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, 22 June 2017 03:18

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

Written by

image

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...

Read more

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 03:12

What Kind of Church Outreach Works?

Written by

image

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...

Read more

image

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...

Read more

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:26

Does the Trinity Matter in Apologetics?

Written by

image

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...

Read more

image

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...

Read more

Saturday, 10 June 2017 08:10

What About Those Who Don’t Believe in God?

Written by

image

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...

Read more

image

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...

Read more

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 11:58

On Being Prepared to Defend Your Faith

Written by

image

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...

Read more

Saturday, 03 June 2017 14:03

A Christian Response to Terror

Written by

image

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...

Read more

Thursday, 01 June 2017 06:17

App Recommendation: PrayerMate

Written by

image

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...

Read more

image

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...

Read more

Sunday, 23 April 2017 11:17

Holocaust Remembrance Event

Written by
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...

Read more

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:51

Why Do We Baptize on Easter?

Written by

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 22:04

The PorchCon Train Has Left the Station

Written by

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 12:15

How Jesus Sets You Free (Sermon Notes)

Written by

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...

Read more

Sunday, 23 October 2016 12:11

Why Does God Allow Evil In The World?

Written by

imageThis topic has come up a  couple times in recent days, so I wanted to just bang out a few thoughts on it. What follows is not a full, scholarly treatment on Problem of Evil (in any of its various philosophical formulations). However, I hope it might be helpful to you, the next time someone...

Read more

Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:10

How Did Jesus Argue?

Written by

imageJesus was a master of apologetics (what John Frame calls “the theological discipline that defends the truth of the Christian message). Of course, He is the Master of everything, so it makes sense that He would defend truth in a masterful way. In the New Testament, there are...

Read more

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:59

¿Es el Cristianismo exclusivo? (Primera Parte)

Written by
imageimageimageimage
Note: I originally wrote this article in English with the title, “Is Christianity Exclusive?,” for my previous blog. You can read it in English here. Thanks to Antonio Salgado for translating it into Spanish.  El cristianismo ha sido llamado religión más exclusivo del...

Read more

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 02:34

Spread the News! New Resources Posted!

Written by
imageimageimage
FYI, I’ve just posted two new resources that I hope will be useful. The first is for Spanish-speaking parents: a Spanish translation of the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones (thanks to Antonio Salgado). And the second is for churches to use in equipping their people to...

Read more

imageimageimage
As I write this, I am preparing to participate in the Skokie Library’s panel discussion of religious leaders, interacting with the Smithsonian Institute’s Exploring Human Origins exhibit currently on display there. If you’re a follower of Jesus, I would certainly appreciate your...

Read more

Thursday, 08 September 2016 17:45

New Men’s Group Forming

Written by
imageimageimage
I spent a few hours this afternoon contacting some of the men of Park Church (Edgebrook). I did this because I was recently tasked with overseeing the men’s ministry of our local church, and I wanted to invite them to be a part of a new initiative we are soon starting. The good thing is...

Read more

Monday, 05 September 2016 21:39

Sermon Notes – Psalm 19

Written by
imageimageimage
This Sunday I had the honor of preaching at Park Community Church, Edgebrook, on the 19th Psalm. In case you missed it or are curious to see what a pastor’s preaching notes might look like, here are the notes I used (very slightly edited–N. B. these are the notes I...

Read more

Page 1 of 2