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
Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

This is Apologetics: an Argument from Guilt

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Have you Ever Decided It Was Right to be Wrong? Have you ever done something you knew was wrong–not something you had been told was wrong, but something you actually believed was wrong, that you chose to do anyway?   And when you did that thing, did you feel guilty? Not...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:46

Some Further Reflections on the Great Commission

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On Sunday, I preached on Matthew 28:18-20, the passage in which Jesus gives to His 11 remaining disciples the “Great Commission.” And the big thing Jesus wants His church to be pursuing is discipleship–making people into followers of Him. Of course, evangelism–the announcing...

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  I have been studying through the Acts of the Apostles, which is all about the early years of the Church, so I’ve got churches on my mind–specifically, new churches. In ecclesiological nomenclature, new churches are called “plants.” So I have got church plants on my...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 16:35

This is Apologetics: an Argument from Science

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What is apologetics? Is Christian faith the enemy of science? This is a common objection to biblical Christianity, but is there any weight to it? If Christianity’s teaching about man and nature is true, then our senses are designed by our Creator to correspond to the world around us, and...

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Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at Park Community Church from 1 Kings 18 on the story of an ancient prophet of Yahweh’s confrontation with the pagan prophets of a false god. It was the latest installment of our “Great Stories” series. This story, in which the wild man...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:49

A Family Update

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I was asked to give an update on my family situation to the staff of Park Community Church. For those who don’t know, my family has been going through a two-plus-year ordeal with our youngest son’s health. I’m reproducing for you, my readers, what I shared with Park’s staff....

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Over the last several weeks at Park Community Church, we have been hearing the stories from the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) that point to the greatest story of all–God’s plan to redeem His people through Jesus Christ. As the most recent “episode” of the...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:18

Why does it take you so long to ask for help?

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In the biblical book of Judges, we get an accounting of the history of ancient Israel before the monarchy was established. During this period, there was no king, the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes (often with disastrous moral consequences), and the nation as a whole descended...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 03:12

What Kind of Church Outreach Works?

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Since I started in ministry back in 2011, I have been a student of church outreach methods and practices. What is outreach? Outreach is simply the activity of extending one’s attention beyond one’s church community in order to bring the Gospel to outsiders, and to bring outsiders to...

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A friend of mine posted these questions, which her children had asked her, on Facebook today.  They were such good questions, and they struck me as the kind of questions people are asking at every age–certainly not just in childhood. I humbly submitted my response (which were written for...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:26

Does the Trinity Matter in Apologetics?

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The truth that God is Triune (“God is Three, God is One”) was not something I had previously given much thought to in doing apologetics. However, at a time when many Christian apologists are trying to convince non-believers of “bare theism,” I have now come to see that the...

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Before we begin, join me, for the sake of argument, in assuming two things: You have a spirit. Your spirit could be healthier. Your spirit is the deepest core of who you are.  It’s the truest essence of “self” that you have. It’s your very life. When your spirit departs...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 08:10

What About Those Who Don’t Believe in God?

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As I prepare for tomorrow’s message on the book of Jonah–the man who was plunged into the abyss, into the belly of a giant fish, and returned after three days–one concept has really shocked me. In this incredible (though not un-credible) story, there are two groups of people...

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The movie “Shrek” features a talking donkey (creatively named just, “Donkey”). Did you ever stop to think that Donkey was a subtle dig against the Bible? Here is why: the characters of Shrek are ostensibly all from fairy tales (Pinocchio, the Ginger Bread Man, etc.). By...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 11:58

On Being Prepared to Defend Your Faith

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In the Bible, God instructs his people to be prepared at all times to give a response, whenever anyone asks us about the hope that we have. Most followers of Jesus have probably heard that command, yet how many of us are confident that we could, at the drop of the proverbial hat, feel ready...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 14:03

A Christian Response to Terror

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As I write this, I have just read the news about what is apparently the latest terrorist attack on innocent Britons. At this point, many of the details are still unconfirmed, so my purpose in this post is not to offer commentary on the attackers, or their apparent extremist...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 06:17

App Recommendation: PrayerMate

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I used to be a youth pastor. And one of the most significant events on any youth ministry’s calendar is the annual lock-in. They take a ton of prep work and team building, but the intense teaching, prayer and sharing time can have an incredible impact on the students who attend.  I...

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A great find A few years ago, while coming out of a class (New Testament Greek, I believe) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, I passed by a table with a little sign on it reading, “Free books.” Now to me, the only thing better than a table full of books is a table full of...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 11:17

Holocaust Remembrance Event

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I am honored to be speaking at the upcoming Holocaust remembrance event at Devar Emet, a local Messianic (read: they believe Jesus is the Messiah) Jewish synagogue in Skokie, Illinois, on April 30, 201. The featured speaker will be Steven Grund, a survivor of Nazi oppression in Poland. As for my...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:51

Why Do We Baptize on Easter?

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imageWhat does baptism have to do with Easter? This Sunday, the children of our Loop Kids ministry will be learning about the subject of baptism. As part of their lesson, I’ll be making my rounds of our elementary classrooms at Park Edgebrook, saying a short spiel about baptism and answering a few...

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This didn’t make it into an article I’m writing for Park’s apologetics resource, but I thought it was was worth not completely throwing away. By nature, God is a being who communicates. He reveals Himself in Scripture as Triune. He is three-in-one: Father, Son and Holy...

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imageWe Christians may tend to think that there are other “faith systems” out there, other than biblical Christianity, that, while they may miss out on the whole truth, they still contain a lot of good in them, and maybe God will sorta smile and wink at their adherents at the end...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 22:04

The PorchCon Train Has Left the Station

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image…and it’s coming to a city near you. Provided you live somewhere near Phoenix, AZ. That’s right, “Conversations from the Porch,” (AKA the PorchCast, the podcast I co-host with some good brothers out west (and one in the D. R.)) is hosting a theological...

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imageThis morning I had the honor of preaching to the saints at Park Edgebrook. Here are the notes I took on stage with me.  Luke 2:8-20 (3 mins) Introduction: Christmas trees make memories, but why have them? Real or plastic pines don’t belong in homes! Martin Luther’s first one...

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 12:15

How Jesus Sets You Free (Sermon Notes)

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imageWhat follows is the transcript I preached from at Park Community Church, Edgebrook this Sunday. The passage was Mark 3:22-30. Please excuse any typos. Are you trying to win a war that’s already been won?   Once upon a time (there are children worshiping with us this morning, so I...

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