Advent Apologetics Day #10 – Unable to Cope

Some would think that the attitude of Advent and those often expressed via Apologetics, are at odds with each other.  Advent actions and attitudes are often described with words like patience, waiting, and hope.  Apologetics is often associated with abrasiveness, pompous posturing, and pithy argumentation.   What if we adopted an attitude of Advent in […]

Advent Apologetics Day #9 – Changing Minds?

If repentance = “Changing one’s mind,” and “repentance leads to life” (Acts 11:18, 2 Corinthians 7:10), then changing one’s mind leads to life.   If that’s correct, then the goal of apologetics should be to help others (with the hope) (1 Peter 1:3) change their minds.   The Bible points out that true repentance will […]

Advent Apologetics Day #8 – It’s the Question That Drives Us

“The best responses to the questions people ask us about our faith are not those borrowed from textbooks, logically forced from biblical texts, or based on  some ecclesiastically machined template.  The best ‘defenses are those developed by individuals acting apologetically as they reflect on the questions being asked, the situations of the people asking them, […]

Advent Apologetics Day #7 – The Samaritan Approach

Jesus was the greatest apologist who ever lived.  If there ever was an archetypal model of how we should do apologetics, I believe it was The Christ.  I love Jesus’ questions!  I especially love the ones where he politely checkmates his opponents.  I’ve never thought of the Parable of the Good Samaritan as an apologetics […]

Advent Apologetics Day #6 – Countering Foolishness

Living in the tension between foolishness and wisdom while being amongst others can be a delicate matter, even for the most mature of believers. When tempted to give an answer to asked or unasked questions, prudence decides between: “Not answering a fool according to their folly and becoming like them.” (Proverbs 26:4) and “Answering fools […]

The Benjamin Button Church Fallacy

There’s a tendency to hold that the early church must have been the most accurate in its doctrines. That tendency is often matched by the desire to force a pet contemporary theology into the early church framework. I see a couple of problems here, but I’ll ask these question first: Is the church’s understanding of […]

The Obliteration Of Penal Substitutionary Atonement – You Can’t Get There From Here

First off, what is Penal substitutionary atonement? it refers to the doctrine that Christ died on the cross as a substitute for sinners. God imputed the guilt of our sins to Christ, and he, in our place, bore the punishment that we deserve. This was a full payment for sins, which satisfied both the wrath and […]

Aren't All Christians Supposed to Make Disciples, Be Witnesses, and Evangelize?

A notable blog post caught my attention yesterday entitled: “What If Not All Are Called As Disciple Makers? – Part One”  Please read that brief post in its entirety before going on to read the rest of this one. It’s reminiscent of something I read by John M. Frame some time ago. Frame stated: “Christ commands […]

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 […]

Advent Apologetics Day #13 – Noble Argumentation?

An Advent Apologetic is one that is not quarrelsome but kind, able to teach, and patiently endures evil.  (2 Timothy 2:24)  It has nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; or purposefully creating environments for contention. (2 Timothy 2:23)  It’s one that does not lean towards grumbling or disruption. (Philippians 2:14)  It’s soft in response and does […]