mean for God to be love? What is God’s love like? Does God love me?  On Good Friday, 2018, I preachedContinu...

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