My Passion for Apologetics

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Rob Lundberg, Director

Let me again welcome you to my web blog.  On this page, I would like to share with you a little about myself, and this ministry.

Let me say that I have found it a common experience for those of us that are excited about apologetics, to have trouble finding the same enthusiasm from pastors and congregants in our churches.  

Apologetics (or pre-evangelism) is far too important to remain isolated from most people in the Church.  Christians today likely need apologetics more than ever before.

However, helping Christians understand the true value of apologetics can still be a significant challenge. Our world is becoming more skeptical and with all the objections that are confronting the Christian faith, what if we were to rethink our methods of reaching people, and stop trying to convince the church that they need to do apologetics?

The question would be, “How do you help them learn apologetics if you stop trying to convince them about the value of apologetics?”

Apologetics, “the handmaiden of Evangelism”

What if we focused on efforts primarily on helping Christians to share their faith and have spiritual conversations in everyday life?

A recent Barna survey indicated that only 13% of Christians who regularly attend church have a spiritual conversation once a week.  Our efforts in apologetics will best serve the Church by helping Christians to seek out spiritual conversations and equipping them to be effective when having those conversations.

This will not only lead to a more confident evangelism but also the building up the faith of those we help train.

Many Christians who have a desire to share their faith and do evangelism, often feel this way when objections surface. Some of those objections may be harboring in their own minds.

This is because there has been a tectonic paradigm shift in our culture that church evangelism ministries are either ignoring or they are totally oblivious of existing.  And this is why Christian apologetics is necessary  as a “handmaiden for evangelism” today.

 

What do you mean a tectonic paradigm shift?

This tectonic shift has moved us from a postmodern culture to a post-truth culture.  Today’s culture thinks nothing of taking personal preferences  over propositional truth. Those preferences are rooted in materialism, religious pluralism, narcissism, hedonism, relativism, moral preferences, and all kinds of skepticism.  I think we do not look have to look too far to realized that we  live in challenging times.

In such an age of confusion and chaos how does one find answers to life’s deepest realities and questions? Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias has said, “We have right to believe anything but not everything we believe is right.”  How are we to reach this culture with all the static in the way of seeing truth and Christ clearly?

We call it conversational evangelism (that is undergirded by apologetics).

People have good questions, and sometimes those questions have underlying questions attached to their primary question that might hinder a direct answer.  With reference culture on a global perspective, Ravi Zacharias has confirmed, that “the questions have not changed, but rather it is how those questions are articulated and how our answers come across in the culture.”

To follow up this with a summarizing thought from a talk from Michael Ramsden,  “It is always wrong to give the right answer to the wrong question.”   This is why we need a different method of communicating the life changing message of the unchanging gospel. We teach you how to do this: break down the questions to get the message of the gospel through.

In a world where the church is proclaiming with fervency that “Jesus is the answer, Jesus is the answer,” the culture’s response is something along the lines of, “if Jesus is the answer then what is the question?” America is now an “anti-Christian” culture embracing a post-truth mindset, with a smorgasbord of ideologies, and moral issues fastening themselves to this mindset which are challenging the Christian worldview.

If you check out our material and resources, I am thoroughly convinced that once you understand WHY Christianity is true, your testimony (HOW) will become more solidified, and you will be ready to share with anybody the credible answers to those questions objecting to the Christian faith.

If you would like to ask any questions or contact me, please send me an email at . . .

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