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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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 18:37

Don’t Knock Systematic Theology

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Biblical theology is all the rage, especially among young, reformed-ish types. In contrast to the perceived stuffiness of systematic theology (or so they’ve heard), biblical theology provides a storyline that delights with previously unnoticed insights. This is not to knock biblical theology....

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:36

Justified Before God

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Guest post by Jeff Mindler. [Jeff graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2014 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, as well as an M.A. in Counseling. He currently works as the Event Coordinator for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals in Lancaster, PA. His wife, Joe’l, and he worship at...

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Friday, 18 January 2019 04:58

Apologetics Curriculum Finished!

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I just finished writing a 35-week apologetics curriculum for Positive Action for Christ publishers. This project has taken me three years to complete. I thought I would never finish. In some ways it was harder to write than my doctoral dissertation. It will be published by 2020 and will initially...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:16

Cancel Christmas?

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A French friend of mine who teaches at a seminary in southern France emailed this today: “The bishop of Amiens, a city in Northern France, recently published an article calling for support of the people who are in tragic social needs. This support, he offers, could be very simply stated. We...

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:48

Christianity is Not Better than Other Religions

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Many Christians labor under the illusion that the way to share their faith is to argue that Christianity is better than other religions, belief systems or worldviews. They generally do this in one of two ways. Some argue from a therapeutic approach—that the Christian God gives better...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 23:57

Can We Trust the Gospels?

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Can We Trust the Gospels? The Historical Basis for the Christian Faith Many Christians are unaware of the unique nature of the Christian faith. Since most world religions are not based on historical events, and their beginnings cannot be anchored in any verifiable history, Christianity is unusual....

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 20:00

Doing Justice and the Gospel, Part 4: Applications

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[This is the last of a four-part series on doing justice and the gospel. See parts 1-3 for context here and here and here.] Application of Justice and Injustice It is unjust to allow some people to break a just law because of their status, whether politicians or immigrants, celebrities, juveniles,...

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[This is the third of a four-part series on doing justice and how it relates to the gospel. See the first and second parts here and here.] Principles for doing justice and the gospel: Hermeneutically, we must make distinctions between the combined political/religious institution of OT Israel and...

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[This is the second of a four-part series on doing justice and how it relates to the gospel. See the first part here .] The laws that God lays down in Leviticus contribute to the overall picture of justice in the Bible. Let’s take a look at one passage that is rich in...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:19

Doing Justice and the Gospel

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The question of the role of social justice and the church is one of the hottest topics of the day among Christians. Recently I had 30 minutes to address the issue in chapel at Lancaster Bible College. In the next four blog posts I will unpack my chapel talk. Preliminary Statements: No one can...

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[This is the final post in the series on Logic and Apologetics] Begging the Question—assuming a conclusion to be true without proving it. If I am trying to prove that people have lost the ability to distinguish between right and wrong by citing increase numbers of adulterous affairs and...

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[This post continues the series on Logic and Apologetics begun in previous posts] Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that superficially seem to be sound, but upon examination are found to be false. The power of logical fallacies is that even after they have been shown to be flawed, they still...

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[This post continues the short series on Logic and Apologetics posted previously.] So far, we have looked at the basic structure of logic. Errors in the structure of logical arguments are called formal fallacies. For the sake of brevity, we don’t cover them in this book. Rather we move on to...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:00

Using Logic in Apologetics

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In a previous post we introduced the basics of logic. Here we see how logic is used in apologetics encounters. When we apply the science of arguments to apologetics, it is clear that the arguments used against Christianity are often stated informally. The informal statement “I don’t...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 20:00

Basic Logic for Apologetics

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“Christianity is just not logical!” A friend of mine who serves in Spain began to encounter this objection when he tried to talk about faith in Jesus Christ. He wrote to me and asked how he could respond. To commit your life to something that is illogical is a serious charge. If...

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This post concludes the three-part series on Strategies for effective apologetic encounters. To see the first two posts in this series click here and here. The sixth way to effectively engage unbelievers with the gospel is to identify assertions when arguments are called for. Another common mistake...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 19:00

More Strategies for Effective Apologetic Encounters

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In the last post we looked at specific ways to take a conversation with an unbeliever to a place of effective engagement about the gospel. In this post we continue to examine those strategies. The third strategy is to look for implicit bias. Implicit bias is another way of describing subconscious...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 18:58

Strategies for Effective Apologetic Encounters

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“But, what if the person asks me a question I can’t answer? How do I know where to go with the conversation? What if my mind goes blank?” The woman who asked these questions had just sat through one of my weekend conferences, and yet felt at a loss as she contemplated sharing the...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 20:00

Doing Apologetics “within” the Church

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Guest Post by Jeff Mindler [Jeff graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2014 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, as well as an M.A. in Counseling. He currently works as the Event Coordinator for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals in Lancaster, PA. His wife, Joe’l, and he worship at Grace...

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The distinction between academic and practical is not a formal one recognized by most people, but there is a definite difference between apologetics that is designed for an academic environment and that which is focused on engaging people in a one-on-one conversation about the gospel. Academic...

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Apologetics is too often taught as an approach of confrontation–which it is–but a confrontation of monologue, instead of socratic dialogue. This rarely works with an unconcerned or uninterested unbeliever. Start giving your spiel, your pre-packaged sales pitch of “Have you ever...

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