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

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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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If there are indisputable examples of foreshadowing in the Bible, then the author of the Bible is God. There are indisputable examples of foreshadowing the Bible. Therefore the author of the Bible is God.  The use of foreshadowing is so obvious in the Bible, that if we denied it for the...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 21:30

Someone is Answering My 30 Questions

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On February 5, 2018 I wrote a post called “This Is Apologetics: 30 Questions for Non-Christians.” It has been, by far, my most popular post. Until today. all the feedback I received was from Christians. However, today I was pleasantly to discover that a self-proclaimed “Godless...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 21:00

I’m booked as the Christian ambassador

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I’m booked as the Christian ambassador in an upcoming panel discussion at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago in the early evening on May 4th. Scheduled participants include yours truly along with Imam Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim chaplain at Duke University, as well as at least one...

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imageThe objection that Christians are hypocrites, and therefore Christianity must be false, borrows from the very Christian worldview. By presupposing objective morality, the objection presupposes the very God it aims to disprove. *****  Sometimes skeptics will argue that Christians are...

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Every worldview worth its philosophical salt must address the question of metaphysics, that is, what is the nature of reality? Followers of Jesus need to be able to know both what the Bible teaches and how that teaching interacts with the popular view of the culture. What is ultimate reality like?...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 04:36

How We Organized Our Worship Service Last Sunday

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How should a gathering of the church be organized? Is it possible to make sure the Gospel is not only preached, but also experienced through the various elements and activities of the service? I have been interacting with these questions for a few years now. Along the way, I have been inspired by...

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Sometimes at Park Community Church (Forest Glen) worship gatherings, we take text-in questions from the congregation. It is one of my favorite things to do and a practice I recommend. Back before I went on paternity leave (Aliza and Baby Josephine are both wonderful and healthy, thanks...

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In my last post, I offered four principles for getting started in apologetics. One of those principles was the importance of asking a lot of questions. Of course, it’s common for Christians to be confronted with questions and objections from non-Christians about the Christian message....

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From the Park Community Church blog: “But there just isn’t any evidence!” These were the words of Chris, my self-proclaimed atheist friend, as we sat together at an establishment on the North Side of Chicago. Chris and I had been meeting for several months to discuss the...

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imageSunday I preached on James 1:9-15, and I put in some of the hardest work I’ve ever done on a sermon. From the late hours spent in prep to the physical exertion of actually preaching it, I wrestled with this passage. But like Jacob, after he had wrestled with God, out of my grappling I...

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