Advent Apologetics Day #3 – Helpless Doesn’t Mean Hopeless

One of the families we were happy to meet and serve during last year’s Christmas Basket Project in a community where the Gospel was not known.  “If your apologetic isn’t rooted in hope, then it’s just an argument from malice.” Advent Apologetics is about hope for the helpless.     Dietrich Bonhoeffer said; “A prison […]

Advent Apologetics Day #2 – Living and Searching Together

Each day, during Advent, I’ll be posting a short article relating two things; Apologetics and Advent.  This is the second part in the series. I’d invite you to read the first part here. It might seem odd, but I believe Advent and Apologetics do fit well together. Yesterday, I said that I would proceed on […]

Advent Apologetics Day #1 – What’s it All About?

What is Advent? Advent is the four-week period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent has been celebrated since the fourth century. The period originally began as a time for converts to Christianity to prepare for baptism, but […]

Where are the Forensic Pneumatologists?

First things first. Let’s define our terms. What is Forensics? At its root, it simply means an argumentative exercise. The plural ‘forensics’ is the art or study of argumentative discourse. Don’t be put off by the negative connotation of the word ‘argumentative,’ because in forensics the outcome is usually for the better. The examination of […]

God Will Nebuchadnezzar-ize You In a Heartbeat!

Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylonia from approximately 605 BC until approximately 562 BC. He is considered the greatest king of the Babylonian Empire.  Secular history records Nebuchadnezzar as a brutal, powerful, and ambitious king, and the Bible, for the most part, agrees. He was a contemporary of Daniel and is one of the main characters in the […]

When No One Wants To Listen… To Your Gospel

Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel faced the daunting task of speaking God’s words even though they knew in advance that people wouldn’t listen. God told Isaiah that even if he did preach the Word as he was instructed to do so, no one would listen. (Isaiah 6:8-10) In the beginning of his ministry […]

I Witnessed A Baptism, and it Made Me Mad as Hell.

Yesterday, while making my rounds in the small community of Mindo-Ecuador, I witnessed a baptism. The folks participating in the baptism were not from Mindo, but from Quito, one of Ecuador’s major cities.  They were using a public swimming area and there was many other activities going on there simultaneously.  They were dressed very well, […]

7 Types of Evangelism to Avoid, and 7 to Embrace

  Types of Evangelism to Avoid 1.  NeedVangelism – Identifying a people or culture’s need and exploiting it so that you can evangelize.  2.  Evandelism – Spraying your version of gospel graffiti, breaking things, disregarding community  3.  CannyVangelism – Tricky, manipulative, bait and switch tactics to trap others into listening to you.  4.  ClingyVangelism – Hanging […]

12 Self-Reflective Questions To Know Whether or Not You Have Caused Others To Sin or Stumble.

“We don’t cause people to sin or stumble, people choose to sin or stumble all on their own.” Ever heard that, or something like it? Is there any truth in that? Before answering, consider these: We can be an agent of temptation. – “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one […]

Advent Apologetics Day #14 – The Apologetic of Prayer

In an article titled; “Discipleship as a Craft, Church as a Disciplined Community,” Stanley Hauerwas says;  “After many years of vain attempts to “explain” God as trinity, I now say, “Well, to begin with we Christians have been taught to pray, ‘Our father, who art in heaven. . .’” I then suggest that a good […]