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

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 16:00

Bible Review: The CSB Worldview Study Bible

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Holman sent me a copy of their CSB Worldview Study Bible awhile back, after I requested one. This is the second Bible they’ve sent me, and I sincerely appreciate them for it. I told them I would be happy to write a review, and I did that tonight. First of all, I really love the… Continu...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 02:31

Introducing the Think Institute

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I (Joel Settecase) started blogging on apologetics in 2012. But that wasn’t my first foray into the sharing (evangelism) and the defense (apologetics) of the faith. Back in high school I would engage my fellow students and wrestling teammates with the Gospel and why I believed the...

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Much ink has been spilled by apologists over the centuries, demonstrating that the Christian worldview is true. But what if the very concept of truth were impossible without first believing in the Christian worldview, in the truth of Scripture and the God revealed therein? In this series...

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Much ink has been spilled by apologists over the centuries, demonstrating that the Christian worldview is true. But what if the very concept of truth were impossible without first believing in the Christian worldview, in the truth of Scripture and the God revealed therein? Last time we defined...

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Much ink has been spilled by apologists over the centuries, demonstrating that the Christian worldview is true. But what if the very concept of truth were impossible without first believing in the Christian worldview, in the truth of Scripture and the God revealed therein? Truth and Language So we...

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Much ink has been spilled by apologists over the centuries, demonstrating that the Christian worldview is true. But what if the very concept of truth were impossible without first believing in the Christian worldview, in the truth of Scripture and the God revealed therein? I have been seeking out...

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The Bible, the biblical worldview, stands on its own. It is internally consistent non-contradictory, coherent, cogent and cohesive. It is existentially satisfying. Best of all, it is in accordance with the facts–it is objectively true. Because of all this, we can share the Gospel and defend...

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 21:00

What the Greeks Got Wrong

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This sentence, from Psalm 111:10, was written about 536 B.C.–during or immediately after the lifetimes of the first Greek philosophers, Anaximenes, Anaximander, and Thales. Anaximenes wrote that “all is air.”...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 21:00

On Lordship and Apologetics

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“I am false or confused if I sing about Christ’s Lordship and contrive to retain areas of my own life that are autonomous” (Francis Schaeffer). When defending the Christian faith, it’s important to remember that we are doing so as subjects of King Jesus. He doesn’t...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 21:00

On Staying Salty

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How should Christians answer those who ask us about our beliefs or our lifestyle? There are many ways we could respond. When Paul addressed that question, though, he told the Colossian believers to keep their speech gracious, and to keep it salty. “Salty” in our day means getting upset...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:00

A Difficult but Necessary Truth

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A common objection against God’s existence (or at least his goodness) is that he allows bad things to happen to good people. However, is this really true? Not according to Scripture. While we don’t always (or often) see a direct correlation between a person’s suffering and that...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:00

The Shepherd’s Sheep-finding Mission

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Whether we are sharing the Gospel, explaining the biblical worldview or defending the faith, we can be confident in what this verse promises. Those who are Christ’s sheep—whom God has chosen beforehand to be saved—will, in God’s perfect timing, hear the Gospel and believe...

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Belief in the laws of logic requires presupposing the existence of the God of the Bible. I went on a tweet-storm recently, and I decided to unroll it and record it here (slightly modified) for public consumption. Is it rambling? A little. Does it shift focus halfway through? Yes. But how is it...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:00

Apologetics and the “Verbal Life”

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When I was starting out in apologetics, I used to make every effort to try to make myself seem well-educated, well-versed in the scientific and philosophical arguments that my unbelieving discussion partners would find impressive. I thought this would make them give the Gospel a fairer hearing (and...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 20:00

On Bringing Swords to Sword Fights

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Over the last several months I’ve met with dozens Christians and asked, “What are some of the biggest reasons believers find it difficult to share the Gospel?” One of the top responses is that many feel ill-equipped. The study of the Christian faith and how to share and defend it...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 20:00

And Now A Word From The Worldview OG

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This world is God’s creation, and we humans are part of that creation. As this quote from the OG of Christian worldview studies, Francis Schaeffer, implies, any worldview we construct in opposition to God will necessarily lead to discord with the actual world around us. This is why so many...

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 07:22

Ends, Means and Evangelism

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My son has been in the hospital for over two weeks now. My wife posts updates on her blog, but I have not written much about him (outside of social media). However, as Lukas has been hospitalized, I have been doing a lot of thinking about God’s sovereignty, and I want to share my...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 20:00

They Already Know (We All Do)

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Does the unbeliever simply need more evidence in order to believe in God? Not really. Now, gaining more bits of evidence from the natural world, or from history, or from personal experience, or seeing how all the pieces fit together, might be part of the means God uses to bring him to repentance...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 20:00

Schaeffer on the Purpose of Apologetics

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Francis Schaeffer is an author I’ve been reading for a few years now, but whose stuff I’ve really been devouring lately, since joining up with Cru City. His perspective on the relationship between evangelism, worldview and apologetics is informative. I recommend his books, A Christian...

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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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