We are answering Tough Questions From Christian Teens in our special series. With so many Christian teenagers walking away from their childhood belief in Jesus Christ, we adults need to be prepared to answer their questions ‘before’ they walk away. We also need to LOVE … Continue reading Tough Questions From Christian Teens – Is Hell Just?
What is a ‘cultural progressive’? Is that a good thing? What motivates them to be who they are and do what they do?
Those are some of the questions professors George Yancey and David Williamson answer in their book, What Motivates Cultural Progressives? Understanding Opposition to the Political and Christian Right (Baylor University Press, 2012).
The authors were professors of Sociology at North Texas University when they wrote this book. Even though it was published eight years ago, the information and observations about cultural progressives are still helpful to us today.(more…)
We are answering tough questions from Christian teenagers – and I do mean TOUGH. Those are the kinds of questions we like because they are often the questions that don’t get answered. That’s one of the reasons teens give for why they quit attending church … Continue reading Tough Questions From Christian Teens – Is Hell Fair?
We are learning how angels spoke in the Bible as a way to know how they might speak today, if they speak to humans now. Many Christians claim that angels speak to them, so it is something we should investigate. The English word ‘angel’ is … Continue reading When Angels Speak (Part 4)
We are answering tough questions from Christian teens in this special series. If you haven’t read previous questions and answers, we invite you to look back at posts from the past several weeks and read those that interest you. [We’ve included a list at the … Continue reading Tough Questions From Christian Teens – How Has God Been Here Forever?
I’m answering a question often asked of me by atheists – What would move a strong atheist to become a strong theist? In my case the answer was evidence for theism, specifically for Christian theism. We started sharing the evidence that can lead an atheist to theism … Continue reading Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 12
We are continuing a series of questions from a Christian teenager about whether God created evil. You can read previous questions here and here. Our desire is to help parents and teens talk about serious questions young people have about God, the Bible and Christianity.
It’s time for Christians to get to work. The time we have to make a difference in our society is growing shorter every day. [** explainer at bottom of article] We can do two things with that information: Ignore it and go on with our … Continue reading There’s Work To Be Done (Part 1)
[I wrote this article on May 16, 2020. Ravi Zacharias passed away three days later, May 19, 2020. We miss him on earth, but will rejoice with him in Heaven.] There’s an old saying about telling people you love that you love them while they’re … Continue reading #ThankYouRavi
FaithandSelfDefense recently started this new apologetics series. We have asked Christian teens from several locations to ask us tough questions that reflect what many Christian teenagers are asking today. An estimated 60% to 80% of teens are walking away from their churches and youth groups … Continue reading Tough Questions From Christian Teens – Did God Create Evil? (Part 2)
Can you trust your Bible translation? That is the question we’re answering in this special Bible study series. If we can’t trust a Bible translation, we can’t trust the observations and applications we make to our beliefs and practices. We have looked at Bible translations … Continue reading Can I Trust My Bible Translation? (Part 4)
As we mentioned in our first Tough Question, FaithandSelfDefense planned to start a new apologetics series in August to coincide with the start of a new school year. However, we decided to start the series early because parents and teens are spending a lot of … Continue reading Tough Questions From Christian Teens – Did God Create Evil? (Part One)
“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.” We are well into our special series about identifying false preachers and teachers. However, some Christians wonder what all the fuss is about. Some people have … Continue reading A Layman’s Guide To False Preachers and Teachers – Part 4
FaithandSelfDefense planned to start a new apologetics series in August to coincide with the start of a new school year. However, the current global pandemic has brought most of us inside our homes for an extended period of time. Because of that, we’ve decided to … Continue reading Tough Questions From Christian Teens – Why Were We Made If We Are Just Going To Die?
Some people believe that the Apostle Paul “hijacked” Christianity and turned it into something God never intended. How Paul, a mere human being, could have done that to God’s plan is not explained very well, but they still believe it. Some say Paul was a … Continue reading What Paul Knew and When He Knew It – Part 5
We were planning to launch this series about Tough Questions From Christian Teens in August when teenagers return to school from summer break. However, this is a good time to share some thoughts with parents about talking with their teens now.
In the last part of our series about Evangelistic Apologetics we began looking at this question – What part are you playing in Evangelistic Apologetics? We are asking and answering seven basic questions about our involvement in God’s purpose for His Church: Why has God placed … Continue reading Evangelistic Apologetics – The Church Under Attack (Part 33)
I’m sure you’ve heard this advice recently – wash your hands for 20 seconds. Some people recommend singing Happy Birthday or the first verse of Take Me Home, Country Roads to make sure they wash for a full 20 seconds. Here’s another idea: spend 20 … Continue reading 20 Seconds With The Bible
We are preparing a new apologetics series for parents and teens to begin in August. We were working with a Christian school and church youth groups to consider some of the tough questions that face our young people today. However … the Coronavirus Pandemic closed churches … Continue reading Tough Questions From Christian Teens
A History of Western Philosophy From the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism by C. Stephen Evans (IVP Academics, 2018) is an excellent introductory textbook for serious Christian apologists. I say serious because the book covers more than 2,500 years of philosophy in only 600 pages. The author … Continue reading Book Review: A History of Western Philosophy