Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Coming Soon: Interview with Jim Wallace

Jim Wallace hosts the Please Convince Me Podcast, in which he powerfully presents the evidence for biblical Christianity. In an upcoming episode of my podcast, Jim will join me to talk about the reliability of the gospels, from his unique perspective as a detective working cold case homicides. Stay tuned!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Coming Soon: Interview with Greg Koukl

I've mentioned a couple of times that there was the possibility that Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason might appear on my show, and sure enough in response to an email I sent STR this morning, we've got it scheduled for the middle of next week! I'll be talking to Greg about the importance of careful thinking, and not relying upon primarily emotions and experiences, in an episode I'll call, "More than a Feeling." As Greg has said, "Emotions are what make life delicious, careful thinking is what makes life safe." Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

With Gentleness and Respect...

15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. (NLT)

15 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; 16 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. (NASB)

In this passage from 1 Peter 3:15-16, often cited in support of doing the work of apologetics, Peter says that while we are always to be ready to give an answer or defense, we are to do it with gentleness and respect. We apologists are fond of the defense part, but it seems we too often ignore the gentleness and respect part. I often fail that part, but I think I've improved some, and I pray God will continue to grow me.

I post this in the hope that you, reader, will remember this admonition when you talk about your faith with others.